A tailor-made course aimed at overseas students with the main focus being on improving linguistic skills in English which will then prepare students for A Level studies. 

Pre-A Level Course

At Hampshire Collegiate school (HCS) students can either opt to attend for just the Pre-A Level course or they can opt to attend for three years.  The three-year programme includes the same initial Pre-A Level course and then the students will embark on a two year A Level course if they have developed the required skills for their subject choices.   

On the Pre-A Level course,  students will spend a significant amount of time working with a qualified EAL teacher, in order to improve their skills in English: reading, comprehension, writing and speaking. Students will be prepared, depending on individual needs, to take examinations leading to an English Language qualification. Currently this qualification is the well-respected IELTS (International English Language Testing System) qualification which focuses on language performance and promoting the development of transferable skills for academic study and employability. IELTS is recognised by many organisations worldwide including educational institutions, employers, government and other professional bodies. 

Students will also take GCSE equivalent qualifications in science (BTEC) and mathematics (IGCSE) along with having the chance to experience lessons in subjects they are interested in or would like to continue with to A Level.  This will help them to learn the technical vocabulary they will require when embarking on full A Level courses. The students will join a Sixth Form tutor group and will integrate with all other Sixth Form students for games, Sixth Form enrichment and co-curricular activities.  

The Pre-A Level course is a perfect opportunity for overseas students to experience life in the UK in a supportive and friendly environment.  They will learn about cultural differences and develop strategies to enable them to get the most out of their academic studies and their experience at HCS.  Students will be taught in small groups by subject-specific staff along with having a personal tutor who they will meet each week on a one-to-one basis.  

The students will be able to experience a friendly English boarding school and will be welcome quickly into the warm multicultural boarding community. The boarding house is set in a stunning location providing superb on-site facilities and allows them to take advantage of a wide range of activities both after school and at weekends including trips to London, historical Winchester and Southampton.     

Students who opt for the three year course have to successfully pass the Pre-A Level course before they move into their second year where they will be expected to study for three or four A Level qualifications.  In the third year they will continue their second year of A Level study in preparation for university or a particular career.  Please see the Sixth Form page for a list of A Level subjects offered. 

Entry Requirements for Pre-A Level Course  

It is anticipated that students will normally have met the following criteria (or equivalent) before starting on the Pre-A Level course:

  • English language level - Common European Framework, level B1 or equivalent
  • Students will also complete a Pre-A Level entrance exam for Maths and English
  • A Skype interview may also be carried-out

Entry Requirements for A Level

To move onto studying A-level courses, students will normally have achieved the following (or equivalent):

  • English Language level (either/or) Common European Framework, level B2 or equivalent
  • A “pass” grade, or above, for their BTEC Science. 
  • Maths IGCSE   

Head of Year: Mrs E Mills
email: liz.mills@hampshirecs.org.uk

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