banff and buchan college
business/computing/social studies & creative
arts/ engineering/service industries 07/08
Tuition Fees* Living Costs
Full time Courses Home (EU) Fee Overseas Fee Estimated Monthly Expenses*
Advanced £1200 £3995 Accommodation** £200
Non-advanced £940 £3995 Food £100
Part time courses Please contact admissions Please contact admissions Other £100
* To be confirmed
Home (EU) fee: The college normally accepts payment
EEA/EU students can apply to get their by banker’s draft, credit or debit card.
* Estimated monthly living expenses in Scotland
fees paid on arrival however if you ** In terms of renting a room or sharing a flat
In the event that you fail to obtain a visa with other students
withdraw from the course you might be
to the UK or decide to withdraw prior to
asked to repay the full fee. Students are advised to have at least
the start date of the course a full refund
will be made. £500 (£1000 recommended) on arrival
Overseas fee: to the UK to cover the initial costs and
In addition to tuition fees most courses work part time to support themselves.
attract examination registration fees
(eg. HNC £89, HND £107). Fees are
payable in full when you accept a place.
Financial Support & Funding
• Full time Non-advanced level • Full time Advanced level courses EU/EEA students are normally not
courses All full time students undertaking eligible for bursary or any other kind
All full time students undertaking HNC/HND/Under Graduate level of ﬁnancial support.
courses below HNC level (18 weeks courses who have been ordinarily
plus) who have been ordinarily resident in the European Economic
resident in the European Economic Area for the past 3 years prior to Normally students outwith the EEA will
Area for the past 3 years prior to 27 27 August 2007, but have not been be liable for the overseas fee rate and
August 2007 but have not been ordinarily resident in the UK and will not qualify for further education
ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands are eligible to apply to Bursary/SAAS support of any kind.
Islands are eligible to apply to have the Student Awards Agency for
their tuition fees waived (this also Scotland for payment of their tuition With regards to residency, fees or
applies to examination fees). All fees. All students who wish to apply any other queries, please contact
students who wish to apply for for payment of tuition fees should the College.
a ‘fee waiver’ should arrange to make an application to the Student
complete a college course Awards Agency for Scotland as soon
application form prior to the as they arrive. Students who do not
start of their course and upon apply to the Student Awards Agency
commencement of their course for Scotland will be required to
a college enrolment form. pay a tuition fee of £1200.00 per
academic year. In addition, students
who withdraw from their course
prior to 1 December 2007 may not
qualify for payment of fees from
the Student Awards Agency for
Scotland and may be required to
pay the full £1200.00 themselves.
For the most recent information
please see www.saas.gov.uk
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induction course for Induction Course College Holidays
international students 6 – 20 August 2007 • 15 October 2007 – 26 October 2007
As an international student we offer (to be conﬁrmed) • 24 December 2007 – 4 January 2008
you the opportunity to attend college
• 18 February 2008 – 19 February 2008
two weeks prior to the main courses
commencing. This induction
Induction Days • 24 March 2008 – 4 April 2008
programme is specially designed to 22 August 2007
• 5 May 2008
suit international students and assists • Computing
with language, culture and getting to • Creative Arts
know the college and the local area.
We will also advise you on how to open
• Social Science Academic Year
up a bank account, how to register Duration usually of 36 weeks
with a doctor, how to ﬁnd a job and (9 months).
23 August 2007
much more. • Business
18 hours per week classes at
The course is held at the college at • Service Industries the College.
the beginning of August each year
and is free of charge. 12 hours of self studying at the
24 August 2007 College or at home.
27 August 2007 – 27 January 2008
• BLOCK 1
28 January 2008 – 13 June 2008
• BLOCK 2
“ The course gives you a
good all-round grounding
on every necessary aspect.”
