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Joining us from outside the UK

We are delighted our reputation attracts students from all around the world and feel we can offer something unique as one of only a few UK State Sixth Form Colleges in England to offer accommodation.

As an Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ college we provide our young people with exceptional opportunities and pastoral support without the tuition fees, and with highly competitive accommodation costs.

Richard Huish College can provide a stable education environment for Service Children and our College is often selected by forces families in receipt of Continuity of Education Allowance (CEA) because we provide a wider array of Study Programmes than most Independent Schools that provide a similar boarding experience. Many of those heading towards careers in the Military themselves consider our Public Services qualification for example.

We regularly welcome students with BN(O) status from Hong Kong as well as those eligible for ESFA funding from countries all across the world. Embracing diversity is one of the core values of the College and the our international students contribute something really special to our community, we really enjoy celebrating the mixture of cultural backgrounds here at Huish.

With around 81% of our boarding community being full-time, we offer a variety of enrichments both during the College week and at weekends. There are many opportunities to develop friendships and new skills in preparation for life beyond Huish.

Whether you are looking to board or simply joining us from afar, we can guide you through the Huish application process and help you settle into life in the UK.

We fully understand that choosing to study in a different country, often far away from your previous home is a huge step so our team are here to help you.

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, you will be treated with respect and fully supported as you prepare yourself over your time with us to progress to university or the world of work.

Our Study Programmes

With over 45 courses to choose from we can help you select the right Study Programme for you. This could include A Levels, Vocational qualifications or a mixed programme. There are very few limitations to which combination of courses you choose.

Our Fees

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

Our Results

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.


Whatever your interests, you are sure to find something to tempt you in our EnRICH programme. Our extensive offer ranges 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. We also have a vibrant student run newsletter. There are so many opportunities beyond your Study Programme to develop skills and have fun!

Fantastic Facilities

We are constantly developing our campus to provide state-of-the-art modern facilities that reflect those you will find in industry. Our most recent additions include a multi sports arena and gym; brand new centre for Music with industry standard recording studios and Mac suite; and dedicated Art, Graphic Design and IT studios with all of the latest kit. We also have plenty of independent study areas and social spaces to enjoy on campus.

Boarding Accommodation and Location

Oak House boarding offers an independent living experience in preparation for university and life beyond. The purpose-built student accommodation is just a short walk from the College campus, with all student bedrooms hosting en-suite shower rooms. You will be well supported by our House Parents and have the opportunity to make many new friends. 

Taunton is the county town of Somerset and is an important centre for leisure and tourism. It is one of the most beautiful parts of England. The Quantocks and Exmoor are great places for walking and cycling. Taunton is surrounded by beautiful countryside and there is a fantastic mix of shops, restaurants and leisure facilities in the town centre and surrounding business parks.

Taunton is two hours from London and a short train ride from the local university cities of Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Bath, seventeen miles from the Bristol Channel and thirty miles from the South Coast and local beaches. The town has a number of cultural venues which the College makes use of such as The Brewhouse Theatre and Somerset County Cricket Club.

Holistic Tutoring

Through our dedicated pastoral tutoring system, we will prepare you to navigate the new issues you’ll face as you approach adulthood and your Tutor will get to know you as an individual, offering support and guidance throughout your journey at Huish.

Inspirational Teaching

Our experienced and specialist teachers are passionate about your education and with their support you will achieve the best outcome to help you progress your future aspirations. You’ll also benefit because your teachers engage in a vibrant professional learning community at college, using the best evidence-informed approaches to teaching, learning and assessment that keeps them at the top of their professional game. Many have past experience working within the industries they teach.

Amazing Support

We have a culture that cares for the individual and promotes inclusivity, equality and mutual respect – specialist support is available for all and diversity is embraced.

Life after Huish

We have a dedicated, specialist team that work in collaboration with the pastoral team to ensure you are supported and prepared for your next steps onto Higher Education, Apprenticeships or the workplace.

Recent HESA (High Education Statistics Agency) data shows that Huish students achieve exceptional outcomes at university as well. A higher percentage of Huish students receive a First-Class Degree, better than the independent sector, other Sixth Form Colleges and state schools and colleges.

Sports Academies

We are passionate about sports performance and through our partnerships with Bristol Bears Rugby, Somerset County Cricket Club and Huish Tigers Basketball and Rugby, we can help you to develop your professional sporting career alongside top quality academic study. You can also compete nationally in a whole range of sports for the College.




Huish can accept international applications  for 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.

Please note that students wishing to claim ESFA funding will need to demonstrate GCSE Level Maths and English at grade 4/C or above. If you have not studied GCSEs in your home country, you will be required to take GCSE Maths and English alongside your Study Programme.


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.


We can offer the following Study Programmes to those who meet the ESFA funding criteria:

  • a one year, Level 2 Pathway; this includes opportunities to study GCSE Maths, English Language, and Science plus other Level 2 qualifications
  • a two year, Level 3 Study Programme, you will study three A Level/Vocational subjects or a singular Vocational Extended Diploma (view all Level 3 courses).

Please note that current ESFA guidance states that you need to demonstrate GCSE Level Maths and English at a pass to secure funding. If you have not completed GCSEs in your home country, you will be required to take GCSE Maths and English alongside your Study Programme.

Entry requirements

The standard entry requirements for all students (UK and International) for our Level 3 Study Programmes are five GCSEs at grade 4/C or above including Maths and English Language/Literature. Some courses will list additional requirements.

For students who have not taken GCSE/IGCSEs, we will use the ECCITS website (formerly UK NARIC) to establish education comparison for those students 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 advice and guidance will be given during your Advice and Guidance session (interview) following your application).

Please visit our Apply section and select the ‘Joining us from outside the UK’ option for details of how to apply.