Tettenhall College

  Tettenhall College is the ideal place to study for international pupils.Located in a stunning setting in the picturesque and safe suburb of Tettenhall yet within easy reach of Birmingham and its airport. You will settle quickly as we are a small, friendly school but with a real emphasis on developing individual potential whatever the ability of the pupil. The passionate, caring staff will work hard to ensure that all international pupils gain the most out of their experience of studying in the UK and improve their English with small class sizes coupled with excellent pastoral care within the School and in the boarding houses. We also believe in an education that develops the whole person with many opportunities to get involved in activities outside the classroom. We have a strong track record of getting pupils into top class universities and are also seeking to develop links with businesses and professions to enable our pupils to have adequate preparation for careers after school. It is an exciting time to join our school as we are poised to announce a large investment in our infrastructure for the next three years.

Tettenhall College Preparatory School

International pupils may board from age 9 and attend our Preparatory School on the Tettenhall College site. In a smaller purpose-built setting, pupils will gain the foundations of effective study by acquiring the habits, independence and confidence to succeed in the rest of their academic careers.

Relationships are excellent between teacher and pupil with regular assessment of progress and the input of specialist teachers ensuring that international pupils will be ready for the rigours of a senior school education in Year 7.

Who is it for?

Boys and girls wishing to enter British education at an early age and gain a “head start” in their educational journey. Attitude and determination is important in order to grasp this opportunity but full support is given by our friendly boarding staff.

Tettenhall College Senior School

Pupils enter the Senior School at age 11 and broadly follow the Key Stage Three National Curriculum in Years 7, 8 and 9 which provides a strong grounding in subjects to then enable pupils to make their choices for GCSEs. International pupils will make quick progress under the guidance of teachers and tutors with the aim of becoming quickly integrated into the life of a traditional UK independent school. Pupils are expected and encouraged to play a full role in the extra-curricular life of the School.

Who is it for?

Pupils who wish to prepare at an earlier stage for the examination programmes and who already have a good grasp of English which will be tested at interview and through school reports. Study will however be complemented by additional English lessons. Pupils are assessed regularly in class and sit end of year internal examinations.

GCSEs at Tettenhall College

Years 10 and 11

All pupils at Tettenhall College sit the General Certificate in Secondary Education (GCSE) when they are 16. Fully integrated with UK pupils, as an international pupil you will follow a GCSE programme in line with your ability in English whilst, if necessary, receiving support in English language to gain the most from your studies.

Through a broad curriculum including historical and cultural visits and careful guidance you will develop the knowledge and skills necessary for success in your GCSE examinations.

GCSE options

All pupils must study English, Mathematics and science.

You can choose three of  the following subjects:

Art                         Business Studies

Drama                  Electronics

Geography          History

ICT                        Music

Physical Education           Religious Studies

Who is it for?

Pupils aged 14 to 16 who wish to enter British education and gain recognised qualifications that will enable them to study A-levels. Pupils start in September, receive 30 lessons per week and will need to show a good proficiency in English that will be tested on entry to the School and at interview alongside consideration of school reports. The course lasts two years and we do not permit entry directly into the second year of a GCSE course. Pupils are examined in the summer of the second year and receive a grade ranging from A* (the highest grade) to F.

A-level Foundation Year

Tettenhall College Senior School

A specialized one year course to help pupils prepare for A-level study .

The course is designed to offer you more intensive English language teaching and to sample some of the subjects that can be chosen for A-level study. It is possible for Foundation Year pupils to enter some GCSE examinations where appropriate.

Foundation pupils receive at least 7 hours of intensive language lessons each week and take part in a full games programme. A Foundation science course is taught so that pupils are better placed to choose sciences for further study.

Who is it for?

Pupils who are 16 or 17 who wish to prepare for A-level study in a single year by improving their English and subject knowledge. Pupils start in January or September, receive 30 lessons per week and will need to show a good proficiency in English that will be tested on entry to the School and at interview alongside consideration of school reports.

A-level courses

Tettenhall College Senior School

A-levels offer an in-depth study of subjects and are preparation for those who wish to continue study at a UK university and are recognised qualifications throughout the world. Pupils study four subjects in Year 1 (AS levels) and then specialize in three of these in their second year. Examinations are sat at the end of each year and combine to make a grade ranging from A* (the highest) to F.

As an international pupil, you will also follow an IELTS (International English Test System) course to ensure you are fully prepared for university application and also receive extensive support in making your application. English language courses and support is delivered in tutorial sessions of 2 to 5 hours dependent on need.

Who is it for?

Pupils aged 16 or 17 with an excellent proficiency in English tested via a Skype interview and written tests. Pupils also sit tests in mathematics and science the School will also request school reports to indicate a good aptitude for study. Pupils study 5 lessons per week per subject and courses start in September of Year 1.

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