The Pre-A Level course, accredited by NCFE and inspected by ISI, is designed for students who wish to progress onto an academic course such as A-level or Foundation. The course, which aims to improve a student’s English, enables students to become familiar with vocabulary, culture and ethos of particular subjects and to familiarise themselves with key learning methods and texts.
Students, minimum age of 15 years, can start in either September or January and must have at least IELTS 4.0 for September entry or 4.5 for January entry to access the course. IELTS teaching at St Andrew’s is very strong and most students progress by 1.5 grades by the end of the year. What really makes the difference is the small class sizes so that every student receives significant attention and support.
All students study English (including English for Academic Purposes) and Maths and choose a particular pathway of interest from the arts, humanities or sciences. Those who would like to take GCSE exams at the end of the course may do so.