International Student Academic Overview
In the lower school in Years 7-9 (ages 11 to 14 years) international students follow a full curriculum and the requirements of the National Curriculum at Key Stage 3 wherever possible. The curriculum includes the following subjects: English (or ESOL), Maths, Science, French, Art, Information Technology, Geography, History, Design and Technology, Music, Drama, Religious Education and Physical Education. In Year 8, students begin a second language and may choose between Spanish, German or Latin. International students are placed according to their chronological age in the correct National Curriculum Year for their age.
The GCSE syllabus begins in Year 10 (ages 14-15 years). All international students study English (or ESL), Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. When available, international students will sit a GCSE in their first language (for example: Chinese, Thai, Russian, Japanese). International students are placed according to their chronological age in the correct National Curriculum Year for their age. They may then choose four additional GCSE subjects. All students study a GCSE in Religious Studies.
Sixth Form Entry Year 12
We advise students to aim for no lower than a Level 6 at GCSE in the subjects which they would like to follow at A level. International students take three A Levels with some students choosing four if academically able. Students are required to have a minimum of five GCSEs at Level 5 with Level 6 in their chosen A Level subject. For more information about studying A levels please click here.
We do our best to meet all requests for subject choices at A Level and the early registration does help this process.
To discuss admission at any year group entry please contact Barbara Tucker, International Registrar btucker @stedmundscollege.org or call 01920 824301.