As we are not yet validated in the UK and to be eligible for funding our accredited course needs to have been running for 2 years, we cannot offer student funding at the moment however this is something we our working towards for the foreseeable future.
As part of the application process we want to ensure that students have a plan in place to pay their tuition fees and have finances to cover their living costs whilst they study with us. Within the weekly timetable there is enough space to work for up to about 20 hours a week – probably 2 or 3 afternoons a week and Saturday or Monday – if this becomes necessary for students. Whilst we would encourage students to save up enough money so that they don’t have to work, the reality is 80% of our students will work at some point during the academic year.
Excluding tuition fee payments, we would recommend that students have around £500 per month for living expenses. Based on an average shared house this money would be spent on the following per month: £250-£300 rent, £35 gas electricity and water bills, £20 TV and internet bills, £30 mobile phone, £120 food, £40 socialising. These costs may vary depending the type of accommodation the student chooses to live in and the standard they wish to live at.
Currently UK visa law does not allow students from outside of the European Economic area (this is all the countries within the EU and in addition: Iceland, Liechtenstien, Norway and Switzerland). If you are a resident from outside of the EEA you need to obtain a tier 4 or 5 visa to enter the UK to study. More information about visa’s can be found on our international students page.
Bradford is a large city with a population of 500,000. The city centre is about 20 minutes walk from the church campus and has many shops and other places that students might find employment. In the current UK economic climate finding work anywhere is a challenge, but jobs are there if you are willing to look hard and put together a strong CV. We will support students in their job search where possible.
We often enroll couples with children on the course. Sometimes the couple may both be doing the course, other times only one of them will be doing the course. If you are a couple and you are thinking of re-locating to Bradford to come and study with us, please get in touch with us and we can put you in touch with other couple who have made the same move previously and might be able to help you with the specific challenges that this brings.
There is no age limit to come to LIFE Church College and the course is designed for people of all ages. The main group of the class is predominately 18 – 27 year olds who come and study with us just before or just after university. The rest of the class are then a spread of different ages and many mature students have enjoyed studying with younger people.
Yes, we organise individual open days based on your travel arrangements and availability. Visits can happen any time when regular classes are on – this would need to be Tuesday – Friday during term time. Please contact us if you have a specific date in mind. You will have an opportunity to sit in on a class or two and spend some time with someone from the College team. You are welcome to bring your parents or pastors with you on this type of visit. You are also welcome to visit the church on any Sunday you wish to, we can arrange for you to speak to someone from the College team when you visit if you contact us ahead of time.
You get as much out of the course as you are willing to put in. There is a minimum standard of attendance required to pass the course, and in addition the assignments must be completed and students must complete their service skills too. However students who tend to get the most out of their time with us are those who throw themselves whole-heartedly not just into the course, but into the church and take every opportunity to get involved in the ministry activity that is happening across the church.
We make provisions for this on an individual basis. We can provide extra support where necessary and also tailor particular aspects of the course to an individual’s physical capability. If you feel like either of these apply to you, please make us aware as part of the interview process and we can discuss this further with you.
Each week students will be involved in two seminar groups. These are small groups of about 10 students. Your seminar group leaders will be with you all year and see you pretty much every week on the timetable.
In addition to this College team members are around in the office every day if you require some support. Also, students will be closely working with a church staff member in their serving. These interaction opportunities will provide students with pastoral care throughout the year.