International Study Centre

The International Study Centre at Kent College offers an English language programme that gives students the English they need to join the mainstream British academic curriculum and take relevant English examinations for entry to university in the UK and other countries.

The ISC provides an environment in which all students gain the confidence to attain their full potential. It is a welcoming place, where we celebrate the achievements of all our pupils.
All students in the ISC enjoy full  integration into the boarding houses, tutor groups, sports and the very full activities programme.

The average class size is 6 which means that progress is very rapid. The International Study Centre is a department situated right in the heart of the school. The staff of the ISC are well regarded for the level of pastoral care and support that they provide for their pupils. In their lessons ISC students can enjoy help with English across all their subject areas.

For further information please feel free to contact the Head of the ISC Josephine Velthoven, contactable at jvelthoven@kentcollege.co.uk




ISC Examinations

Examinations

Cambridge PET, FCE, and CAE are available depending on the level of English
IELTS examination for students at English speaking universities
IGCSE ESL for students in Years 10 and 11.

Leavers’ destinations

Cyrus (HK) Manchester University International Management
Kefu (China) University College London Statistics and Management for Business
Lois (China) London School of Fashion Fashion Management
Ivana (Slovakia) Bath Biochemistry
Zoe (China) UCL Architecture
Miklos (Hungary) Oxford Medicine
Andrei (Russia) Queen Mary London Economics, Finance and Management

A small group of students being taught
A small group of students being taught

Intensive English

  • Year 7 to 9 students are accepted into the ISC with a level of English between beginner and lower intermediate.
  • The students study English intensively as well as having a reduced timetable with subjects such as Maths, Art,  French and possibly Science depending on their level of English.
  • Integration into the mainstream curriculum occurs when their English is of an appropriate level.
  • Teaching is conducted within a personalised timetable suited to the student’s ability and speed of learning
  • Our small caring environment ensures individual attention is given.
  • Students learn through a variety of activities including projects, literature, media, cultural visits and games.
  • Year 10,11, 12 students are accepted into the ISC with a low intermediate level of English or IELTS 5 equivalent.
  • They are taught English intensively for either one term, two terms or a year depending on the time of the year and their level at entry.
  • The teaching focuses on the four language skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking as well as basic grammar and vocabulary.
  • The course prepares students for entry to Year 10 or sixth form.
  • In some cases students can observe mainstream lessons to learn the vocabulary they will need in that subject.


EAL Support

Years 7 – 9 EAL Support

EAL lessons are given to students whose level of English is not good enough to join mainstream English lessons
The teaching focuses on the four skills, reading, writing, listening and speaking as well as vocabulary and grammar
Cross curricular support is given when needed
The teaching groups are small from 3 to 10
Students learn through a variety of activities including projects, literature, media, cultural visits and games.
When students make sufficient progress they can join the mainstream English lessons

Years 10 -11 EAL Support

Students follow the IGCSE ESL course taking the examination at the end of Year 11
It is also possible to take the examination in one year depending on level of entry
There are six lessons a week.
The teaching focuses on the four skills, reading, writing, listening and speaking as well as vocabulary and grammar
Cross curricular support is also provided within the lessons if needed

Year 12 -13 EAL Support

The lessons focus on the IELTS examination or the Cambridge examinations if needed
We support students to help them reach the grade they need for university entrance
They attend four lessons a week, or more if required
Cross curricular support is also given through academic clinics 



Student in class

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