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.
An overview study of all courses available to international students at Leicester College is available here: Study at Leicester College.
English Language Requirements for Enrolment
For enrolment in Leicester College programmes, applicants should generally have a minimum Average Band Score of 5.5 (with a minimum band score of 5.5 for speaking, 5.5 for writing and no other component lower than 5.0) or above of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) run by the British Council.
For International Foundation Programmes, English language competence to IELTS 5.5 (with a minimum band score for of 5.5 for writing and and no other component lower than 5.0) is required. Mandatory intensive English language development and support is part of our International Foundation Programmes and is intended to increase a student’s IELTS score by at least 1 level by the end of the programme.
Refer to individual IELTS entry requirements for International Foundation Programmes.
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 a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 by the end of your programme, to facilitate progression to further study.
ESOL (英语课程) and IELTS
Reflecting Leicester’s multiculturalism, Leicester College offers one of the widest selections of courses in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses in the country. We offer various levels and types of course to help you improve your English language skills for professional development, for employment or to prepare you for further studies in the UK.
Leicester College is a British Council approved International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test centre.
IELTS Preparation Courses
All international learners will be able to 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.
A specialised IELTS Preparation Course is available to 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 – we have September, January and mid-April commencements for the IELTS Preparation Course.
More information on English language (ESOL) courses is available here.
More information on IELTS is available here.
Semester in Leicester! Study Abroad Programme
These programmes are designed to improve a student’s English language skills and allow them to gain experience in selected subject areas, while experiencing life in the UK and our education system for a month, one term or one-semester.
Which subjects are available?
The following Semester in Leicester study abroad programmes are offered at Leicester College:
- Artistic and Special Effects Make-up
- Beauty Therapy
- Business Studies
- Creative Arts and Design (choose from graphic design, e-media, photography, fashion, footwear design & production, ceramics, life drawing)
- Computers and IT
- Engineering (choose from hydraulics, pneumatics, electronics, automotive, aeronautics)
- Health and Social Care
- Sport and Exercise Science
- Tourism and Hospitality / Catering.
- Enrol for one month, up to six months maximum – Varied commencement options from September to mid-April each year.
- Nine hours of intensive English language and six hours of subject-specific classes per week.
What is the Cost?
- £4,950 for tuition only for 6 months (£1,400 for one month and £3,500 for one term)*
- Private self-catering student accommodation in Leicester varies from £80 to £140 per week in addition to fees.
- UK Short-term Study Visa fee is currently £89 for a six month visa.
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 international students with the skills and knowledge to progress to a related university degree-level programme. Our International Foundation Programme students can progress onto undergraduate study at our partner, De Montfort University, or can apply to study at any university in the UK.
Direct Progression to De Montfort University
Significantly, students completing our International Foundation Programmes are able to progress directly and automatically onto to a related undergraduate degree programme at De Montfort University, as long as they achieve the minimum English language level required for university entry.
Leicester College’s university partner, De Montfort University (DMU) offers financial bursaries to Leicester College international students intending to progress from Leicester College to an undergraduate (Bachelor Degree) programme of study at DMU. For the 2017-2018 academic year DMU is offering a £1,000 bursary scholarship to students who are assessed by DMU as having overseas international student status, and 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: engagement with and evidence of completion of NQF Level 3/advanced level studies equivalent to 12 years of schooling. English language competence at 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) of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) run by the British Council.
Our International Foundation Programmes include mandatory English language (ESOL) development and support, which is intended to increase a student’s 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.
Art and Design
This programme is aimed at international students who wish to progress to higher education level study in art and design. It combines mandatory intensive English language development and art and design studies into an informative, challenging and enjoyable year, during which you will be able to experience new creative ideas and work processes, engage with learners and tutors and make successful progress towards your chosen degree or career destination. It will also be a period of intensive, rapid study, with emphasis placed on the capacity for critical, analytical thinking, research, experimentation, and the capacity to respond positively to constructive, critical appraisal of work.
You will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of disciplines, including painting and drawing, life studies, 3D studies in sculpture, design, textiles, printmaking, graphic communications, time-based media and contextual studies. The programme allows you to choose your specialist area with a view to further study at higher education / bachelor’s degree level.
This programme is aimed at international students who wish to progress to higher education level study in Business-related disciplines. It combines mandatory intensive English language development and business studies within a broad-ranging curriculum. Students will also be supported to improve academic skills appropriate to entry onto a university-level course.
