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More choice, more care, more opportunities

  • In person
  • Age 16+

University of London International Foundation Progamme (IFP)

A pre-university programme of study equivalent to Level 3 UK school-leaving qualifications. It has been designed to ensure that students achieve high academic standards, learn appropriate subject knowledge and acquire both the skills and intellectual curiosity necessary for rigorous degree level study.

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  • In person
  • Age 16+

Kings Education Art & Design Foundation Course

The Kings Art and Design Foundation is a well established, one-year programme of study, designed to prepare students for progression to creative arts degrees at the UK’s leading universities and specialist arts institutions. 

In Person
  • Available Online
  • Age 14+

IGCSE - English
IGCSE - Maths
IGCSE - Business

Flexible online courses for students aged 14+. Including English - providing a solid foundation of language use, evaluation and analysis; Maths - an essential base for many A-level and degree pathways; and Business an introduction to finance, international markets and innovation.

  • Available Online
  • Age 16+

Diploma in Business & Management

This online course is available to students aged 16+. The Diploma is equivalent to two A-levels or 120 UCAS credits allowing students to apply for admission onto an undergraduate degree programme at a range of UK universities.

  • Available Online
  • All International Students

IELTS Preparation & Support

Expert help to boost command of the English language and help academic progress, including exam-specific preparation and practise to help attain the scores required to apply to UK institutions.



Whether you are studying with us just for the summer or for a full academic year, you get more of everything – more access to teachers, more round-the-clock support, more choices of universities for your onward educational career, more personal attention and more support services.

Bristol International College (BIC) is an independent sixth form college and University of London Recognised Teaching Centre located in the heart of Bristol, a thriving, multi-cultural city in the south-west of England and just over 90 minutes from London and Heathrow airport.

The College is approved to teach the University of London International Foundation Programme (IFP) to international students as well as the Kings Education Art & Design Foundation Course to students from the local area. 

We also provide a range of online courses including IGCSEs, a post-16 Diploma in Business & Management and IELTS preparation for students who are yet to travel to the UK.

All courses offered by BIC combine the best of British education with a global perspective.​​


Supporting students on their education journey

Contact us today to find out about spaces available for courses starting in September and learn more about our flexible online offers.


In the heart of Bristol's student quarter

Bristol has also been voted the UK’s happiest city and is recognised globally as a world-class destination for education at all levels, making it the best UK city to study in. Bristol is well known for its:

Student culture

Bristol has a reputation for academic excellence across a number of universities and higher education institutions.

Great connections

Less than two hours from London and the gateway to the South West, Bristol is well-connected to a range of industries and opportunitites.

Entrepreneurial spirit

Bristol has a thriving creative and arts scene. Businesses succeed here amongst an established culture of innovation and diversity.


An experienced leadership team

John Milne

CEO & Principal

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John was educated at US Ivy League university Dartmouth College and pursued a 13-year career at a leading UK private school including positions as Preparatory School Headmaster and Director of External Relations. He also spent eight years as Headmaster of prestigious British and International schools in Manila, The Philippines. 

Jon Crocker

Vice Principal - Academic

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Jon has worked in international education since 1992 both in the UK and overseas. Management roles since 2000 have seen him work with some of the biggest names in the language school industry. He has been Principal of a Bristol-based English language school and a member of the leadership team at an international boarding school.

Chrisie Nimenko

Vice Principal - Pastoral

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Chrisie has worked in education in the UK since 2013 and now leads in Pastoral Care and Safeguarding. Chrisie has held Management and Leadership roles in several companies since 1991. Chrisie has a deep knowledge of the International Foundation Programme and is developing a programme of creative courses for students at BIC.

Samantha Packer

HR & Facilities Director

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After studying for a career in business, Samantha embarked on managing a property portfolio that supports educational opportunities. Sam has ensured that BIC not only provides academic excellence but also supports emotional well-being and support services, ensuring that all students at the college thrive during their time here. 


