In addition to all the known private boarding schools in Great Britain , there is also a large number of international colleges. The main task of international colleges (they are often called Six-form Colleges and Tutorial Colleges) is to prepare both English and foreign students for examsGCSE and A-level , for admission to selected higher education institutions and higher schools. Flexibility of programs and academic concentration bring excellent results: on average, industrious students from international colleges attend the GCSE course for a year, and the A-level for a year and a half, whereas in traditional boarding schools, traditional courses last two years for each course. Usually Six-form Colleges accept students after grade 9 or after graduation (after grade 11) - at 15-16 years - for programs lasting from six months to two years.
In international colleges, the training program consists of a basic general education course, together with separate classes (languages - English and foreign, selected disciplines of any profile). Thus, Tutorial Colleges can be considered close to the Russian system of paid tutoring.
College disciplines are maintained and traditional for the UK, strict discipline, control of attendance and achievement - but school uniforms are not always, usually accepted business, formal style of clothing. Indiscriminate colleges to drink alcohol, drugs and smoking, and often there is a ban on the joint presence of boys and girls in the same room (residences are always separate). This is a great bonus for foreign - and in particular Russian schoolchildren: if the student received secondary education in Russia, then inBritish Universityit may be difficult for him to adapt to the local educational environment and disciplinary rules. International College easily solves the problem of adaptation and integration. At the same time, the relationship between teachers and students here is usually much more democratic than in private boarding schools (of course, subordination and respect have not been canceled).
In order to choose the right educational institution for high school students, there are several key principles and parameters - see the following list:
We would advise you to pay attention to the following options - colleges that have long established themselves for Russian schoolchildren and foreign students: