John Abbott, Richard Huish College Principal

John Abbott, Principal


Richard Huish College is one of the leading inspected state Sixth Form Colleges in the UK and regularly ranked amongst the best state colleges nationally for A Level results. As a Tier 4 Sponsor with UK Visas and Immigration we welcome applications from around the world so come study at our elite English college alongside British students.

We fully understand that choosing to study in a different country, often far away from home is a huge step. My team and I, together with your parents and agents, will help you with the application process, applying for your visa if needed, settling in to life in our boarding house or with a home stay family and finally, being a happy and successful student. I have no doubt that you will make friends for life and have many happy memories of your Huish days as you progress to university.


Studying at Huish

There is so much to consider when looking to study abroad. We have put together this film for you to get a feel of what Huish and Oak House has to offer.


students smiling on results dayOur Results

We are one of the best Sixth Form Colleges in the country. The Huish Class of 2019 significantly surpassed national averages at A Level and equivalent qualifications. At A Level they achieved an A* to B pass rate of 53%, and an A* to C pass rate of 78%. The overall pass rate was again an outstanding 99%. Of the students that took Vocational Extended Diplomas, 53% of grades achieved were the very highest Distinction or Distinction*.  Casey Williams is the highest achieving student with an impressive 4 A* grades in Computer Science, Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics.

If you are hard working and ambitious you should explore the idea of joining us. We have an enviable reputation in the local area built upon a long history of excellence. We want to help you be the best you can be and reach your potential. We are very proud of the results, success and achievements of our students.

72% students achieving 3 or more A/A* grades

Last year’s cohort of international students achieved a 99% pass rate. 73% of International students achieved A*-C grades and 55% achieved A*-B grades at A Level. Our highest achievers were:

Alice Wong receiving her International Student of the Year Award

Alice Wong receiving her International Student of the Year Award

Katrina Yu = 1 A*, 3 A
Katrina is now studying Physiotherapy at the University of Bradford.

Henry Tse = 2 A*, 3 A
Henry is now studying Engineering at HKUST.

Joyce Wong = 3A, 1B
Joyce is now studying Biology and Genetics at HKUST.

Simon To = 2A, 2B
Simon is now studying Classic Archaeology at University College London.

Ariel Tse = 4B
Ariel is now studying Law and Criminology at the University of Cardiff.

Elim Wong = 1A*, 3 A, 1B
Elim is now studying at the University of Durham

Alice Wong = 1A*, 2A
Alice is now studying Fashion in Hong Kong

Click here for more news of our latest results.

What can I study?


Level 3 Study Programmes

Richard Huish College is a centre of academic excellence with over 1,850 students taking A Level or Vocational programmes. Huish is a member of the National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC). NARIC provides the only official source of information on international qualifications to organisations recruiting from overseas and to individuals wishing to study in the UK. Academic references may be sourced to support your application.

At Huish, you can study the following:

Two Year A Level or Vocational Level 3 Programme
This programme starts in September and gives you over 50 subjects to chose from. Click here for more information on the Level 3 Programme and how to select your Study Programme.

One Year A Level Programme
This programme is suitable for students who achieve high grades at their current school and aim to progress to top UK and overseas universities. You will fast track to university by studying your A Levels in one year rather than two. Subjects available are (choose 3):

  • Mathematics
  • Further Mathematics
  • Accountancy
  • Environmental Science
  • Music


Entry Requirements

Students applying for a Level 3 Study Programme should meet our entry requirements of 5 GCSEs at Grade C/Level 4 and above including Mathematics and English Language or Literature. This can be an equivalent qualification if studied outside of the UK.

You must demonstrate your English proficiency by holding a valid IELTS certificate. Applications will be assessed according to their study programme. Appropriate support will be put in place to enable students to succeed.

Please refer to the UK Visas & Immigration website for a list of approved Secure English Language Test Centres

Please note that you must choose IELTS for UKVI (Academic) in order for us to issue a Tier 4 General CAS.


Additional study options available

Huish + English Programme
For students aged 15-17 years, who would like to study in England we offer the Huish+ English Programme which includes English language tuition and tuition in Mathematics, Sciences, Accountancy, Music and Sport. When you complete the programme you can either continue your studies in your home country or return to Richard Huish College to begin a two year Study Programme.

Study Tours
A short study tour can be an excellent way to experience the College before your join us. Select the Study Tour section in the menu for more information about Study Tour options. We also offer an Oxbridge Summer Course (3 weeks) for students hoping to attend the University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, University College London or any top university in the UK.

