Brooke House College

Market Harborough, Leicestershire

 Set in the most perfect of English county towns, Market Harborough, Brooke House is an independent, co-educational boarding college that specialises in preparing students from all over the world for entry to university in UK. The school is housed in a large, elegant Georgian mansion standing in grounds of almost two acres. The facilities, apart from tutorial rooms, include the students’ private study rooms, reference libraries, common rooms, laboratories, art complex, recreation building which caters for table tennis, pool and television. Academic demands are high and the work exacting but the atmosphere is pleasant and informal, preparing students for both the responsibilities and freedoms of
university and adult life. Students leave Brooke House for some of Britain’s best universities, equipped with the skills and maturity which will serve them through until completion of their degree studies.


Location Leicestershire
School Status Mixed independent international Boarding College
Headteacher Mr Giles Williams
Available Courses Intensive English/Academic Reception, GCSE, A-Level, Pre-University Foundation
Accommodation Full boarding in single and double dorms
Student Enrolment  400
Senior school 250
Sixth Form 150
Facilities High standard boarding accommodation with all students having access to common room and kitchenette facilities. Central college dining room serving 3 meals per day, 7 days per week. Laboratory, Art Music facilities on site. Comprehensive sports facilities 5 minutes away by college shuttle bus
Features Student council, Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme,
Football Academy, Programme of weekend activities, International visits, school choir, annual prize-giving ceremony
Additional comments Recently received ‘good’ overall assessment by Ofsted: ‘The overall quality of education is good. The curriculum is good. Its strengths lie in the range and quality of courses that students have access to and in the ways in which each student’s personal interests and talents are accommodated.’
Academic achievements A-Level – 48% A*/A; 64% A*-B; 80%  A*-C; 90% pass rate (2011)
University destinations On average over 45% of students enter Top 20 Russel Group Universities, including: Oxford, Cambridge, Bristol, Durham, Warwick, Nottingham, London School of Economics and Imperial College.
Example degree courses Accounting and Finance, Accounting and Financial Management, Natural Sciences, Engineering



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Educational Courses Covered

Intensive EFL Reception Courses are designed for students who wish to improve their competence in English language, and their academic skills, to levels that will allow them to succeed in further academic studies. The courses last for one academic year. They are administered by a team of English language experts and provide an interesting and diverse introduction to the English educational system and British culture in general. Students are prepared for the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) assessment and usually progress on to GCSE & A-Level programmes at Brooke House College or elsewhere.

Students normally study a broad range of between 5 and 8 subjects. At Brooke House students receive three hours per week tuition in each subject. The GCSE course lasts either 1 or 2 years depending on a student’s age, academic ability and the level they reached in their previous school’s education system.

Subjects available:

Mathematics French German Physics Chemistry Biology Combined Science English History Geography I.T. (ECDL) Physical Education Business Studies Graphics & Design Art .


Brooke House ‘A’ Level programmes are designed for extremely able and ambitious students who are intending to enter the U.K.’s best universities to undertake the most demanding and competitive of courses (e.g. Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, Veterinary Sciences). They are normally sat over the course of 6 terms (2 years) or, in certain circumstances 5 terms (18 months). Students normally study three subjects, and receive 6 hours of tuition per subject per week. Students are encouraged to group their subject choices sensibly. The Director of Studies interviews students, offering guidance on subject choices, taking into account students’ intended degree programmes and careers, prior to the commencement of studies.

Subjects available:

Mathematics and Further Mathematics Physics Chemistry Biology History English Literature Art Physical Education Graphics & Design French German Law Government and Politics Computing Studies Economics Business Studies Accounting Sociology Geography Spanish Psychology

University Foundation Programmes (U.F.P.) are designed for more mature students and students from overseas who wish to gain a one-year fast-track entry to a British university where their existing qualifications do not satisfy the conditions for direct entry to degree courses. They serve as a thorough preparatory year for such international students who wish to become proficient in English and acquire the academic skills and knowledge necessary to follow a degree level programme. They are normally taken by students who have already satisfactorily completed their secondary education in their own countries. The University Foundation Programme was established in collaboration with De Montfort University, and many Brooke House students progress on to a place at De Montfort on successful completion of the course. However, students are free to apply to any other U.K. university for admission to undergraduate studies. A combination of a skills-based core curriculum and subject specific options allows students’ timetables to be tailored towards their future university intentions, with business, accounting, engineering, architecture and law being popular choices.



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