THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU ARRIVE
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU ARRIVE
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.
If stated in your Tier 4 Visa, you will need to complete the Police Registration process when you have arrived. This is an online form and we will cover this during your induction Please note that you will also need £34.00 in GBP cash.
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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:
- 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 our Huish Headstart programme. This includes subject booklets that contain 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 Headstart Subject booklets 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 gov.uk website.
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
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.
EU SETTLEMENT SCHEME/NEW POINTS BASED IMMIGRATION SYSTEM
Earlier this year, the Government set out plans for the UK’s new points-based immigration system, which will come into force on 1 January 2021. From 5 October, all prospective international students, including those from Europe coming to study in the UK after the end of the transition period, will need to apply through the Student route before coming to UK. Further guidance for EEA students can be found on GOV.UK
EEA students resident in the UK on or before 31 December 2020 do not need to apply through the route. They, and their family, are eligible to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme and have until 30 June 2021 to do so. More information on the EU Settlement Scheme can be found here.
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.
We can arrange for you to be collected from the Airport to ensure your safe arrival. Please contact Maria Smith for further information (firstname.lastname@example.org). A minimum of 2 weeks notice is required.
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.
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 www.nationalrail.co.uk. Journey time is approximately 2 – 3 hours and will cost up to £100 depending on time of booking.
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.