You may be 

  • Will I be able to practise my religion?
    BIC is a non-denominational organisation. We respect your right to practise your religion and are happy to give you details of the closest church, mosque, synagogue, temple or alternative place of religious worship.
  • Are meals catered or will I need to cook my own food?
    Students who choose accommodation in one of our residences will have access to a modern fully-equipped kitchen where they can store and prepare their own food. Those under 18 years old, and those who prefer to stay with a local host-family will have two meals a day (breakfast and dinner) with their hosts from Monday to Friday and three meals at weekends. All students are provided with lunch at school from Monday to Friday.
  • What can I do at the weekends?
    We offer a variety of evening and weekend activities, to include sport, cultural and arts options. Students are also encouraged to take advantage of the benefits of living within such a safe and culturally diverse city as Bristol, with an enviable choice of restaurants and cafes catering for every taste. There is also great shopping at the Cabot Circus and Cribbs Causeway shopping malls, as well as local cinema, theatre, art and music venues, all within walking distance of the boarding house. We will also arrange visits to other interesting towns and cities like Bath, Cardiff, Wells, Exeter, Oxford, Salisbury, Winchester and London, amongst others.
  • What do I do if I feel unwell?
    Our fully trained onsite pastoral staff will manage and provide support including medical and health advice, information on diet and healthy living, assessing and providing treatment if required, making referrals to doctors, dentists and other specialists.
  • Will I wear a uniform?
    No, we do not have a uniform. However, students are expected to wear smart casual clothing when they are in College.
  • What do I need to bring with me to the UK?
    We recommend that students do not bring any unnecessary items with them, such as bedding or kitchen equipment (we provide bedding and all our student residences have fully-equipped kitchens including microwaves, toasters and rice cookers). As the British weather can be changeable, we recommend that students bring warm clothes and waterproof coats with them. They may also bring any small items to personalise their room, such as family pictures, etc. Students will need to bring their own laptop or tablet.
  • Are there exeat weekends and half-terms?
    Due to the demanding nature of the IFP and the timeframe of the programme, the College does not close for weekends or half-term holidays but students will have an extended break at Christmas and Easter.
  • Can I visit before I join BIC?
    We very much look forward to welcoming visitors to BIC. Arrangements can be made in advance and we would also be happy to issue visitor invitation letters and help arrange hotels and airport transfers.
  • What qualifications do your teaching staff hold?
    As a University of London Recognised Teaching Centre, based in the heart of Bristol, BIC has been able to attract highly qualified teaching staff, who are subject specialists and experienced in delivering the curriculum is a professional and engaging way.
  • What are the entry requirements for the IFP?
    This depends on what subjects the student wishes to study, however, a minimum of 5 A*-B at GCSE/IGCSE or an equivalent qualification. We will also look at each student on an individual bases by reviewing their school reports with grades and the results of our own diagnostic test (BUSSATS) and student interview, before we will be able to offer a place.
  • What IELTS grade do I need to study the IFP?
    Due to the academically demanding nature of the IFP, it is essential that students have a high level of proficiency in their written and spoken English, at the IELTS grade of 6.0. This is approximately the equivalent level of B2 of the Oxford qualification.
  • What happens if I don’t have an IELTS certificate?
    We are able to accept alternative English language certificates and we also use our own English diagnostic test to assess the student’s English language level. However, for IFP students to progress to University they will need to gain a minimum IELTS level 6.0 – which we are able to deliver as part of the BIC IFP programme.
  • What are the entry requirements from my country specifically?
    We recognise that there are many different education systems around the world and therefore consider each student on an individual basis. The following examples should be seen as a guide only: China – at least 3 years of academic secondary education (Junior Middle School) with very good grades Hong Kong – at least 4 HKDSA Category A subjects at Grade 5 or above Brazil – at least 1 year of upper secondary education (Ensino Médio) with very good grades Colombia – 5 relevant subjects in Bachillerato (inc. Maths) + 4 subjects in ICFES, with very good grades Russia – Certificate of Secondary Complete General Education with very good grades in relevant subjects Turkey – completion of at least high school year 3 with GPA 3.5/4.0 minimum
  • What type of entrance tests will I have to take to join the IFP?
