In addition to private boarding schools in Great Britain, there is also a large number of international colleges. The main aim of international colleges (they are often called Six-form Colleges and Tutorial Colleges) is to prepare both English and foreign students for GCSE and A-level, for entering higher education institutions and higher schools. Flexibility of programs and academic concentration bring excellent results. Practically, students from international colleges attend the GCSE course for a year, and A-level for a year and a half. Whereas at traditional boarding schools, such courses last two years. Usually Six-form Colleges accept students at 15-16 years.
At international colleges studying programme consists of a basic general studying course and separate classes (languages - English and foreign, selected disciplines of any profile).
International colleges in the UK have strict discipline, control of attendance and achievement. At the same time, often there is no school uniform. International College easily solves the problem of adaptation and integration of students. Moreover, relationship between teachers and students are usually more democratic than at private boarding schools.
In order to choose the right international college for foreign students, there are several key principles:
Choose every option that meets your needs and requirements. It's essential to do not stop at Oxford and Cambridge. Many profile universities that match your chosen specialties may even be more suitable. For example, if you want to make a career in business and management, pay attention to the universities of Lancaster and Warwick, as well as the Manchester University of Science and Technology and the famous London School of Economics and Political Science
SMAPSE advises you to pay attention to the following options: