Further Education colleges in Wales focus on education and training opportunities for people of all backgrounds who are aged 16+. At a further education college in Wales, you are able to study a range of courses, including: 

  • A levels  

  • Professional and vocational courses 

  • Higher Education 

  • Diplomas to prepare for university 

  • English language 

Further education in the UK refers to education provided after the completion of compulsory school studies, typically focusing on vocational and practical skills, while higher education encompasses undergraduate and postgraduate studies offered by universities and colleges, leading to academic degrees and advanced specialization in various fields. However, at some further education colleges, you can study higher education qualifications.  

Here’s how to start the process of applying to a further education college, and where you can find further information. 

Before you apply 

Research the colleges 

Start by researching colleges in Wales, such as Gower College Swansea, Cardiff and Vale College, St David’s College, NPTC Group of Colleges, and Grŵp Llandrillo Menai. Explore their websites to gather information about the courses they offer, admission requirements, application deadlines, and any specific guidelines for international students. 

Choose a course 

Identify the course(s) you wish to pursue at college. Consider your interests, career goals, and the qualifications needed for your desired course. At a further education college, you can study a huge variety of subjects, everything from engineering to performing arts.  

Check entry requirements 

Review the entry requirements for your chosen course. This may include specific academic qualifications, English language proficiency (usually demonstrated through tests like IELTS), or any additional requirements outlined by the college. Please refer to each individual colleges’ requirements.


Application process 

Contact the international admissions office of the chosen college to obtain the application form and any supporting documents required. Fill out the application form accurately and provide all necessary information, including personal details, educational background, and course preferences. 

Prepare supporting documents 

Gather the required supporting documents, which may include academic transcripts, certificates, reference letters, a personal statement, a copy of your passport, and proof of English language proficiency. Ensure that all documents are properly certified or translated if necessary. 

Submit the application 

Submit your completed application along with the supporting documents by the specified deadline. Pay attention to any application fees that may be required and ensure timely submission. 

Application review and offer 

The college will review your application and supporting documents. If you meet the requirements and are deemed eligible, you may receive an offer of a place on the chosen course. Review the offer carefully, including any conditions that need to be met.  

Some colleges will invite you to an online interview, which will provide you with the opportunity to ask questions about the college and programmes of study. 

Acceptance and enrolment 

If you are satisfied with the offer, accept it by following the instructions provided by the college. You may need to pay a deposit or provide additional documentation to secure your place. The college will guide you through the enrolment process. 


Remember, it is essential to reach out to the individual colleges directly to obtain the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding their specific application processes and requirements for international students. 

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