The British Schools senior education system is divided into two distinct two year programmes:
GCSE years 10 and 11 (Entry age 14+)
A Level AS year 12 and A2 year13 (Entry age 16+)
It does not easily align with most foreign educational systems, including the Chinese educational system ,where students graduate from
To enter A Level studies in a
Because the GCSE programme contains many more subjects than the more refined A Level curriculum students are required to have a relatively high level of English to cope with the course. Pre-sessional programmes which run all year are available for such students at selective schools and study centre. These programmes are also designed to provide an academic bridge for students coming from overseas countries which follow a different syllabus thus making it easier for students from these countries to settle into their GCSE or A level programme.
Similarly students who may have completed their
If a student needs to undertake a pre-sessional programme at a Study Centre, he/she will need a seperate visa for that programme. The Consortium Schools therefore have partnered with the Moreton Hall Study Centre (MHSC) which can provide the necessary pre-sessional programme on their behalf under the one visa which will cover both the pre-sessional programme at MHSC and the mainstream course at their chosen Consortium School.
In particular for those students wanting to apply for entrance to the more highly selective schools, pre-sessional programmes are often their best route. Most of the more highly selective schools hold their entrance exams in Novembe or December the year prior to entry. Students applying to such schools need to be fully prepared both academically and linguistically prior to Application.
The Consortium schools are acutely aware of the needs of their foreign students and are working closely together to provide the necessary preparation and support that these students need .The schools’ representative can advise you on the most suitable programme for your child and so you should consult with the Consortium schools representative early to give your child the best preparation available and to avoid the disappointment of rejection.