Huish+ Pre-A Level English Programme

Huish+ is a one or two term Pre-A Level English programme aimed at students who are aged from 15-17 years old and thinking about studying in England.

The course will prepare you for the demands of Level 3 study. You will develop the English language, mathematical and academic skills needed to be successful in your A Level studies and future academic career.

We find that students who take this course reach a far higher standard than those who apply directly for Level 3 Study Programmes. The Huish+ course combines academic learning with Enrichment, cultural and physical activities to broaden your learning experience.

Huish+ is intentionally a broad programme to ensure that you become well-rounded and can immerse yourself in your A Levels classes the following year. This English led programme is centred on preparing you to undertake a Level 3 Study Programme and you will study the English language requirements for each element below as well as an introduction to the specification content.

• English (Academic IELTS preparation)
• Maths
• The Sciences
• Business and Economics
• Humanities and Social Sciences
• Visual and Performing Arts

Skills that students will develop will include:

• Research skills
• Projects and collaborative group work
• Analysis and evaluation of information
• Academic writing and referencing
• Presentation and other verbal skills

There is an English assessment at the beginning of the programme and you are expected to make significant progress during your time with us. You will have the opportunity to take your IELTS (Academic) test towards the end of the programme – this is included in the cost of the course. In addition to the IELTS preparation, you will learn the English Language requirements for your other subjects. Each lesson will be different and you should expect to receive regular homework and independent study to complete.


Sample timetable

9.00 – 10.05TutorialScienceBusiness & EconomicsEALScience
10.05 – 10.10Lesson Transition Time
10.10 – 11.15ScienceEALHumanitiesTutorialArt
11.15 – 11.30Break
11.30 – 12.35EALEnrichmentEALMathematicsStudio Time
12.35 – 13.15Lunch
13.15 – 14.20EnrichmentMathematicsEnrichmentEALArt
14.20 – 14.25Lesson Transition Time
14.25 – 15.30Business & EconomicsEALLanguage – SpanishBusiness & EconomicsMathematics
15.30 – 15.35Lesson Transition Time
15.35 – 16.40HumanitiesArtLanguage – Spanish HumanitiesTutorial

In the evenings you will have time to complete your homework in the quiet surroundings of Oak House or with your homestay family. There are opportunities to take part in organised Enrichment in the evenings and weekends.


Learn Through Adventure

Limitations on young people, whether real or perceived, come in all shapes and sizes. In the Huish+ programme we use the power of outdoor learning and adventure to overcome these limitations. We include one week of outdoor action and adventure to teach you to believe in yourself. Confidence and resilience will grow, self-discipline and self-believe will improve and you will gain an appreciation of the natural environment around you.


In Summary

As well as making long lasting friendships you will:

• Improve your English Language skills ready to begin the challenge of A Levels
• Take a UKVI IELTS (Academic) Test
• Board in Oak House (if you are aged 16 or over) or stay with a friendly family close to the College who will ensure you are immersed in British culture
• Participate in a full academic and cultural programme including educational trips and visits
• Be supported 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by the Huish International team. This includes airport transfers when you first arrive in the UK
• Continue your education at Huish by enrolling on a two year A Level programme after completion of the Huish+ programme.

Meet the International Team


Joe BennettJoe Bennett – Assistant Principal, International Curriculum
Joe oversees the Study Programmes of all our international students. He also co-ordinates the English language and IELTS preparation courses the College offers.

Colin BarnardColin Barnard – Assistant Principal (Student Support)
Colin oversees the pastoral care of all of our international students. He and his team are here to support you with the transition to studying in the UK and adjusting to life in a boarding house or with a British family.

Maria SmithMaria Smith – International Student Officer
Maria will be your first point of contact during your application and admission process. She will also help you settle into your studies at Huish.


Kerry MaxwellKerry Starmer – Boarding House Manager
Kerry lives in Oak House, our student accommodation. Kerry lives with her partner and dalmatian puppy. She is here to make your stay feel safe and as much like home as possible.

Susan DraycottSusan Draycott– House Parent
Susan is the House Parent at Oak House, our student accommodation. Her role is to support and encourage students to be responsible and independent in their living environment.

Louise HarveyLou Harvey – House Keeper
Lou is our Oak House resident Housekeeper. A friendly face who will maintain the high standards of cleanliness that we expect in Oak House.

