Greetings from the team at Bristol International College!
We continue to update you on relevant issues from the world of international education and the latest update on the impact of COVID-19 on our provision of courses both in Bristol and online.
BIC’s International Foundation Programme is the ideal preparation for university …
Flinders University research suggests self-regulated learning is a valuable tool that could help ease the transition to university for senior secondary students. “University learning places high demands on students for complex and independent learning, namely learning that requires the ability to plan, monitor and evaluate one’s work and to control one’s motivation and emotion,” author of the report Dr Stella Vosniadou, a Strategic Professor in the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work at the university in South Australia, writes in a special issue of the journal European Review. (Source)
The University of London’s International Foundation Programme taught by BIC, whether online or face to face in Bristol, adopts a blended learning model which places considerable emphasis on developing students’ independent and reflective learning skills. As Dr Vosniadou has outlined, this provides them with the perfect academic preparation for studying at university.
Over 350,000 more university places will be needed in England by 2035 to keep up with demand, but Scotland will see a decline in demand over the same period, an analysis has found. The greatest growth in demand is likely to be in London and the South East, with 40 per cent of demand for places predicted to come from these areas. Scotland is meanwhile forecast to have a very different trend to England. The report says that the nation is likely to see a decrease in demand of 18,000 places due to a decline in its 18-year old population. (Source)
The overall number of students applying through UCAS who have deferred in 2020 is only 0.1% This means that university admissions 2021 will not be much more competitive than in 2020. How the application cycle for 2021 will look was discussed at UCAS Facebook live last week. (Source)
Students who have successfully completed the International Foundation Programme with Bristol International College are guaranteed offers from the University of London, so will be better placed than many other candidates to win top university places should this trend of increased demand continue.
Bristol’s Mayor, Marvin Rees, has vowed to work to support families during the half-term holidays. Now dozens of catering businesses across Bristol region have joined forces to distribute free school meal packs this half-term. Many cafes, restaurants and bars are giving out up to 250 free lunches to children this week, inspired by Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford’s campaign to provide children on free school meals in England with food during the half-term holidays. (Source)
Meet our team
Sales & Marketing Director
Bristol International College
“After graduating from Nottingham Trent University in 1984 in Modern European Studies and travelling extensively throughout Europe for a year, I embarked on a career in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) which spanned 6 years and took me to Germany, Italy and France. I then moved into Summer School Operations Management (staff recruitment, programming and troubleshooting) before taking on roles in Sales and Marketing with a number of leading organizations in the industry. Since September 1995 I have been involved in the creation and management of 4 start-up companies in the UK, France and Germany. In 2000, drawing on the knowledge, experience and contacts collected over the previous 15 years. I set up Experio Life, a consultancy business specializing in educational travel for the youth market and in 2019, I co-founded Bristol International College together with our CEO and Principal John Milne.
I live in Berlin, Germany with my wife Anett and our son Ben who is 10 years old. My daughter Mina is 18 and has just started a Sociology degree at the University of Montpellier in south west France. I love travel, meeting people, languages, good food and wine and most sports but my greatest passion is playing golf.”
Tony was interviewed this week by Bristol Grammar School pupil Jack Hua about how COVID-19 has affected him personally as well as business for Experio Life and Bristol International College. Watch the interview here: https://youtu.be/rcye8hJy8h4
About Bristol International College:
• BIC is a University of London Recognised Teaching Centre which runs an on-campus and online version of UOL’s International Foundation Programme (IFP)
• IFP is an intensive 8-month programme for students aged 16-17 who wish to access leading universities in just one academic year
• IFP courses include: Mathematics & Statistics, Pure Mathematics, Business Management, Economics, Accounting & Finance, International Relations, Law
• 100% university progression for IFP graduates: 60% Russell Group; 30% University of London; 10% top international universities
• The on-campus BIC IFP includes an exclusive full-time 8-week professional internship in a leading Bristol based company e.g. Rolls Royce, Airbus, KPMG, BBC Bristol, Banco Santander, etc.
I would be delighted to meet you, either in person or via the Internet, so that I can introduce you to the huge range of opportunities that Bristol International College can provide.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch,
CEO & Principal