Task-specific knowledge. Leadership and decision-making skills. Critical and independent thinking. A strong command of the English language. These are some characteristics that help students at Bellerbys College stand out in their university applications.
While strong academic results are crucial in applying to universities, it’s undeniable that taking part in activities outside of the classroom gives you a boost too. This is mainly because of the sheer volume of students entering higher education institutions today. Universities are not only attracted to students who can demonstrate an enthusiasm for the subjects they’re looking to study; they’re also looking for students who can actively participate in and shape campus activities.
This may be all the more challenging for international students, who face the added challenge of having to integrate into a new, unfamiliar society on top of maintaining a high academic record. With this in mind, Bellerbys introduced an Academic Enrichment Programme, consisting of a wide selection of extracurricular activities for students to learn more about the subjects they love. The programme is meticulously designed to help international students stand out in their university applications by gaining unique skills that develop their knowledge, practical skills, and confidence outside the classroom.
“Taking part in Enrichment broadens students’ knowledge and experience of subjects that will support and strengthen their confidence, ability, and — crucially — their university application,” explains Alix Dreiling, Head of Enrichment. This way, students are given the best possible chance to get into their dream universities. On top of that, it’s a great way for students to meet like-minded and enthusiastic peers and build new friendships.
The exciting and dynamic range of subjects offered by the programme ensures that students can always learn something new. “Each week there are classes in each of our four academic pathways: Business & Economics, Science & Engineering, Creative Arts and Humanities,” says Dreiling. The school ensures the programme “contains something for everyone.”
Among these are the CISI (Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment) Club, where students can develop business and commercial awareness, investment knowledge and financial learning; the Law Society, where students learn the fundamentals of criminal advocacy and work towards a mock trial; and ARTiculation, a public speaking initiative championing the appreciation and discussion of art. Other activities include a trip to Glyndebourne Opera House, Gardening Club, Book Club, Eco-Schools, Robotics, 3D Printing, Film Club and Current Affairs.
Preparing for university can be daunting, especially for international students. To help with this, Bellerbys also arranges specific events to help students with the more technical aspects of their university applications. Trips to universities, including the University of Birmingham and Loughborough University, among others, are organised to let students sample campus life, explore facilities, and meet student ambassadors.
Talks and sessions about choosing the right university course and drafting personal statements are available to students, as well. With the broad range of support available, Bellerbys gives their students the room to grow and develop their confidence when stepping into the next chapter of their lives.
Bellerbys graduate Olivia, who hails from Indonesia, certainly found the Academic Enrichment Programme rewarding. “I did plenty of extracurricular activities in my first term, including Model United Nations, chess club, data for economics, and physics,” she shares. “Extracurricular activities not only provide you with details on how to write your personal statement, they also boost your knowledge outside the main syllabus.” She moved on to study Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Oxford.
There are also lots of opportunities to engage with the college’s 100% international student community, integrate into life in the UK, and pursue their hobbies and talents. “Bellerbys offers a wide range of social activities such as International Evening, sports and fitness classes, and music,” says Dreiling. On top of that, activities change throughout the year, so students are always given the chance to try something new.
Of course, that’s not to divert from the college’s 60-year reputation of academic excellence. Situated in London and Brighton, Bellerbys College provides a number of university preparation programmes for international students aged 16 and above.
Students can choose from a broad range of subjects across expertly-led programmes, including A Levels, the well-respected International Foundation, and other specialist preparation courses. Foundation students at Bellerbys are also guaranteed a conditional offer from a number of respected universities thanks to the college’s wide and respected network.
At Bellerbys College, students are guaranteed a holistic and enriching educational experience. This ultimately allows them not only to thrive in university, but gives them the opportunity to achieve their full potential — which, perhaps, is the most rewarding experience of all.