The Guardian’s Harriet Swain reports the increasing number of Chinese students coming to study A-level in UK sixth-form colleges.

Though further education colleges in general enrol about 80,000 international students a year, such students are still comparatively rare in British sixth-form colleges. But their numbers are increasing as more young people seek a globalised education and as UK colleges recognise the financial and academic benefits of recruiting from overseas.

Government initiatives to boost the number of foreign students, including investment of more than £27m over the past two years, have encouraged the trend. At the same time, students are to be included in the reform of the immigration system this year. The government will prioritise international student recruitment but also tighten the rules for their visas.

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