WHO IS THE COURSE DESIGNED FOR?
For international students aged 15-17, who wish to, via a greater level of support in classes smaller than those found in other independent schools, develop their level of English and benefit from the experience of being taught academic subjects in English before progressing to study A-Levels or BTEC Extended Diploma Business.
The curriculum comprises:
English for Academic Purposes
Art & Design
Non-exam PSHEE and P.E. & Activities
Within a stimulating weekly programme of PSHE, students also develop and extend their creative skills through our Extra-curricular Programme with trips, sport and cultural events. There is also a vibrant social programme making extensive use of the many facilities within the city and the University of Oxford.
HOW STUDENTS BENEFIT FROM THE COURSE
Students will study using the range of techniques experienced within the study of A-levels or BTEC Extended Diploma Business. These techniques include group work, independent study, research, practical activities and homework. You will develop the skills needed to become a successful student of A-levels or BTEC Extended Diploma Business, namely to:
- work independently
- be creative
- think critically
- communicate your ideas with confidence verbally and in writing
- think logically
In addition, the PSHE programme will facilitate the students developing creative skills.
Students will receive a high level of pastoral support from their Senior Tutor and a well-structured and full timetable from 9.00 a.m. – 5.15 p.m. Monday to Friday.
A minimum overall score of IELTS 4.5 with no less than 4.0 in each of the four assessed areas of listening, reading, writing and speaking.
English qualifications equivalent to the IELTS scores detailed above are also accepted.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do I have to sit examinations at the end of the course?
The only examination you will have to sit will be an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) examination.
Can I sit examinations for one of my subjects?
If your teachers are confident that you can achieve at least a GCSE grade 5 in a subject, yes, you can sit the GCSE examination for that subject.
If I am doing really well in the first half term of the Pre-A-level course, can I take examinations in all of my subjects?
Your teachers and Senior Tutor will closely monitor your progress and if they all agree, you can move across from the Pre-A-level course classes to the One Year GCSE course classes. Students studying the One Year GCSE course sit GCSE examinations in all of their subjects at the end of the academic year.