FAQ’s

Below is a list of common questions we are asked and their answers.

English classes

  1. How many students are in the classes?

Most of the classes have 8 – 12 students. The maximum class size is 16.

Disclaimer:  Very occasionally, classes may have 17 or 18 students.  It will never be more than 18 and will never be for more than a couple of lessons.”

  1. What are the nationalities of the students?

Many of the students are from Europe, and we also have students from the Middle East, from Asia, and some from countries such as Russia and Brazil. 

  1. What is the minimum age for students?

The minimum age is 16.

  1. How old are the students?  

Most students are between 18 and 30, but we also have older and younger students in many of the classes.

  1. How much are the courses?

The cost of the courses depends on how many hours you want to study each week, and how many weeks you want to study. You will find the price of each course in the course descriptions on this website.

  1. Will I need to take an entrance test?

All students take a placement test, so we know which is the most suitable class for you.

  1. Is there an exam at the end of the course?

There are no exams at the end of the full-time and part-time language courses. However, all students receive a certificate of attendance.

  1. Can I take a part-time class?

Yes. The part-time General English classes are 4 hours per week (two 2-hour classes) in the mornings. Follow this link for more information.

  1. What are the entry requirements for English classes?

There are no formal entry requirements, but you will take a placement test to see which is the most suitable class for you.

  1. What happens if I want to change my course?

You can talk to your teacher or the English Language School Learning Coordinator to discuss this.

  1. Do I need to buy a course book?

No, you do not need to buy a course book, we will provide all the materials you need for use in class. However, we can recommend some books if you would like to buy any.

Accommodation

  1. What type of accommodation do you have?

Most of our international students are in homestay, where they live with a local family to learn more about British customs, and where they can continue to practise their English with their hosts.

  1. Is the accommodation near Bath College?

Bath College is in the centre of Bath, along with the shops, cinemas, theatre and other attractions. However, Bath is a small city so the residential areas of Bath are within walking distance or a short bus ride of the college.

  1. How do I apply for accommodation?

Please go to the accommodation page of the Bath College website (see the link below), and you will find the application form.

Visas

Do I need a visa to study English at Bath College?

You may need a visa,  this depends on several things such as your nationality, how many hours you want to study each week, and how long the course is. For more information, please see the Visa information section of this website.  

Payment

  1. How can I pay for the course?

There are several methods of payment, so you can choose the most convenient method for you. You can pay by card over the phone, or by bank transfer, or online through PayToStudy. For more information, please got to the How To Pay page

  1. Do I have to pay in pounds sterling?

If you pay your tuition fee through the PaytoStudy service, you can pay in your home currency directly from your bank. Please see the section How to pay for more information. 

  1. Are there any student loans?

No, there are no student loans.

  1. Do I have to pay a deposit?

Yes, you need to pay 50% of the course fee to confirm your place. You need to pay this before you arrive to enrol on the course.

  1. If I cannot finish the course, will I get a refund?

In most cases there are no refunds. We can only consider refunds in truly exceptional circumstances, and you will need to provide evidence of any circumstances to support your claim. The final decision is made by the Director of Finance. 

General

  1. Can I buy food and drink in Bath College?

Yes, there are four food outlets in the College; a coffee shop which sells drinks, sandwiches and snacks, and also a café and a restaurant which are open during term-time. 

  1. How soon can I start my course?

You can start your course on most Mondays through the year. However, we recommend that you do not start a new course near the end of a term.

  1. How far is the College from London?

It is about 115 miles (186km) by road to London. The journey takes 90 minutes by train, and about 3 hours by coach.

  1. Is Bath College in the centre of Bath?

Yes, it is just a few minutes’ walk from the shops, cinemas, bus station and train station. 

  1. Do you have free internet?

Yes. You can access the internet at Bath College after you have enrolled.

  1. Are there any trips or other activities?

Yes, there are some trips and activities which are organised just for the international students, and other activities for all students in the College (eg trips, sporting activities, film nights, etc) which you can join. Some activities are free, but for others (such as long trips) there may be a charge. For more information, see the Social programme and activities page. 

  1. Can I choose my start date?

For most courses, you can start your studies on any Monday. However, we recommend that you do not begin a new course near the end of a term. We will be able to advise you about a convenient start date when you send your application.

If you have any other questions, please email us at intstudent@bathcollege.ac.uk