Welcome to Leeds City College international website.

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Leeds City College is the UK’s third largest Further Education institution, offering a diverse curriculum to more than 45,000 students.

We provide a vibrant, multicultural learning environment, delivering excellent and innovative education which is supportive, inspiring and life changing.

Our courses cover almost all subject areas and include academic and vocational qualifications – there is a course to suit every international applicant aged 16 years and over.

This website is for students who need a TIER 4 STUDENT VISA .

Check here to see whether you will need a Tier 4 Student Visa.

If you do not need this type of visa, return to the main College website to apply for a course – see ‘How to Apply’

Why choose Leeds City College?

We are a publicly-funded Further Education College.
We hold a ‘Highly Trusted Sponsor Licence’ to recruit Tier 4 International Students (General and Child).

In 2012, the College was given an OFSTED rating of Grade 2 (Good with Outstanding features) for the overall effectiveness of its provision. Ofsted

In 2012/13, 74% of our students who applied to Higher Education were offered a place. This is 1% above the national average.

In the 2014 Leeds City College Student Survey, satisfaction with College and courses was 97% (up by 2% from 2012/2013) exceeding the College target for this academic year.
96% of our students said that they would recommend the College to others (up by 2% from previous year), with feeling safe at the college was rated 98% (up by 1%).

Why choose Leeds?

Population: 750,000
Student population: 250,000

Today Leeds is ranked as a Global City and is considered the cultural, financial and commercial heart of the West Yorkshire Urban Area.

There are 3 universities in Leeds, making it one of the largest student populations in the country.
Leeds is the UK’s 4th largest urban economy.
After London, Leeds is the largest legal centre in the UK,and has a substantial financial and insurance services industry, the 5th largest in the UK.

Shopping, nightlife, art, theatres, restaurants, museums, stately homes, sport, beautiful outdoors… Leeds has it all. Leeds offers a great mix of art, culture and heritage. The city prides itself on its diversity and multiculturalism, it is a vibrant city that is constantly developing and a very popular choice for students.

Leeds has good transport links to the rest of the UK: London can be reached in just over two hours; Manchester is just an hour away; and the beautiful, historic city of York is close-by.

Leeds is the gateway to stunning landscape in the Yorkshire region. Yorkshire is the largest county in the UK and has some incredible scenery, from inspiring mountains and rivers to stunning coastlines.

Sport is central to city life – the famous Headingley Stadium is the nearby home of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Leeds Rhinos (rugby league) and Leeds Carnegie (rugby union). Elland Road, home of Leeds United Footbal Club, is also in the local area.

For more information about the wealth of attractions and entertainment that Leeds has to offer, visit

Using the menu options on the left, you can find out about each stage of the international student journey.

These pages will answer most of your questions.

If you are still not sure about anything after reading our website, you are welcome to contact us.