School Immersion at Brockenhurst College – 16-18 years old – 1 term to 1 academic year

This programme is aimed at motivated young people, aged 16 to 18, who wish to study with British students in an English college with state-of-the-art facilities, located on a large campus in the heart of the New Forest.

Study in a British college

Welcome to Hampshire, in the South of England. With 3,500 inhabitants, Brockenhurst is the most important village of the beautiful New Forest National Park and is located a short distance away from the town of Lymington.

The New Forest is more than 900 years old, has been a World Heritage Site since 2005 and consists of woods and heathland where ponies and cattle roam freely. The traditions and history of the New Forest make it a unique place to live, and the stunning scenery offers a friendly, safe and creative environment for study and leisure activities. Brockenhurst itself is a peaceful and picturesque village, with a small collection of local shops and cafés.

Despite its rural location, Brockenhurst College is just 90 minutes from both London and Oxford by train, and 20 minutes from the university city of Southampton, which has one of the largest shopping centres in the region.

Located in the heart of New Forest National Park, the 27-acre “Brock” campus offers a safe and welcoming environment for study and leisure activities. Every year over 6000 British and international students take Brockenhurst’s 6th Form A Level and vocational courses. Brockenhurst students’ consistent 99% A-level pass rate and acceptance into top universities exemplifies the College’s academic excellence, endorsed by its ‘outstanding’ Ofsted rating.

Getting to College is very straightforward with excellent transport links across the city.

School facilities include:

  • Spacious, modern, cloud-connected classrooms
  • Learning Resources Centre with 14 open access computers, 5 group study rooms and 70 quiet study places for students to work. Self-service photocopiers, a TV/Video and DVD player and a wide range of multimedia CD-Roms are also available
  • Large library containing more than 23,000 books, hundreds of papers, CDs and DVDs
  • Free WiFi connection
  • Copiers, scanners, TVs, DVD readers available
  • Sports Centre with fully equipped gym and fitness suite, floodlit all-weather sports pitches for 5-a-side, football and hockey, sports hall with basketball, badminton, tennis, netball and volleyball courts and circuit training sessions, indoor cricket and football pitches, 25 acres of playing fields, outdoor grass pitches for football, rugby, hockey and lacrosse
  • Access to livestreamed international conferences
  • Theatre and dance studio
  • Radio and TV recording studio
  • “Hard Brock Cafe”

Activities and events during your stay

Brock has a vibrant social scene, with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

From the social activities organised throughout the year by the Students’ Union to the sports options available to help you pursue your interests or try something new, you are sure to enjoy many new experiences and make new friends.

Sports : Badminton, Basketball, Body Pump, Cheerleading, Fitness, Surfing, Lifeguarding, Running club, Dance, Football 5-A-Side, Netball, Yoga, rollerskating, Futsal…

Other activities available : Animation, Book Club, Ceramics, Chinese, Film club, Philosophy, Robotics, Debating, Student Union, Acapella Singing, Broadway Singing, Community Choir, Community Volunteers, Percussion band, Photography, Ukulele (make & play), Medical matters, Mindfulness…

The Student Union organises activities throughout the entire year such as the Christmas party and fundraising for underprivileged children.

Our school programmes in Brock College are aimed at students members of the European Union.

Class sizes and assessment

  • Average class size: 16 students
  • Continuous assessment with regular exams and coursework

You can choose from a range of programmes, based on your age, English language skills and goals. All the programmes on offer require good school results.

The last term (from April – beginning of July) is devoted entirely to exams.

High School experience (ages 16 to 18)

This programme allows you to study from 3 to 8 months with British students and enter into the British college way of life.

15-20 hours of classes per week

You can choose 3 subjects form a range of 50 options including: Archaeology, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Business, English language & Literature,Communication & Culture, Psychology… Each subject has roughly 4 hours and a half of classes per week.

3 hours of English per week with other exchange students.

2 enrichment classes per week: please see ‘extra curricular activities’ for a complete list

Language level required: B1/B2

A Levels (ages 16+)

A levels are a 2-year programme. During the first year, students choose 4 subjects form a range of 50 options inlcuding: Archaeology, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Business, English language & Literature,Communication & Culture, Psychology… Each subject has roughly 4 hours and a half of classes per week, and an equivalent amount of time for self study and research. Then, students keep 3 of the 4 subjects during the second year.

Foreign students and non-English speakers also have 3 hours of English classes per week until they obtain a 6.5 band score on IELTS in all four skills.

Language level: B1+/B2- or IELTS 5.0

At the end of the first year, students take sample exams and foreign students obtain a certificate. A Levels graduation happens at the end of the second year.

Vocational Courses (ages 16+)

2-year course, if you wish to obtain a BTEC Level 3 Diploma.

Roughly 15 hours of classes per week of your chosen course: Art & Design ; Beauty Therapy ; Business ; Children’s Play, Learning & Development ; Electrical Installations ; Engineering ; Health & Social Care ; Information & Technology ; Media ; Music ; Performing Arts ; Personal Training & Instruction ; Photography ; Plumbing Studies ; Sport ; Sport and Exercise Science ; Sport Performance & Excellence ; Travel & Tourism, Uninformed Public Services ; Watersports Instructor

The programme includes visits to local businesses. Individual study (at home or at the college library) is required outside of classes.

3 hours of English classes per week until you obtain a 6.5 band score on IELTS in all four skills.

Language level: B1+/B2- – IELTS 5.0

Host family

High School experience

Single room, shared bathroom, half board Monday-Friday, full board at the weekend.

