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Ashbourne College

In 2018 - 50% of A Level students achieved A*/A grades
Address: 17 Old Ct Pl, Kensington, London W8 4PL, United Kingdom
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Description Ashbourne College

  • It was founded in 1981
  • Location: London, England, United Kingdom
  • Age of students: 14-19 years
  • Total number of students: 200 people
  • Type of training: joint (mixed)
  • Type of accommodation: residence / family (from 16 years old)
  • Language of instruction: English.

One of the best private colleges in England and London - Ashbourne College (Ashbourne College) - is designed to prepare students in the upper grades (14-19 years) to the best world and British universities. Founded in 1981 by Mike Kirby, he first specialized in mathematics, economics and the natural sciences - today the list of subjects includes more than 35 variants (including humanities, social sciences, creativity, art and design). In the 1990s, GCSE became part of the college structure, which is actively developing and expanding from year to year. The accreditation of the British Council was received by the college in 1993 and was repeatedly confirmed in the future.

50% of students are British (London residents are mostly), the rest is foreign students, representatives of more than 30 world countries. Learn here on an equal footing can both boys and girls - the college works on a mixed system of training. For foreigners there are supporting language courses EFL ("English as a foreign language"), classes are conducted at least twice a week. Unique to England is the mode of work of the college: it is open every day until 20 hours plus all day on Saturday, which gives students time to complete all tasks, engage more persistently and intensely.

In the process of training Oxbridge system of the organization of study is used: small classes of 7-10 people, intensive curriculum with a lot of hours, academic rigor, an individual approach to each and flexibility. At the same time, the atmosphere in the college is very informal, friendly: the students are treated as adults with independent personalities (despite constant monitoring of the quality of work and study), their opinion is always listened to. There is no obligatory uniform, and it is customary for teachers to address by their name (but with the necessary subordination). High school students have sufficient level of freedom and independence: this is shown by surveys of graduates, more than 95% of whom say that the time of study at Ashbourne College was very happy and filled with events. Despite the informal atmosphere, close attention to the successes and behavior of students is given rigorously. Twice in a trimester (1/3 academic year), parents receive a full report from teachers and supervisors: it marks the results of examinations, control and verification works, information on attendance, schedule of homework, analysis of diligence and responsibility, received observations and omissions, non-compliance rules, information on participation in leisure activities. Convenient electronic journals are being conducted where parents can quickly get any information about the educational and extracurricular process of students.

Most of the teachers of the institution have been working here for more than 10 years: they are equally successful in dealing with both the British and foreign students, helping children achieve outstanding results. Thanks to the individual approach, they can give each student a proper amount of personal attention, carefully track academic progress and achievements, check control and home work, if necessary adjusting the training course.

In 2012, the Council of Independent Schools placed Ashbourne College in third place in the TOP-private colleges in London and the suburbs (according to the results of the A-level exam). Preparation for the university is the main direction of the educational process (which affects the sufficiently high requirements for applicants, in particular, to the level of the English language). Also, special preparatory courses for medical (BMAT exam) and legal (LNAT) examinations of faculties, Oxford and Cambridge are developed and taught here.

Students achieve special success in studying foreign languages, mathematics, English and literature: in these subjects, the latest A * -A scores on the A-level were 84%, 61%, and 94% respectively (highest scores). More than a quarter of graduates successfully enter the most prestigious and rating universities, colleges in the UK:

  • Oxford
  • Cambridge
  • Imperial College of London
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • London College of Fashion
  • University College of London.

Qualified consultants also help senior pupils make a statement on admission and collect the necessary package of documents, write a motivation letter, train them to pass a personal interview and interview, choose a university, faculty or internship program. Each group of students has a mentor-mentor who meets with them every week, constantly monitors their progress and progress, organizes useful excursions to university campuses and meetings with representatives of admission commissions, talks about drawing up a portfolio, etc.

Programs and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Ashbourne College

Program name
from 9 250 £ / term


Program for students 14-16 years, completing a course of incomplete secondary education: the college offers both a classical version (2 academic years) and an accelerated one-year. The main subjects of the curriculum are:

  • ICT (information and computer technologies, informatics)
  • mathematics
  • English Language and Literature
  • natural Sciences.

