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Welcome to Llandrillo Menai International Where do I study? What can I study? Where will I live? What is there to do? How much will it cost? How do I apply? Will I succeed? What else do I need to know?

United Kingdom Visas & Immigration Highly Trusted Sponsor Licence Number T0H6168Y1 Grwp Llandrillo Menai challenges discrimination in all its forms, and monitors the effectiveness of its Equality & Diversity and Race Equality policies, which can be found on the College’s website. The Board of Governors and staff wish to ensure that all those who are part of the College are fairly treated. The College is pleased to provide specialist advice and support to make it easier for students and visitors with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. If you intend to come to any of the College sites and you have special requirements, please contact the International Office prior to your visit.

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Welcome to Llandrillo Menai International As a student from overseas, choosing the right college, course and qualification is one of the most important decisions you will make. We are pleased that you are considering studying at Llandrillo Menai International. We know that you will have lots of questions. This International Study Guide, along with our website, will help to provide the answers. Llandrillo Menai International is part of one of the leading Government-funded colleges of Further Education in the UK, located in North Wales. We are consistently graded as one of the highest achieving colleges by Government Inspectors. Our students achieve great results and rated us as the best college in Wales in the 2014 Government Student Satisfaction Survey. We are one of the largest colleges in Wales and the UK with 14 campuses and over 27,000 students studying a wide range of Pre-Degree and Foundation and Honours Degree courses. Llandrillo Menai International holds a UK Visas and Immigration Highly Trusted Sponsor licence to recruit adult and child students from overseas. Situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Llandrillo Menai International campuses are within easy reach of Manchester, yet the beautiful mountains, lakes and beaches of North Wales are close by. Llandudno, the principal tourist resort of North Wales, is just minutes away from our campuses. There are a number of accommodation choices in the area, including host family accommodation and private rented rooms and apartments. Caring and supporting our students and providing an environment in which they will thrive and achieve is very important. In 2009, the College won the prestigious British Council Beacon Award for International Student Support. The Llandrillo Menai International team is here to help you in every way during your application process and whilst you study. Many international students have enjoyed their study at Llandrillo Menai International over the years and are happy to recommend the college to their family and friends. North Wales is a very friendly place to study and learn, and a number of students choose to stay in the area and continue their study at our partner University in Bangor.

We look forward to welcoming you to our College.

Glyn Jones OBE MEd, BA (Hons), PGCE Chief Executive Officer GrĹľp Llandrillo Menai

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Where do I study? There are endless opportunities to enjoy the area when you are not studying. Near to the campuses there are plenty of shops, supermarkets, sports centres, swimming pools, bars and restaurants to choose from. Nightlife options include a multi-screen cinema, bowling complex, bars and clubs. You could also visit the many tourist attractions or take part in a range of sports, including swimming, canoeing, horse riding, mountain biking, golf and football.

Study takes place at one of the largest and best Government-funded colleges in the UK, offering competitive fees and scholarships. Most of our students study at our Rhos-on-Sea Campus on academic programmes such as A Levels, the International Baccalaureate or International Foundation Programme. If you choose to study English or a short course, then you will probably study a few kilometres away at our Bangor Campus, located in what is known as the “City of Learning”. This means we have communities of students from all over the world, so you can share experiences. You will study in a group with UK students.

North Wales has a temperate climate and it rarely gets very hot or very cold. Average temperatures range from 5°C to 25°C. May, June and July are the driest and sunniest months and it rarely snows, except in the mountains. There is a main railway line running along the North Wales coast, so you can easily travel by train to many places throughout the United Kingdom, including London. The nearest international airport is Manchester.

These two campuses are located on the coast of North Wales. This region is known for its beautiful mountain and coastal scenery and is very popular with people from all over the world as a place to visit. This also makes it a special place to study, where you can enjoy clean air and a healthy environment in a friendly, safe community.

Llandrillo Menai Campuses HOLYHEAD

RHOS-ON-SEA RHYL

LLANGEFNI

COLWYN BAY

BANGOR

ABERGELE

CAERNARFON

ST ASAPH DENBIGH

GLYNLLIFON

CAER CHESTER RHUTHUN RUTHIN WRECSAM WREXHAM PORTHMADOG

PWLLHELI

Y BALA BALA

DOLGELLAU

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Approximate journey times from Rhos-on-Sea and Bangor campuses: By road from Rhos-on-Sea

By rail from Colwyn Bay Station

(1 mile from Rhos-on-Sea) By road from Bangor

By rail from Bangor Station

MANCHESTER

1.5 hour

2 hours

2 hours

2.5 hours

LIVERPOOL

1.5 hours

2 hours

2 hours

2.5 hours

LONDON

4.5 hours

3 hours

5 hours

3.5 hours

CHESTER

45 minutes

45 mins

1 hour

1 hour

CARDIFF

4 hours

4 hours

4.5 hours

4.5 hours

GLASGOW

NEWCASTLE BELFAST LEEDS

RHOS-ON-SEA

LIVERPOOL DUBLIN DUN LAOGHAIRE

MANCHESTER

HOLYHEAD

CHESTER

BANGOR BIRMINGHAM

CARDIFF LONDON

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What can I study? Courses to help you get to university

Undergraduate Study

We offer a large range of study programmes which help you meet your career aims and give you a complete education. These courses offer many opportunities for you to progress to university, depending on what you have already achieved.

