Andrew Cropley

Hello and welcome to Stratford-upon-Avon College. Studying overseas offers many exciting experiences, but it can also be a challenge to adapt to a new environment.

I am extremely proud of our reputation for providing the best student experience. We hold Tier 4 Sponsor status with UK Visas and Immigration and are therefore extremely happy to be able to invite international student applicants from around the world to study with us. I believe that we offer our students something special; the enthusiasm of our staff and our commitment to high quality teaching, will help you shape your future and progress to a UK university.

One of our main aims is to provide an outstanding learning experience. We treat all of our students as individuals and pride ourselves on the exceptional support you will receive. We want to ensure that you are well equipped for your future lives, professionally, intellectually and socially, enabling you to make the most of your unique Stratford-upon-Avon College experience.

Our teaching and support staff are dedicated to making sure your time at the College enables you to achieve your full potential.

If you do choose to come here, you will have access to a great community campus that’s friendly and well located. We also have accommodation on campus and a great range of facilities including an excellent resource centre, recording studios, media suites, IT centres and lecture theatres.  triangles

Entry Requirements

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  • Application and Accommodation Support

    Our dedicated team will be on hand to assist you with your application to study in the UK and ensure that you have the accommodation choice right for you.

  • A Safe and Friendly Environment

    Your health and welfare are at the core of what we do. We want you to achieve your qualifications and enjoy your time safely and happily at Stratford-upon-Avon College.

  • Care of Under 18s

    We take the care of our younger students very seriously. We are committed to safeguarding our learners against risk and take an active approach to doing so. All our students under the age of 18 who live in our accommodation are required to sign in and out when they go anywhere off campus, informing us of where they are going and when they expect to be back. In addition, we offer a strong support network of Personal Tutors and Learning Coaches who help our learners to stay safe, excel and enjoy their experience. (Click the icon to visit our safeguarding page.)

  • Personal Tutor and University Application Support

    Your own dedicated Personal Tutor will monitor your academic progress and support you with your university application, giving you personal individual support during your period of study with us.

  • Progression to University

    We have a high success rate of providing our students with university placements..

  • Immigration Help Service

    The College has Tier 4 Sponsor status granted by UKVI and, for an additional fee, access to professional immigration lawyers to act on your behalf if required.

  • High Quality Courses and English Language Teaching

    We are regularly inspected to ensure that we meet their requirements for teaching and welfare support for our international students.

  • Flexible Starts Dates

    September to January start dates are available for the International Foundation Programme.


    You will be supported in your studies by a team of teachers who have many years of experience in achieving outstanding success with international students.


    You will be in class sizes of no more than 20 students, providing a warm and friendly atmosphere.


    Enjoy social, cultural and business events and visits that enhance your studies. (Click the icon for details.)

International Success Stories

We are extremely proud of our students.


Zhen Zhu

“I studied Management and Finance. I enjoyed the courses very much, especially Finance. The teachers were very helpful and really nice. I was very happy studying there. I had a good time going on cultural trips with my friends and I am currently studying BSc Accounting and Finance.”


Xingkun Zhang

“Last year I studied at Stratford-upon-Avon College, specialising in Business Studies. I currently study at Oxford Brookes University specialising in Business and Management. Stratford College is a great place to study because the college has great facilities and the staff are fantastic. They have a lot of patience and if you have any problems you can find them in their offices and talk with them. The College location is great, it is close to the train station. Stratford is a small town with a lovely environment. I lived with a home stay provider. She was also really nice and taught me a lot about Britain. If someone asked me if I would recommend other people to study at Stratford-upon-Avon College my answer would be “of course!”


Pui Yan Wong

“Over the three months I have studied in this IFP programme, the lessons I have taken have been extremely rewarding. They have not only strengthened my qualification to apply to universities, but I have also received abundant support from teachers and staffs. I believe that their support and feedback to students could really consolidate our ability and confidence to get into a great university in the UK.”

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Application Document Checklist:

You will be asked to submit your documents while you apply online via the online international application form.

bullet-triangle A copy of your passport photo page

bullet-triangle A Personal Statement

bullet-triangle Your Academic Certificates (or equivalent)

bullet-triangle Your Academic Transcripts (or equivalent)

bullet-triangle A reference from your High School Tutor

bullet-triangle Evidence of your level of English

bullet-triangle Evidence of financial security

You will also need to bring all your original documentation during the enrolment event at the start of your course.

What Happens Next?

After you submit the application form, we will send you an acknowledgement within 48 hours. On receipt of your application form and documents, if your application is successful, you will receive an offer letter.

When we have received your deposit to secure your place, we will email you a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) statement, which contains a unique reference number and is used for your student visa application.

You will also receive a pre-arrival guide and accommodation booking information allowing you to apply for on-campus accommodation or homestay.

There is no application deadline but there are deadlines for guaranteed accommodation. We recommend therefore that you apply as early as possible. Also remember to account for the time it takes to be guaranteed a student visa, which may take at least four weeks. Please check the UKVI website for further details of visa processing times.

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