Our EAL department 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 Year 9, E1 and E2 programmes below) or
- as part of a one year GCSE course (see Pre A Level E3 programme below) or
- as part of their A Level or Business Foundation programme (see IELTS preparation).
The age of entry for students beginning these courses is from 13 to 18. Due to A Level courses lasting two years, there will be small numbers of students at the College aged between 19 and 20. 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 calendar and term dates which include school holidays and any non-teaching days. For information on how to apply and on our fees, please click on the relevant link.
Pre A Level students have a full timetable from Monday to Friday with 30 hours of tuition per week plus a 35 minute co-curricular period in which they choose one of the enrichment activities on offer from Monday to Thursday. The school day runs from 8:40am until 4:45pm with an early finish on a Friday at 4:00pm.
The maximum class size is 12.
All students on Pre A Level courses study English and Mathematics and are tested in these subjects when they arrive at our school. They are then placed in one of three class levels E1, E2 or E3 in which the teaching approach and materials are tailored to the appropriate level. As our school now has a thriving Year 9, we offer a tailored EAL group for those students to help prepare them for the linguistic and academic demands of (I)GCSE studies. It is possible to move between courses as progress is made during the year.