Many British schools no longer offer languages at A Level. As you can imagine, interest is low because English students feel that they don’t need to speak forgeign languages when so many people in the world speak English.
UK students often perceive languages to be difficult. If you would like to take a language, it is essential to let us know when you book. If choosing a language, it is not a good idea to try and choose a school too because the one you choose may be running languages this year, but drop them for next year.
Additionally, the level of language in French or Spanish may be lower than you are used to. Please think carefully about whether you need to study a language. If you can only choose three subjects, it may be more interesting to take ones you couldn’t have at home rather than using one option for language. Private tuition is always possible as there is a good system of online and in person tutoring. The cost is around £25 an hour and you can progress at your own speed.
There is a specific situation with Latin. It is rarely available at schools, but there is an excellent distance learning programme from Cambridge University which provides A Level tuition.
You might be interested to hear that anyone can take a GCSE or A Level as an external candidate. Please let us know if you would like to take extra exams.
Most students who need to gain an English Language qualification choose to take a Cambridge exam whilst they are with us in the UK. The correct level is Cambridge Advanced, which is a C1 on the European Framework. Some students achieve a C2 in that exam, anyone having difficulty would usually be awarded a B2. In addition to A Level or BTEC, you may be able to take English and Maths.
We offer International Baccalaureate programmes, but they are highly selective. Students are required to stay for two years to complete the qualification, which examines in six subjects. We find that exchange students handle A Level and BTEC programmes far better and find themselves well equiped for university because they have studied the subjects in more depth. A Levels, in particular, are well respected around the world and qualify students to go to top universities if they take the right subjects. Students extending to a second year should always let us know as far in advance as possible so we can help with university requirements.
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