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 1 Year I/GCSE course (see Pre-A Level E3 programme below); or
- As part of their A Level or NCUK International Foundation Year programme (see IELTS preparation).
The age of entry for students beginning these courses is from 13 to 18 years. Due to A Level courses lasting two years, there will be a small number of students at the College aged between 19 and 20 years. 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 refer to the Admissions section.
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 4:10pm, 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 Padworth. 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. For international students enrolling in Year 9, we offer a tailored EAL group 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.