In addition to English language, International Foundation Programme students will study a variety of units in business-related topics, such as Management, International Management, Finance, and Study Skills. Assessment will be through projects, assignments and exams. Students are assigned a personal tutor to help them throughout the course.
This programme is aimed at international students who wish to progress to higher education level study in engineering. It combines mandatory intensive English language development and subject-specific coursework in electrical and mechanical science. Students will also be supported to improve their academic and communication skills appropriate to entry onto a university level course.
The engineering component of the International Foundation Programme is divided into two parts. The first 5 weeks is dedicated to maths, relevant English competency and problem solving. The second part (31 weeks) covers maths and mechanical and electrical science. Progression options include university level study in Mechanical, Electrical, Electronics, Aerospace and Civil Engineering.
This programme is aimed at international students who wish to progress to higher education level study in the nursing profession.
It combines mandatory intensive English language development and subject-specific studies within a challenging curriculum. Students will also be supported to improve academic skills appropriate to entry onto a university level course.
This International Foundation Programme includes a wide range of topics designed to provide a base of skills and knowledge which will enable progression into training for nursing and midwifery. Topics include biology, psychology, health promotion, sociology, study skills, English and maths. Progression options include entering a three year training programme to become an Adult Nurse, Midwife, Mental Health Nurse, Children’s Nurse, or Operating Department Practitioner.
Humanities and Social Science
This programme is aimed at international students who wish to progress to higher education level study in the humanities and social sciences. It combines intensive English language development and humanities and social science studies within a broad-ranging curriculum. Students will also be supported to improve their academic and communication skills appropriate to entry onto a university level course.
The International Foundation Programme consists of sociology, psychology, history and English literature, study skills, on-course support, IT, and relevant English and maths.
This programme is aimed at international students who wish to progress to university level courses in the general sciences. It combines mandatory intensive English language development and core science subjects within an interesting and challenging curriculum. Students will also be supported to improve their academic and communication skills appropriate to entry onto a university level course.
This International Foundation Programme consists of biology, chemistry and advanced maths, study skills, on-course support, and IT.
The course is aimed at international students who wish to progress to university level study in a range of sports-related areas. It combines mandatory intensive English development and sports-related studies within an exciting curriculum. Students will also be supported to improve academic skills appropriate to entry onto a university level course.
This International Foundation Programme contains a wide range of units that will enhance the learners’ knowledge, fully equipping them with the skills needed for study at higher education level. Units include: anatomy and physiology; sport psychology; sports coaching; fitness testing; business for sport; nutrition; work placement; and higher education toolkit.
Travel, Tourism & Hospitality Management
This International Foundation Programme is aimed at international students who wish to progress to higher education level study in the travel, tourism and hospitality industries. It combines mandatory English language development and subject-specific studies within an industry-focused curriculum. Students will also be supported to improve academic skills appropriate to entry onto a university level course.
The programme includes a variety of units in travel-related topics, such as Sustainable Tourism, Planning and Promoting Events, Customer Service, European Tourist Destinations, Marketing and Study Skills. Assessment will be through projects, assignments and exams. Students will be assigned a personal tutor to help throughout the course.
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
Leicester College courses provide a structure for the development of the knowledge and skills needed to support both students and employer aspirations within the footwear and allied industries. Our courses involve the development and refinement of skills in both the design and production of footwear as well as basic marketing skills within the footwear industry. Significantly, Leicester College is one of the very few institutions in the UK where students can undertake a footwear design and production course that requires the development of the skills necessary to design and hand-make a shoe from scratch.
Leicester College offers a two-year Foundation Degree in Footwear course 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 6-month Footwear Design and Manufacture certificate programme. The 6-month programme is designed for those who may already have completed introductory / diploma-level practical courses in footwear manufacture and wish to build upon that learning to expand into design and production. It is also appropriate for students new to footwear as a field of study and 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. 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.
CAD Centre of Excellence
The International School of Footwear also hosts a Centre of Excellence for footwear production, with a state-of-the-art computer aided design (CAD) facility.
Leicester College is the only Further Education institution in the UK to provide this specialist design software to its students. It reduces the costs of developing designs and allows students to design features in a footwear-specific 3D CAD programme.
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 & 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 Makeup.
Generally, international students can study any full-time course at Level 3 or above on the National 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.