Walsall College

Introduction

Why Study at Walsall College?

At Walsall College, you will receive an amazing and unparalleled opportunity to experience living and learning in the UK at one of West Midlands biggest Government funded colleges. Our campus is state of the art, offering: 4 specialist learning decks in addition to a Learning Resource Centre; a gym; hair & beauty salon; a restaurant and 3 student cafes; and free wi-fi throughout our campus. Our experienced, qualified teachers are all native speakers with a first degree and are dedicated to deliver excellence to all students. In addition, we have a dedicated International Team who are there to offer you support and help with anything you need including travel arrangements, visas (we are UK Border Agency Highly Trusted Sponsors), registering with a doctor, police registration and opening a bank account! We are an award winning college!

  • AoC Beacon Award Winner for Efficiency through the Effective use of Technology in Further Education and Skills, so it is no surprise that we have free Wi Fi access throughout our campus
  • Matrix Excellence Awards & Black Country Quality Award in Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (Gold Standard)
  • LSIS Leading the Learner Voice Awards 2 commendations. We listen to what our learners want and satisfy their needs.

About Walsall

  • Walsall is a lively and culturally diverse town situated close to England’s second largest city, Birmingham
  • Travel is easy and Walsall is only a 15 minute train journey to Birmingham, which is Britain’s second city
  • In Birmingham you will discover the Bull Ring Shopping Centre which is one of the largest shopping centres in the UK and has a huge range of shops, boutiques and restaurants
  • Its central location ensures that moving around the Midlands is easy, with historic towns such as Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick less than an hour away
  • We are also only approximately 1 hours away from London and 1 hour away from Manchester by train
  • You will never be short of things to do, as there are endless opportunities for sport, entertainment and travel

What students have said about us

'The support I received from the International team was excellent, they are very friendly and helped me a lot.'

'The teachers are very patient and help the students a lot.'

'I am really glad I studied at the college it helped me to get used to the English way of life before starting university.'

'Walsall College provides a varied, creative and useful English course for students.'

Residential IELTS Programme

If you would like to come to the UK and study a short English Language programme then we have the course for you and your school or college. We currently run a range of English Language programmes from 8 week IELTS programmes to Pre-Sessional English preparation for University study through the year. We offer bespoke residential packages for groups of students from schools and colleges through the world. Our English Language programmes can be customised from 4 to 8 weeks dependant on your need. We can also arrange an IELTS exam on completion of your course.

We assist you with:

  • assisting with writing letters needed for group visas,
  • arranging group airport pickup services,
  • finding host families with meals included
  • arranging a social itinerary
  • organising bus passes
  • or any other support you need

A group of 36 students from Thailand recently visited Walsall College for 8 weeks studying an English Language programme. We found accommodation for each of the students and teachers with DBS checked local families, who found the experience of living with host families a valuable part of their cultural understanding of British Culture. All the students will be taking an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) English exam at the end of the course, as they chose Cambridge as their testing centre, the end of the exam was celebrated with an excursion.

Dr Choksaurin Jitchoknimit, IELTS Preparation Course Project Manager at Samufprakarn Assumption School in Thailand commented; "The course is very good and prepares students for IELT tests which they will need in order to go onto university. A group of students came here last year and we saw good results, so we decided to bring another group along this year. The campus is very impressive here, with good facilities for students to use. As well as studying, the students have been living with nice host families and have been given a real experience of British culture.”

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Programs

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Courses

General English Programme

Campus Full time January 2017 United Kingdom Walsall

This is a full time English language course with flexible entry for international students wishing to improve their English language skills. The course will [+]

This is a full time English language course with flexible entry for international students wishing to improve their English language skills. The course will enable students to progress to: - Level 3 course at Walsall College - International Foundation at Walsall College - Level 5 courses at Walsall College - Degree level courses at a UK university Students will have the opportunity to take one of the following Cambridge exams, depending on their level: - First Certificate in English (FCE) – upper intermediate level - Preliminary English Test (PET) – intermediate level - Business English Certificate (BEC) – preliminary and intermediate level Our courses are designed to meet the individual needs of students and assist them to increase their confidence and skills in English in order to progress to higher education. The course focuses on developing grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and the skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking. Flexible course start dates from September to April Any offer by Walsall College is subject to the academic qualifications you have provided. If this is subject to change you may be withdrawn from your programme. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS The minimum entry requirement for this course is IELTS 4.0 or equivalent. COURSE FEE £5,000 per year or £139 per week [-]

