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TOP-21 UK boarding colleges in England 2024 SMAPSE Ranking

TOP-21 UK boarding colleges in England 2024 SMAPSE Ranking

Boarding colleges are a great alternative to the famous UK boarding schools. British colleges for high school students (Six-form Colleges, Tutorial Colleges) prepare English and foreign applicants for admission to GCSE, A-level programs, at leading universities in the United Kingdom.

Colleges in the UK  offer traditional GCSE, A-level curricula: thanks to the flexibility of the programs, students can take these courses in a year and a half for each level instead of the traditional two years.


UK colleges teach young people from abroad after grades 9, 10, 11. Programs include English, foreign, selected profile disciplines, individual consultations are available.

Students live in comfortable residences under the constant supervision of caring staff, boys and girls live on separate floors or even in different buildings, discipline is strictly observed. The living quarters have bedrooms, rooms for recreation and study, kitchens, and laundry rooms.

Colleges have fewer extracurricular activities than private schools, and the focus is on learning. Students do not wear school uniforms while maintaining a business dress code. Colleges with a residence do an excellent job of adapting, integrating foreign students into the educational context, preparing for study at a British university, mastering academic, non-formal learning standards.

In addition to colleges with high school programs in England, there are university colleges that provide quality higher education in the humanities, creative sciences, a profession in education, the media, and construction.

Advantages of studying at UK boarding colleges for foreign students:

  • Attention to the practical component of the programs - they are all regularly updated and meet the requirements of universities and employers.
  • More affordable tuition fees (1.5-2 times compared to private boarding schools).
  • The ability to change programs in the learning process.
  • Various courses (high school programs, International Foundation, undergraduate, graduate courses).

Check out our top resident colleges rankings in England.

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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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