Boston College is a publicly funded further-education college situated on the east coast of England in Lincolnshire. International students have been coming to Boston College for 20 years to lay the foundation for continued studies and a successful, international career. Students from Asia choose Boston because it provides a high standard of education at competitive fees, a pathway to top universities and excellent relationships student-staff relationships.
Boston is a small, friendly town about two hours from London by train. Its nearest cities are Lincoln and Nottingham. The college fosters a safe and friendly atmosphere, and students have ample opportunity to get involved. International students have the option to stay on campus in a hall of residence or with a family in the community.
Available programmes at Boston College include English as a Foreign Language (General, IELTS, Business English), A-levels, Access to University, Vocational Diplomas and Higher National Diplomas. English language courses start in September and end in July. However, students can begin classes intermittently throughout the academic year by enrolling in available short courses, which last two weeks or longer.
In addition, Boston College has British Council Accreditation for the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language. In 2006 it won a national (Beacon) Award for the Support and Welfare of International Students. In 2007 and 2011 it was rated as Outstanding for its 16- to 18-year-old residential accommodation arrangements.
The following are among Boston College’s most popular programmes for Asian students:
Boston College’s A-levels course offers a wide range of subjects. Students take four AS-levels in the first year and normally continue with three in the second. All international students receive 4.5 hours’ English tuition per week. A team of well-qualified and experienced teachers work closely with students to prepare them for entry to top British universities, including London School of Economics, Durham, Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham and Leeds.
Access to University (Foundation) is a one-year course that prepares international students for UK university entrance. The course consists of core subjects in mathematics, study skills, English and IT with two option subjects as well. The latter include business, mathematics, computing, biology, history, law, sociology, psychology and English literature. Finally, preparations are made for the IELTS examination, essential for entry to university.
Boston College’s higher education profile consists of Higher National Diploma courses in business, computing, performance arts, and health and social care.
Boston College has a range of two-year vocational diplomas that also lead to university. For example, students can study business, computing, travel and tourism, sport and music. These courses have a practical emphasis and are assessed through coursework assignments.