International Learning at Pembrokeshire College

 

Pembrokeshire College is licenced by the UK Borders Agency to recruit international students and is a Highly Trusted listed College, Sponsor Licence Number X323NDPFO.

We are delighted that you are considering Pembrokeshire College as your potential home for the next two years of your A-level studies.

You will be part of the first cohort of students to study at our newly built CAMPUS 6, a state of the art campus designed specifically to exceed the needs of our A-level students.

Our College has been teaching international students since 1992, when our first group of international students came to study with us from Japan.

Since then we have prided ourselves on the education and support we have given to students from all over the world. Engaging them in A-levels, summer schools, engineering, pre-university pathways and even degree programmes.

With our new CAMPUS 6 we want to extend an invitation to international students who wish to study A-levels in the UK; study with us and experience excellence while living in a truly inspiring setting.

Should you join us, your challenge this September will be to prepare for your future, to grow and to succeed. It will be our responsibility to ensure that you meet all three challenges and achieve your full potential.

We look forward to welcoming you in September 2017.

Sharron Lusher
Principal, Pembrokeshire College

Top reasons to study with us…

  1. Specialist mentoring and support for medical school entry (FREE) AND general university entry support (UCAS).
  2. Access to the More Able & Talented Programme (MAT).
  3. 100% A-level pass rate A-C, A*/A grades 28.6%, 50% of Science and Maths entries achieved A*/A grades (2016).
  4. Students can have an extra 1 hour per week one-to-one with teacher (Mathematics and Sciences only).
  5. Award-winning teaching.
  6. Pembrokeshire College is a partner college of Swansea University (ranked 1st in Wales and 2nd for Medicine in the UK).
  7. One of the safest places in the UK – very low crime rate.
  8. Pembrokeshire is a protected area of outstanding beauty.
  9. Recruiting students for approx. 25 years: from Malaysia, Vietnam, China, Hong Kong, Chile and the UAE.
  10. Small class sizes, approximately 10 – 15 students per class.
  11. English lessons (8 hours per week).
  12. A NEW £6.6.M A-level building being built for 2017/18 entry.
  13. Access to sports academies.

Accommodation

As part of our Boarding plus Programme, students live with Host Families

The international office at Pembrokeshire College works with a network of carefully selected local families who provide accommodation to international students in their family homes. Students living with a host family are well looked after and are treated as one of the family; it also gives students a wonderful opportunity to improve their English through total immersion in the language.

Our host family providers are chosen from local people living in the Pembrokeshire area; some are very close to the College, others are further away but are serviced with buses bringing students to the College and returning them home at the end of the day.

The families are very experienced in hosting international students and have a genuine interest in the development and experience of the student. They have current DBS certificates in place, ensuring that the international students are staying with a family who has undergone a recognised safeguarding process and who has undertaken safeguarding training at the College.

Students have input into the host family selection process; they can decide specifics such as not living with families with pets or wanting to live near to the beach. Host family accommodation is available during term times, Easter and half term vacations. This includes breakfast and dinner 7 days a week, as well as lunch on Saturday and Sunday. Free internet is available, as well as laundry facilities and your own bedroom.

Some families take their students away on weekends to visit relatives and other cities in the UK; they have themed cooking evenings and generally enjoy participating in the rich cultural experience that is to be had by staying with a host family.

“My host Helen treats me like her own son and has made me feel very comfortable. I get on really well with her son Matthew; we will definitely stay in touch after my studies. My dad also studied in the UK and lived with a host family – he said that it was much more fun that dormitories and he was right!” – Mohannad Romman from Jordan.

College facilities for our students and staff include:

Buildings and Sites

  • CAMPUS 6 – is the latest addition to the College. Opening in September 2017, CAMPUS 6 will feature science laboratories, modern classrooms, a large self-study area, a 590m2 sports hall, a cardio fitness suite and ultra-modern salons as well as a coffee shop. The new building will feature the latest technology and innovative teaching methods giving students a first-class learning experience.
  • Innovation Centre – the innovation centre is a state-of-the-art facility for design, engineering, media, photography, construction and music. Specialist resources combined with highly skilled staff provide a wide range of further and higher education in subjects that will be crucial for the development of a competitive high-skill economy.
  • Energy Centre – the purpose built Energy Centre provides gas, oil and water training, accredited assessment and live renewables installation and servicing facilities. Courses are run on-demand throughout the year. Please refer to the our Energy Page for more information.
  • Construction Centre – the Construction Technology Centre has created an excellent training environment for school leavers, trades people and professionals wanting to improve their skills and qualifications. With modern equipment, large workshops and experienced lecturers, the College is the well placed for those looking to learn a trade.
  • MITEC – based in Milford Haven, MITEC specialises in welding and marine engineering. Purpose built in 2000, the centre contains an extensive range of welding, fabrication and marine engineering equipment supported by state-of-the-art computer and classroom facilities.
  • Equine Centre – based at Bowlings Riding Stables in Rudbaxton, five miles from the College, the centre offers practical riding and stable management tuition. The facility has an excellent reputation and facilities include a 20x40m indoor school and an outside course with over 30 fences.