We offer a range of Honours Degrees and Foundation Degrees (HND level). Many are validated by Bangor University. There is an IELTS 5.5 points requirement for undergraduate study.

GCE Advanced Level (A Levels) This is the most traditional way in the UK of obtaining your place at university, once school studies have been completed at age 16. You will study up to 4 subjects from the wide range of subjects on offer, for a period of 2 years. Our most popular subjects on offer, with international students, are Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Business Studies, Accounting and History. There is an IELTS 5.5 points entry requirement for A Level study.

More Information Please see our range of leaflets for up to date information on the individual programmes of study available and our fees and scholarships.

The International Baccalaureate (IB) The IB Diploma Programme is an academically challenging and balanced programme of education with final examinations that prepares students, aged 16 to 19, for success at university and life beyond. It has been designed to address the intellectual, social, emotional and physical well-being of students and is popular with those of high academic ability. It is recognised in over 140 countries worldwide. There is an IELTS 6.0 entry requirement for IB study. BTEC and City & Guilds Vocational Diplomas If you have a definite vocational ambition, then these courses will help you to achieve a good place in industry, as well as undergraduate study with a vocational emphasis. There is an IELTS 5.0 requirement for vocational study. International Foundation Programme (IFP) Validated and awarded by Bangor University, this course is for you if you have achieved qualifications at 16 in your own country and want to prepare for university. There is an IELTS 5.0 entry requirement for IFP study. English lessons are included in this course, aimed at improving your skills to top university entry standard.

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Fawaz Atta Fawaz came from Nigeria to study on our International Foundation Programme (IFP). He chose the Law pathway. Having successfully completed the IFP, Fawaz now plans to take up his offer from Bangor University to study Law with Criminology.

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English Language Training Courses at our Bangor campus Our English Language Centre in Bangor, The City of Learning, offers a wide range of full-time and part-time courses. Students come from all over the world as well as the local area - more than 30 different nationalities! Courses are taught at many levels from Beginners to Advanced (Pre-entry to Level 2), Levels A1 to C2. The English language courses will prepare you for: • Further and Higher Education including undergraduate and post-graduate study • Employment and careers • Professional practice in the UK Individual learning programmes are designed for all students - based on your assessments and planned to meet your individual needs. A personal tutor will help you with all aspects of your study to ensure success. Start dates are from September to April with summer schools in June/July. Our highly qualified teachers are leaders in their fields with experience of working in many parts of the world making learning challenging, interesting and successful. Our teachers include IELTS examiners and they train other teachers from all over Wales.

The English Language Centre works in partnership with Bangor University. Successful completion of the English Academic programme at advanced level is accepted for progression to Bangor University (with appropriate academic qualifications). For students going onto other universities IELTS exam preparation is provided. There are 3 levels of Academic English Programmes starting with an Introduction to Academic English or Pre-Sessional Programme. The programme covers the whole range of language skills and academic study skills needed to succeed in Higher Education in the UK. Courses at our Rhos-on-Sea Campus At our Rhos-on-Sea Campus the main English Language Training activity is supporting the English you will need to achieve well in an academic programme of study. In addition, this campus offers a range of ESOL certificated courses for anyone in the local community. At both campuses, the courses are held in well-equipped, comfortable rooms close to the College reception, libraries and canteens. All courses use computers to support learning and use the latest language learning technology. More Information Please see our range of leaflets for up-to-date information on the individual programmes of study available and our fees and scholarships.

There are 6 graded levels in our General English Programme. Course content includes: • • • • • • • • •

Speaking, listening, reading and writing skills Communication skills IT and computers Maths and number skills (optional) English for study and training Vocational literacy skills Living, working and studying in Wales and the UK Employment skills and pathways Careers and progression advice

Academic English programmes specifically prepare students for Higher Education including undergraduate degrees, masters degrees and PhD programmes. A range of qualifications are available including Cambridge English Certificates. Courses will also prepare you for IELTS testing at Bangor University’s English Language Centre for Overseas Students (ELCOS).

