Study Preparation Courses in Plymouth, United Kingdom

Plymouth at a glance

Higher education in Plymouth is some of the best in the UK, offering a competitive and innovation-focused academic environment. In Plymouth, you can follow a worldwide recognised Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD in your subject of choice, and increase significantly your value on the job market. Make your study abroad experience memorable on the spectacular shores of Plymouth! Plymouth is a city on the south coast of Devon, England, between the mouths of the rivers Plym to the east and Tamar to the west. The name Plym Mouth means "mouth of the River Plym". 


Studying in Plymouth

Higher education institutions in Plymouth offer a wide variety of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, as well as non-degree courses. The educational offer includes: Bachelor’s, Master’s, PhD’s, postgraduate diplomas and professional certificates, summer courses, part-time education and online degree courses.

In many fields of study, international students have the possibility to attend foundation programmes. The foundation courses provide students with core skills for their chosen disciplines and with the successful completion of the foundation year, students can progress directly onto year one of their degree.

Academic education in Plymouth scores well in various subject areas, including business, law, computer science and informatics, architecture, engineering, psychology, clinical medicine, earth systems and environmental sciences, social work, hospitality and tourism, and many more.


Career opportunities in Plymouth

Most higher education institutions in Plymouth offer student job services and encourage the career development of students, through part-time work, internships and research activities.

Because of its coastal location, the economy of Plymouth has traditionally been maritime. Some of the priority economic sectors in Plymouth include advanced manufacturing, marine and renewables, healthcare, business services, tourism and leisure, and the creative industries. Important multinational employers in Plymouth involve names such as BBC, Orange, Kawasaki Precision Machinery, Babcock Marine PLC, Mozila, Wrigley, Gillette and others.


Plymouth city life

Plymouth is a vibrant waterfront city that offers many attractions and entertainment options, catering especially for those who enjoy outdoor activities, coastal views, slow-paced settlements and welcoming inhabitants.

The city is mainly pedestrianised and has the highest concentration of cobbled streets in England! Plymouth is well laid out with a range of museums, art galleries, theaters, cinemas, restaurants, bars and clubs to suit all tastes.

Some of the landmarks and tourist attractions in Plymouth include:

  • The National Marine Aquarium
  • The Royal Citadel
  • Smeaton’s Tower lighthouse
  • The Saltram Park
  • City Museum and Art Gallery
  • Plymouth Arts Centre
  • The Peninsula Arts
  • Black Frias (UK’s oldest gin distillery)

You can bowl, ski, snowboard, ice skate, horse ride, rock climb on Dartmoor National Park, or surf, sail, scuba dive or explore the UK's first artificial reef with the sunken HMS Scilla. There are several glorious beaches within ten miles of Plymouth, and the popular north coast of Cornwall, home to Newquay.

Plymouth is the one of the largest centres for shopping in the South West and features many independent retailers, as well as national and international brands, in its varied shopping areas. Plymouth’s landmark shopping centre is Drake Circus.

International atmosphere in Plymouth

Plymouth is a small, but multicultural city, due to a large international student’s population gathering from over 100 different countries. Though most people living in Plymouth were born in England, there are also many foreign communities with citizens coming from Ireland, India, South Africa, China, Hong Kong and the United States. Adding up to the city’s cultural diversity, Plymouth attracts annually some four million visitors from all corners of the world to enjoy the brilliant sights and beaches of the city.

Some of the top foreign languages spoken in Plymouth include Polish, Chinese, Kurdish, Portuguese, Arabic, French, Romanian, German and Spanish.

Weather Plymouth

Along with the rest of South West England, Plymouth has a generally wetter and milder weather than the rest of England. July is the hottest month in Plymouth, with an average temperature of 16°C (61°F) and the coldest is January at 6°C (43°F). Make sure to have an umbrella or a rain coat with you, especially around December. August is the best month to visit Plymouth for sunbaths and swims in the sea.

Universities in Plymouth

Meridian School of English has been teaching quality English courses to International students for over 30 years. At our two, coastal-city locations of Plymouth and Portsmouth we deliver General English, Private Tuition and Exam Preparation lessons as well as more specialised courses.

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Plymouth University International College (PUIC) offers academic pathways in partnership with Plymouth University which lead to undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Our unique approach to education transforms international students into Plymouth University graduates and lifelong learners.

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