In addition, the schedule of each student is supplemented by subjects of choice (4-6 directions):

  • graphic design
  • geography
  • drama and theatrical art
  • foreign languages: French, German, Italian, Spanish, Latin
  • music
  • art
  • Religious Studies (Theology)
  • the photo
  • business fundamentals
  • textile
  • history
  • classical civilizations.

In each class there are no more than 8-10 students: for each subject there are 4-8 lessons per week. In total, the list of examinations includes 8-10 titles; In addition, students daily and weekly attend physical education classes, a variety of sports electives.

Academic year in college is divided into traditional trimester for Britain:

  • autumn: September 4-December 15 (vacation from October 23 to 27)
  • spring: January 2 - March 23 (vacation February 12-16)
  • year old: April 16-May 25
  • "Easter repetition" (Easter revision): March 23-30, April 2-6, April 9-13.

The cost of training depends on the chosen program and the year of study (the price is indicated for 1 person for a term / year, respectively):

  • GCSE (classic or yearly) = 8500 £ / 25500 £
  • A-level (classic or yearly) = 8500 £ / 25500 £.
from 9 250 £ / term


The "golden standard" of British education, the most common in the United Kingdom is the university preparation program for students aged 16-18. At Ashbourne College, the course is represented by a yearly intensity, a classical two-year course and a combined program of 1.5 years.

The curriculum includes a small number of disciplines - 3-5 for the entire training period. In the first year (AS-level), each subject is given no less than 4-6 hours, in the second year this time increases to 8 hours weekly. The pupils choose their subjects independently, relying on their own interests and priorities, the requirements of the chosen faculty, university and specialty:

  • classical civilizations
  • English literature
  • Media and Media Studies
  • economy
  • higher mathematics
  • foreign languages: French, German, Latin, Japanese, Spanish
  • art and design
  • philosophy
  • law basics
  • government and politics
  • theatrical studies and dramatic art
  • Computational Mathematics
  • graphic design
  • chemistry
  • geography
  • psychology
  • computer science
  • mathematics
  • biology
  • the photo
  • Cinema Science
  • history of art
  • textile
  • Accounting
  • religious studies
  • history
  • sociology
  • music
  • physics.

Carriers of some foreign languages ​​- Russian, Arabic, Italian, Chinese - can also take the A-level exams in their native language, despite the fact that courses in these areas are not taught. In addition, there is an opportunity to work on a personal research, scientific project Extended project, which can significantly increase the chances of successful enrollment.

A unique feature of Ashbourne College is the period of "Easter recurrence" (Easter Revision). This special intensive classes in the spring on vacation in mini-groups (up to 5 people, 3 weeks for 15 hours of classes weekly). It is an opportunity to repeat the material as thoroughly as possible, to deepen and update your knowledge and sharpen practical skills, pay more attention to the most difficult topics and fill the gaps in training. Teaching is conducted, among other things, on the basis of exam materials from previous years: so children can get acquainted with the structure and features of A-level testing, learn how to properly allocate their time, prepare a response form, and receive individual advice on further development and training.

After the completion of the first year (AS), students also have the opportunity to retake the exams if they are dissatisfied with their scores (but it is worthwhile to clarify how well the university chooses to take retakes).

Academic year in college is divided into traditional trimester for Britain:

  • autumn: September 4-December 15 (vacation from October 23 to 27)
  • spring: January 2 - March 23 (vacation February 12-16)
  • year old: April 16-May 25
  • "Easter repetition" (Easter revision): March 23-30, April 2-6, April 9-13.

The cost of training depends on the chosen program and the year of study (the price is indicated for 1 person for a term / year, respectively):

  • GCSE (classic or yearly) = 8500 £ / 25500 £
  • A-level (classic or yearly) = 8500 £ / 25500 £.

Accommodation and food

Ashbourne College does not have its own residence for students: rooms are rented in the nearest partner dormitories or a hospitable host family is selected.

