Bristol International College

Bristol International College
Bridging the gap between school and university


Whether you are studying for GCSEs, IGCSEs, or an International Foundation Programme, 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 a new educational institution in the heart of Bristol that will deliver a range of high-quality qualifications to students aged 14 -18 who are looking to embark on a UK academic career. Our courses will begin in September 2020 and we will be offering a 2-year GCSE course and a 1-year IGCSE course in a wide range of popular subjects, as well as delivering an established International Foundation Programme (IFP), accredited by one of the UK's top universities, aimed at preparing students who wish to access top UK and international universities.

BIC combines the best of British education with a global perspective - giving you a more rounded experience of student life thanks to our unrivalled wrap-around services, including a full social programme with other international and UK students.

The College is situated in an enviable location in the world-famous city of Bristol, voted the UK's happiest city and a world-class destination for education at all levels. It is in a quiet but prestigious residential suburb, near to Clifton Village and the Downs, but only minutes from the university quarter and the city centre.

We have our own newly refurbished teaching centre in an elegant but homely Victorian town house on the edge of the Downs. You will feel safe and supported by our team of dedicated and experienced pastoral staff and part of the BIC family. Clifton is one of the liveliest areas of Bristol and very popular with young locals and university students alike.

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Combining the best of British education with a global perspective,
the following courses are offered by Bristol International College:


  • 6-10 subjects (English language, English literature, Maths, Science, PSHE + a choice of Humanities subjects and Modern Languages)
  • Optional Art, Music, Drama


  • 2 years
  • Min age 14
  • IELTS 4.5


  • 1 year
  • Min age 16
  • IELTS 5.5

International Foundation Programme

  • 1 year
  • Min age 17
  • IELTS 6
  • 4 modules (choose from: Maths & Statistics, Pure Maths, Economics, Accounting & Finance, International Relations, Business Management)
  • 8-week professional internship
  • Internationally recognised certificate
  • Pathway to top UK and international universities

Summer Courses

  • 2-4 weeks
  • 15-17 year olds
  • University Preparation

Term Dates & Fees


Term 1 7 September - 11 December 2020
Term 2 4 January - 1 April 2021
Term 3 12 April - 2 July 2021
GCSE £5600 per term
IGCSE £6600 per term

International Foundation Programme

Induction Week 24 - 31 August 2020
Term 1 1 September - 11 December 2020
Term 2 4 January - 1 April 2021
Term 3 12 April - 30 April 2021
Internship 4 May - 2 July 2021
£7600 per term
Premium host-family £250 per week (organised by individual families)

The College's academic records,
including external examination results,
will be placed here

The College's most recent inspection report
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In addition to delivering a highly regarded International Foundation Programme (IFP), accredited by one of the UK's top universities, as well as excellent GCSE and IGCSE courses, our team of hand-picked specialist subject teachers will also offer the highest level of learning support and exceptional pastoral care to ensure that students, who are living far from home without family, get the most out of their time at BIC and are fully prepared, socially as well as educationally, for their school and university careers and beyond; unrivalled advice and support for your next steps in life:

- study and career advice service -
- school and university placement service -
- professional internship placement service -

Our full website will be launched later this year but in the meantime please contact our Leadership Team with your enquiries:

John was educated at US Ivy League university Dartmouth College and pursued a 13-year career at a UK leading 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. The opportunity to deliver exceptional education along with outstanding pastoral care has always been the motivation for John and this has led him to co-found Bristol International College.

Philippa Mills

Philippa Mills

Pippa has worked in a variety of different schools, both in the UK and abroad, and brings with her a wealth of experience both academically and pastorally. Most recently she was Principal of two international schools, one in Spain and one in the university city of Cambridge, where she welcomed students from across the globe to study for the Cambridge IGCSE and A level qualifications. Pippa has a degree in Modern Foreign Languages and a PGCE from the University of Cambridge.

Melanie Gray

Melanie Gray
Director of Admissions

Melanie brings over 18 years' experience working in one of the UK's leading boarding schools and more recently as an Education Consultant within the Independent Schools sector. She specialises in all aspects of the admissions process and has developed a wealth of knowledge in the complex needs and expectations of families planning on sending their children to the UK to study; her objective is to ensure that families and their children are fully supported and nurtured throughout their journey.