International Study Centre Courses


International Study Centre Director talks about courses and life at Padworth College

The International Study Centre at Padworth is responsible for delivering language and study skills support to all international students who need to improve their English either:

  • before beginning a full-time academic  course (see Pre A Level course E1 and E2 below)
  • or
  • as English Language support alongside their GCSE course (see E3)
  • or
  • as English Language support alongside their A-level or Access programme (IELTS preparation).

All students on E1, E2 and E3 courses study English and Maths and are tested in these subjects when they arrive at Padworth.  They are then placed in the appropriate group for their level.  It is possible to move between courses as progress is made during the year.

The maximum class size is 14.  The minimum age of entry for students beginning these course is is 13 and the maximum is 17.  For information on course fees, please click here

Pre A Level courses start at the beginning of each term in September, January and April and can be one, two or three terms in length.  Click here for our term dates which include school holidays and any non-teaching days.

Pre A Level and English language support courses
Course Name English Level Length of Course Subjects (hours per week)
E1 Elementary +(CEFR A1+) 1-3 terms
  • English (20)
  • Maths (5)
  • BCS –Business Communications Systems (4)
  • Art and Design (optional)
  • Sport

Exams: Cambridge   English KET/PET

IGCSE Maths and/or Art   (depending on age and Level)

E2 Elementary – Pre-Intermediate(CEFR A2 +) 1-3  terms
  • English (15)
  • Maths (5)
  • BCS (4)
  • Sport
  • Science
  •  Art and Design (optional)

Exams: Cambridge   English PET

IGCSE Maths and GCSE BCS and   /or Core Science         and Art and   Design (if required level  reached)

E3 Pre-Intermediate(CEFR B1+) 1-3 terms
  • IGCSE English as a Second Language (10 )

(I)GCSE subjects from:

  • Maths
  • Core Science OR 2 or 3        of Physics, Chemistry, Biology
  • Business
  • BCS
  • Art and Design
  • ICT
  • History
  • Geography

Exams: As above.

IELTS Preparation Minimum Pre-Intermediate (CEFR   B1) 3 terms (A1 and Access)3 terms (A2) Minimum 7 lessons per week as   part of an A level or Access Foundation course.Exams: IELTS in final   term (or earlier if required)