1) Residences with which the college cooperates (twenty-four-hour protection of the whole territory):

  • Queen Alexandra House - a women's home in 10-12 minutes walk from the educational building (capacity for up to 100 people). Cozy single rooms with private facilities, Internet access and WiFi, common living rooms for relaxation, piano classes and computer labs, kitchens and laundries on each floor. Meals are organized for an extra charge in a common light, spacious dining room (half board on weekdays, full board on weekends).
  • Hyelm House is the residence for boys and girls (16-24 years) in Hampstead (40 minutes drive to the school). Rooms for 1-2 people (with and without conveniences), laundry and private cafe, squash courts and gym, sauna, self-study classes, Internet access. Meals are served half board on weekdays and boarding on weekends.
  • Mansion Student - a network of mixed dormitories (you can find a residence in the City, Chelsea and other areas of London). Rooms for 1-2 people + double small apartments with their own amenities: rooms are equipped with a refrigerator, TV and WiFi. In general, there are laundry, sports and gyms, car parks and parking for bicycles, separate storage for things; students have access to a common, well-equipped kitchen.

2) Host family

All families and homes with which the college cooperates, have been carefully selected and constantly checked by the school staff - to look after the child will also be a personal guardian (we will help you find the right agency with an irreproachable reputation). Students are offered half board meals (breakfast + dinner) - they can dine at numerous cafes and restaurants near the college: dinner at Kensington High Street will cost about 3-5 pounds.

Subjects and sport

Subjects list: anthropology, biology, economics, engineering, English, financial Accounting, geography, history, international relationships, maths, Mechanical engineering, music, politics, psychology
Events list: badminton, bowling, carting, fitness, football, karate, rock climbing, skating, table tennis

Events Ashbourne College

Sport is included in the curriculum of students and as standard lessons in physical education, and as weekly electives for the whole day:

  • football
  • Ping pong
  • cyclotourism
  • Pilates
  • gym, including the power zone
  • rock climbing and climbing
  • martial arts
  • swimming in the pool (+ sauna and steam room, Jacuzzi)
  • yoga
  • badminton and others.

In the neighborhood of Ashbourne College there are large sports centers (Westway Sports Center, Chelsea Sport Center), where students are offered discounted subscriptions.

There are a lot of clubs, clubs and studios on interests, where everyone can show their unique talents and abilities:

  • language clubs: classical Latin, Italian, Japanese, French, Spanish, German
  • choreography: Indian, Latin American dances
  • dramatic art and theater
  • chess
  • The Ashbourner College's own newspaper
  • the study of critical theory
  • astronomy
  • scientific communities (for example, the study of elementary particle physics)
  • the original "Society of Vagabonds" for fans of walking tours of London and other British cities and much, much more.

Regularly arranged interesting, fascinating common events, meetings, games and celebrations. Annually, the "Eschborn-revue" is held: a major talent show in the Christmas period. Students demonstrate their talents in music and vocals, drama and acting, dance, design and fashion, conduct graphic and linguistic, cultural and regional presentations and shows. During the winter holidays, a week-long trip is usually organized around European countries - believe me, festively decorated cities and a cheerful atmosphere will not leave anyone indifferent! Anyone can take part in events and events of the college:

  • trips to theaters and museums, art galleries in London, visits to interesting exhibitions, performances and performances, visits to opera and large concert halls
  • trips to major sports games, matches and competitions (especially football)
  • carting
  • skating
  • mathematical and scientific competitions, olympiads
  • numerous excursions around the regions of London, other unique British cities
  • sports games and competitions
  • tournament on game on consoles
  • thematic excursions for members of different communities: visits to the best restaurants (for the members of the culinary club), trips to art galleries, artist workshops and acquaintance with famous masters (for pupils of creative communities).


According to the results of 2018:

  • on the A Level program - 50% of students earned the highest A - A * points.
  • on the graduation program GCSE - 60% of students received 5 points or more.

Equipment Ashbourne College

Both buildings in which the college is located are literally 100 meters from the famous Kensington Palace (the official residence of Prince William and the Duchess of Catherine), close to many city attractions, monuments of culture and architecture:

  • Imperial College of London
  • The Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Hyde Park
  • Museum of Natural History
  • concert hall Albert Hall.