James Lindsey WhiteJames Lindsey-White – Huish Estates Team
James is a key member of the Oak House team. He ensures that the house is kept in full working order.

Charlotte SargentCharlotte Sargent- School Liaison and Admissions Officer
A member of the Marketing Team with previous boarding experience. You may see Charlotte at Heathrow Airport on Arrival Day or in Oak House covering duties.

Sam BoughenSam Boughen – International Marketing Assistant
Sam helps to deliver the International marketing strategy and actively supports the recruitment of International Students through a range of communication channels.

AmbassadorsHuish Ambassadors
Current students will act as mentors when you first arrive. They will show you around the campus, take you into Taunton, answer your questions and make sure that you’re happy and settled here at Huish.


Map of the West Country The College is situated on the edge of parkland overlooking fields and hills, about ten minutes walk from the town centre. Taunton is located in the rural county of Somerset, the gateway to the beautiful South West of England.

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.


Gallery of Taunton

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Accommodation at Huish

There are two options for accommodation when choosing to study with us.

Oak House

Oak House is our purpose built student accommodation which opened in September 2017. This house offers our students a more independent living experience in preparation for university life and beyond. Oak House is walking distance to college, allowing for easy access into College life, both academically and socially.

Oak House offers a fantastic communal area and living space downstairs, and has both single and twin bedrooms. All rooms are en-suite, meaning you have your own bathroom (toilet, sink and shower). With each room you will have a single duvet, pillow, mattress protector, fitted sheet, desk and chair, bookcase, notice board and coat hooks. Please bring with you a duvet cover and pillow case and your own towels. Breakfast and a 3 course evening meal is provided each day. You also have free access to a laundry room equipped with washing machines and tumble dryers. Our Housekeeper will clean your bedroom and bathroom on a weekly basis. Your pastoral care is very important to us and Oak House has two live-in House Parents who will help you settle into life in Taunton and with your studies at Huish.

Please read our Statement of Boarding Aims and Values document. Throughout the week and on a weekend there is a planned programme of Enrichments for you to take part in. This includes use of the sports hall, cooking, film nights, fashion and beauty and Challenge the Houseparent competitions. Trips are also organised to celebrate special times such as Chinese New Year and Christmas or to just have some fun! Please click the thumbnails to view larger


Parent (Mrs Odoli), UK boarding student



Homestay accommodation is a popular choice if you are experiencing the UK for the first time. We will only place you with families who regard you as a member of their household and who will help you integrate into life in the UK. You will have your own private bedroom with ample storage and study space. You will also have free access to the WiFi within the house. Your host family will provide you with breakfast and a home cooked dinner in the evening. But more than that, they will help you settle in to college life, advise you on your studies and support you at all times.

We take great care in matching you to the right family and all families have Criminal Record Checks carried out by the Disclosure and Barring Service. Your Homestay family will welcome you to the UK and give you a truly unique experience of British culture and family life. Living with a UK family will not only provide you with security and support but will also help you to learn a new culture and improve your English language skills. Please read our Statement of Home Stay Accommodation Aims and Values document.

It’s been an amazing experience to live with and be part of an English family, sharing experiences of their culture. I felt very welcome from the first day I arrived and we did lots of enjoyable things together like playing board games on Sunday, watching films at night, shopping, eating out, walking or going to the beach. I have a cosy bedroom and the rest of the house is really English. I enjoyed every single moment in these two years and the food is absolutely delicious. Ariel , Hong Kong student in Homestay accommodation

Ariel is like one of the family now. She is like a big sister. She’s the best friend in the world and she has taught me soooooooo much. She does so much with me and always enjoys just sitting down on the sofa whilst relaxing. She constantly remains a good friend.

Wendy, aged 9 – daughter of a Homestay provider

Ariel Tse and her homestay family



We have a Parent Portal which allows parents/carers to view their son/daughters timetable, attendance, progress, examination dates and other important information. Login details and an activation code will be sent to your email address.

Access the Parent Portal.

If you experience any problems please contact us at

Please ensure that you keep the College informed of any changes to your contact details so that we can ensure that you receive all news and correspondence.

What our students say

Aya who joined us from Japan talks about her experience studying at Richard Huish College.


