Kaplan Holborn College


History: Established in 1969 and has since developed into one of the most successful independent HE colleges in the UK. It specialises in law and business, offering a range of courses in association with leading UK universities. In 2005 the college became part of Kaplan Inc., one of the largest international private education providers. Wholly owned by the Washington Post Company, Kaplan provides education and training to a million students across 30 countries every year.

Address: London Bridge, central London. Expect a diverse ethnic and cultural mix along with plenty of developments in connection with the recent 2012 Olympic Games. Other Kaplan locations include Birmingham, Bristol, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham, Reading and Southampton.

Ambience: More than 90 per cent of Holborn's students are from outside the UK and the EU which makes for a diverse, cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Who's the boss? Jenny Birch is head of college, a trainee chartered accountant with KPMG turned education expert.

Prospectus: 020 7403 8080 or visit the website here.

UCAS code: K05

What you need to know

Easy to get into? Not too bad but it varies. Students need the equivalent of 120 UCAS points for the BA in accounting and BA in business management. Entry requirements for law courses and two year accelerated degrees are slightly higher.

Foundation courses: Accounting, business management and law. Students who pass are guaranteed a place on one of the undergraduate degree programmes.

Vital statistics: The college has around 1,400 students from more than 80 different countries around the world. Foundation, degree, top-up degree and postgraduate courses are accredited by the University of Wales, the University of London and Liverpool John Moores University. Students can also take additional English support and academic writing classes before beginning their studies.

Added value: Courses are offered in connection with Anglia Ruskin University, UWE and the University of London. Committed to the personal welfare and career prospects of students. A mentoring scheme allows students in their second and third years to show new arrivals the ropes on an individual basis. Teachers have strong, friendly relations with students.

Teaching: Holborn is accredited by the British Accreditation Council (BAC). It was the first private college to win the Queen's Award for Export Acheivement.

Accommodation: The college encourages students to seek private accommodation throughout London but it does provide a scheme that houses international students. Using this scheme, students can expect to pay between £225 and £310 per week.

Cheap to live there? It's London so not really, although it's bound to be cheaper than the rooms offered by the college. You're looking at £120 per week minimum for a room in a shared house.

Transport links: Mainline trains from Charing Cross, Cannon Street, London Bridge and Waterloo East serve nearby Charlton and Woolwich Dockyard stations, both within walking distance. The journey into London takes about 20 minutes. Access via London Underground is by North Greenwich on the Jubilee line, which is about 10 minutes by bus from the college.

Fees: Charges £5,995 per year for three and four year undergrad courses, with two year degrees costing £9,000 annually. 

Bursaries: No bursaries are offered by the college, but tuition fees are lower than standard universities. A few academic-based scholarships are offered on an annual basis.

The fun stuff

Nightlife: The bars and clubs of New Cross and Deptford are a short bus ride from the college. You can enjoy a relaxed evening in Greenwich or Blackheath with a wide array of cafes, bars and gastro pubs. Central London's vibrant nightlife is only a short train journey away.

Sporting facilities: Trips to sports events run by the student services and a range of sports clubs to join. Scope to set up your own team too.

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