Bradford College


Founded in 1832, Bradford College is one of the largest UK colleges with 24,000 students, annually attracting more than 600 international students from over 65 countries.  We are proud to be a UK Border Agency Highly Trusted Sponsor (HTS).

We offer a wide range of subjects, including Business, Management, Computing, Law, Engineering, Art, Education and English Language, from A Level courses to Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.
Our students enjoy facilities such as Level(restaurant, cafe and hair and beauty salons), Trinity Green (a £20 million development housing Engineering, Construction and Sport), libraries and our British Council-accredited English Language Center, as well as on-campus Halls of Residence accommodation.

Based in the North of England, Bradford is one of the most affordable cities in the UK for students to live and study.

With over 180 years’ experience in education, Bradford College has earned an excellent reputation for producing students equipped with the skills and knowledge required to give them a head start in today’s professional world.

Why choose Bradford?
Place to study

Bradford College welcomes hundreds of international students each year – we have learners from over one hundred different nationalities! We are proud to hold UK Visas & Immigration’s (formerly the UKBA’s) Highly Trusted Sponsor status (HTS), and in 2012 were awarded International Charter (AoCIC) status by the Association of Colleges (AoC). We offer a wide range of higher education and further education courses, encompassing all levels, including foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees.  Many of these have been carefully developed in close co-operation with industry, commerce, professional and nationally validating bodies.

English language centre

The English Language Centre at Bradford College runs a wide range of courses throughout the year, suitable for international students over the age of 18 of all levels who wish to learn English. We offer excellent Homestay and Residential accommodation and a cultural and social programme for all our international students.

We also run part-time courses throughout the academic year.

The English Language Centre is an internationally recognised centre of excellence, providing a friendly and professional place for you to improve your English skills for professional development, further study or just for fun.  It is large enough for students to make friends of different nationalities and backgrounds but personal enough for individual tutorial attention.  All of our English language courses are accredited by the British Council.


Bradford College has a range of comfortable and affordable accommodation available, all in close proximity to the College. Our accommodation provides a secure and supportive environment, and is an ideal base for students who are leaving home for the first time or new to Bradford.

Your Choice

We want you to have the best experience possible, that’s why we offer a range of accommodation choices to suit your needs. Whether you choose Halls or Homestay the same high standards of facilities and support are available to you.

Who Can Apply For Accommodation?

Any full-time Bradford College student may apply for accommodation. It is customary for students who are under 18 when they start their course to stay in Homestay accommodation. Students aged over 18 can apply for a place in Halls of Residence or Homestay. Rooms are allocated with priority given to:

  • Students in their first year
  • Final year students (third or fourth year)
  • International students in any year

Whilst rooms are allocated on a priority basis, we will always endeavour to find appropriate accommodation for students who request it.

How to apply

With such a great choice of courses available to you, we want to make sure you choose the most suitable course. To help you make your choice, our Admissions staff will be happy to put you through to the Admissions Tutors in the teaching departments to clarify any details about the courses, career progression or other academic concerns you may have.

Benefits and services

As a Birkbeck graduate you have access to a range of regularly updated benefits and services.

To continue getting the most out of being a Birkbeck alumnus all you need to do is keep us informed of your current address by updating your details when you move and we will contact you with latest news, events, updates and offers.

10% tuition fee discount on Birkbeck postgraduate courses
  • Birkbeck is offering a 10% discount on tuition fees to all Birkbeck alumnienrolling on any master’s degree starting in 2014/2015.
  • To take advantage of this offer, you must have completed an undergraduate degree from Birkbeck, University of London.
  • When you complete enrolment online you will be asked if you want to take advantage of the alumni discount. No additional proof should be required, since we will already have a record of you having completed an honours degree with us.
Working during your studies

Our evening teaching model gives Birkbeck students the opportunity to do part-time daytime work. Not only does this help you to manage your finances while you are studying, but also enable you to gain experience of the UK workplace and working practices.

Tier 4 (General) Student visa permits students to work with some restriction while studying in the UK.  The restriction is stated in your visa which is normally one of the following:

  • Able to work as authorised by the Secretary of State
  • No resource to public funds.  Work/Business as in Tier 4 rules
  • Work 20 hrs max in term-time
  • Work 10 hrs max in term-time

However, if you are in the UK as a Student Visitor or Visitor, you are not permitted to work.  This includes paid or unpaid work and work placement.

If your programme is degree-level or above, i.e. Bachelor’s or Master’s or Research degree, you are permitted to work a maximum of 20 hours per week during term-time.  If your programme is below degree-level, e.g. Diploma in Law, you are permitted to work a maximum of 10 hours per week during term-time.  However, you can work full-time during vacation.

Although as a student you can take most kinds of work, you must not:

  • be self-employed
  • be employed as a professional sportsperson or sports coach
  • be employed as an entertainer
  • take a permanent full-time job

You should understand that full-time study at Birkbeck is intensive.  To be sure that your course work won’t suffer, please talk to your course tutor if you are thinking about working during your studies.

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