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International Courses

Higher education and Further education courses | International School of Footwear | ESOL and IELTS | International Foundation Programmes | Semester in Leicester

Please note that your visa status will determine what courses you can apply for at Leicester College. Refer to the visas & immigration section for more information.

Leicester College is a UK Home Office Tier 4 Sponsor. Students who require a Tier 4 (General) Student visa to enter the UK to study may study courses at Level 3 or above on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) for England and Northern Ireland:

  • Level 3 Diploma
  • International Foundation Programme / Access to Higher Education (Level 3)
  • Higher National Certificate (HNC) / Higher National Diploma (HND) courses (Level 4/5)
  • Foundation Degree (Level 4/5) and Bachelor (BA) Degree (Level 6)

English Language Requirements for Enrolment

To enrol in Leicester College programmes, you should have a Average Band Score of 5.5 or more (with a band score of 5.5 for speaking, 5.5 for writing and no other component lower than 5.0) in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) run by the British Council.

For International Foundation Programmes, you also need an IELTS score of at least 5.5 (with a band score for of 5.5 for speaking, 5.5 for writing and no other component lower than 5.0). Intensive English language development and support is part of our International Foundation Programmes. By the end of your course, your IELTS score should go up by at least one level.

For applicants to higher education (HNC, HND and foundation degree/degree programmes), additional English language sessions delivered by the College are available to assist you in reaching an IELTS score of 6.0 or above by the end of your programme. This will help you find work or apply for higher-level studies.

Higher Education Courses and Further (Vocational) Education Courses

A range of courses are available to international students covering a range of programmes from level 3 vocational diplomas/extended diplomas to higher education qualifications such as higher national diplomas, foundation degrees and bachelor’s degrees.

Courses are available in business; computing; creative and digital arts and design; engineering; sports education; travel and tourism; hospitality and professional cookery; health and social care; music and sound technology; performing arts; construction; and beauty therapy and artistic make-up.

International students can study any full-time course at level 3 or above on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (NQF).  For this a Tier 4  (General) Student Visa is required.

For shorter courses up to 6 months, and English Language (ESOL) courses up to 11 months, you can apply for a Short Term Student Visa.

International School of Footwear Leicester

Leicester College is home to the world-renowned International School of Footwear, which was established in Leicester in 1897.

Over its 120 year history, the International School of Footwear has hosted students from more than 60 countries – including Japan, Indonesia, India, South Africa, Sweden, the Netherlands, the United States, Mexico, Greece, Turkey and Zambia.

Our Footwear Courses
Our courses teach skills in both the design and production of footwear as well as marketing skills for the footwear industry. Leicester College is one of the very few institutions in the UK where you can take a footwear design and production course that will give you the skills necessary to design and hand-make a shoe from scratch.

Leicester College offers a two-year Footwear Foundation Degree that addresses the needs of today’s dynamic footwear industry. It is equivalent to the first two years of a BA (Hons) degree and combines academic research with vocational practice in a range of footwear disciplines.

Leicester College also offers an intensive six-month Footwear Design and Manufacture certificate programme. The six-month programme is designed for students who have completed introductory courses in footwear manufacture and now intend to learn about design and production.  It is also for students new to footwear who wish to gain a broad understanding of footwear design and manufacture before going on to undertake a more specialised or higher-level footwear programme.

For students successfully completing the two-year foundation degree (or those who may already have a degree in the creative industries from their home country) we offer the BA (Hons) Professional Studies (Creative Industries) programme here.  This is a one-year bachelor-level ‘top-up’ course that aims to provide graduates with professional work-ready skills and commercial business knowledge for successful careers in the creative industries.

ESOL (语课程) and IELTS

Leicester College offers a wide selection of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses. We are lucky to live in a multicultural city and we offer English language courses at all levels to help you prepare for further study or employment in the UK.

Leicester College is a British Council approved International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test centre.

IELTS Preparation Courses
As an international student, you can take full advantage of the fact that Leicester College is the only British Council IELTS Test Centre in all of Leicester and the surrounding areas.

We have an IELTS Preparation Course available to all students enrolled in our English language programmes. This is a separate 11-week course (four hours per week) studied alone or in combination with General ESOL. You can start the preparation course in early September, early January and mid-April.

More information on English language (ESOL) courses is available here.
More information on IELTS is available here.


International Foundation Programmes

Leicester College offers a range of International Foundation Programmes that are designed for international students whose school leaving qualifications gained in their home country are not sufficient for direct entry into a UK university.

Our International Foundation Programmes cover a range of curriculum areas and combine intensive English language development with subject-specific coursework to provide you with the skills and knowledge to enrol at a university. Our International Foundation Programme students can study at our partner institution, De Montfort University, or can apply to study at any university in the UK.

International Foundation Programmes are available in the following subject areas:

  • Art & Design
  • Business Studies
  • Computing
  • Engineering
  • Health Professional
  • Humanities
  • Media (Film, Photography, Graphics)
  • Science
  • Social Science

Direct Progression to De Montfort University

If you complete one of our International Foundation Programmes you are able to progress directly and automatically onto to a related undergraduate degree programme at De Montfort University, as long as you achieve the minimum English language level required for university entry.

Leicester College’s university partner, De Montfort University (DMU), offers bursaries to Leicester College international students who enrol on an undergraduate (bachelor’s degree) programme at DMU.  For the 2019-2020 academic year, DMU offers a £1,500 bursary scholarship to international students who pay overseas international rate tuition fees. More information on the DMU bursaries is available here.

All International Foundation Programmes include a series of guest lectures and cultural/extra-curricular visits and the opportunity to join other international students on trips within the UK.

Entry requirements are: evidence of completion of NQF Level 3/advanced level studies equivalent to 12 years of schooling; and English language competence shown by an IELTS score of 5.5 or above (with a minimum band score of 5.5 for speaking, 5.5 for writing and no other component lower than 5.0).

Our International Foundation Programmes include English language (ESOL) development and support, which is intended to increase your IELTS score by at least one full level by the end of the programme.

International Foundation Programmes take one academic year to complete, commencing in September each year and finishing in early June the following year.

Please note that our International Foundation Programmes are not available to students who require a Tier 4 (General) Student Visa to study in the UK.  Please see our Visas and Immigration page for more information.

Semester in Leicester! Study Abroad Programme

Leicester College offers a range of Semester in Leicester! Study Abroad Programmes specifically developed for international students.

These programmes are designed to improve your English language skills and let you gain study experience while experiencing life in the UK and our education system for a month, one term or one-semester.

Which subjects are available?

Programme Dates

What is the Cost?

Detailed information on our Semester in Leicester! Study Abroad Programmes is available in leaflets in English中文 or Tiếng Việt.

*Fees information is correct at time of publication (2019-2020). Leicester College reserves the right to alter information and fees at any time.

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