Online English Language Programme

Online Full time 1 year January 2016 United Kingdom Walsall

You can now learn and practise English from your home, in your country of origin. Walsall College’s Online English Language Programme [+]

Learn English at home, school or work with Walsall College You can now learn and practise English from your home, in your country of origin. Walsall College’s Online English Language Programme will help you to improve your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills at any level, starting from beginner to intermediate and upper-intermediate level. You will have unlimited access to the online programme for 12 months, once you receive your headset and login information. The Online English Language Programme uses unique speech recognition and correction technology, which is personalised to your ability. Career Focused English The Online English Language Programme will help you to improve your English at work. It covers jobs such as Auto Mechanics, Dental and Nursing, Flight Attendants, Security Guards, Banking, Medicine, Education, Law, Computing, Hospitality and many more. We will provide you with packages that will suit your personal job role and help you to improve your conversational, customer service and employability skills. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS No entry requirements PROGRESSION English Language Course studying at Walsall College. COURSE FEE Upon application [-]

Pre-Sessional: English for Academic Progression

Campus Full time 12 - 13 weeks January 2016 United Kingdom Walsall

Pre-sessional courses are designed to prepare you for studying in the UK before you start your Level 3 or Level 5 programme [+]

Pre-sessional courses are designed to prepare you for studying in the UK before you start your Level 3 or Level 5 programme with us. This course is an accredited programme by Walsall College and partner Universities including Birmingham City University, Keele University and Staffordshire University. Any offer by Walsall College is subject to the academic qualifications you have provided. If this is subject to change you may be withdrawn from your programme. Course Duration and cost - 12 weeks or less – 21 hrs per week: £250 - 13 weeks or more – 21 hrs per week: £230 All prices include registration, examination and online English support. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You will need an IELTS score of 4.5, with no sub score below 4. PROGRESSION If you successfully complete this course you should aim to achieve an IELTS score at CEFR level B2 so you can apply for degree level study at university. COURSE FEE £230 or £250 [-]

Pre-Sessional: English for Beginners

Campus Full time 12 - 13 weeks January 2016 United Kingdom Walsall

Pre-sessional courses are designed to prepare you for studying in the UK before you start your Level 3 or Level 5 programme [+]

Pre-sessional courses are designed to prepare you for studying in the UK before you start your Level 3 or Level 5 programme with us. Any offer by Walsall College is subject to the academic qualifications you have provided. If this is subject to change you may be withdrawn from your programme. Course Duration and cost - 12 weeks or less – 15 hrs per week: £180 - 13 weeks or more – 15 hrs per week: £165 All prices include registration, examination and online English support. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You will not need an IELTS score to study on this programme. You will be given an initial assessment to help us find out what your level of English is so we can offer you the right support. PROGRESSION If you successfull complete this course you should aim to get to B1 in your IELTS or Cambridge English Preliminary also known as Preliminary English Test so that you can apply for your Student Visa. COURSE FEE £165 or £180 [-]

Diploma

BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science

Campus Full time 2 years January 2016 United Kingdom Walsall

BTEC Applied Science looks at Science in a different way. Instead of working for examinations which limit your interests; this course is assessed through assignments which let you investigate and find out for yourself. Follow your interests [+]

BTEC Applied Science looks at Science in a different way. Instead of working for examinations which limit your interests; this course is assessed through assignments which let you investigate and find out for yourself. Follow your interests to the limit. This is a modular course in which each part is assessed separately through a mixture of practical work, written assignments and presentations. In class you will carry out practical tasks and also your own practical investigations which will help you to apply your knowledge of science to real life situations. You will also be able to have class discussions about topics which are currently in the news and which may have a huge impact on the World and the Society in which we live. Applied Science focuses on preparing you to understand how Science underpins modern life and will allow you to move on to a wide range of different careers. Any offer by Walsall College is subject to the academic qualifications you have provided. If this is subject to change you may be withdrawn from your programme. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You must have a minimum of level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFR) English qualification to apply for a student visa. To study a level 3 qualification you will need an IELTS score of 5.0 (or equivalent) and qualifications at the following levels e.g. • India – Higher Secondary (12 Grade) • Middle East – Secondary Diploma (Tawjihiyah) • China/ Hong Kong – Senior Secondary School Certificate • Africa – West African Senior School Certificate You will be required to take part in an initial assessment to ensure that the course and level of study is suited to your ability. PROGRESSION Employment or progression to University to take a wide range of Degree or Higher National Diploma courses. COURSE FEE £5,000 per year [-]

