The Pre A Level Course is intensive, tailored to individual needs and taught in small groups of five to six students. It is the first year of a three-year A Level programme, focused on preparing students for the challenge of A Level academic study, at the end of which students will have the level of English, the curriculum foundations and the study and presentation skills to cope with rigorous Sixth Form study.
The main timetable:
• Academic English Language tutoring in small groups – approximately half the timetable, including preparation for the IELTs exam or the Cambridge certificate of English (university entrance qualification).
• Intensive Mathematics – approximately four hours per week in small groups. Students will work towards an AS Level in Mathematics.
• Study skills – approximately two hours per week, focusing on speaking, reading and writing skills needed for research, presentations, report planning and writing in preparation for A Level and university study.
• Curriculum subjects – approximately four hours per week in chosen A-Level subject(s) in College One (Lower Sixth) teaching groups. Students will cover some aspects of the A Level course to ensure they gain the necessary subject-specific language skills needed to access the full course.
• Enrichment – approximately three hours per week in other curriculum areas of interest such as Music, Art and Design & Technology, depending on the student’s particular interest.
• Cultural sessions – approximately two hours per week of trips to famous sights in and outside of York (cost is included), e.g. Museums, Workshops, Fairs, Theatres and University visits, which will be followed up by in class academic work such as blogs, presentations and research.
What happens after the Foundation Course?
Students will progress onto the two-year A Level programme of their choice. Ongoing supplementary EAL lessons and support will be available throughout the second and third A Level years.
Age Range: 15+
Course requirement: All applicants will sit a Standard English Assessment to establish their current level and reports from current schools will be required. For further information, please contact our Registrar Jenny Daly: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +44 1904 623261
Starting Date: Full 1 Year course starts in September.
Flexible entry at later dates for a shortened programme are possible. Please contact our Registrar, Jenny Daly as above for more information.
Boarding at Bootham
It benefits from direct rail links of around two hours from London, Edinburgh and Manchester. Whilst Newcastle, Manchester and Leeds/Bradford airports are within easy reach and the ports of Hull and Newcastle are both within a two-hour drive. It is ideally positioned in the heart of the country close to stunning national parks and areas of outstanding natural beauty.
Founded by the Romans, York in the twenty first century is home to two thriving universities and leading service industries.
Regular lively arts, seasonal and academic festivals enliven the city; there’s always something going on!
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