Sixth Form Access Programme


The reputation for quality and excellence enjoyed around the world by British independent schools is without equal. Our partner has developed this one year, full time Sixth Form Access Programme as a pathway to British Independent school entry. We provide the ideal solution for overseas parents who want their children to benefit from the advantages and prestige that a private, British education can bring with it.

Our partner offers small classes, provides a high standard of student support and integrates established English language training with academic studies. We understand the difficulties overseas students can experience during this period of change in their young lives. Because of this, we have been able to create a supportive, caring environment for our students going through this critical period of transition.

Sixth Form Access Programme Aims

  • To provide a caring environment & high quality student support
  • Small classes combining English language training and academic studies
  • Improve students’ English Language Proficiency at Sixth Form Level
  • Provide the required academic subject knowledge – IGCSE or equivalent
  • Develop all appropriate study skills needed
  • Develop students cultural awareness to better relate with UK peers

Course Details

Students will undertake a minimum of 30 hours of classroom-based study per week.
This will be supplemented with a further 10 – 14 hours per week of homework, private study and tutorials/ counselling.


  • Language Input (EFL/IELTS/IGCSE English)
  • Academic Subjects (Maths/Physics/Chemistry/Biology/Business Studies and/or Economics)
  • Supervised Study
  • Etiquette/cross cultural awareness


The progression of each student is individually assessed and monitored by personal tutors.
The process is ongoing and allows tutorial staff to identify areas where extra support may be required and to provide this support where appropriate.
The Academic Modules are studied alongside the Core Modules and follow the IGCSE syllabus.
The lessons consist of a combination of group study and one to one tutorials. Each student is assigned a personal tutor/counselor for the length of the programme.

English and Study Skills

The Access programme includes two core modules taken by all students throughout the course. These modules are:-

  • English Language (General English & English for Academic purposes including IELTS preparation)
  • Study Skills

The Academic Modules of the Access Programme are as follows

  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Economics and/or Business StudiesN.B. ICT may replace one of the Science modules.


Tutorial College staff are qualified, experienced professionals with proven success in their chosen subjects. All teaching staff on the Academic team is experienced in preparing non-native English speakers for IGCSE & ‘A’ level examinations.


Students will normally follow the IGCSE syllabus and will be prepared to sit IGCSE’s at the end of their year’s study. Students will also prepare for and sit the IELTS test at the end of
their first term and during the final term of their stay.

Our partners will ensure sixth form placement in a leading British independent boarding school for all pupils successfully completing the access programme. Pupils will be prepared for entrance exams and coached for interviews throughout their programme. Competition for places in these schools is keen. Parents will be offered a selection of schools which are felt best suited to the aspirations and abilities of their child. Our partners will arrange for students (& parents/guardians) to visit selected schools.

Academic Entry Requirements

Students should be aged 16 or over (exceptionally 14+) and have been schooled in their own country to an educational level that can be considered equivalent to UK GCSEs. We may request documentary evidence in support.

English Language Entry Requirements

Candidates need to provide evidence that they have English language skills to the equivalent of IELTS 4.0 in order to take an active part in the programmes offered. Those whose level of
English is below the required standards would be required to undertake additional preparatory studies in English prior to starting the main programme.