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coming to scotland – before you arrive
European Union (EU) Student visas
Student s and European To obtain a student visa you must
Economic Area satisfy the following conditions:
(EEA) Student s
Normally entitled to automatic entry • That you have been accepted as
to the UK showing passport. a student at the College
• The course involves a minimum
Overseas Students of 15 hours per week of organised
(countries outside the EU and EEA) daytime study
• That you intend to leave the UK
Non-visa nationals at the end of your studies
You should apply for entry clearance • That you can meet the cost of
prior to arriving in the UK to avoid any your fees and living costs without
While there is provision for students
You must apply for entry clearance
to take employment during vacations
(known as a student visa) before
or spare time, no account may be taken
travelling to the UK. The entry
of any prospective earnings from that
clearance should normally be valid
employment in assessing the ability
for the whole length of your course.
of a student to meet the maintenance
The entry clearance fee for people
requirement when you are applying
entering the UK as students and
for your visa.
prospective students is currently
£85. Contact the relevant embassy You will need to produce your original
and note that it can take many weeks letter of admission from the College
to obtain a visa. If you are coming to as a conﬁrmation that you have been
study a full time course lasting more accepted as a student and also show
than 6 months you must not enter the bank statements or sponsor letter
UK on a visitor or tourist visa and then to demonstrate that you have enough
try to change it to a student visa as it money to pay your fees and support
is not allowed to ‘switch status’ within yourself while in the UK.
the UK. For the most recent information
More information on
“ Everyone is so friendly on
the course I will be sorry
when we finish our studies
although I am sure we
will keep in touch.”
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arriving in the uk
Arriving in the UK If you need to extend your visa, there The Fresh Talent: Working
When you arrive in the UK, the are two ways of doing it: In Scotland Scheme
immigration officer will want to conﬁrm If you have both lived and studied in
• Complete the relevant application
that you meet the conditions for holding Scotland, you can apply to remain in
form and post it, along with the
student status. Therefore, have all the Scotland for work for up to two years
required documentation, to the
documents needed at hand. without having to obtain a work permit.
Home Office in Croydon. The cost
You must have been awarded an HND
EU and EEA citizens do not need any of this method is £155.
and you must also seek and take
other documentation to show apart employment in Scotland.
from a passport. • Complete the relevant application For more info:
form and take it in person to
Police registration the Public Enquiry Office in www.workingintheuk.gov.uk/working_
All students who are not from EEA Glasgow, along with the required in_the_uk/en/homepage/schemes_
or commonwealth countries will be documentation. The cost is £250. and_programmes/fresh_talent_
required to register with the Police if working.html
they have been admitted to the UK for
The most recent information are
longer than 6 months. This should be
done within 7 days of arrival in the UK.
If you are required to register with the
You can also obtain a free advice
Police there will be a stamp in your
on 02071079922 or 02073576917.
passport telling you this. Registration
currently costs £34. The nearest police
station is: Police Headquarters, Queen
Street, Aberdeen, 01224 386105.
Once you have registered you must
inform the police immediately if you
change your address or if your ‘leave
to remain’ is extended.
“ The course had a strong
focus on employment
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Start arranging your accommodation We can send you current students’
early. You have a choice of staying in email addresses as they might help
Fraserburgh or Aberdeen in which case you to arrange for accommodation.
you will travel 3–4 times a week for an
hour by the College bus. If you choose Finding your accommodation, you
to live in Fraserburgh you might like to can use one of the following links
know that the employment possibilities and contacts:
are very limited. Therefore we
recommend to our students to live • Aberdeen Youth Hostel, the
in Aberdeen city centre if they plan cheapest in Aberdeen (approx
to work while studying. £14 per night), need to book
You will perhaps want to share a www.syha.org.uk
ﬂat/room with other students in order • UNITE halls of residence,
to reduce living costs as you will be need to book for the whole
fully responsible for payment of your year, around £60 per week
accommodation. On arrival you will be www.unite-students.com
required to pay usually one month rent
• ASPC ﬂats for rent and
+ deposit (which is equivalent to one
month rent and is returnable at the
end of the lease) in order to obtain the
property keys. You will need to show a • Easy Roommate rooms
letter from the College as a reference. for rent (sharing)
If you are a full time student and live • firstname.lastname@example.org halls
with full time students only, you do not of residence/hotel in the summer
need to pay a Council Tax from the start +44(0)1224274014, £12 per night
of your course on 27 August 2007. You
need to complete an ‘exemption form’
to secure this. From students’ previous
experience it’s not easy to secure
accommodation from abroad. Therefore
it is worth booking a hostel or similar
and ﬁnd a ﬂat once you arrive in the UK.
Make the booking early enough as
summer is a peak period and
accommodation providers get very busy.
Once you are in the UK it takes a few
days to a few weeks maximum to
arrange for a ﬂat and move into it.
The best location is the city centre.