Services

  • Study Centre – the Study Centre is a mixture of traditional library services, electronic resources and study areas. The online Library Catalogue gives details of books, journals and newspapers available within the Centre. Members of the public are welcome to use the Study Centre as a reference library and to use the computers for a nominal fee. The Study Centre can be contacted on: 01437 753 267 or by email. For opening times click here.
  • Academy Hair and Beauty Salons – our industry standard salons offer a range of services for students, staff and members of the public to keep them looking and feeling good at heavily discounted prices. Treatments are carried out by students either learning or updating their hairdressing, beauty therapy or complementary skills, under the close supervision of professionally qualified lecturers. Appointments are available during term time only and opening times vary throughout the year so call 01437 753 164 for details. Click here for opening times and to view current treatments and prices. Keep up to date with news and offers on our Facebook page.
  • Academy Restaurant – the Academy Restaurant, Bistro and Coffee Shop are run by catering and hospitality students and are open during term time to staff, students and the general public. Serving an assorted menu of reasonably priced, quality food and with themed events offered throughout the year, call 01437 753 165 to be added to the mailing list. Keep up to date with news and offers on our Facebook page. Read our reviews on TripAdvisor.
    Starbucks – open to the public, the College is home to the first Starbucks in Pembrokeshire serving a delicious range of hot and cold drinks as well as light snacks.
  • Bright Start Day Nursery – offers a lively, safe and caring environment for pre-school children aged from 0 to 7 years. To contact the nursery call: 01437 753 153.

Our Commercial Facilities include:

Merlin Theatre (capacity 220)

Classrooms

Video Conference Rooms

Bright Start Day Nursery 

Academy Restaurant

Recruitment Services 

For more information click on the links above, or if you wish to hire rooms within the College please contact Marketing on 01437 753 163 or email marketing@pembrokeshire.ac.uk

Awarded ‘Excellent’ by the British Council

What the inspectors said…

“Many students stay with the same host family for a number of years and literally become a valued ‘member of the family.”

“The teaching team is experienced and has been well established for many years.”

“The needs of a student’s security, pastoral care, information and advice are very well met.”

“The accommodation provided is of a high standard.”

“Transport arrangements are well managed.”

The following areas were awarded EXCELLENT during the last British Council inspection (2011):
  • Homestay services and facilities
  • Homestay accommodation
  • Student feedback about homestay accommodation
  • Resources and environment – space and condition of premises
  • Student records
  • Student facilities
  • Health and safety

Award Winning Support

All students receive additional guidance support and help from our team of experienced international office staff. The international office has won the highly prestigious Beacon Award for the excellent support it provides its international students. Additionally, we have outlined induction activities that are designed to help settle you into college life.

Free Health Service

During College induction, the international office will help you to register with a doctor. If you are on a full-time course, any NHS medical consultation or treatment that you may require during your studies will be provided free of charge.

As a student of Pembrokeshire College you will also receive:

  • Welcome and orientation programme on arrival
  • Diagnostic placement test on arrival
  • 24 hour emergency helpline
  • Welfare and Accommodation Officer
  • Advice, Guidance and Welfare Support
  • Careers service
  • UCAS (University & Colleges Application Service), progression and initial course guidance (specialist university support for medical school applications)
  • Full access to our extensive computer centre and excellent Study Centre
  • Social programme
  • Regular academic progress reports and contact with your parents

Induction and your first week

During your first week at Pembrokeshire College you will take part in an induction programme that includes: enrolment to your course, opening a UK bank account, registering with the local doctor’s surgery. You will be provided with a comprehensive induction folder containing useful information which you can refer to during your time at Pembrokeshire College.

As an international student you will have the opportunity to meet up with your tutor on a regular basis to discuss your progress and any problems you may have. Your tutor will also help you to track your progress and keep your parent/guardian/sponsor informed of your developments.

Pembrokeshire

Pembrokeshire College is situated in an area of outstanding beauty and has one of the lowest crime rates in the UK. This protected location is famous for its castles, coastline and generous hospitality. We are four hours from Heathrow airport, three hours from Bristol Airport and two hours from the capital city of Cardiff.

Where are we?

There is plenty to see and do in Pembrokeshire especially if outdoor activities are one of your passions. From kayaking to mountain climbing there are numerous ways to release some energy after College or at the weekend. We are only one hour away from the home of premier league Swansea City Football Club (Liberty Stadium) and two hours from Cardiff City Football (Cardiff City Stadium).

The sublime beauty of Pembrokeshire has attracted many writers, musicians and artists to its shores, even film crews. The last few years Pembrokeshire has been a popular location for Hollywood blockbusters, including; Harry Potter ‘Deathly Hallows’, Snow White and the Huntsmen starring Charlize Theron and Robin Hood starring Russell Crowe.

Where are we

Students Enrolled
1st October 2016
Courses Offered
2016/17
Qualifications Gained
2015/16

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