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International Students

Welcoming students from across the globe.

Cheshire College – South & West is a leading Further Education College in Cheshire, Northern England. Over the years, we have developed a number of partnerships with schools and other educational establishments around the world, welcoming over 2000 students and teachers to date to our modern Campuses.

Renowned for our high-quality teaching and training, Cheshire College provides every single student with state-of-the-art facilities to enhance their learning in an innovative and creative environment. Whether you are looking to study full time with us to prepare for university, a study abroad programme or a summer school to improve your English, we have a wide range of courses for you to choose from.

We’ve outlined what’s available for our internal students below but if you have any questions, our dedicated team are here to help. We look forward to meeting many more international students to Cheshire College and help them achieve their goals.

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Frequently asked questions

If you want to study a full time course, you need a Student Route Visa before travelling to the UK.

This will involve undertaking an UKVI English Test and acquiring a CAS Visa.

Please send a message to to ask about the costs of any specific course. Our International Team will provide you with all the answers you need as quickly as possible.

If you are studying A Levels full time, then you’re required to pick 3 A Levels.

If you are interested in studying on the Exchange/Study Abroad Programme, then you’re required to pick 4 A Levels so that you can have a full timetable.

Due to Visa requirements, international students can only undertake Level 3 BTEC courses.

Yes, the International Team would be happy to help you and will provide the paperwork you need.

To study at Cheshire College, you will need to be able to speak, write and study in English.

Different courses have different English language requirements, based on the length and structure of the course.

All applicants will need to undertake an UKVI approved English Language Exam. For example, the UKVI IELTS exam, and achieve 5.5/6.0 to obtain a Visa.

For a full list of approved exams, please visit

Courses start at the beginning of September.

We encourage all students wishing to study at Cheshire College to apply as early as possible so that you secure your place on your chosen course, especially for our popular A level subjects. If you apply for a level 3 study programme and receive an offer, it’s important that you accept your place and pay the college fees deposit by the 31st March.

You could be eligible for financial support and the International Team will be able to provide more information about this if you send them a message at

A Levels are only delivered at our Crewe Campus. However, it is possible to live in Chester and study at Crewe.You can travel by bus or train to Crewe. Please speak to the International Team at for more information and support regarding bus or train travel.

Great news! We’re always happy to welcome more families to our network of hosts. Please send a message to confirming your interest and the International Team will get back to you as quickly as possible.

We don’t offer scholarships for our international students.However, we do offer bursaries for students who pay early.

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