Hello to our international students

Bilborough College is a sixth-form college on the western edge of the vibrant university city of Nottingham. It is a publicly-funded institution, part of the UK government’s education system. We’re proud of our half-century of history: we started as Bilborough Grammar School in 1957 and our transition to becoming a sixth-form College began in 1973.  Since 2005 we have been based in a bright, new, purpose-built campus where we cater for around 1900 students between 16 and 19 years of age.

Since 2008 Bilborough Sixth Form College has been pleased to offer A-levels to International students who can choose from a wide range of subjects. To support our students’ learning we have new science and technology facilities, a theatre, dance studios, large art studios flooded with natural light, music rooms and equipment, an animation film room, and excellent sports facilities with indoor and outdoor courts and a well-equipped fitness gym.

Do have a look at our videos of the college and the students on our YouTube Channel.

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Why choose Bilborough Sixth Form College?

Because our college …

  • Is a highly trusted sponsor under Tier 4 of the UK Border Agency points-based visa system
  • Is the only sixth-form college in Nottingham
  • Offers A-level provision exclusively to students aged 16-19
  • Had a 98 per cent pass rate in 2015
  • Saw 64 per cent of our international students in 2011 getting grades A* to B
  • Is relatively small with approximately 1800 students
  • Offers small classroom sizes of 15-25 students
  • Integrates international students within UK student classes
  • Has a diverse population of students
  • Offers state-of-the-art facilities
  • Has an excellent support network.

Our facilities

We are proud to offer:

  • Classrooms fitted with interactive whiteboards and internet access
  • A theatre
  • A sports centre offering most if not all sporting activities, and all for free to all of our students. (We also have sports clubs and teams competing in national competitions for basketball, hockey, rugby, football, table tennis and more.)
  • A dance / performance studio
  • A film suite
  • A music lab and recording studio
  • Modern equipped science labs
  • Our Library and Information Centre (LIC)
  • Three catering outlets – a refectory and two coffee shops serving Costa coffee, as well as hot and cold food.
  • A well-equiped study zone and break-out areas.

The staff

We’re proud of our …

  • Dedicated subject teachers – most of whom are specialists in their fields of work
  • Tutors who provide support and advice to help you get the most out of your college experience
  • International Team dedicated to supporting international students
  • EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teachers
  • On-site career guidance service to advise on career paths and courses
  • Additional learning support on exam techniques and study skills
  • Counsellors

Extra information

As an international student, you may also be interested to know about our …

  • Scholarship award for our top five achieving international students worth £1,000
  • International Graduate of the Year award for one overall top student
  • Enrichment programme with over 100 activities to choose from throughout the year, such as exercise classes and dancing, and taster courses in areas such as photography and languages, art and music
  • Dedicated and free college bus service to travel to and from the college
  • Accommodation service
  • Welfare service, which includes health and wellbeing support and guidance
  • International group trips, celebrations and events
  • Induction programme on arrival (which includes meeting existing students;  information about the UK and its health system, emergency services, police registration, banking system and culture)
  • Ongoing support with exams; university applications and the UCAS system; careers and courses; British culture, and visas.

Who are our students?

You’ll be in amongst students who …

  • Are all aged between 16 and 19, giving our college a young and vibrant atmosphere which is friendly and fun
  • Come from all over Nottingham
  • Come from all kinds of backgrounds but who all have a common goal to work hard and progress to their highest potential
  • Use our dedicated bus system to travel to and from the college
  • Get involved with enrichment with over 100 groups and activities to choose from
  • Get involved with volunteering work in our local communities (such as in charity shops at the weekends or in homes for older people or people with disabilities).