Watch our film (English Version)


Watch our film (Japanese Version)

How to Apply

Download an International Application Form


Apply using an Agent or independently

We work with agents around the world to recruit students. All of our agents are approved, checked and adhere to the good practice published by The British Council. They will get to know you and help you decide on your Study Programme. Many of them have either visited us here in Somerset or we will have met them in their home country. Our aim is to create long term relationships with professional agents who have excellent reputations and place the needs of the student first.

If you do not have an agent, you can download an application above and return this directly to We will contact you to obtain your supporting documentation and assist you further with the process.


Select your Study Programme

We have a wide range of A Level and Vocational Level 3 courses that you can choose from. Many subjects naturally fit well together while other combinations are needed for particular career choices. Have a good look at the courses section of the website or download a prospectus. You might find it useful to look at Prepare for Success, an interactive web learning tool for international students who are getting ready to come to the UK for study in further or higher education.


Your application

Request an application form from your agent or download one above. The application form should be emailed to either directly or through your agent. By sending your application you are agreeing to abide by our terms and conditions.

Once your completed application has been received, it will be acknowledged and an Advice and Guidance appointment will be arranged. For applications made outside of the UK, our preferred method is a Skype appointment.

During the application process we will also request the following documentation:

  • Two years school reports
  • Copies of any qualification certificates already received
  • Colour copy of your passport
  • IELTS (Academic) for UKVI certificates if you have already taken your test


Applying for Accommodation

You will need to complete a boarding application for Oak House or Homestay Accommodation. Please click here for further information about applying for boarding or homestay.  You can discuss accommodation options in your advice and guidance session before you apply.


Your Interview (Advice and Guidance Appointment)

At this interview we will discuss the courses you would like to study, your aspirations for studying in the UK, future university and career choices and any visa requirements that may be needed to progress your application. We will also discuss where you would like to live; Oak House Boarding or with a Homestay family. The purpose of this appointment is to ensure you feel confident in all aspects of your chosen Study Programme.

After your advice and guidance appointment we will offer you either a conditional or unconditional place to study at Huish. Your offer will depend on:

  • The courses you wish to study
  • Previous school reports
  • Certificates of achievement
  • Level of English proficiency as tested by an IELTS examination

It is a good idea to book your IELTS test early in your home country to avoid any delays to your application (please note that you must choose IELTS for UKVI in order for us to issue a Tier 4 General CAS. More information can be found at:


Visa Application

When you have an unconditional offer you can apply for your visa to study in the UK. You will need a Tier 4 (General) Adult Visa. We work with you or your agent to ensure that all paperwork is complete and that all evidence is in place confirming your suitability for your chosen courses. If you haven’t already done so, you should now book your IELTS test.  Remember, you must choose IELTS for UKVI in order for us to issue a Tier 4 General CAS and you will require a score of at least 5.5 and at least 4.5 in every element.

Once all paperwork is complete and deposit received we will issue you an unconditional offer. This provides you with the CAS number you need when applying for your study visa. We will also advise on the financial information you will need to provide.

You may find the following links useful:

  1. UK Visas and Immigration
  2. Home Office Guidance (April 2016) regarding Student Visa Applications
  3. Documents you need to apply to UKVI 
  4. How to pay the health surcharge (for fee medical treatment in the UK) 
  5. How to contact UKVI from outside the UK
  6. Biometric Residence Permit explained
  7. Booking your IELTS for UKVI test
  8. UKCISA – UK Council for International Student Affairs
  9. The British Council


New Agencies

If you are interested in becoming an agent for Huish, you will be required to complete an initial application form in which references will be requested. We are interested in working with agents around the world, and expect them to work with us in providing potential students with accurate information and support through the application and admissions process.

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding Agents




Please email us for details of our fees and conditions.

The international student fee includes both tuition and half board accommodation. It also includes:

  • CAS [Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies] for visa applications
  • Airport transfer at the beginning of the autumn term in year one
  • Weekly English lessons and workshops
  • Access to Huish Student Services and dedicated International Study Centre
  • First exam sitting
  • Loan of equipment, books and multimedia in our Learning Centre
  • Wifi access across the College campus
  • Subsidised cultural and social programme
  • Access to the Huish Gym and most after college sports
  • Careers guidance and university entry help


Payment options

Once a successful application has been made you will be issued with an unconditional offer letter and an offer reply form. On receipt of your completed offer reply form, an invoice will be issued for your first instalment of fees – this must be paid at least one month before your course begins in order to guarantee your place. Once this has been received, a CAS will be issued to support your visa application.