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What can I study? Short Courses Specialist Lecture Programmes Delivered from The Management Centre in Bangor, we offer a range of expert lectures and seminars in collaboration with Bangor University and other universities around the world. Usually these programmes are two weeks in duration. Topics include business leadership, academic & vocational teacher training, energy, agriculture, food technology and many more, taking advantage of the expertise within the college and its academic and industry partners. Summer Schools Delivered at our Rhos-on-Sea, Bangor and Llangefni campuses, we offer English language programmes. As well as English Language, you can also choose from a range of themes for your summer school, such as innovation and creative thinking; digital arts; heritage and the environment; and renewable energy with the emphasis on fun practical activities, which help you to apply your English as well as learning about emerging global industries. You can choose how long your short course needs to be. Most popular is a two week programme, with a number of social and cultural trips and events included in the price. This would include visits to London and Cambridge. Accommodation can be in hotels, university halls of residence or with homestay families. Transport will be provided for you whilst you are taking part in your Summer School or Lecture Programme. More Information Please see our range of leaflets for up to date information on the individual programmes of study available and our fees and scholarships.

Kohn Kaen University, Thailand Working in collaboration with Bangor University and Kohn Kaen University MBA School, we welcomed members of their alumni. The group comprised of some of the most successful business people in the Kohn Kaen region, who took part in specialist leadership lectures and toured innovative North Wales enterprises.

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Bao Dang Bao, from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, exceeded expectations in his A Level results, achieving two A*, one A and one B Grade. During a successful two years of study, he also competed with 5,000 other students from across the UK in the British Biology Olympiad, winning a bronze medal. He is now studying for a degree in Pharmacy at the University of East Anglia.

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Where will I live? Our award-winning care and support team will help you settle in at Llandrillo Menai International and North Wales, whether you are studying a full-time or short course. When your application has been successful and you have a visa or other permission required to take part in our studies, we will help you find somewhere to live and advise you of how to get to our campuses. If you are aged 16 or 17, you must live in homestay accommodation in the care of adults. We check all accommodation and the persons living there, so that they meet our strict quality and safety standards. Our local bus service supplies discounted weekly and monthly tickets. Much of our homestay, apartment and fully-catered accommodation is within walking distance of our campuses. If you are on a short course, transport will probably be included in the cost of your course.

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What is there to do? By choosing to study in one of the most scenic areas of the UK, you will be able to enjoy a wide range of activities when you have free time. For full-time students there are a series of “out and about” events organised by our International Support Team every month. We welcome your ideas for events and activities too. You can choose from trips to Manchester United and outlet brand shopping, visiting Chinese New Year festivals, or taking in a theme park such as Alton Towers. You can take part in adventure activities such as a RibRide on the Menai Straits or indoor climbing at the Beacon Centre. We tour the mountains of the Snowdonia National Park and visit some of Wales’ many historic castles. We also visit popular universities for their open days, so that you can see where to study next. This includes Bangor University, our partners. Our campuses provide many things to do. We have fully equipped gym and sports facilities with fitness classes and organised sports such as football for both men and women, making use of our full-size 3G artificial pitch. There is an opportunity for all students to take part in sport classes during the week. Other facilities include: • Restaurants serving good value meals until 7pm. • Travel Office to assist with your journeys to and from home and around the UK. • College shop within a Student Lounge, supplying student essential items. • Hair & beauty salons. • Library and quiet reading rooms. • IT workshops with many workstations for you to use. • Student Union membership (subscription payable) which gives you discount in many stores. • Help and advice centres for personal or study problems (as well as help available from the International Support Team). We also have a range of clubs and societies for you to join, along with theatres and arts facilities, with regular performances and exhibitions. We run competitions for students, including WorldSkills, Global Enterprise and the Welsh International Culinary Championships.

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How much will it cost? Our fees are very competitive. When you total your tuition fees and living costs, you will see that studying at Llandrillo Menai International is very good value, particularly when compared to studying at a private college or nearer to London where the cost of living is high. With all the additional benefits, such as added English lessons, care and support, excellent results track record, competition opportunities, affordable accommodation and local travel, campus facilities and social events, we give you an excellent package of study and UK life experience for the fees payable. We publish a fees schedule every year which also details our scholarship opportunities for those with excellent ability. If this schedule is not included with this brochure as a separate leaflet, then please look at our website for current fees.

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Kei Hon Lee (Sam) Sam from Hong Kong studied A Levels at our Bangor Campus in the 2013/14 academic year. He achieved an A* in Maths as well as two Bs in his other subjects. Sam has been offered a place at Manchester University to study Civil Engineering.

