Brockenhurst College is a college offering a wide range of courses, from A-Levels to diplomas for about 2,800 16 to 18 year olds, of which about 5 per cent are from overseas. It can trace its roots back to a teaching centre established in 1909 and is located in the New Forest National Park in the south of England. It is one of the highest rated colleges in the UK by OFSTED, boasting a 99 per cent pass rate for A-Levels.
In 2013, 26 per cent of Brockenhurst students went on to Russell Group universities, among the most prestigious in the UK. Brockenhurst provide specialist guidance for very gifted students on its Gifted & Talented programme.
Students on this programme receive unique support with applications and interviews at the best universities, including Oxford and Cambridge. Small class sizes (average 16.4) and regular one-to-one tutorial meetings also benefit the long term management of students. Arange of scholarship opportunities for the most able and committed students is also available.
Arriving international students are given a full induction programme to help settle in and meet new teachers and friends. English language classes are included in all study options and can be tailored to specific exams, like IELTS or TOEFL. Students are assigned a personal tutor who can offer individual advice and support, as well as a progress manager to monitor achievement during studies. At the appropriate time, all students are offered university and careers guidance.
Brockenhurst students achieve consistently high results, with a 99 per cent pass rate meaning it is one of the best ranked colleges in the country. In 2013, 50 per cent of students received A*-B grades and 75% achieved A*-C grades. In the same year, eight students progressed on to Oxford or Cambridge and 26 per cent went to Russell Group universities, with more heading to specialist institutions like Central Saint Martin’s University and the London School of Fashion.
The college does not have any on-site accommodation, but does offer an option to allow international students to take part in a homestay with local families. This allows students to improve both language fluency and immersion in British culture.
Brockenhurst is located within the New Forest National Park in the south of England. The New Forest is more than 900 years old and consists of woods and heathland where ponies and cattle roam freely. Nearby is the seaside town of Bournemouth, which boasts long sandy beaches, good shopping and a lively nightlife and youth culture. Larger cities like London and Oxford are only 90 minutes away, despite the college’s peaceful setting.
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