BTEC Extended Diploma in Art & Design (Fashion & Clothing)

Campus Full time 2 years January 2016 United Kingdom Walsall

This exciting course provides students with the opportunity to experience a broad range of subjects that strongly reflect practices used in the fashion industry. After the initial stage of the course in which you follow a programme to [+]

This exciting course provides students with the opportunity to experience a broad range of subjects that strongly reflect practices used in the fashion industry. After the initial stage of the course in which you follow a programme to develop your creativity and technical skills, the programme follows specialist fashion pathways, including: pattern construction, garment production, contextual influences, surface pattern and drawing development. There may be opportunities for trips abroad, as well as chances to enter into various competitions and shows. All students could have the opportunity of taking part in a fashion show or high profile fashion shoot. Private study is required and the course offers opportunities to gain further qualifications in Functional Skills English, Maths and or ICT. Please note – This course is for students with IELTS 5.0 (or equivalent). All course fees are payable per year. Any offer by Walsall College is subject to the academic qualifications you have provided. If this is subject to change you may be withdrawn from your programme. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You must have a minimum of level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFR) English qualification to apply for a student visa. To study a level 3 qualification you will need an IELTS score of 5.0 (or equivalent) and qualifications at the following levels e.g. • India – Higher Secondary (12 Grade) • Middle East – Secondary Diploma (Tawjihiyah) • China/ Hong Kong – Senior Secondary School Certificate • Africa – West African Senior School Certificate You will be required to take part in an initial assessment to ensure that the course and level of study is suited to your ability. PROGRESSION After successful completion of this course you can progression to our Higher National Certificate or Higher National Diploma in Fashion & Textiles. You may also choose to progress to university to study a degree. COURSE FEE £5,000 per year [-]

BTEC Extended Diploma in ICT

Campus Full time 2 years January 2016 United Kingdom Walsall

This course aims to provide you with the practical skills and knowledge of IT and includes both software and hardware elements, which may include specialism’s such as networking and web development. The course consists of eighteen IT [+]

This course aims to provide you with the practical skills and knowledge of IT and includes both software and hardware elements, which may include specialism’s such as networking and web development. The course consists of eighteen IT related units. Twelve units are studied in the first year with the remaining six in the second year. This will give students a valuable insight to the varied careers in IT. Opportunities to gain recognised Microsoft qualifications are available. Private study is required. Any offer by Walsall College is subject to the academic qualifications you have provided. If this is subject to change you may be withdrawn from your programme. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You must have a minimum of level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFR) English qualification to apply for a student visa. To study a level 3 qualification you will need an IELTS score of 5.0 (or equivalent) and qualifications at the following levels e.g. • India – Higher Secondary (12 Grade) • Middle East – Secondary Diploma (Tawjihiyah) • China/ Hong Kong – Senior Secondary School Certificate • Africa – West African Senior School Certificate You will be required to take part in an initial assessment to ensure that the course and level of study is suited to your ability. PROGRESSION Progression to the Higher National Certificate or Higher National Diploma Computing at Walsall College COURSE FEE £5,000 per year [-]

BTEC Foundation Diploma Art & Design

Campus Full time 2 years January 2016 United Kingdom Walsall

The Foundation Diploma in Art & Design course has 3 stages. It operates at Level 3 in the first two and then moves to Level 4 in the last stage. It prepares students to work well at degree level and studies have shown that those who undertake a [+]

