UK Hampshire, UK
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Highbury College

Established: 1963

School Facts

  • Number of Students
  • Student Population
    CoEd - School for both genders
  • Accommodation
    Boarding accommodation,
    Homestay Accommodation
  • Religious Affiliation
    Not religious
  • Program Length Available
    Short-Term, Multiple Year, Spring Semester, Spring Year, Fall Semester, Fall Year

School Description

Highbury College is one of the top performing state colleges in the UK for student success. It has been rated 'Outstanding’ by Ofsted (the UK government schools inspectorate) thanks to its fantastic facilities, stunning range of courses and expert staff. In recent years, the college has also won a national award for 'Outstanding Use of Technology for Improving Teaching and Learning”, as it encourages all its students to exploit the latest technology and be at the cutting edge of innovation. Employability is at the heart of the curriculum on offer, as every course is tailored to helping students progress to university or find employment after their time at the college.


Highbury College has four campuses throughout the city of Portsmouth. Students studying for A-Levels an BTECs study at the campus in Cosham. This new campus, which opened in 2009, facilitates enhanced student learning through the use of the latest technology and facilities. Some examples of the facilities include cutting-edge television and radio studios; Apple Mac newsrooms, light and airy art and design studios with specialised areas for screen-printing, textiles, jewellery and 3D design and a 160-seater performing arts theatre.

Sports & Arts

The Sports Centre at Highbury Campus has a wide range of facilities including a sports hall, gym and fitness classes. Sports on offer include badminton, table tennis and 5-a-side football, as well as Zumba, swimming, roller skating and martial arts. Discounted membership is also available to new students during the first four weeks of term. The college also boasts a whole host of enrichment activities including the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme, an annual hairdressing and make-up competition, college TV and radio stations, theatre, creative showcases and volunteering opportunities both in the UK and abroad.

Student Life

Highbury College is situated in Portsmouth, the UK’s only island city. A great place to live, it has a popular seafront and one of the best climates in Britain. The city has much to offer in terms of entertainment and culture including seafront shopping destination Gunwharf Quays, maritime history at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and a host of water sports. The train to Portsmouth takes just 90 minutes from London, so students can easily access the capital city and enjoy all it has to offer. The college has been welcoming international students for over 25 years, offering them a range of first-class qualifications that are valued all over the world, a quality English Language programme and fantastic support throughout their time in the UK.

  • 11, 12 Grades at School
Diploma Year Offered?
Student Population
CoEd - School for both genders
Teacher/Student Ratio
English as Second Language (ESL) Support Available
5-a-Side Football, Badminton, Basketball, Martial Arts, Roller Skating, Swimming, Table Tennis
Art, Art and Design, Digital Media, Fashion and Textiles, Painting
Advanced Courses (AP, A-Levels)
Biology, Business, Chemistry, Construction, Engineering, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Government and Politics, History, Information Technology, Interior Design, Law, Maths, Physics, Psychology, Science, Sociology, Travel and Tourism
English for International Students - Advanced, Spanish
Ages Accepted
Other - Eligibility Requirements?
Students requiring a Tier 4 Visa require the following English language test: a) IELTS 5.5 with no component lower than 4.5 for a direct entry b) IELTS 4.5 and 5.0 with no component lower than 4.0: - a 4-week accelerated English language programme at the beginning of the course will required (additional fees apply)

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