Important information: We cannot issue a CAS until the autumn/spring term fees have been received.


Avoid Transfer Fees using TransferMate.

TransferMate makes it easier and cheaper for international students to pay for their student fees & accommodation fees. We know that our international students often get caught out by annoying transfer fees when paying their tuition fees. We don’t think that’s fair, so we’ve teamed up with TransferMate to help you pay your fees without wasting precious funds on additional fees or charges.

What are the benefits?

  • A more streamlined payment process
  • No international sender/receiver fees
  • Great exchange rates
  • 24 hour customer service from TransferMate
  • 24 hour online tracking of payments
  • Bulk payment options

TransferMate lets you make international payments to Huish for free where TransferMate has a localised account, without paying international banking charges, while receiving competitive foreign exchange rates.

STEP 1. Check your ‘Invoice number’.

STEP 2. Visit payment website and complete the brief registration form. Click ‘YES’ you are ready to pay today and then select ‘Process Transaction’.

STEP 3. Transfer the funds to the advised bank account.

STEP 4. Email with receipt of payment, a copy of your student passport, and your offer or invoice letter from Richard Huish College.

STEP 5. Once TransferMate receive your funds and required documents, they will transfer the funds to us and email you confirmation of payment. Sorted!

TransferMate – Click here to pay


Scholarship Opportunity

We offer a scholarship aimed at a student who is academically gifted but would struggle financially with the costs of education in the UK. This can be a fee remission of up to £5000 per year, depending on the students family circumstances. To find out more, contact Evidence of household income will be required.


European Student

There is a payment of £2,000 per year for applicants that hold European passports and international students with British/EU passports, who do not pay tuition fees. Students will be able to access subsidised trips offered to international students as part of their social programme.

Terms & Conditions



You can send payment directly to the College, or transfer directly into our bank account. Please quote your account number [this can be found on your invoice] and/or the students full name as the payment reference. Huish bank account details can be forwarded on request.

  • You can now also pay invoices using our online College shop: [Please note that there is no transfer fee incurred using this method of payment]
  • UK bank charges and currency conversion costs, if incurred, will be added to your invoices. Please allow for this when making payments
  • Cheques must be made payable to ‘Richard Huish College’ and must be drawn in GBP. Eurocheques are not accepted
  • Invoices must be paid within 30 days, unless stated otherwise. The College will use a recovery agent (CCI Legal Services Ltd) if unpaid.


Late payment fee

If you fail to pay your fees within the given deadline [as stated on your official invoice], you will incur a late payment fee of £50.00 per overdue payment.


Cancellation after a CAS has been issued

Once you have enrolled, you must inform the College in writing, a minimum of one term in advance if you wish to withdraw from studies, or leave the course early. Failure to give such notice will result in a full terms fees being charged. Richard Huish College will notify the UKVI [UK Visas and Immigration] team of your altered status.

If you are withdrawing before the course starts – all fees paid to date will be retained as a cancellation fee.
Deposits and fees are not transferable from person to person.

You are advised to insure yourself against loss of fees through non-arrival, absence for any reason or unexpected termination of the course.


Refund policy

In order for Richard Huish College to consider any claim for a refund/reimbursement of fees, the claim must be submitted in writing no more than 30 days after your course end date / last day of lessons if you have left the course early.

These are the terms and conditions if you apply directly to us. By sending your application you are agreeing to abide by our terms and conditions. If you apply through an agency other terms and conditions may apply.


Planned trips

Please note that we require 2 weeks’ notice and parental consent for any planned trips arranged by students/parents outside of College enrichment and social activities timetable. Failure to give such notice may incur a fine of £50.00 to cover administration time.  Please ensure that students do not miss any lessons for private trips/holidays. More information regarding deadlines for trips during the half term and major holidays will be provided in the latest copy of our accommodation guidelines.

Useful Pre-Arrival Information

In addition to the information below you may find the ‘British Council – Study UK, Discover You’ guide useful.



Check your immigration document and contact us if you think it contains any errors.

Keep your passport safe. Take copies of your passport and other paperwork before travelling and keep secure in a different place to your passport.


Collecting your BRP

We do not have an ACL code; our International Staff are registered as 3rd Party Collectors for students under the age of 18. Our local post office is TAUNTON.


Police Registrations

If stated in your Tier 4 Visa, please bring 2 passport sized photographs, you will also need £34.00 in GBP cash.


