Pre A Level Programme

A one-year programme of study for international pupils, that is designed to support their transition into the British education system, while acting as a supportive pathway to the next stage of their studies. For many this will be A-level or an equivalent Level 3 qualification.

The Pre-Sixth Foundation programme is designed to support pupils whose level of English language may be a barrier to accessing the advanced content material in a Sixth form. The programme is designed to ensure that pupils have the language and skills required for accessing curriculum material and content for the next stage in their academic pathway.

Pupils will be able to access a combination of lessons that are designed to offer both small and large group support, providing the opportunity to engage with targeted English language support where required, alongside opportunities to fully integrate and engage with curriculum material and extra-curricular opportunities alongside their peers.

Sedbergh provides a truly authentic British boarding experience for its pupils, with only 15% of international pupils and 98% of pupils are full boarders.

Pupils joining the Pre-Sixth Foundation course will be taught English in small groups, supported by our highly experienced EAL teachers. In addition, pupils will receive Maths and science support, delivered through both small group sessions within the EAL department, alongside whole, taught-class sessions with the rest of the year group. This will ensure that each pupil has the appropriate level of support to their needs while providing plenty of opportunities to engage with other pupils and the wider school setting.

In addition to Maths and English, pupils will be able to choose between 2 - 4 option subjects, allowing them to gain a wide range of curriculum experience, tailored to their individual level of ability.

Pupils may have the opportunity to complete GCSEs in Maths and English, however this will be dependent on ability and will be assessed by the school. All pupils will be part of a tutor group with their peers and will be able to access the full range of social activities on offer at Sedbergh School.

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Why choose a Pre A Level Course at Sedbergh?

  • Immersed in a full boarding environment with British pupils
  • Intensive EAL support
  • Small class sizes
  • Extensive extra-curricular programme
  • Individual careers and pathway support
  • Unique and safe location with outstanding facilities
  • Pupils will stay in one of our nine boarding houses which provide a real family atmosphere offering in-house dining