University Foundation Courses
St. Andrew’s, Cambridge is a small Independent Sixth Form college. The majority of the student body consists of international students with a few British students in attendance. Emphasis is placed on academic progress, achievement, English Language for Academic Purposes and on cultural diversity and integration. As a small college our Foundation course classes are limited to a maximum of 12 students and individual attention and extra classes are provided when necessary to bring the student up to the standards expected. Our Foundation courses were established in 1995 and continue to be strong and innovative, meeting the requirements of universities and of the UK Border Agency. The courses are reviewed each year to ensure consistency in meeting not only the student’s academic needs, but also to provide students with the skills (independent and team orientated) necessary for their transition to university. Our Foundation courses are accredited by NCFE and inspected by OFSTED. The courses follow two paths; a 10-Month course and an Accelerated 7-Month course.
The marks structure for the course is as follows:
1st Exam: 30% of total for the year with a weighting given to each subject; Research Project / Portfolio: 30% of total for the year with a weighting given to each subject; and Final exam: 40% of the total of the year with a weighting given to each subject. The weightings per term are as follows (note: combination dependent upon course followed): Business Studies 20%, Communications 10%, Economics 20%, English 5%, General Studies 5%, International Relations 20%, Law 20%, Psychology 20% and Mathematics 20%. Awards of Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction with Honours are only awarded when students meet the following criteria:
o Pass: 50 to 59%
o Merit: 60 to 69%
o Distinction: 70 to 79%
o Distinction with Honours: 80% and above
· Attendance: Students must have a 90% or above attendance rate in order to receive an award.
· Completion of work: Students must complete all coursework on time and have handed in at least 90% of class work / portfolio work on time.
Student Support and Guidance
Each student is given guidance in tutor groups and then individually for their university application through UCAS and assistance at the end of the year with university placements.
Each student has a personal tutor throughout the academic year to provide not only academic support, but also pastoral care.
Extra lessons are arranged when necessary to support the progress of students. The students have the opportunity to use 3 student common rooms and a computer lab area in order to facilitate study groups and a community atmosphere.
Students are provided with a social program consisting of various opportunities to improve their social skills and to broaden their horizons through sport, the arts, travel and friendly competition. Students are encouraged to attend special talks and lectures in various places throughout the UK during the academic year.
The teaching staff on the Foundation programs are all highly qualified and experienced teachers who strive to empower their students with the confidence and skills needed to achieve their best and to prepare for university and their future careers. The teachers set high standards and stick to them while assisting the students in their own individual needs and learning styles.
As the NCFE has agreed to be our awarding body, the students will also receive certificates from NCFE. One will be an award certificate and the other a breakdown of credits for each module (transcript). The certificate will state: Pass, Merit, Distinction and Fail. St. Andrew’s will still be providing our certificates to meet the needs of the universities for marks: certificate and transcript.
Please visit http://www.ncfe.org.uk/ for further information.
St. Andrew’s, Cambridge provides the students with a certificate of completion of the course and also a full transcript of the course with explanations to the calculations on the reverse of the transcript. Students will also receive a certificate and a transcript from the awarding body NCFE.