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How do I apply? Llandrillo Menai International has an excellent network of Education Consultants and Agents in most countries. We recommend you seek their assistance but if you do not wish to use their services, you can apply yourself by reading our useful information and by completing the forms on our website. Our website shows you where to obtain a visa or check your status in the UK. The International Team at our offices in Rhos-on-Sea and Bangor can also help you and are available during UK office hours or on email. Our International Support Team will help you to choose from the many programmes of study available and will help you make sure this is the right course of study, both subject and level, to fit in with your long-term career plan. In 2009, our International Support Team won a national UK award for their excellent work. The team has many years of experience of working with international students and helping them apply for study at Llandrillo Menai International. Start your application now by visiting our website. This will tell you of the application stages and the essential information we need to receive before we can offer you a place on a course.

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Thao Huynh Thao, who was born and raised in Vietnam, is now studying Pharmacy at university after achieving an impressive 42 points on the International Baccalaureate programme, against a world average of 29. She also scooped a bronze medal in the British Physics Olympiad 2012-2013 competition. Nearly 2,000 physics students from schools and colleges throughout the UK entered the competition.

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Will I succeed? Llandrillo Menai International has a great track record of helping students to achieve results. Of course, you will have to work hard at your studies. You will be taught in classes of UK students and perhaps several other people from around the world. Your teachers will have experience of working with students who do not have English as their first language. You will be given a Personal Tutor to advise you, and our International Support Team are very experienced in helping with any queries you may have. You just have to ask. Every year, we are very proud of our international students’ achievements. Here are some examples of recent results. A Levels In 2014, 75% of students achieved Grades A* - C. In Mathematics, this percentage goes up to 87.5% achieving A* - C, with 61% achieving A* or A Grades. International Baccalaureate We consistently surpass world average scores in this internationally recognised qualification. In 2014, the World average pass rate was 79% (29 points), with the Llandrillo Menai pass rate at 89% (31 points). International Foundation Programme 2013-2014 was the first year of this innovative programme, combining the expertise of the Llandrillo Menai International teaching team with the expectations of Bangor University, creating a pathway to undergraduate study for those who need to improve their English and academic ability in their chosen area of study. From the 2013-2014 group, 75% have successfully entered university study, with the remaining 25% changing their career plans, but still gaining from their experiences. Our international students progress to some of the best Universities in the UK, including Bangor, Liverpool, Manchester, King’s College London, Oxford, Warwick, Birmingham, Cardiff, Nottingham and Edinburgh.

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Randa Eltreki Randa joined the English Language Programme at the Coleg Menai Campus in January 2014. She began her course with an IELTS level of 2. Through committed study, 100% attendance and a lot of hard work, Randa achieved IELTS 5.0 in June 2014. She will now go on to study the science pathway on our International Foundation Programme. Randa aims to progress to a degree in Biology at Bangor University. She was chosen as the winner of our International Learner of the Year Award 2013/14 at the Coleg Menai Campus in recognition of her efforts.

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What else do I need to know? We have a special partnership with Bangor University which involves regular collaborative activities such as new programme developments to meet the needs of international students, regular communications with admissions staff to assist student progression to the university, to joint short course and lecture programmes and overseas collaboration for recruitment. Bangor University awards our International Foundation Programme and many of our undergraduate programmes of study. We are members of the respected British Council EducationUK network for the promotion of study in the UK. The College has also recently opened a brand new ÂŁ4.5 million University Centre at the Rhos-on-Sea Campus, with dedicated facilities for undergraduate students. We hold Erasmus Charter for Higher Education status. This means we welcome students taking part in various study initiatives from all over Europe. We have a Facebook page: LlandrilloMenaiInternational. This tells you our international news day to day.

Le Quy Don School

No 3 Middle School, Liupanshui

Llandrillo Menai International has a long standing partnership with this school, located in Ho Chi Minh City. The partnership includes groups of students attending for a short period to try A Level lessons. Most visits include a trip to London and on their last visit students experienced a light snowfall for the first time!

As part of our partnership arrangements Llandrillo Menai International welcomes teachers, each year on an extended placement to improve their teaching skills through the medium of English. During 2014, Ms Shengnan Liang and Ms Xiuling Yang from their International department spent six weeks with us.

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Contact Us Please write, telephone, fax or email us, and we will be happy to answer your questions.

Llandrillo Menai International Rhos-on-Sea Campus

Llandrillo Menai International Bangor Campus

Llandrillo Menai International International Office Llandrillo College Llandudno Road Rhos-on-Sea Colwyn Bay North Wales LL28 4HZ UK

Llandrillo Menai International International Office Bangor Campus Coleg Menai Ffriddoedd Road Bangor North Wales LL57 2TP UK

Email: llandrillointernational@gllm.ac.uk Telephone: +44 (0) 1492 542 315 +44 (0) 1492 542 319 +44 (0) 1492 542 320 Fax: +44 (0) 1492 543 052 Skype: llandrillo.international

Email: menaiinternational@gllm.ac.uk Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 383 310 +44 (0) 1248 370 125 Fax: +44 (0) 1248 370 052

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International Prospectus