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 E1 and E2 below)
  • or
  • as part of their GCSE course (see E3)
  • or
  • as part of 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 age of entry for students beginning these course is from 14 -17.

English and Academic   Preparation Courses
Course Name English Level Length of Course Subjects (lessons per week)
E1 Elementary +

(CEFR A1+)

1-3 terms
  • English (25)
  • 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


E2 Elementary – Pre-Intermediate(CEFR A2 +) 1-3  terms
  • English (19)
  • 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 2or 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 course.


Exams: IELTS in final   term (or earlier if required)