At Ellesmere College we believe it is not enough just to make sure that our students are successful at passing exams - important though this is - but that they also get the best of all that a British education can offer. We aim to provide subjects which appeal to all of our students' interests and academic strengths, while keeping class sizes small.
We offer students with limited English an intensive one year English Language Programme, which leads to GCSE or iGCSE in English, Mathematics, Science, Geography and Economics. Teachers are fully trained to understand the needs of our students.
GCSE (Age 14-16 School Years 10-11)
Students study a maximum of 10 subjects at GCSE Level, spread over two years. English, Mathematics and Science are compulsory.
Pre Sixth Course (Age 15+ School Year 11)
This is an intensive one year programme designed to prepare students from outside the UK for Sixth Form studies in both A-Level and the International Baccalaureate. The course includes five to six GSCE subjects which are taught in greater depth. Subjects include: One or two sciences (specialising in either Biology, Chemistry or Physics) English Language first language, Mathematics, Geography and a language, either first and native language such as German, or if already competent in a second language such as French, Spanish or Latin. All will also study English Literature and for a student with a high level of English on joining us there is the opportunity to take the IGCSE in English Literature in addition, this will be discussed with the individual once they have completed the first term of study.
AS and A-Level (Age 16+ Years 12-13)
A-Levels have been the basis of assessment for University entrance in the UK. AS-Levels
are undertaken in Year 12 and A2 in Year 13. Students normally choose to study between four subjects at ASLevel and three subjects at A2.
International Baccalaureate (Age 16-18 Years 12-13)
The IB course is also another way into British universities and is also helpful if students are hoping to study overseas. It offers a broader programme of study than A-Levels. Students will take six subjects - three at a standard level and three at a higher level.
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