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 is from 14-17.  For information on course fees, please click here

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.

English and Academic Preparation Courses
Course Name English Level Length of Course Subjects (hours per week)
E1 Elementary +(CEFR A1+) 1-3 terms
  • English (14.5 hrs)
  • Maths (4 hrs)
  • Science (5 hrs)
  • BCS –Business Communications Systems (2 hrs)
  • Art and Design or Performing Arts (2 hrs)
  • Sport (2 hrs)

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 (12.5 hrs)
  • Maths (4 hrs)
  • Business Communication Systems (BCS) (2 hrs)
  • Science (5 hrs)
  • Sport (2 hrs)
  • Art and Design or Performing Arts (2 hrs)

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 (8 hrs)
  • GCSE Maths (4 hrs)

Other (I)GCSE subjects from:

Either

  • Core Science (5 hrs) + Art (3 hrs) + Humanities (2 hrs)

Or

  • 1, 2 or 3 of Physics, Chemistry, Biology (4 hrs each)
  • + Options of Business, History and Art (4 hrs each)

Exams: (I)GCSE exams in 3-8 subjects depending on options

IELTS Preparation Minimum Pre-Intermediate (CEFR B1) 3 terms (A1 and Access)3 terms (A2) Minimum 4.5 hours per week as   part of an A level or Access Foundation course.Exams: IELTS in final   term (or earlier if required)