International Entry requirements
If you have completed GCSE examinations, the standard requirement for our 2-year A Level programme is for students to have achieved grades A* to C in at least five subjects including English and maths. If you have not been studying GCSEs we assess your application individually.
As each overseas country has its own education system there is no single entry requirement. Our experience in evaluating overseas school transcripts and examination certification (from Europe, Asia, Africa, the CIS, the US, etc.) means that we will be able to make an informed decision quite quickly, based on your past or upcoming qualifications. Reports and transcripts from your current or previous schools will be important. We would always encourage coming to interview at CCSS , if at all possible, and if you cannot come in person we will talk to you by Skype video link.
What English language level do I need to join CCSS?
It is not essential to have a formal English Language qualification when you join CCSS, but to cope with A Level study you need an English level at least equivalent to IELTS 5.0. For the one-year A Level programme an English level of at least IELTS 6.0 is required, with at least 6.0 in the written component. For GCSE you need at least IELTS 4.5, and for our Pre Programme a minimum of 4.0 is needed.
We will make an assessment of your spoken English at interview because it is crucial for your learning that you are able to participate properly in lessons. If your first language is not English we will provide you with a programme of ESL lessons, as our requirement is to get you to a high level of English for success at university.
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