    Students wishing to join BIC will need to sit the BUSSATs online entrance tests in English, Maths and General Knowledge; this standardised test measures a student’s ability to deal with the highly academic demands of this course.
  • Where can I take the BUSSATs test?
    Students are able to take the test at their agent’s office or at an approved test centre, such as a British Council Office – students will need to take the tests in exam conditions and to be fully invigilated. The test takes approximately 2 hours to complete.
  • Do you require just my subject grades or my full school report?
    We require a copy of the student’s most recent school report and grades (these need to be translated into English), we may also contact the student’s current school for a written reference. N.B. for university entrance most students will need to provided evidence of completion of their local high school programme or of 11-12 years continuous study in the home country, so it is advisable to provide this at the time of admission.
  • What level of maths do I need to be accepted on the course?
    Any student wishing to take the Pure Mathematics course must have a firm grasp of algebra and be at a level of GCSE Grade 8-9 or equivalent. Requirements for other courses vary. Further advice is available on request.
  • Is taking a Maths course as one of the four options compulsory?
    No, but the Maths and Statistics course teaches key mathematical methods and statistical concepts frequently applied to economics, business, management, finance and related areas, so students who intend to study such courses at university are advised to take this option. The Pure Maths course is only advised for very strong mathematicians who intend to pursue courses focusing on Mathematics or Economics at degree level.
  • How will my parents be informed of my progress?
    All students are allocated a personal Tutor, who will monitor and guide the student through their studies. The Tutor will discuss the students’ progress with the individual teaching staff, to make sure that the student is fulfilling his or her academic potential. Students and parents will also receive regular grades and progress reports.
  • What % of the assessment is made up of course work and what % final end of year exam?
    The grades awarded for the IFP are based 100% on an end-of-year written examination, set and marked by the University of London.
  • What happens if I don’t pass the end of year exams – what next?
    There is an opportunity for students to re-sit their exams in early July at the invitation of the University of London, which means as long as the student passes the re-sit their university offer remains unaffected. BIC will fully support students preparing for re-sits but there will be an additional charge for this.
  • When do I need to select my degree course and university?
    Students receive regular Higher Education support from a fully trained professional advisor. With the help of our career advice service, students receive guidance and support to select the best university and degree courses to meet their individual needs. Students apply via UCAS in the autumn of their year of study.
  • How do IFP students apply for University?
    Students apply to university via UCAS, in the same way that A level or IB students do in January, the application is made using the student’s predicted grade and their personal statement.
  • How will I be supported through the UCAS university application process?
    The student is supported throughout the UCAS application by their Tutor and the College’s UCAS mentor, both providing the student with advice on university choices, how to write a personal statement, how to complete the application process and guide the student through any issues they may encounter along the way.
  • What is the progression rate to University for students attending your course?
    As a University of London Recognised Teaching Centre preparing students primarily for Russell Group universities, we are anticipating a 100% progression rate to a UK or overseas university.
  • After completing the IFP, can I study engineering at University?
    Students are not usually able to access engineering or science-based degrees. The IFP currently offered through BIC focuses on Mathematics and Social Sciences. Most students go on to study a wide-range of undergraduate courses at university from mathematics to business, accountancy, economics, law, international relations etc.
  • Can I only apply for degree courses in the subjects that I have studied for the IFP?
    No, IFP students have successfully applied for a broad range of degree courses such as: Psychology, Media Studies, Geography, Hospitality & Tourism, Anthropology and History of Art.
  • Where is the IFP recognised?
    The University of London International Foundation Certificate is an alternative qualification to A-levels or IB. It is recognised by virtually all of the University of London member institutions, most of the prestigious UK Russell Group universities, as well as leading universities around the world, including the American Ivy League universities.
  • Do you offer scholarships?
    We are not currently able to offer scholarships, the BIC IFP offers significant value for money, with student progression to leading Universities within the UK and around the world.

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