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Name: Bournville College
Location: Birmingham, England
Type of Institution: College

Bournville College

Bournville College was founded in 1913 and is situated on an attractive campus to the south of Birmingham city centre. All the attractions of the city are within easy reach by bus.

We believe in the value of proven traditional educational standards combined with all the advantages of modern technology and high quality teaching. We have won a range of awards for customer service and the quality of teaching. In 2002 we were ¡Æhighly commended¡Ç at the prestigious national Beacon Awards for our care and support of international students.

The College has approximately 2.000 full-time and 12.000 part-time students, including students from more than 50 different countries. We have many years¡Ç experience of teaching and supporting international students- you will find a warm welcome here.

Academic Strengths

Bournville College provides a wide range of internationally recognised courses plus free English language testing and language support available throughout your course.

We offer more than 20 subjects at A-level, including Business Studies, Information Technology, Law, Mathematics and Sciences.

The International Foundation to University course is a popular choice for international students. The course is taught over one year and includes intensive preparation for university study, incorporating academic study and English language teaching. The College has links with local universities to enable progression onto a degree programme.

We have vocational courses in Art and Design and ICT (AVCE courses), plus Catering and Beauty Therapy.

Our pre-master's (Business) programme is a one-year course. It enables international students who have graduated from university in their home country to prepare for studying a master's degree in the UK.

We have an excellent English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) course, combining General English with specialist modules including English for Business and IELTS preparation. Our ESOL department runs a summer School in July and a pre-sessional intensive English course in August.

Bournville College has three Centres of Vocational Excellence in Business and Professional Services, Adult Care and Enterprise.


Recreational facilities include a hall, common room and the Venue caf«±. Activities include aerobics, board games, table tennis, pool, basketball and five-a-side football. There are reduced rates for students to use facilities at the nearby Gillette Sports Centre.

We have industry standard IT facilities with over 500 computers available for students to use. Access to the internet is free, and each student has an email address. The Library Resource Centre contains more than 20.000 items, mainly books, popular periodicals, national newspapers, videos, cassettes and CD-Roms.

The College has a large student restaurant on the ground floor as well as a training restaurant run by the catering students offering excellent good-value food.


Bournville College is situated in an attractive suburb of Birmingham, the Second City of the United Kingdom, located in the Heart of England at the centre of the national transport network.

Birmingham is a cosmopolitan city with a multi-national and multi-ethnic population of which it is rightly proud. The city's roots go back to the 11th century when it was given its charter as a market, and has been a thriving commercial and industrial centre ever since. The city's main market, the new Bullring, continues this rich heritage.

The city offers many attractions:
  • Birmingham is home to many international companies.
  • Major sports venues in Birmingham include those for football, tennis, golf, basketball and cricket.
  • The city boasts a state of the art International Convention Centre with Symphony Hall, home of the world famous City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.
  • These are many theatres, cinemas, night-clubs and pubs.
  • Birmingham also has restaurants to suit every taste and indeed, is famous for its 'Balti' restaurants and the Arcadian Chinese Quarter.
  • There are modern shopping malls and arcades with a wide charity of nationally and internationally known shops and stores.
  • Birmingham is very green, with many large, landscaped civic parks.

If you are interested in England's cultural heritage Birmingham is surrounded by beautiful countryside, with many country parks just a few miles outside the city. Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare, Warwick Castle and numerous stately homes open to the public and within easy travelling distance, as in Oxford, with its 'dreaming spires'.

For those fond of walking, climbing and hiking Wales, with its breathtaking mountain scenery and coastline is just a few hours drive. London is just 90 minutes away by train.

...the heart of England

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Bournville College
Bristol Road South
Birmingham, West Midlands
B31 2AJ

Telephone: +44 (0)121 483 1111
Fax: +44 (0)121 411 2231
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