Term Dates

Click here to view our Term Dates.



You may find that the weather in the UK is very different from your home country. Summer and spring offer pleasant temperatures varying from about 18C to 30C whilst autumn and winter see temperatures varying from 15C to 1C. During winter occasionally there are snowfalls. It is advisable to bring warm, waterproof outdoor clothing with you. We recommend that you bring clothes that you can wear in layers, such as:

  • t-shirts
  • cardigans
  • shirts
  • jumpers/sweaters

A warm waterproof coat for winter and a light waterproof coat for summer is recommended. Students dress casually at College but you may want something smart to wear for a special occasion.


Summer Homework and Choosing Your Subjects

To help you make a well-informed decision about your two-year Study Programme, our staff have prepared a booklet of Summer homework. This booklet contains tasks designed to show you what the typical content of your chosen course is. If you find the work interesting and enjoyable, it’s probably the right choice for you. If you do not find it interesting then you might want to consider a different course. If that applies to you, we recommend the following:

  • Look at our website for information about new options and courses.
  • Look at the summer homework for new subjects. Is that work more interesting?

Please complete the homework over the summer holidays for your chosen subjects. You will be required to hand this in during your first lesson of each subject during your first week.


Healthcare in the UK

During your stay in the UK you can access appointments with a doctor, hospital treatment and dental care through the National Health Service (NHS), the UK’s state healthcare system. When you arrive we can advise you of your local medical centre. To register with a doctor you will need to take your passport along with a letter from the College as proof you are a student. We recommend you do this during your first week at College and will help you.


Tier 4 students

Students coming to the UK for over 6 months applying for a Tier 4 visa will be required to pay an immigration health surcharge as part of their visa application fee. Students are required to pay £150 for each year of leave granted on their visa. If this includes a portion of a year that is less than 6 months then you will only be required to pay £75 for that year. The immigration health charge is in addition to the standard visa application fee. For students applying for entry clearance from overseas, the surcharge will apply to visa applications for courses of 6 months or longer. For students making an application for further leave to remain in the UK, the surcharge will apply for courses of any length. The immigration health surcharge will entitle Tier 4 students to access NHS care in the UK free of charge in the same way as a permanent UK resident. This will include any visits or treatments at a healthcare centre or hospital. This will not cover all dental and optical treatment or medicine prescribed by the doctor and collected from a pharmacy. You will automatically be refunded the immigration health surcharge (but not the visa application fee) if your visa application is not successful. The surcharge is not refunded if you depart the UK earlier than the expiry of your visa or if you do not use the NHS during your time in the UK.


Tier 4 dependants

Tier 4 dependants also have to pay the surcharge as part of their application at the same rate as Tier 4 students. Dependants need to select ‘Tier 4’ and then the dependant option under visa type when paying for the surcharge via the website.


EEA and Swiss nationals

To access the NHS services for free Non-UK European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals need to apply for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). We recommend you read the UK’s Department of Health leaflet, Health Care Information for students from the European Economic Area for more information about using the NHS. If you are exercising your right to reside in the UK as a student, in accordance with UK EEA regulations, you are required to hold comprehensive sickness insurance throughout your stay in the UK. Having a valid EHIC issued by an EEA member state other than the UK satisfies this requirement if you are residing in the UK on a temporary basis as a student. Alternatively you can obtain Forms S1, S2 or S3 from the social security institution in your country of residence. You would need to contact the social security institution to verify whether these forms are relevant to your circumstances. If you are not entitled to an EHIC or cannot be issued one of these forms, you are advised to obtain private comprehensive medical insurance.


Short study periods

In the unlikely circumstances that you are studying in the UK for less than six months and you are from a non-EEA country, you are advised to take out medical insurance as you will be liable for NHS charges for the treatment you receive in the UK except for some treatment in a medical emergency. EEA nationals should obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).


Private Health Insurance

You will have to pay the health immigration surcharge even if you opt to take out private health insurance as this is a mandatory fee included as part of your visa application. You may consider taking out private health insurance if you want to access private medical treatment, to cover any loss of fees if you are unable to complete your course or to cover costs associated with returning to your home country for treatment. This is a personal choice. If you have existing medical insurance in your home country, you may wish to check whether this can be extended to cover your stay in the UK.

Arriving in the UK

We can collect you from the airport when you first arrive and take you to either the boarding house or your Homestay family. At the International Enrolment day our team of Huish Ambassadors will be on hand to show you the local area, help you get your UK mobile phone and advise you of the best places to eat and shop! You will soon settle in to your busy and fulfilling College life.


