International Students

Here at London Brookes Sixth Form College, we welcome international students from all over the world.

Tier 4 Student Visa Guidelines

All international students should read the following instructions as a guideline on how to apply for student visa in order to be able to come study at London Brookes College.

  • International Students Visa Guidelines – LBC (*only a guideline)
  • UKBA Adult Students Tier 4 (General) student visa information on (**must read)

*Note: The London Brookes College document should only be used as a guideline. **Note: All international students should look at the UKBA website for the latest detailed information on applying for student visas (

The UKBA (or United Kingdom Border Agency) prevents people from overseas entering the UK illegally. We at LBC are a tier 4 sponsor, which means that we can sponsor students from other countries. Studying here as a full time student means that you are entitled to live in the UK during your studies, so long as you follow the conditions set out by them. You can find out more by visiting the UKBA website (


Why choose London Brookes College?

If you are an international student who wants to study for widely recognised qualifications, being taught by subject specialists in small groups where you receive individual attention, look no further. London Brookes is the college for you. The college is a centre of academic excellence with students taking three or four AS/A2 levels from a range of subjects.

London Brookes College is an independent sixth form college that has a reputation for providing education and related services of the highest quality. Students from a variety of backgrounds come here with the aim of achieving the grades necessary to meet university entrance requirements for their desired courses.

Accredited by UKBA, London Brookes College is delighted to welcome international students to its historic building, conveniently situated in Hendon, North-West London, near to road, rail and bus links.

Worried about being away from home?

Please don’t be! We will help you with all aspects of life in London and our friendly students will welcome you to our happy, hard working community. Once here, we will teach you, organise your examinations and work with you to complete your university applications. We have been fully inspected by the Accreditation Service for International Colleges who base their judgements on a range of criteria. We have also been approved as a sponsoring body by the UKBA. So, if you come to us, you’ll know you’re in safe hands.

How to Apply?

If you wish to apply for our A Level programme, please complete our international student application form (International-Student-form)and return it to us along with any supporting documentation (for example recent school reports, certificates of achievement, IELTS Certificate). Once your application has been received, it will be acknowledged and an interview date will be arranged. For applications made outside of the UK, a telephone or skype interview will be conducted. If your interview and application (based on academic and visa requirements) is successful and we are satisfied that you meet our entry requirements a conditional offer letter will be issued. Once you accept our offer and meet the conditions of the offer letter a CAS will be issued which you can use to make your visa application to study in the UK

Entry Requirements

Students applying for an A Level programme must meet our entry requirements of 5 grade C’s or above at GCSE level or equivalent, including Maths and English Language. You must also be able to demonstrate your English proficiency by holding an IELTS score of 5.0 – 5.5 or above. Please refer to the UK Border Agency website for a list of approved English Language Tests.

Airport Collection

We can arrange for you to be collected from the Airport to ensure your safe arrival. Please contact us for further information and costs. A minimum of 2 weeks’ notice is required.


We can arrange for your accommodation. Please contact us for further information and costs. A minimum of 2 months’ notice is required.

“My Chinese name is Jiaxing Zhang, but my friends and teachers who are in LBCprefer to call me by my English name, Jason. It almost sounds the same! I’m from

Liaoning province, in mainland China. I’ve been in Britain for roughly two years, and I have

been attending London Brookes College for the same period. After I came here, I saw the huge difference between Chinese schools and English schools. For instance, there are so many students in Chinese schools, whereas students who are in London Brookes are always in small classes.

British education is more focused on practicality, which takes time to get used to, but you get it eventually. On the other hand, Chinese education always concentrates on the examination-oriented system. The main thing is that London Brookes has really helped me to understand how to succeed with exams in the British system. Thanks to the teachers at London Brookes College, I am well prepared and confident in my ability to do well at A Levels and get a place at a good English university.

When I arrived in London I had a lot of difficulty speaking and understanding English. Although it has taken a lot of time, my English has really improved here at Brookes.

This is the reason why I choose LBC, teachers are very kind and patient and they understand they need to speak slowly and clearly to students like me, especially at the beginning! My friends in China are jealous now. 

London Brookes college is in Hendon, in North London. The transport connections are pretty convenient because the college is close to Hendon Central Underground station. This is good news! LBCis near Middlesex University, so this is a more positive atmosphere for studying.

I am very happy with my choice to study A Levels at London Brookes College. The friendly teachers and staff and the English and international students make it a real “home from home” for me!”

Jaixing 'Jason' Zhang

My name is Wanting Liang and I come from Guangdong province in China. I have been in the UK for a year and a half. When I first arrived in England, I went to a boarding school outside of London but I found there were so many Chinese students there that my English was not getting better. Instead, I improved my Mandarin! This is not why I came to England to finish high school!

When I came to London Brookes College, I quickly realised this would be a better place for me. Almost all of the students are locals who have grown up in England, so this has allowed me to make major progress with my English….finally! The English teachers in London Brookes College are very patient and they are very clear and easy to understand. Mr Walsh has helped us to prepare for the IELTS exam and now we can enter university here with a good IELTS score.

In London Brookes College, the class sizes are smaller than my other English school and much smaller than China. It is so easy to learn in a group of seven or eight students. Not like in China, with fifty other students. If you have a question in Brookes the teacher can help you with it immediately.

I also chose Brookes because it has a good reputation. I think the teachers are very nice and the other students are open and helpful. Sometimes I receive one-to-one lessons if I am having a big problem in a subject or if I need extra help. This is so useful!

I still feel homesick and lonely, but because of the LBC teachers, staff, and my new friends, living in England is getting easier. I am looking forward to the rest of this academic year. I am even looking forward to doing my AS exams in May and June.

Wanting 'Wendy' Liang
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