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Cheltenham College

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Description Cheltenham College

Year of foundation: 1841
Location: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire county
Age of students: 13-18 years
Type ofeducation: joint
Number of students: 600, 15% - foreign students 
Programs: high school, GCSE, A-level
Accommodation: boarding house
Cost: from 11250 GBP per term with accommodation
is one of the best private schools in Britain


Cheltenham College is a private school known for its high level of academic preparation. 95% of its graduates continue studying in the UK in prestigious universities, many become students of the leading universities in the world.

Cheltenham College was founded as an elite school for aristocratic children in the 19th century. Today, the institution adheres to traditions, but at the same time it meets all the requirements of the modern educational system. Every year foreign students from different countries come to the school. Children go to college at 13, 14, 16 years old. The institution is proud of the multicultural community, supports foreign students. For their comfortable learning, accommodation, adaptation, all conditions are created.

Cheltenham College confirms its reputation year after year. This joint school in Gloucestershire offers studying GCSE, A-level programs. The results of final examinations at the school are among the best in the county. About 7% of students continue their studies at Cambridge and Oxford University.

The process of studying in prestigious and expensive Cheltenham College is based on traditional academic principles. At the same time, to attention of students, in addition to basic studies, research projects, sports programs are offered. There are many circles in the school. They enable students to concentrate on in-depth studying of interesting disciplines (mathematics, geography, natural sciences, literature, politics, history, etc.). The work of teachers is not limited by classical teaching. They orient students towards a future career.

Extra-curricular activities make the school life interesting and bright. Creative, sports sections work on an ongoing basis. They allow children with any level of ability to improve in the field of interest, be it theater, music, design or sports (swimming, squash, cricket, rugby, hockey, etc.).

Programs and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Cheltenham College

Program name
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from 6 300 £ / term

College curricula are aimed at the implementation of two main goals: deep, fundamental education and the formation of a harmonious personality.

For 13-14-year-olds, curricula are formed in such a way that the interrelations between subjects allow the child to develop and Humanitarian direction, and in the natural sciences. The ninth year of study includes mastering two foreign languages, three exact disciplines and the Latin language. The schoolchildren, who have reached the age of 14 to 16, undergo 10 academic disciplines: 3 natural sciences, English and literature, French, and mathematics. The school also offers 4 subjects to choose from and classes for general development: theater, design, physical development, art. The study of two foreign languages ​​is considered mandatory in the school.

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from 12 690 £ / term

General Certificate of Secondary Education - the official certificate confirming incomplete secondary education. His receipt testifies to the successful completion of studies in the 8th to 9th grade. In one or two years of the program, students study 3 main subjects: academic English, a foreign language and mathematics. Additional disciplines can be chosen depending on their own talents and university requirements, in which the teenager plans to enter. As an additional Cheltenham College offers up to 70 electives, but especially popular among children is physics, economics, business, literature, biology, chemistry, accounting and law. The certificate of incomplete secondary education can be obtained by passing 2 subjects from the compulsory and 3 to 5 from the list of additional disciplines.

The success of college education is determined by active work in the classrooms and laboratories, the originality of independent projects and the quality of domestic work. The curriculum provides for frequent testing and verbal checks. Having passed a nationwide uniform examination, students can count on receiving the GCSE.

After 11 years of study, students can take the International GCSE (an international version of the British GCSE), which will allow them to receive education abroad. At International GCSE, children take English literature, science and mathematics. To receive the UK Certificate of Part-time Secondary Education GCSE, you need to finish the rest of the items from the mandatory list.

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from 13 030 £ / term

The two-year program is designed to prepare applicants for admission to universities. The A-level certificate allows you not to pass the entrance exams, as its presence indicates a high level of academic British education.

Most high schools in the UK offer A-level to their students. The content of the program is unified and is the same for all colleges in the country. The number of subjects is small, since the emphasis is on the breadth of knowledge. The choice of each subject is determined by the student depending on the further specialty, and the study is intensive and profound.

In the first year, students master 4 basic subjects, in the second year - three. Cheltenham College offers a large selection of non-priority subjects, but recommends not taking close ones on subjects, so as not to disturb academic balance. As additional disciplines, students often choose those who are in the field of knowledge of their future profession.

After 12 years of training (AS-level), students take 4 exams in the subjects studied during the year. At 17-18 years, after 13 years of study, a successful passing of three exams is mandatory. The college offers a list of 24 electives, so that students themselves define their specialization, which will be devoted to the years of study at the university.

Accommodation and food

Accommodation in the school is organized in 10 buildings. 8 of them are occupied by students in full board. In 2 buildings there are students of full-time education. Each residence has everything necessary to communicate with your peers, comfortable rest. The school staff tries to make living in its walls as comfortable as possible for all students. At Cheltenham College all the wishes of children and parents for accommodation are taken into account.

