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International Student Academic Overview

Lower School

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, IT, Geography, History, DT, 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.

First Division

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 from the following Option Blocks, choosing one subject from each block.

Sixth Form Entry Year 12

We advise students to aim for no lower than a Grade B at GCSE in the subjects which they would like to follow at A level. International students take between three and five A Levels (depending on aptitude and ability) plus their first language. Students may drop to three A2 subjects plus their first language in Year 13 if approved by the College. Students are required to have a minimum of five GCSEs at Grades A* – B.  For more information about studying A levels please click here.

Please note: The College can not guarantee to offer all combinations of subjects. Successful applicants must fill in and return the Rhetoric Subject Option Form.

To speak to one of our International Admissions team for more information please email international@stedmundscollege.org or call 01920 824301.