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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.

11-13 year olds (pre-GCSE / pre-IGCSE)

Our 11-12 year old students, follow a course based on the English Common Entrance programme, while our 13 year old students follow a year 9 (pre-GCSE / pre-IGCSE) curriculum.

Our juniors (11-12 year olds, by 1 September) study a wide range of subjects including English, Maths, Science, Geography, History, Modern Languages, Art and Drama. Some students may also study other subjects such as Current Affairs to prepare them for entrance interviews for their future schools.

Our year 9 students, (pre-GCSE / pre-IGCSE, aged 13, by 1 September), study the same subjects but in more depth. They also study Biology, Physics and Chemistry as separate subjects.

Towards the end of the course, they select the GCSE / IGCSE course subjects they would like to study.

Being at Sherborne International has given me confidence and self-esteem that I didn’t have before I arrived.
It has made me have a ‘can do it and will do it’ attitude.
Jane, from Israel (year 9 student)

More information on this pre-GCSE / pre-IGCSE course

GCSE and IGCSE Courses

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

Students can 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.

Lessons are very interesting. I now even enjoy subjects that I never used to enjoy, like science because the teachers really bring the subject to life and involve the students in classes.
Anastasiia, from Ukraine (Two-year I/GCSE Course)

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 are prepared for IGCSE English Literature in Year 11, as well as English Language. Others are be prepared for IELTS.

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

Students can take native language GCSE/ IGCSEs, such as Thai, French, Chinese, German, Russian and Japanese.

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

Courses can start in January or April

September is the beginning of the British educational year. However, further classes start in January and April, allowing students to join at these times.

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

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

The very small class sizes really help you to learn far more quickly as teachers can really get to know you and provide additional help and support where needed.
Allan, from Turkmenistan (Two-year I/GCSE Course)

Specimen GCSE and IGCSE course 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 a 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. This 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 are prepared for IGCSE English Literature, as well as English Language. Others are prepared for IELTS.

The best students in Maths are prepared for further Maths GCSE.

Students can take native language GCSE/ IGCSEs, such as Thai, French, Chinese, German, Russian and Japanese.

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

My English has become far more fluent. I now have a much better understanding of English grammar and can communicate much better with all types of people in different situations.
Victoria, from China (One-year I/GCSE Course)

GCSE and IGCSE course specimen timetables

Further information

Summer School Courses

Our UK summer school courses are for international students aged 8-17. The 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.

UK summer school options

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

Our UK summer school for international students is located in the town of Sherborne, surrounded by beautiful English countryside.

All our summer courses are based on the same high-quality standards as our school term 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 school dates

Courses at our UK summer school for international students 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 school fees

More information

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

 

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