The major international airport of Heathrow is only 20 kilometers away, which greatly facilitates the transfer and travel of children.

The buildings of the college are excellently equipped for comfortable, productive training and a pleasant stay:

  • bright and modern audiences, classes and lecture halls with interactive boards and computer equipment
  • a large computer lab (all PCs have Internet access, software is constantly updated)
  • an extensive library with printed and electronic resources (including periodicals, art publications and teaching aids)
  • fast WiFi for laptop owners
  • scientific and practical laboratories
  • spacious, beautifully equipped art studios: for ceramics and pottery, photography, design, drawing, painting and drawing
  • a modern cinema laboratory with the latest digital equipment (students are involved in animation, directing, journalism and design), plasma TV equipment and MAC, a rich collection of the best examples of world cinema.

Term dates and fees

Academic year in college is divided into traditional trimester for Britain:

  • autumn: September 4-December 15 (vacation from October 23 to 27)
  • spring: January 2 - March 23 (vacation February 12-16)
  • year old: April 16-May 25
  • "Easter repetition" (Easter revision): March 23-30, April 2-6, April 9-13.

The cost of training depends on the chosen program and the year of study (the price is indicated for 1 person for a term / year, respectively):

  • GCSE (classic or yearly) = 8500 £ / 25500 £
  • A-level (classic or yearly) = 8500 £ / 25500 £.

The indicated cost is not included and is paid additionally:

  • Registration fee = £ 250
  • Examination Boards
  • Deposit for tuition (= 1 trimester cost)
  • Additional academic and language classes (optional)
  • EFL lessons for international students = £ 1200 / trimester
  • Additional leisure activities and excursions (optional)
  • Deposit for tutorials and materials = £ 200
  • Accommodation and meals (residence / family, half board) = 175 £ -275 £ / week
  • Guardianship (registration with the agency + guardian services)
  • Air tickets in both directions
  • Transfer in both directions
  • Compulsory medical insurance
  • Personal pocket expenses
  • Visa fees and services, translation and certification of documents
  • Consular fee (paid at the Embassy).

Entry requirements and extra fees how to apply, what is required to enrol

Required documents, depending on the type of institution:

camp / language school
  • copy of 1 page
  • certificate of language proficiency (if any)
private school, boardinghouse
  • copy of the 1 Pages of the passport
  • certificate of language proficiency
  • school report card with grades for the last 2-4 years (depending on the school)
  • school registration form
  • recommendation letters from Teachers of foreign languages, mathematics and a class teacher. Additionally, an educational institution may request a recommendation from the principal
  • Testing for knowledge of mathematics, language, other subjects
  • Interview with a representative of the school (possibly in person or by Skype)
  • Literacy, awards, student personal achievements (if any)
  • motivation letter (not for all schools)
  • passport size photo (depending on the school from 1 to 12 pcs)
  • medical certificate of the general health of the child , Discharge of vaccinations
  • birth certificate of the schoolboy (s)
  • copy of the page 1 passport of the passport
  • certificate of language proficiency
  • school certificate for the bachelor, diploma of Higher education for the master
  • letters of recommendation from teachers of foreign languages, mathematics and the class teacher. Additionally, an educational institution may request a recommendation from the principal / dean
  • certificates, awards, personal achievements of the student (if any)
  • motivation letter / personal statement
  • interview with a representative of the institution


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Ashbourne College reviews

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DO NOT ATTEND THIS COLLEGE! ALL THEY SAY IS A LIE! 'We will support you' they say....instead they let u down! Teachers are so young, just coming out of uni and staight into teaching at a so called "PRIVATE SCHOOL" girls end up falling in love and CANNOT stop daydreaming and what makes thing worse teachers just love talking about their life story! This school is a money making machiene, if u want to through your cash jsut for fun, this place is PERFECT for it! DO NOT AND I REPEAT DO NOT GO TO THIS COLLEGE! SCARP THE THOUGH OUT OF YOUR MIND!

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- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
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- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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