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International Curriculum

We offer a number of bespoke courses  for international pupils. Please contact Mrs Chrissy Laycock, Head of International Recruitment and Marketing for further information:

Email: laycockc@rendcombcollege.org.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 1285 832325
Skype: rendcombcollege

Two Year GCSE Programme 

At GCSE level, pupils are nurtured every step of the way.  Most pupils following the Two Year GCSE Programme will sit ten subject examinations.

Core Subjects

  • Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • English as a First Language with the option of English Literature depending on ability

Additional subjects chosen from:

  • Art
  • Geography
  • Computing
  • German
  • Design Technology
  • History
  • Drama
  • Music
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Physical Education
  • French
  • Spanish

There are also classes in Religious Studies and Personal, Social & Health Education.

Entry Requirements:

  • A solid academic profile
  • Ability to demonstrate a good level of written and spoken English - CEFR B1+
  • A hand written personal statement
  • Copies of last two school reports/grades
  • A reference may be requested from a pupil’s current school
  • Pupils will be asked to attended an interview at Rendcomb or via Skype
  • Entrance assessments in English, Mathematics and VRQ

Entrance assessments can be sat by distance by prior arrangement.

One Year GCSE Programme 

The One Year (I)GCSE Programme is for academically able pupils who will be given  the opportunity to sit a reduced number of GCSEs during the summer term, including Mathematics, Double Science Award, English as a Second Language (ESL), Geography and their first language; a total of six GCSEs.

In addition to these six subjects pupils also select an additional three subjects to study:

  • Art
  • Computing
  • Design Technology
  • Drama
  • French
  • History
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Spanish

This allows the pupils to diversify their subject choices with further opportunities to sit GCSE examinations where a pupil has attained at the level required. 

This bespoke programme neatly dovetails into a number of European education systems for those pupils wishing to complete their education in their home country. Latin is available if required by prior arrangement and for an additional charge.

Entry Requirements:

  • A solid academic profile
  • Ability to demonstrate a good level of written and spoken English - CEFR B1+
  • A hand written personal statement
  • Copies of last two school reports/grades
  • A reference may be requested from a pupil’s current school
  • Pupils will be asked to attended an interview at Rendcomb or via Skype
  • Entrance assessments in English, Mathematics and VRQ

Entrance assessments can be sat by distance by prior arrangement.

Pre A One Year Programme and IELTS 

The Pre A Programme is a one year course designed for pupils who possess strong academic potential, but whose English is not yet fully developed to cope with the rigors of A Level study.  It is an excellent foundation for pupils studying in a second language to achieve their academic goal and to help them secure their preferred choice of university.

It is a discrete stand-alone course taught in small classes which will incorporate the following lessons per week:

Each lesson is 55 minutes

  • 5 lessons of IELTS (English) in small specialist classes
  • 4 lessons of Mathematics
  • 6 lessons of Science, to include Biology, Chemistry and Physics
  • 6 lessons offering Technology and the Creative Arts, including Art, Photography and Drama
  • 5 Independent Study Periods

During the Lent term pupils will have the opportunity to attend taster lessons in A Level subjects.  This offers pupils a valuable insight into subjects that they may wish to pursue, ensuring that they make informed choices for A Level study and beyond.  Taster lessons are subject to availability and will be integrated within Sixth Form lessons.

Students also have access to our exciting range of co-curricular activities and sports programme.

Pupils will sit the following examinations; IELTS, FSMQ in Mathematics and IGCSE Physics.

Underpinning the Pre A Programme, the IELTS English course entails daily lessons, for as the best linguists recognise, successful language learning is best achieved in bite-sized chunks. 

Pre A students will be expected to gain a minimum of 6.0 overall in the March IELTS examination, with no one component less than 5.5 to be allowed entry onto our Two Year A-level Programme in the Sixth Form. 

In preparation for choosing their A levels Pre A students complete an online profiling test that enables them to identify potential subjects at A level and potential careers for the future. They have an individual interview with a member of the Senior Management or Senior Leadership Team to discuss their aims and decide on the best A levels to achieve those goals.

Entry Requirements:

  • IELTS 4.5-5.0 determined through entrance assessments or a previously gained IELTS certificate
  • Mathematics and Verbal Reasoning Entrance Assessments
  • Copies of last two school reports/transcripts
  • An interview at Rendcomb or via Skype

Entrance assessments can be sat by distance by prior arrangement.

Two Year A Level Programme 

Moving to Sixth Form is a new and exciting chapter.  At this level, important decisions about the future are made as pupils prepare for the transition to life beyond school.

We offer an environment where excellence is nurtured within a safe and supportive community.  When the time comes to make choices about the future, pupils receive individual support from their tutor and the Head of Sixth Form and are prepared for their next adventure.

Pupils take part in enrichment activities including a leadership programme, outdoor education, Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award, mentoring through our Buddy Scheme and have volunteering and work experience opportunities.  Pupils can also experience independent living for two one week periods in our dedicated on-site house which helps to prepare them for their onward journey into university and the workplace.