The Foundation Diploma in Art & Design course has 3 stages. It operates at Level 3 in the first two and then moves to Level 4 in the last stage. It prepares students to work well at degree level and studies have shown that those who undertake a Foundation course prior to university are more successful. It is a folder preparation course, recommended by top universities and is a recognised and valued route for Art & Design students in all areas. The Exploratory Stage introduces various specialist areas such as Graphics, Textiles, 3D Design, Printmaking, Fine Art and Photography. We encourage all students to try different things and to find out through practical experience what is preferred. The Pathway Stage allows you to specialise in one or two areas that you enjoy most and finally the Confirmatory Stage, develops your own ideas for a final major project, working more independently and being responsible for the structuring and production of work. The FAD programme includes numerous trips and events which are integrated into the programme. The course is involved with live events at The New Art Gallery Walsall. Students are encouraged to make use of this relationship in their work. Private study is required and the course offers opportunities to gain further qualifications in Functional Skills English, Maths and or ICT. Please note – This course is for students with IELTS 5.0 (or equivalent) All course fees are payable per year Any offer by Walsall College is subject to the academic qualifications you have provided. If this is subject to change you may be withdrawn from your programme. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You must have a minimum of level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFR) English qualification to apply for a student visa. To study a level 3 qualification you will need an IELTS score of 5.0 (or equivalent) and qualifications at the following levels e.g. • India – Higher Secondary (12 Grade) • Middle East – Secondary Diploma (Tawjihiyah) • China/ Hong Kong – Senior Secondary School Certificate • Africa – West African Senior School Certificate. You will be required to take part in an initial assessment to ensure that the course and level of study is suited to your ability. PROGRESSION Students taking the BTEC Extended Diploma in Art and Design and Diploma in Foundation Studies have progressed onto a wide range of university courses including; Architecture, Product Design, Fine Art, Animation, Fashion and Textiles, Constructed Textiles COURSE FEE £5,000 per year [-]

BTEC Sub Diploma/Diploma in Business

Campus Full time 1 - 2 years January 2016 United Kingdom Walsall

This course will provide a good background and prepare students for a career in Business & Management. You will complete practical and industry specific assignments and projects throughout the year. This will help you to gain an understanding [+]

This course will provide a good background and prepare students for a career in Business & Management. You will complete practical and industry specific assignments and projects throughout the year. This will help you to gain an understanding of the Business & Management by developing skills and knowledge that are valued by employers. This course will prepare you for work in a variety of business departments including human resource management, finance, and marketing and information systems. You will learn between 6 to 12 modules from the list below based on your academic ability. Progression to the second year of the Diploma will be based on your ability to successfully complete the Subsidiary Diploma. Please note – This course is for students with IELTS 5.0 (or equivalent) All course fees are payable per year. Any offer by Walsall College is subject to the academic qualifications you have provided. If this is subject to change you may be withdrawn from your programme. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS You must have a minimum of level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFR) English qualification e.g. an IELTS score of 5.0 with a minimum sub score of 5.0 in writing to apply for this course and your student visa. You should also have qualifications at Higher Secondary, Diploma level or the equivalent in your country. Your qualifications will be assessed against the NARIC qualification comparison system. You will also be required to take part in an initial assessment to ensure that the course and level of study is suited to your ability, this will enable us to assess the level of additional support which you may require. Tier 4 students must: - have an IELTS score of 5.0 with a minimum subscore of 5.0 in writing - achieve minimum attendance and punctuality targets of 95% - be 18 years and above - Live within 8 miles of Walsall College e.g. Walsall, Birmingham, West Bromwich, Sandwell, Wolverhampton, Cannock, Bilston or Dudley.t Walsall College near the City of Birmingham - Skype Interview – You must complete and pass an initial Skype interview with the International Office. You will then be required to complete and pass a Skype interview with tutors from your chosen subject area. Both interviews will need to be passed before any offer of study is made. As you are studying at a Government funded college you will be entitled to work for 10 hours per week. PROGRESSION After successful completion of this course you can progression to our Higher National Certificate or Higher National Diploma in Business. You may also choose to progress to university to study a degree. COURSE FEE £5,000 per year [-]

Summer courses

English Summer School Programme

Campus Part time 3 - 4 weeks April 2017 United Kingdom Walsall

Walsall College’s English Language Summer School is designed to provide you with an introduction to the English skills you need to live, work [+]

Walsall College’s English Language Summer School is designed to provide you with an introduction to the English skills you need to live, work or study in an English-speaking country. The course combines English speaking, listening, reading and writing with cultural visits to give you a flavour of life in the UK or to prepare you for further study in the UK. The course will also focus on improving your grammar and use of vocabulary in both general and in academic contexts at all levels, from beginner to advanced levels. ENTRY REQUIREMENTS Students of all levels are welcome. PROGRESSION The course is very practical. The teaching sessions are mixed, so you’ll develop your English language skills through ‘real world’ tasks, which will link in with the excursions and social events and help you feel confident communicating in English. COURSE FEE 4 week course: £1800, 3 week course: £1400 Length of Course The course is 15 hours per week. Walsall College has flexible start dates for it’s Summer School Programme which runs from April 2015 until August 2015. We can also arrange a unique Christmas School Programme. [-]