Groups in all subjects on one year courses tend to be dynamic and exciting with lots of interaction between students and teachers. Those aiming for places on highly competitive courses such as Law, Medicine, English, and Veterinary Science will find themselves in groups of similarly dedicated students keen to make rapid progress. The College specialises in university entrance and students are advised carefully on the right combination of A level subjects for their chosen degree courses. On a one year A level course it is usual to concentrate on three subjects although each year three or four RIC students successfully complete four or even five from scratch. If needed, IELTS preparation is combined with these courses.
“At RIC I was able to take the Science subjects I needed in a short period of time. I got 4 grade As in a year from scratch and am now studying Biochemistry at my first choice university, Imperial College.”
The advantage of one year A level courses for overseas students is that they can move quickly into Higher Education, specialising in a way that is more difficult in many international systems or with the IB Diploma. The range of university options for students with A levels is much wider than those following foundation courses and many of our overseas students proceed directly to top universities such as Oxford, Cambridge, UCL, Warwick, the LSE and Imperial after only one year of study at Rochester. A level study at RIC is designed to be very flexible.
Class sizes are extremely small, usually numbering around 6 motivated and hard working students.
This means that every student has access to individual attention. Problems can be quickly diagnosed and tackled. Progress is rapid. This is due to a combination of intensive teaching and examination practice and high levels of motivation on the part of the student.
RIC specialises in Maths and Science A levels and is able to offer the full range of subjects at A level (including further mathematics and statistics) to students ensuring they have the right qualifications and skills base for a variety of degrees in the Sciences, Engineering, Accountancy, Finance and Management Studies.
Recent A level boarders include two students from Germany. Ines Stelk is now at UCL studying Psychology and Cara Lai at Leicester studying English Literature. Both girls secured Grade A passes in one year from scratch in subjects ranging from Psychology to History of Art, Government and Politics, English Literature and Media Studies.
Studying alongside Cara and Ines were two Oxford University success stories. Tanatorn Khotavivattana and Phakpoom Anpanitcharoen, both from Thailand, won matching places to study Chemistry after a one year A level programme at Rochester. Tanatorn will be at Merton College, Phakpoom just across the street at St John’s!
At RIC international students on one year courses study alongside those from the UK. Josh Adcock, 18 notched up an impressive four grade As in Government and Politics, Film Studies, English Literature and History of Art, all achieved in just a year’s study from scratch. On the back of these results Josh won a place to study English at Bristol University. Josh says: “The college isn’t like a traditional private school. The teachers give you plenty of guidance, but they expect you to take responsibility which makes it more like being at university.”
Jeffrey Kanu graduated from High School in Nigeria but needed A levels to get into university in the UK. He could not start his course until close to the end of the first term, and had very limited time available. Nevertheless he embarked on an ambitious three subject programme and worked very hard to gain some excellent grades. His results secured him the place he wanted at Oxford Brookes studying Business and Management. Jeffrey says:
“Rochester is quiet compared to Lagos, but living in the College is great. It is very friendly and the teachers are always there to help. Even though I started very late in the term the teachers were all so supportive and I really enjoyed my short time at the College.”
Click here for our international alumni facebook page.
Kevin Mak: Learning English and studying A levels is a daunting enough task and getting top grades in a year is even more so. Kevin from Hong Kong was determined to achieve his aim of a place at a high ranking business school. He secured his first choice place at Birmingham to read accounting and finance:
“I have really enjoyed my time here and I am really pleased with my results.”
Monsit Tanasittikosol from Thailand learned English, virtually from scratch in one year – largely by sheer dogged determination and an absolute conviction that he could do it. The hit rate on the BBC World Service website probably doubled this year as Monsit not only improved his English but also his general knowledge of current affairs by listening to English language radio for every one of the hours he was not in lessons or taking the odd day off to go shopping! Along the way he also gained A grades in four and a half A levels, one in January after only one term and including every single Maths module available most at full marks, or at least close to it! Monsit, unsurprisingly, received an offer of a place at Cambridge to read Mathematics, but turned it down to take up a place at Durham.