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Our Courses

We offer a range of international school courses for students. They have an academic focus on improving English and knowledge of subjects.

Students join us from many different educational systems at different ages and with different levels of academic experience. Our aim is to provide the best possible introduction to the UK education system and ensure each student reaches a high level of academic achievement.

Focus on improving English

Improving English is a high priority for students as it is essential for academic success and to make friends. All our teachers are qualified or trained to teach English as well as their specialist subject. All students also study Maths, Science and other subjects.

Very small class sizes

All class sizes for our international school courses are very small, with 5 – 8 students per class. This allows all students to receive individual, specialist attention.

GCSE and IGCSE Courses

Our GCSE and IGCSE course for international students aged 14 – 16 (by 1 September) covers English and other subjects.

Students are able to take this GCSE and IGCSE course over one or two years. There is also the flexibility to start in January or April rather than the normal school year starting month of September.

Two-year GCSE and IGCSE course

The two-year GCSE and IGCSE course is for students aged 14 (by 1 September) or those aged 15 who do not have at least lower intermediate standard of English. These students join Year 10 and normally stay at Sherborne International for Year 11, studying for two years in total.

Compulsory subjects

  • English – IGCSE (normally English as a Second Language, but students with exceptional ability may instead be entered for English as a First Language)
  • Maths – GCSE
  • One science IGCSE (from a choice of Biology, Chemistry and Physics)

Optional subjects

  • Biology – IGCSE
  • Chemistry – IGCSE
  • Physics – IGCSE
  • Art – GCSE
  • Business Studies – IGCSE
  • English Literature – IGCSE
  • French – IGCSE
  • Geography – IGCSE
  • History – IGCSE
  • ICT (Computers) – IGCSE

Students who require extra support to improve their English will be given extra English and Science lessons instead of one of the above optional subjects.

The best students in English may be prepared for IGCSE English Literature in Year 11, as well as English Language. Others may be prepared for IELTS.

The best Maths students may be entered for Further Maths GCSE in Year 11.

Native language GCSE/ IGCSEs can also be taken by students, for example Thai, French, Chinese, German, Russian or Japanese.

Students sit an average of seven or eight GCSE/ IGCSE subjects each.

Students starting in January or April

September is the start of the British educational year, but further classes are created in January and April, allowing students to start at these times.

Students starting in January follow a shortened five term programme and students starting in April follow a shortened four term programme.

Students entering the school in January and April usually follow a prescribed additional subject, such as History, Geography or Business Studies, besides English, Mathematics and the three Sciences.

Specimen timetables

Further information

One-year GCSE and IGCSE course

The one-year GCSE and IGCSE Course is for students aged 15 or 16 (by 1 September) with at least lower intermediate standard in English.

The course covers material that normally takes two years to cover. Therefore, students on this course receive additional teaching on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, which is reflected in the fees for this course.

Compulsory subjects

  • English – IGCSE (normally English as a Second Language, but students with exceptional ability may instead be entered for English as a First Language)
  • Maths – GCSE
  • One science IGCSE (from a choice of Biology, Chemistry and Physics) or double-award science (worth 2 GCSE grades)

Optional subjects

  • Biology – GCSE
  • Chemistry – IGCSE
  • Physics – IGCSE
  • Art – GCSE
  • Business Studies – IGCSE
  • English Literature – IGCSE
  • French – IGCSE
  • Geography – IGCSE
  • History – IGCSE
  • ICT (Computers) – IGCSE

The best students in English may be prepared for IGCSE English Literature, as well as English Language. Others may be prepared for IELTS.

The best students in Maths may be prepared for further Maths GCSE.

Native language GCSE/ IGCSEs can also be taken by students, for example Thai, French, Chinese, German, Russian or Japanese.

Students sit an average of seven GCSE/ IGCSE subjects each.

Specimen timetables

Further information

Summer Courses

Our international summer school courses are for students aged 8-17. The summer courses are intensive and academic, but as well as working hard, students also have lots of fun with an extensive choice of sports, activities and excursions.

Summer course options

Very small class sizes (5 – 8 students) and an overall staff-student ratio of 1:3, mean that parents can relax knowing their children are safe, happy, learning and well looked after in a caring, family environment.

Our international summer school courses are located in the UK town of Sherborne, surrounded by beautiful English countryside. All our summer courses are based on the same high-quality standards as our year-round courses.

Written academic and house reports are sent to parents every two weeks and all students receive a certificate of attendance.

The summer course in Sherborne was one of the best things that I have ever done in my life. I never thought that I would have so much fun while doing classes. Everybody is so nice here and the memories and friends I made here will stay in my heart forever.
Azucena, 14 – Paraguay

Summer Courses – 2018 Dates

All our international summer school courses last for two, three, four, six or eight weeks:

  • 4 July – for 2, 4, 6, 7 or 8 weeks
  • 18 July – for 2, 4, 5 or 6 weeks
  • 1 August – for 2, 3 or 4 weeks
  • 15 August – for 2 weeks

Arrival and departure days are Wednesdays.

Summer Courses – 2018 Fees

Please view our International Summer School Courses 2018 Brochure for more information.

It was one of the best experiences in my life.
Lledo, 15 – Spain

See more comments from previous students of our summer courses.

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