Airport collection

We can arrange for you to be collected from the Airport to ensure your safe arrival. Please contact Maria Smith for further information ( A minimum of 2 weeks notice is required.

Flight details request form
Top 10 tips for arrivals



Inform the International Team if you are delayed, providing the new date of your arrival and the reason for the delay.


Safe Entry to the UK

The UK Border Force has produced a ‘Top 10 Tips information leaflet providing guidance on getting through the UK border controls as efficiently as possible. In addition to the information outlined in this leaflet, you are advised to carry your visa application decision letter in your hand-luggage. The decision letter will have been issued to you to confirm your visa application was successful.


How to get here

If you travel to the UK by air, you will probably arrive at one of London’s main international airports – Heathrow or Gatwick.

From Heathrow
By Train: Heathrow Express rail service to Paddington Train Station (London). Journey time approx 15 minutes. Paddington Train Station to Taunton Train Station – there are regular trains to Taunton, for further information, please visit Journey time is approximately 2 – 3 hours and will cost up to £100 depending on time of booking.

From Gatwick
By Train: Gatwick Express rail service to Victoria Train Station (London) – Journey time – approx 30 minutes, runs every 15 minutes.

If you wish to travel to Taunton by train from London, providing you notify us in advance we can arrange for a taxi to collect you from Taunton Train Station.

Other useful travel websites:

Progression after Huish


Our International Leavers progressed to:

83% Higher Education
2.5% Employment
2.5% Gap Year
6% Higher Education Foundation Year
6% Unknown


Huish students destined for Oxford University

Huish students destined for Oxford University

Support with UCAS

We provide progression sessions which are refined and delivered especially for international students so they can learn about their progression options and how the UCAS System works.

We subscribe to a number of software packages to help students with career ideas and university selection. Students are encouraged to book an individual guidance appointment with our Careers and Progression Manager, who is also a regular visitor to Oak House Boarding.

As a College, we run trips to the UCAS Exhibition, Oxford and Cambridge Universities and invite speakers in from a variety of careers areas.


Higher Education

Our international students progress on to a full range of UK universities, including the Russell Group universities. We have students attend Higher Education overseas, predominantly in Hong Kong, and we also encourage students to look at European Universities, particularly in the Netherlands.

Subjects studied at university include:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Aerospace Technology
  • Actuarial Science with a Year in Industry
  • Architecture
  • Business Management
  • Biochemistry
  • Biomedical Science
  • Cancer Biology and Immunology
  • Economics and Social Studies
  • Engineering
  • Engineering: Civil
  • Engineering: Mechanical
  • Engineering: Aeronautical
  • English Language and Linguistics
  • Finance and investment Banking
  • Geography
  • Hotel Management
  • Language and Translation
  • Law
  • Law with Business Studies
  • Law and Criminology
  • Management
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Professional Accounting
  • Psychology with Clinical & Health Psychology
  • Teaching
  • Tourism Management
  • Wildlife Conservation


International students in Oxford Summer Course (3 weeks)

Students hoping to one day attend the University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, University College London or any top university in the UK will benefit from this challenging three-week programme.

Running for 3 weeks from the 13th June to the 3rd July 2020, you will work closely with our Assistant Principal and University Advisers to hone the skills needed for a successful application. English lessons are targeted at writing a personal statement and you will be able to practice your interview techniques with experienced interviewers and learn how to research the best universities for your chosen field of study.

You will have the opportunity to take part in A Level classes in your chosen subjects and will visit the beautiful University of Oxford.

Accommodation will be in single, en-suite bedrooms in the Huish boarding house, Oak House.


International Study Tour students in LondonSTUDY TOURS

A short Study Tour is a great way to explore and experience an elite English Sixth Form College if you are unsure about studying in England.

You will experience teaching from our expert staff. You will have one English Language Assessment when you arrive. After two weeks of intensive (and fun!) tuition you should expect to be at least 1/2 IELTS grade higher when you leave us. You will have a truly exceptional experience with us at Richard Huish College. You will grow educationally, in confidence and make friendships to last a lifetime. This study tour is suitable for students aged between 13 and 17

Prices include:

  • Accommodation
  • All lessons with specialist teachers
  • All airport transfers
  • All travel when at Richard Huish College
  • All meals and refreshments
  • Entry fees to all museums
  • T-Shirt and other souvenirs to take home
  • WIFI on campus

International Study Tour GroupThe price does not include:

  • Airfare and visa
  • Personal spending money
  • Travel insurance

Essential information: Group size – If you are booking as a school party, 12 or more students qualify for one free teacher place. If the student number is less than 12 a surcharge may apply for the teacher.


