St Andrew’s College Cambridge was formed in 1976 as a tutorial college offering a warm, friendly international environment for students wanting to study in the UK prior to university. The college currently comprises students from 25 countries worldwide, aged between 15 and 22 years, attending its Pre A-Level, A-Level and University Foundation courses and has significant expertise in looking after international students and making them feel at home. Putting the student first is at the core of the St Andrew’s College Cambridge ethos and all the staff are united in helping each individual student thrive academically, socially, culturally and responsibly.
Academic results are excellent with a very high percentage of students going onto university and the majority being offered places at Russell Group universities.
Located in the heart of the stunning university city of Cambridge, across the road from the Botanical Gardens and a short walk up from the train station, this independent school in Cambridge has four academic buildings comprise classrooms, laboratories, offices and common rooms. An astroturf pitch, basketball court and picnic areas are located at the back of the buildings. In addition, a separate science centre at Glisson Road also houses the student canteen and the seven college boarding houses are all a short walk away from the main school.
Cambridge is a stunning city to be a student. Known for academic excellence and the 31 colleges that make up Cambridge University, the city offers great shopping, restaurants, cafes, sport and art facilities as well as top quality museums, architecture and libraries. It is extremely safe to walk or cycle around as well as being easy to get to – only 50 minutes from central London.
The college’s top quality staff, a number of whom have taught or studied themselves at Oxbridge, are passionate about the subjects they teach and inspire the students to explore above and beyond the curriculum. With small class sizes students here are given extensive individual support and guidance to enable them to achieve the grades they require.
Weekly sessions with personal tutors help students remain on track with their academic studies and progress is carefully monitored with clear direction given on how to improve. Tutors also provide university preparation, taking students right the way through the UCAS process. Those aiming for top G5 universities (Oxford, Cambridge, Imperial College, LSE and UCL) are paired up with a Cambridge University PhD student to provide additional advice and support.
Ensuring all students feel happy and secure is the college’s highest priority and the warm, friendly atmosphere at St Andrew’s is apparent when you walk through the door. Boarding house parents are responsible for student welfare and open communication is valued.
The college has a wide range of accommodation options to suit all budgets ranging from quality single ensuite bedrooms in Tripos Court to single and double rooms in family-style houses.
All students enjoy a wide-range of extra-curricular activities including sport, music, art and clubs as well as a full social programme of events with the May Ball being a particular highlight. There is an extremely active Student Council and many opportunities for students to go on trips to London, Oxford and to visit sights and tourist attractions.