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  • Eating out in Winchester

    Tripadvisor lists the top-rated restaurants and cafés in Winchester based on customer reviews.

  • ECTS - European Credit Transfer Scheme

    In the European Credit Transfer Scheme (ECTS) a FdSc foundation degree has a credit value of 60 ECTS per year, 120 ECTS for the full two year course. A BSc(Hons) undergraduate degree has a credit value of 60 ECTS per year, 180 ECTS for the full three year course.

    This compares with the UK Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) in which a FdSc foundation degree has a credit value of 120 CATS per year, 240 CATS for the full two year course. A BSc(Hons) undergraduate degree has a credit value of 120 CATS per year, 360 CATS for the full three year course.

  • EEA - the European Economic Area

    The European Economic Area (EEA) provides for the free movement of goods, people, services and capital between most member states of the European Union (EU) and Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway.

    Thus, the EEA comprises of: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, (Croatia), Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and United Kingdom.

  • EHIC card

    The EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) enables EEA and EU citizens to gain access to local national health services in EEA and EU countries. If you are an EEA/EU student you should use your EHIC card to access the NHS services.

    EHIC cards are free, and further information can be obtained here.

  • Emergencies

    If you are involved in a serious accident or you witness an accident, you can dial 999 to contact the emergency services (Accident or Medical emergency Ambulance, Coastguard, Fire, Police). 999 calls are free from mobile phones and land-lines.

  • English language tests

    Level 3 Diploma, FdSc, BSc and MSc courses

    The UKVI requires all Tier 4 (General) student visa applicants to level 3 diploma, BSc undergraduate or MSc postgraduate courses to have English language skills at least within the CEFR B2 band – this equates to IELTS scores between 5.5 and 6.5, or Cambridge English Scale scores 160-179. It is not possible to obtain a Tier 4 (General) student visa with English language skills below this range.

    British colleges and universities can establish their own English language requirements as long as they are within or above this range. Please be aware that you will be expected to be able to demonstrate that your English language skills are to the required level should you be interviewed by an Entry Clearance Officer in your home country, and maybe also when you arrive at the UK Border on arrival in UK.

    However, these are the minimum acceptable Secure English Language Test (SELT) scores required for undergraduate BSc and FdSc courses at Sparsholt College:

    IELTS (English Language Testing System) an average score of 6.0, with no score below 5.5
    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English – Academic) with an average score of 56 or above, with at least 51 in each component
    Cambridge English Scale scores with a CES score of 169 or above
    Cambridge English: First (FCE) grade C or above, CES score of 169 or above
    Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) level B2, CES score of 169 or above
    Cambridge English ESOL Skills for Life Level 1 level B2

    These are the minimum acceptable SELT scores required for postgraduate MSc courses at Sparsholt College:

    IELTS (English Language Testing System) an average score of 6.5, with no score below 5.5
    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English – Academic) with an average score of 61 or above, with at least 51 in each component
    Cambridge English Scale scores with a CES score of 176 or above
    Cambridge English: First (FCE) grade B or above, CES score of 176 or above
    Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) level B2, CES score of 176 or above
    Cambridge English ESOL Skills for Life Level 1 level B2

    These are the minimum acceptable SELT scores required for Level 3 Diploma courses at Sparsholt College:

    IELTS (English Language Testing System) an average score of 5.5, with no score below 5.5
    PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English – Academic) with an average score of 51 or above, with at least 51 in each component
    Cambridge English Scale scores with a CES score of 162 or above
    Cambridge English: First (FCE) grade B or above, CES score of 162 or above
    Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) level B2, CES score of 162 or above
    Cambridge English ESOL Skills for Life Level 1 level B2

    other language tests

    Other language test may be acceptable, please check here with the UKVI for the current list of approved language tests for Tier 4 (General) student visa applications.

    language tests not acceptable

    In July 2014 the UKVI instructed that the following English language tests are no longer acceptable for Tier 4 (General) student visa purposes:

    • TOIEC and TOEFL issued by ETS
    • Cambridge IGCSE English as a first language
    • Cambridge IGCSE English as a second language
    • BULATS online test issued by Cambridge English
    • Trinity College London ESOL Skills for Life
  • entry requirements

    Each course has specific academic and English language requirements. These are in the process of being developed and can be found in the your country section of the international pages.

  • European Union (EU)

    The European Union consists of: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and United Kingdom.

    If you are an EU national, and if you are ordinarily resident in a member state of the EEA/EU or Switzerland other than for the purposes of full-time education for three years prior to the commencement of your course of studies, it is likely that you will be eligible for UK home fees; but full details of home fees eligibility can be found here.

    It is also likely that you will be eligible for financial Student Support for your studies in England, details can be found here.