Many students also opt to take the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) worth half an A Level which allows them to complete a self-directed and self-motivated project in a subject of their choice; it provides excellent stretch and challenge and is a wonderful preparation for higher level study.

It is normal to study four subjects initially, dropping down to three towards the close of the first term.  Pupils who have the academic ability may continue with four subjects through to the end of Year 13.  A Levels are sat during the summer term of Year 13.

The BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Travel and Tourism has been added to our Sixth Form provision and is normally studied alongside two A Levels.  It is particularly suited to business, languages and humanties A Level subjects.  The BTEC is worth the equivalent of an A Level, but is delivered in a more vocational style.  

Rendcomb pupils leave as articulate, confident and resilient young people able to deal with life’s challenges.  We expect that the vast majority of our students will go on after A Levels to Higher Education at university. The choice for students is enormous and we help students to make that choice through a comprehensive planning programme. In 2016, 95% of our pupils secured places at their chosen universities achieving an average of three As at A Level.  We remain proud of our leavers destinations which in 2016 included some of the most prestigious universities, Oxford, Bath, Bristol, Liverpool, Exeter, and Imperial College London  to name but a few.

Pupils may choose from twenty-one A Level subjects and the BTEC in Travel and Tourism or the BTEC in Business Studies:

  • Art and Design (Fine Art)
  • Biology
  • BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Travel and Tourism 
  • BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Computing
  • Design Technology
  • Drama and Theatre Studies
  • Economics
  • English Literature
  • French
  • Further Mathematics
  • Geography
  • German
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Music Technology
  • Photography
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Spanish
  • Sport and PE

Academic, Sport, Music, Drama and Art Scholarships can be applied for preceding Year 12.

Entry Requirements:

  • IELTS 6.0 determined through entrance assessment or a previously gained IELTS certificate
  • Mathematics assessment
  • Further Mathematics assessment (if taking subject at A Level)
  • BTEC requires good research and ICT skills 
  • Copies of last two school reports/transcripts
  • Hand written personal statement
  • A reference is required for pupils already studying in the UK
  • An interview at Rendcomb or via Skype

Entrance Assessments can be sat by distance by prior arrangement.

english as a SECOND language
 

The ESL department enables pupils to take advantage of the academic and social opportunities at Rendcomb College by helping them to overcome the barrier of working in a second language and integrating the pupil as fully as possible, and as soon as possible into mainstream school.  All new international pupils take the online Oxford Placement Test in their first week at Rendcomb.  This, combined with material from their application, allows our department to recommend a weekly number of ESL lessons.  The pupil’s year group and length of stay also factor into these calculations.  This is then discussed and agreed with parents/guardians and pupils.  If a pupil opts out of having ESL lessons, pupils can still take ESL examinations, support is still offered in the form of holiday prep, and pupils are still invited to attend international clubs and cafes.  Pupils who stay for at least one year are given the opportunity to achieve at least one internationally recognised ESL exam; either PET, FCE, IGCSE or IELTS (which is required as part of their university entry requirements).  In addition to this, we also offer support for pupils to take their native language (I)GCSEs and A Levels at an appropriate time in their stay at Rendcomb.  This can often be the year before their official (I)GCSEs and A Levels, as it avoids the pressure of additional exams.  Above all, we aim to ensure that ESL students’ experience of education in Britain is stimulating, enjoyable and provides a language skill of life-long value.

IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

This examination is taken in the Sixth Form and the pupils are taught by a team of experienced, specialist, IELTS teachers in a dedicated, vibrant department in the main

building of the school. All pupils focus on the four components of Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening within a topic and skills based programme. Cultural awareness and current affairs is central to this course which results in excellent IELTS scores leading to places

at top universities both in the UK and overseas. Each term, all Sixth Form pupils have the opportunity of taking the examination externally in order to improve their score to meet their university requirements.

IGCSE ESL (English as a Second Language)

This examination is usually taken at the end of Year 11 alongside all other (I) GCSEs and is selected as one of the (I) GCSE options at the beginning of Year 10. The writing component of this examination focuses on summaries, reports, letters and articles, which compliments and ably supports the IGCSE as a First Language.

FCE (First Certificate in English – British Council B1-C1 level)

Preparation for the FCE is undertaken in Year 10, and pupils can be entered for the external examination at the end of the year.  This Cambridge examination is the most widely taken in

the world and is rigorous in testing both grammar and writing skills in particular. This demanding course provides a firm foundation for those about to embark on the IGCSE ESL the following year.

PET (Preliminary Test in English – British Council A2-B2 level)

This Cambridge examination is designed as a foundation level of English and is a good pathway before the start of the (I) GCSE courses supporting well the Key stage 3 curriculum.  Preparation for the PET is undertaken in Years 7-9, and pupils can be entered for the external examination at the end of each year.