English support


CCSS_Revision_Tips_blogThe purpose of our ESL teaching is much more than giving you the university entrance qualification of English language. Fluency in English underpins all your academic subjects too, as well as your social life in the UK, your ability to express yourself clearly at interviews, and your ability to debate complex issues in intelligent company.

All these skills are important, and whatever level of skill you have achieved, the purpose of the ESL year is to build further on that. When you go to university, the aim is not that your English is regarded as “good for an international student”, but that you’re recognised as having excellent English, whatever the setting, and by anyone’s standards.

We require you to take a year’s course in English Language (ESL) during your stay at CCSS, unless you arrive at CCSS with a strong English Language qualification already, which we define as an IELTS score of at least 6.5 in each component of the IELTS examination or GCSE/iGCSE in first language English at Grade C.

If you haven’t reached the IELTS score of at least 6.5 in each component by the start of your U6, we require you to complete a further year’s course in ESL, so that you can achieve the best possible English language skill by the time you sit your A Levels.

We have an experienced team of ESL teachers who specialise in teaching English to students from overseas. Teaching is in small groups, with additional individual tuition available. They not only prepare you to take IELTS examinations but also provide help with the vocabulary and skills needed to do well in individual A Level subjects. Your subject teachers will liaise directly with your ESL teachers to help you with the English language aspect of your homework and your class assignments.

For students who already have strong IELTS scores, we can offer further courses that prepare you for sophisticated language demands of university.

The native language option

Where there is a suitable A Level, we also offer the opportunity for you to take the A Level qualification in your native language as an integral part of our ESL approach. This is not just to enable you to get another A Level, but is also for you to be able to ask questions in your native language about your academic subjects. Sometimes just a minute of explaining by your ESL or native language teacher can clarify something you’ve been really struggling to understand.

CCSS has offered the following languages.

  • Arabic
  • Chinese*
  • Dutch*
  • French*
  • German*
  • Italian*
  • Japanese
  • Portuguese
  • Russian*
  • Spanish*
  • Turkish*

Not all can be guaranteed, as we sometimes have to find suitable teachers, but as always we will do our best to help. *indicates languages we taught last year.