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Ashville College

  • Website: http://www.ashville.co.uk/
  • Founded:  1877
  • Located in Harrogate, one of the North of England’s most interesting and accessible towns. It has good shops, cinema, lots of places to eat, and is set in the heart of beautiful countryside.
  • Harrogate has all the attractions of a city without the drawbacks of urban living.
  • Leeds city centre and international airport are within 25 minutes by car.

LELS is a partner institution on the sponsor licence of Ashville College Independent Boarding School, near Leeds

One visa covers:

  • Pre-sessional English course at the Leeds English Language School
  • A levels at Ashville College(2 years)

Acceptance for A levels after the pre-sessional English course is unconditional. No need to re-take IELTS. No need to extend the visa.

Acceptance at any university in the UK (including Oxford and Cambridge) is possible after A levels. This is dependent on A level grades achieved.

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Age range: 11-18 (mixed)

Total number of students in the College
Total number in the Senior School
Total number of boarding students in school


Total number of International Students (Boarding)


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Chinese / Hong Kong (54), Thailand (5), Nigerian (8), German (6), Spanish (3), Estonian (1), Jamaican (1).

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A Level Studies

Subjects to choose from:

  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese
  • Design & Technology
  • Economics
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Fine Art
  • French
  • General Studies
  • Geography
  • German
  • History
  • History of Art
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics Further
  • Music
  • Physics
  • Religious Studies
  • Spanish
  • Sport / PE Studies
  • Theatre Studies 

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A level results 2010

  • 99% pass rate
  • 79% A-C

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Destination of leavers 2010

ASTON Business and Management
BATH  Sport and Exercise Science (with study abroad/industry/combined)
BATH  International Management and Modern Languages - French
BATH   Biology/Psychology
BRIGHTON Humanities: War, Conflict and Modernity
BRIGHTON  Interior Architecture and Design
BRISTOL  Mathematics with Statistics
CARDIFF  Medicine (first-year entry)
DURHAM (Stockton Campus) Business Finance
 DURHAM (University College)  Law
GLAMORGAN  Performance and Media
KENT  American Studies (Literature) (4 years)
KENT  Biomedical Sciences
KING'S COLLEGE LONDON  Religion in the Contemporary World
LANCASTER  Theatre Studies
LEEDS  Product Design
LEEDS METROPOLITAN  Events Management – 2 students
LIVERPOOL History (Modern) and Politics
LOUGHBOROUGH  Textiles: Innovation and Design
LOUGHBOROUGH  Civil Engineering
MANCHESTER  French and Italian (4 years)
MANCHESTER  Management and Leisure
MANCHESTER  Management
MANCHESTER  Mathematics and Management
MANCHESTER  Modern Language and Business & Management (German) (4 years)
MANCHESTER  Mathematics with Finance
NEWCASTLE  Combined Honours (English and History)
NEWCASTLE  Geography
NORTHUMBRIA  Business Studies
NORTHUMBRIA  Applied Sport and Exercise Science
NORTHUMBRIA  Business with Marketing
NORTHUMBRIA  Architecture – 2 Students
NOTTINGHAM TRENT  Real Estate Management
OXFORD BROOKES  Biomedical Science
QUEEN MARY'S UNI OF LONDON  Zoology with Aquatic Biology
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON Philosophy and Economics
WARWICK  Economics
WARWICK  Mechanical Engineering
YORK  Music

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Boarding Accommodation

Four boarding houses are available for full time and weekely boarders. The houses are equipped with kitchens, bathrooms, TV, telephones and laundry.

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All international students in the school are required to have guardians who will act in loco parentis. Guardianship can be arranged by Leeds English Language School.

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Clubs, societies, activities


On average 16 teams play every week, and the following sports are on offer: Netball, Girls Lacrosse, Rounders, Basketball, Girls & Boys Hockey, Rugby, Cricket, Boys & Girls Swimming, Badminton, 5-a-side football, Squash, Tennis, Athletics, Trampolining, Table Tennis, Girls Dance and Aerobics.

The following sports tours have taken place in the last two years: Senior Rugby & Netball trip to South Africa, Girls Netball & Hockey trip to Australia, Senior Cricket trip to Barbados, U15 Girls Hockey trip to Holland, U15 Rugby trip to Edinburgh and Swimming training in Barcelona.

Music & Drama

Around 250 pupils learn musical instruments and 230 pupils are members of the school choral society. There are at least two drama productions each year, in addition to regular drama evenings and House drama. The Music & Drama activities on offer are:

Concert Band, Ashville Singers, Music Theory Class, Chamber Choir, Fiddle Group, Chamber Orchestra, Jazz Band, Soul Band and Drama Clubs for years 7, 8 and 9.

Each year a group of musicians travel to Normandy to perform. They are also regularly invited to perform at the Harrogate Flower Show. In addition, each year a drama group visits local primary schools to run a workshop.

Clubs & Trips

Climbing, Archery, Disc Golf, Creative Writing, Law Society, School Council, Art & DT, Rocket Club, Eco Club, Fairtrade Group, Christian Group, Deutscher Klub, Club Espanol and French Club.

Plus, every year a number of senior school pupils achieve the Bronze or Gold Duke of Edinburgh award.

Pupils also have the opportunity to go on a number of trips during their school lives, including:

visit to Open Arms Childrens Home in Malawi, Year 7 residential trip to the Lake District, Year 9 outdoor activities to Nidderdale, Spanish language trip, German Exchange, French study tour to Nice, Art History & French trip to Paris, Sixth Form Geography & Biology field trips, Study trip to Greece or Italy and attlefields tour of France.

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Tuition Full Boarding Total
£10,980 per year £10,515 per year £21,495 per year

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Entry Requirements

  • Good examination results from high school
  • Successful completion of the Assessment Tests for International Students
  • Successful completion of the English pre-sessional course at the Leeds English Language School.
  • No need to re-take IELTS
  • No need to extend the visa. One visa will cover the pre-sessional English course and the two year A level course.

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Application procedure

  • Contact info@leedsenglish.com who will send the application forms.
  • Complete TWO application forms, one for your pre-sessional English course and one for your A level course at Ashville College.
  • Send your most recent high school examinations transcript, and any evidence of English ability (if available) to: info@leedsenglish.com.
  • Ashville College will then contact you and conduct their secure Assessment Tests for International Students.
  • Ashville College will advise you regarding fees, the deposit, and payment dates for A levels and boarding.
  • You will be required to pay a deposit of £2000 (refundable) for your pre-sessional English course before your CAS is issued.
  • You will then receive a CAS from Ashville College which will be used for your visa.  The CAS will contain a lot of information. This information must be copied exactly onto the visa application form. 
  • The CAS will state that you have an unconditional offer for A levels from Ashville College and that you will be following a pre-sessional English course at the Leeds English Language School for a certain number of weeks.

CAS = Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies

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For more information please contact:

Leeds English Language School
115 Victoria Road,
Leeds, LS6 1DR,
United Kingdom
TEL: +44 (0)113 2751964
FAX: +44 (0)113 2947772
Email: info@leedsenglish.com

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