Joining us from outside the UK

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Huish attracts students from all around the world by providing young people with exceptional opportunities and pastoral support, without charging tuition fees.

We offer over 50 courses, giving you a wider choice of subject options than you’ll find in most Independent Schools, and as a Sixth Form College, we are entirely centred around supporting students entering young adulthood. 

Pairing our Study Programmes with our great range of enrichment activities will provide you with the skills you need for life beyond Huish and an exciting experience in the UK. 

Diversity is celebrated well here, and students from different cultures integrate well together. Many students visit from overseas and relish sharing in each other’s traditional festivities.

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Huish is an ideal educational choice for those who meet the funding criteria of the Educational Skills Funding Agency (ESFA).

You can find more details about eligibility to study at Huish below but we regularly attract service families in receipt of Continuity of Education Allowance (CEA), and British National (Overseas) (BN(O)s) from Hong Kong, amongst others. Our mix of international students adds something special to our diverse culture here at Huish.

We are aware that studying far from your current home may seem daunting, but our team will support you with your application and as you settle into life in the UK.

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What makes Huish special?


Wide subject choice

With over 50 courses to choose from, we can help you design the right Study Programme for you. There are very few limitations to which combination of courses you choose.


Our consistently excellent results are some of the best in the Southwest. Huish students make significant progress whilst studying with us and many achieve beyond what they expected.

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We can offer you an outstanding education with competitive boarding rates and without the cost of high tuition fees.


We offer a wide variety of EnRICH activities ranging from Sport, Medical, Music, Performing Arts and Duke of Edinburgh, to Debating, Creative Writing, Film and the Eco action group, to name just a few.

There are so many opportunities beyond your Study Programme to develop skills and have fun!

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Your peers

As a dedicated Sixth Form College with no school attached you will be surrounded by students of a similar age. This means everything we do is tailored to meet the needs of young adults and you will be treated with respect.


We are constantly developing our campus to provide state-of-the-art modern facilities that reflect those you will find in industry. 

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Sports Academies 

We are passionate about sports performance and through our sports partnerships we can help you to develop your professional sporting career alongside top-quality academic study. 

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Your wellbeing is really important to us. Your Tutor will get to know you as an individual, offering support and guidance as they prepare you to navigate the new issues you’ll face as you approach adulthood. Specialist support is also available from our Learning Support and Health and Wellbeing teams. 

If you are a boarder, you will be further supported by our dedicated House Parents in Oak House.

Boarding Accommodation 

Boarding at Oak House is a great opportunity to become part of a vibrant community and prepare for independent living at university and beyond. All student rooms have an en-suite bathroom and regular activities and trips make Oak House an exciting place to be. 

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We are located in Taunton, the county town of Somerset and an important centre for leisure and tourism for the region.

Somerset is one of the most beautiful parts of England surrounded by countryside and beaches and has good access routes to several university cities like Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Bath.

Life after Huish

Our Careers and Progression team will guide and support you as you pursue your next steps in Higher Education, Apprenticeships or the workplace.

Higher Education Statistics Agency data shows that Huish students achieve exceptional outcomes at university.

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Eligibility Criteria

We can only accept international students who can be Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) funded.

This includes students with settled/ordinarily resident status in the UK for three years prior to their application, for example:

  • students who are UK and Irish citizens
  • those with passports endorsed with the right of abode (ROA) in the UK
  • British National (Overseas) – BN(O) from Hong Kong
  • British Dependent Territorial Nationals
  • those who have a certificate of naturalisation or registration as a British citizen
  • EEA Nationals moving to the UK before 1st January 2021
  • children of Turkish workers who moved to the UK before the 1st January 2021.

Examples of those eligible for ESFA funding without three years prior residency include:

  • refugees
  • those with humanitarian protection (HP)
  • those granted discretionary leave (DL)
  • those granted exceptional leave to enter or remain (ELE/ELR)
  • those with recently settled status obtained within the last three years (those with indefinite leave to enter (ILE) or remain (ILR), right of abode or a British citizen).

Also eligible for ESFA funding are students on a parent visa at the start of their Study Programme, such as:

  • those accompanying/joining parents who have the right of abode/leave to enter, or children of diplomats
  • dependents of adults residing legally in the UK as workers
  • unaccompanied British (or Irish) citizens, or those whose passports have been endorsed to show they have the right of abode.


The above lists are only a small example of some the applications that could be ESFA funded.

Please note that Huish adheres to the ESFA funding criteria, which is released/updated each year. If you would like to discuss your eligibility, please email

A full copy of the ESFA funding criteria can be found on the UK government website.

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Study Programme Options

There are two types of Study Programme you can choose from.

Option 1) On the Level 2 Pathway you have the opportunity to study GCSE Maths, English Language, Science, and other Level 2 qualifications.

This is a one year Study Programme that will prepare you for our Level 3 Study Programmes. 

Option 2) On a Level 3 Study Programme you select a combination of three A Levels/Vocational Extended Certificates, or a singular Vocational Extended Diploma.

This two year Study Programme will provide you with the qualifications needed to apply to university.

Level 3 Entry Requirements

The standard entry requirement for all students (UK and International) for our Level 3 Study Programmes is five GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C),  including Maths and English Language/Literature. Some courses will list additional requirements.

If you have not taken GCSE/IGCSEs, we will use the ECCITS website (formerly UK NARIC) to establish education comparison if you are applying with other qualifications.

If English is your second language, you may also be required to take an English Language exam to support your application e.g. IELTS.

Further guidance will be provided following your application during your Advice and Guidance session (interview).

Important Information

Please note that ESFA guidance states that you need to demonstrate GCSE Level Maths and English at a pass (grade 4 or above) to secure funding.

If you have not completed GCSEs in your home country, you will be required to take GCSE Maths and English alongside any Study Programme.

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