Distance from school: maximum 45 minutes by train/bus/on foot. Families are located in different villages surrounding Brockenhurst. The placement into these families depends on the availabilities at the time when the booking is made.

Other programmes (A Levels and Vocational courses)

Single room, shared bathroom, half board Monday-Friday, full board at the weekend. Families located in Zone C.

Travel time to Brockenhurst College (Zone C): Approx. 30 – 40 mins (by train/bus or on foot)

  • Optional extras
    • Zone B: 15 – 25 minutes away (by train/bus/on foot)
    • Zone A: maximum 15 minute walk. Families are located in Brockenhurst itself.

Practical Information: – Linens provided – One laundry load per week is included in accommodation prices. Any additional laundry loads should be agreed on with your host family. – Internet access

Please note: the price of accommodation is fixed and includes accommodation during the school holidays. No reimbursement will be given if you decided to go home during these periods.

  • Be between 16-18 years old
  • Have a good level of English (IELTS 5.0 or 5.5 depending on the programme)
  • Have achieved good academic results in the last 2 years
  • A willingness to make new friends and share the daily life of a host family
  • Demonstrate motivation, maturity and adaptability

Do you fit the criteria for participation? Think this high school abroad programme is for you?

  1. Send us a registration form as soon as possible.
  2. You will then receive a pre-confirmation form and an application form to be completed. We will invite you to pay €100 in order to take a proficiency test and to provide us with your school results for the past 3 years. The interview fee is non-refundable and is deductible from the final cost if enrolment is confirmed.
  3. We will then invite you to come to our office in Brussels or Paris for the full interview. You must come to our office with the first part of the application form filled in.
  4. If the interview is successful, we will ask you to pay a deposit (25% of the total amount, minimum €1,500) and to send us the relevant documents completed. This includes recommendation letters from your teachers, your medical history and other information needed to process your booking. As soon as we recieve all the documents and the deposit, we will send the application file to our partner.
  5. The final decision belongs to the college after examination of your application form and an interview by phone. You will be accepted to your chosen courses according to the availabilities, your level of English, your previous academic background (the College requires good marks in the desired subjects) and the enrolment dates.

Your application is officially confirmed as soon as you receive the letter of acceptance from the College

The deadlines for submitting applications are :

  • July 5 for September arrivals
  • 5 November for January arrivals
  • Beyond these dates, registration will be considered on a case-by-case basis. A late registration fee of 100€ will be applied.

You will be accepted into the course of your choice depending on availability, your level of English, your previous academic record (the College requires good grades in the desired subjects) and the date of enrolment.

Your exact arrival and departure dates will be sent out once Brockenhurst College has confirmed admission.

Please note: Do not make travel arrangements until we have confirmed your enrolment in your chosen course.

For European citizens:

Until 30/09/2021 the ID card is sufficient to enter the UK. After this date, a valid passport will be compulsorily required.

Entry conditions in the UK from 01/01/2021

  • Under 6 months stay

EU citizens can travel to the UK without a visa if their stay does not exceed 6 months. They must carry a passport valid for the duration of their stay.

  • Over 6 months stay

All stays longer than 6 months require a visa. Visa applicants must provide a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) sent by our partner school.

Students between 4 and 17 years must also:

  • Be able to prove that you will have sufficient funds to cover your expenses during your stay in the UK.
  • Have the consent of your parent or legal guardian to study in the UK. You will be required to obtain official permission to leave your country’s territory.

Students of age 16+ must also:

  • Have a minimum level of B1 in English.

A medical/accident/repatriation and civil liability insurance is compulsory for this type of stay. You will be asked for a certificate of insurance at the time of your application.

Langues Vivantes offers you a complete insurance adapted to the stays of young people abroad, see Insurance and guarantees.

Dates & Prices 2021-2022

Dates 2021-2022

The academic year is split into three terms: Autumn Term, Spring Term and Summer Term, each with a half-term holiday.

Academic year: from September 2021 – July 2022 (44 weeks in total including 4 weeks of holidays)

  • Autumn Term: beginning of September – end of December
  • Spring Term: beginning of January – mid April
  • Summer Term: mid April – beginning of July

High school experience : programme starts at the end of August or beginning of January, depending on the duration chosen

  • Autumn term : beginning of September – mid December
  • Winter semester : end of August – mid February (start of half-term break)
  • Autumn & Spring term : end of August – mid April
  • Spring term : beginning of January – mid April

Exact term dates will be confirmed once we receive your booking.

Prices 2021-2022

Includes full time courses, room and board, registration fees, and taxes

WPCS 42.0.3
High school experience
Tuition & homestay, half board
Autumn Term (sept - dec) 9.695
Winter semester (sept - feb) 12.895
Spring Term (jan - apr) 7.995
Autumn & Spring terms (sept - apr) 14.895
Other programs
Tuition & homestay, half board, in Zone C
1 Academic Year (sept - july) 21.795
Homestay supplements (academic year)
Family living in Zone B 450
Family living in Zone A 850

Prices include:

  • English test and pre-booking interview
  • Your chosen course
  • Homestay accommodation (in Zone C for an academic year), single room, half board, holidays included
  • Access to all school facilities and services
  • Academic advice and support from a personal tutor
  • Support from our offices before, during and after your stay
  • All taxes and enrolment fees

Prices do not include:

  • Travel to and from Brockenhurst
  • Transportation in and around Brockhenhurst (except if you’re doing an academic year)
  • Optional activities
  • Textbooks and other course materials
  • Exam fees, where applicable (IELTS)
  • Optional insurance