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Applying for a short-term visa


What is a short-term study visa?

A short-term study visa will allow you entry to the UK to study a short course for a maximum of 6 months, or up to 11 months if you are coming to study an English Language course. You cannot apply for a short-term study Visa from within the UK.

If you will be studying a pre-A Level English course and intend to continue your Level 3 A Level/Vocational studies afterwards, you will have to apply for Tier 4 (General) visa for the Level 3 study.


Am I eligible?

To apply for a short-term study visa, you must:

  • be joining a short course of study in the UK (max 6 months – or 11 months if studying an English course).
  • have enough money to support yourself while you are in the UK – you will need to show that you can pay for your tuition fees, accommodation & living expenses.
  • be able to pay for your return or onward journey.

If you’re under 18 you must also:

  • have made arrangements for your travel and stay in the UK.
  • have permission from your parent or guardian to study in the UK



If you enter the UK on a short-term study visa, you cannot:

  • Work – paid or unpaid.
  • Undertake a paid or unpaid work placement, even if this is part of your studies.
  • Extend your visa in the UK – you will need to leave the UK within 30 days of your course end date, or before your visa expires, whichever is the sooner.
  • Apply for other visas from within the UK.
  • Bring dependants.
  • Access the National Health Service (you will need to obtain private health insurance).


Where and when do I apply?

Visa Nationals
Some nationalities will need to apply for and receive a short-term study visa before they travel to the UK.

Please check that you are eligible to apply and can meet the requirements. You should read the UKCISA guidance and the information available on the Home Office website.

You can apply up to 3 months before your course start date (shown on your Richard Huish College offer letter). You can find the application form on the Home Office website. You will also need to provide the visa fee payment, your original offer letter, information about your accommodation arrangements and your original financial documentation which shows how you intend to fund your studies.

You will only get a visa for a maximum of 6 months (or 11) from the date you confirm to the Home Office as your intended travel date, so make sure that you will have enough time on the visa to cover the whole of your course.

When you travel to the UK, make sure that you bring all of the documents that you submitted with your visa application with you – the Border Force Officer may ask to see these documents when you arrive.

Non-visa nationals
If you are a non-visa national, you can either apply for the visa outside of the UK (before you travel) or you can apply at the UK port of entry when you arrive (for example, at Heathrow airport).

You can check to see if you are a non-visa national on the Home Office website.

If you plan to obtain entry clearance when you arrive, you will need to show all of your offer documents to the Border Force Officer, such as your unconditional offer letter and evidence of your finances.

Unless you have prior entry clearance, you should avoid travelling to the UK via the Republic of Ireland, as you will probably be unable to apply for entry as a short-term study student. Any stamp you do receive when travelling through the Republic of Ireland is likely to result in you having insufficient leave to complete your studies at the College.

When you arrive at the UK airport, you must NOT use an eGate. You must ask the Border Force Officer to be admitted as a short-term student (rather than as a general visitor) – you will need to clearly explain to the Border Force Officer that you will be studying. Make sure that they look at your offer letter. The stamp you will be given in your passport should indicate that you are here as a short-term student. The stamp is your ‘visa’ and will last for 6 months. Please note that the Border Force Officer can use your course end date (on your offer letter) as your visa expiry date. Students on short-term study visas are expected to leave the UK within 30 days of completion of their course, or before their visa expires, whichever is the sooner.

You can save this pdf to your phone or print it out and show it to Border Force Officials on your arrival to the UK to explain that you need a stamp in your passport.

If you are a Registered Traveller, when you arrive in the UK you must go through passport control and see a Border Force Officer – do not use an eGate. If you use an eGate you will be entering the UK as a visitor, not as a student.

Below is an example of a short-term study visas obtained at the UK airport – note the wording which says ‘Leave to enter as a short-term student’ – your visa stamp must have this wording. If not, query this with the Border Force Officer.

Example of Short Term Visa






For further guidance about seeking entry as a short-term student see the Home Office.

Make sure you don’t come to the UK too early to ensure you can stay until your course has finished.


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