Subjects and sport

Subjects list: Advanced mathematics, Ancient Greek, art, Art and design, biology, Bookkeeping, business, Business research, chemistry, Classical civilization, design and technology, Dramatic art, economics, English, English literature, ethics, French, geography, Higher mathematics, history, History of art, Informatics and Communication, Italian language, Latin language, maths, modern languages, philosophy, physics, Policy and government, psychology, Religious studies, right, Russian language, Spanish, sports science
Events list: Arts and crafts, Athletics, badminton, ballet, chess Club, Cooking Club, cricket, cross, Dramatic circle, fitness, football club, golf, horseback riding, Intellectual club, Jazz band, karate, music studio, netball, polo, rowing, rugby, Scientific research group, shooting club, skiing, Squash, swimming, Team games, tennis, water polo,  Mountain bike


  • The high level of academic preparation 
  • Great opportunities for self-development (both in studies and in creativity, sports)
  • Comfortable studying and living conditions
  • Mix of traditional and modern teaching methods
  • Full immersion in the educational environment of England

Equipment Cheltenham College

The school has everything necessary for high-quality studying. This applies to teaching materials, interactive, other resources. For leisure and sports on campus there is also necessary equipment and places. On the territory of Cheltenham College, as in other best colleges in the UK, there is a heated swimming pool, several tennis courts, a sports complex, a theater, a concert hall, sports grounds, a gym, a climbing wall, a boat station.

Term dates and fees

The academic year in the college provides three trimester. Autumn traditionally begins on September 1 and lasts until December 12. The holidays are scheduled from October 17 to November 2. The next cycle of studying opens on the spring trimester on January 11 and ends on March 20. Students from February 13 to February 22 have rest. The last, summer, trimester comes on April 13. The rest break is scheduled from May 23 to June 1, and the long-awaited completion of the school year is scheduled for June 27.

Before choosing the curriculum of a college, it is worthwhile to familiarize yourself with the necessary additional expenses. Payment for classes in English for foreign citizens (English as Foreign Language) traditional - 1,2 thousand pounds sterling for trimester. You must pay £ 75 for registration. A few items on the list of expenses will constitute a semester deposit, payment of guardianship and registration in the tutor council.

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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Cheltenham College reviews

Ananyev A.V.

Our cooperation with Smapse began exactly one year ago, in October 2015: we wanted to leave your feedback even earlier, but we decided to make sure that our assessment was correct and wait until October 2016.

Our son from September 2013 studied at the British school and was to finish the 8th grade. We were working with another company and something went wrong. Most likely, this is due to the fact that the company we chose initially is very, very large and they simply can not follow every incoming student, progress and comfort. And maybe, for them the main thing is to arrange the admission of a new student and get his commission from the school, who is going to figure it out.

SMAPSE specialists immediately understood our situation, joined the work and quickly picked up the strategy for solving our problems. We were pleasantly surprised by their indifference and speed. We decided that the 8th grade son would finish at another English school. Together with the specialist from Smapse, for more than one hour, they chose a new school for us, and finally settled on the 3 most suitable options. SMAPSE found out all the details, clarified all the requirements of schools, conducted tests for our son - and after analyzing the results we were able to finally stop at a beautiful school at Cheltenham College .

Thanks to Smapse for your professional work and invaluable help in difficult situations!

Olga Samonova

We addressed SMAPSE after negative experience with another educational company. 

Smapse specialists immediately showed themselves to be more qualified and experienced professionals, more attentive: they quickly understood our difficult situation and took up decision very quickly. The most important thing is to analyze the features and differences of each small unique student, to determine competently its merits and strengths. SMAPSE company is on TOP. We did not receive such an individual approach before. It was also encouraging that the young specialists themselves have experience of studying in Britain, which means that they know firsthand all the subtleties of English education, they are personally acquainted with it and can give really qualified advice.

To transfer to a new school Smapse we have formed a list of requirements from the educational institution, as well as wishes and recommendations from the experts personally, and we did everything exactly, this list was very useful to us. We are completely satisfied with the professionalism of the employees, easy communication and productivity of the process.

We think that in the future we will continue our cooperation with this company, thank you!

Hello, I am interested in the summer language camp for a child of 12 years in the school
Hello Natalia, Which country are you interested in? For how long do you want to send your child to a language camp?
Kuzmintseva Ekaterina and Gennady

It was planned to send the child to England, looking for a school for the son of a seventh grade. From the options offered by SMAPSE manager Egor, Cheltenham College was chosen.

From a rented house in Gloucestershire it's really convenient to get to the school. Artemy quickly adapted to the new environment. To overcome the language barrier he got additional English lessons. Financial investments in the education are fully justified. School is recommended!

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Recommendations on when to apply

Language courses, schools and children's language camps Primary and secondary education - private schools Preparation programmes for entering universities - higher education Higher education (after completing accredited programs A-level, IB, High School) - Bachelor, Master, MBA
- we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs)
- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the training program,
- some schools have a specific time frame (September-November - please specify an individual school)
- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- 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
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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