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Greetings from the team at Bristol International College!
As we continue to update you on relevant issues from the world of international education, I’d like to share with you the scenes from my study this morning; with spring well and truly on its way and with the warmer weather, we are enjoying nature in all its glory with daffodils, crocuses and hyacinths filling the air with their heady perfume…the UK is full of optimism.
IFP assessments 2021: University of London makes life easy for students
In-person examinations are not possible this year, so International Foundation Programme students studying at all of the University of London’s Recognised Teaching Centres, such as Bristol International College, will sit time-constrained online assessments in May 2021, taken in their own homes through the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).
The timed online assessment for each IFP course will be released to students through the VLE at 8am GMT on the day of the assessment, but students do not need to remain online to write their answers. The standard question paper and format will be used and will not look any different from past papers. Students are given 2 hours and 15 minutes on each assessment before uploading their answers to the VLE.
The University’s IFP assessment team will provide comprehensive
All in all, this adds up to fantastic understanding and preparation on behalf the University of London who both set and mark the IFP assessments.
GCSEs and A-levels in 2022: to be adapted for students’ benefit
GCSE and A-level exams are still likely to be different next year to address the disruption students have faced to their education, according to OFQUAL’s acting chief regulator.
Simon Lebus has said, “As far as 2022 is concerned, the thinking at the moment is about adaptations along the lines that had been originally contemplated for this year when exams were still to go ahead. That’s based on the reality of the cohort taking exams next year will have suffered considerable disruption to their learning… though we would hope not on the scale and the level that has been suffered by this year’s cohort.”
It is expected that there will be some form of public exams in 2022, but that they will be adapted to reflect the learning disruption that has taken place.
Discovering Bristol: Park Street – a paradise for students!
Park Street, at the heart of Bristol’s University sector, boasts a great selection of trendy boutiques, music and book shops, bars, clubs and restaurants, as well as being perfect for sightseeing with its iconic buildings.
Starting at the bottom of Park Street, you will see the stunning Bristol Cathedral and College Green, perfect for a picnic and to explore some of Bristol’s oldest buildings. Across the road is one of famous grafitti artist Banksy’s most famous Bristol artworks, ‘Well Hung Man’. Another piece by Banksy can also be found at the top of the Park Street in the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery. At the top of Park Street is Bristol University’s famous Wills Memorial Building.
Park Street also great views of the city and a glimpse of some of Bristol’s beautiful Georgian architecture. Just off Park Street you’ll find Brandon Hill, where you can climb the 105ft Cabot Tower for a panoramic view of the city.
• BIC is a University of London Recognised Teaching Centre which currently runs an online version of UOL’s International Foundation Programme (IFP)
• IFP is an intensive 8-month programme for students aged 16-19 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
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