Our Courses

We offer a range of courses for international students aged 8-17. They have an academic focus aimed at improving English and knowledge of subjects.

Students join us from many different educational systems at various 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.

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.

Class sizes on all our courses for international students 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

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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 / 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

Our two-year course is for international 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 here 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, classes also 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 our School in January or April usually follow two prescribed additional subjects. This is in addition to English, Maths and a science subject.

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. The additional lessons are 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.

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

Students sit an average of six GCSE/ IGCSE subjects each, with many taking further Maths as an additional subject.

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

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Summer School Courses

Our UK summer school is for international students aged 8-17. Now in their 26th year, the summer courses are intensive and academic, but as well as working hard, students have lots of fun with an extensive choice of sports, activities and excursions.

UK summer school options

With very small class sizes (5 – 8 students per class) and an overall staff-student ratio of one member of staff to three students, parents can relax knowing their children are safe, happy, learning effectively and well looked after in a caring, family environment.

Located in the town of Sherborne, surrounded by beautiful English countryside, our summer school courses for international students 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 – 2019 dates

Booking for our 2019 UK summer school opens in the last week of September 2018. The short courses will take place from:

  • 3 July 2019 – for 2, 4, 6, 7 or 8 weeks
  • 17 July 2019 – for 2, 4, 5 or 6 weeks
  • 31 July 2019 – for 2, 3 or 4 weeks
  • 14 August 2019 – for 2 weeks

The last two weeks of our summer school program (14-28 August 2019 ) are ideal preparation for international students placed in British Boarding Schools from September, helping students feel more confident and prepared.

Summer school – 2019 fees

  • £1345 per week (2018). The fees for 2019 will be confirmed shortly. Fees include boarding house accommodation, all meals, all sports and excursions
  • Airport Transfer Service from Heathrow and Gatwick: £100 per student each way

More information

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

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Easter Courses

Our intensive Easter courses are perfect for students preparing for GCSE or IGCSE exams or looking to improve their English language skills.

The courses are based on the same high quality standards as our year-round schooling and features very small class sizes with a maximum of eight students per class.

Each study day includes lessons from 9.10am – 3.30pm, followed by an afternoon sports and activities programme. There is then exam practice followed by relaxing recreational activities in the evening.

Our teachers are experienced in teaching students who do not have English as a first language and can offer appropriate linguistic help. However, our Easter courses are also ideal for native English speakers looking for a concentrated boost just before their exams.

Written academic reports are sent to parents with details about the work covered, progress made, achievement, areas to focus on for further improvement and general involvement in the course. On completion of the course, students receive a certificate of attendance.

It gave me a lot of techniques to help me with my revision.
Alice

All our courses are professionally staffed and organised for students who want to learn in a caring, friendly atmosphere. Parents can relax knowing that their children are safe and receiving the best attention.

We understand that your decision to entrust your child to our care is a really important one and one you need to get right, so we are always ready to hear from you with any questions or concerns you may have. Of course, if you are able to visit us in advance, you will be assured of a warm welcome.

 

Easter course options

Easter course summary

  • Study skills or team-building sessions every morning
  • Specialist teachers for non-native speakers
  • Courses also for native English speakers
  • 90 minutes practice papers under exam conditions each evening
  • Individual guidance
  • Recreational programme
  • The workload is heavy and total commitment is expected throughout the courses
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