“ I already have a job lined
up for when I finish my
studies, and I have my
tutor’s connection with
industry to thank for that.”
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working in the uk
Working In The UK Minimum Wages
Anyone with a student status is allowed Age 22+ £5.35 per hour.
to work part time (20 hours per week) Age 18–21 £4.45 per hour.
during the term and any number of Age under 18 £3.30 per hour.
hours during the holiday. EU/EEA It’s tax free to earn up to £97 per week.
students are allowed to work unlimited Common student pay is usually a
hours. Citizens of the new EU member minimum wage or slightly above.
states (A8 countries) must register with
The Worker Registration Scheme if they
are planning to work more than 20 How and Where To Look
hours per week. For a Job
The quickest way of getting a student
• www.workingintheuk.gov.uk job is to buy a newspaper where there
• www.jobcentreplus.gov.uk are lots of jobs advertised.
Press & Journal (on Friday),
Evening Express (on Wednesday),
In order to work and pay tax, you need Aberdeen Independent (on Thursday).
to get a National Insurance Number.
From the beginning you will be able to Visit bars, restaurants and shops to ask
work on a temporary national insurance for work, sometimes they advertise jobs
number which can be set up from your in their shop windows.
date of birth. Once you start working,
apply for a permanent national Also local food and ﬁsh processing
insurance number by contacting a companies provide opportunities
local Job Centre and complete following for work.
forms: P46 (new employee) and P86
(arrival in the UK). Once you are leaving Register with a recruitment agency
the UK you can complete form P85 bringing your CV to their office or
which might help you to get a tax refund. register on-line where possible.
Info on www.inlandrevenue.gov.uk
From our students’ previous experience
it takes approx. 1 month on average to
ﬁnd a job.
“ The admission staff are so
helpful and know exactly
where to point you
whatever your queries is.”
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Health Care Bank By Bus
If you are from an EEA country or a On arrival, you should open a bank Megabus, National Express, Firstbus,
student on a course lasting for more account in order to pay bills and deposit Bluebird, Citylink
than six months you will qualify for any income or wages. You can get
medical and hospital treatment under advice from any bank as to which www.megabus.com
the National Health Service. NHS is account would be suitable for a student. www.nationalexpress.com
free of charge, though there is a ﬁxed www.ﬁrstgroup.com/etickets
cost for any medication you need at You will need to show some www.citylink.co.uk
the pharmacy. identiﬁcation (a passport), letter from www.carlberry.co.uk
the College and something to prove
As NHS dentist is very hard to ﬁnd you your address in the UK (a rent Buses are often less expensive
might consider taking out an insurance agreement or an utility bill). than trains.
to cover the costs of a private dentist.
However complete HC1 form and ﬁnd out State Benefits By Train
if you are eligible for free prescriptions International students are generally National Rail, The Train Line
and free dental treatments. You might not entitled to state beneﬁts as these
also consider taking out insurance which are usually classed as ‘public funds’. www.nationalrail.co.uk
covers the cost of repatriation in case Public funds include: Child Beneﬁt, www.thetrainline.com
you need to be ﬂown home because of Income Support, Housing Beneﬁt,
serious illness. Council Housing, Council Tax Beneﬁt, Other Options
and others. Fly to Edinburgh or Glasgow and
Once you arrive in the UK log on to continue by bus.
www.nhsgrampian.org to ﬁnd your Travel
nearest GP (a doctor) and register The closest international airport For more options please contact
immediately. In case of an emergency Dyce is located in Aberdeen. your local travel agent.
call 999 for ambulance, ﬁre and police.
More info at: www.dh.gov.uk By Plane ‘Meet and greet’ service, where a
To Aberdeen via London (Heathrow, representative of the College will
Weather Gatwick, Stansted, Luton) or via collect you from the airport, bus
Summers are around 15–20 degrees Amsterdam. or train station, might be available
and winters around 0 degrees. As a upon request.
consequence of the North Sea, it can be www.britishairways.com
windy sometimes and all four seasons www.easyjet.com
can be found in one day. For more www.klm.com
details see www.bbc.co.uk/weather/
“ The course is divided into
easily digestible sections
which allows you to get to
grips with the theory.”
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Should you require further information
on any of our courses, please contact:
Banff & Buchan College
t: +44 (0)1346 586100
f: +44 (0)1346 515370
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