Individual Course Design
Just like all of our students from the UK, our international students are a bunch of amazing individuals. We recognise that everyone’s goals are different and that everyone’s background is different no matter how similar it may look on the surface. We pride ourselves on tailoring courses as much as is humanly possible to the needs of our students. While at the start of every course, this shows in the individual design of each student’s timetable, it continues throughout all courses with our personal tutor system ensuring that there is constant communication between student and teacher. We can’t guarantee exam success – no one can. But we can guarantee that every student will be fully aware of everything they need to do to give them the best chance of meeting or – often – exceeding their aims. Our individual approach to all our courses means that our students have the best chance possible of developing their strengths, gaining new skills and building a strong foundation for their future.
“Students studying A level courses have the choice of a wide range of subjects. The college works hard to tailor courses to meet individual students’ requirements and needs.” ofsted
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The College has always been international, both in spirit and in the make up of our student roll and staff. The Royal Thai government send some of their most academically gifted scholarship students to the College where they are prepared for entry to universities such as Cambridge, Imperial, UCL, Warwick and the LSE.
Additional Information for international students:
Students at RIC take A level courses of from one term to two years depending on their aims and their academic and language background. For example, some take three or four Mathematics and Science A levels over one year together with IELTS. Others taking other subjects such as Economics usually take one and a half or two year courses because of the additional language demands of these subjects. Younger students or those who have not completed recognised academic qualifications in their home countries may take courses over three years to add GCSE qualifications or take some GCSE or IGCSE subjects together with A level in two years (although this combination is also possible in one year depending on personal circumstances). IELTS (the International English Language Testing System) preparation is available in combination with all courses.
RIC offers English language teaching support to overseas students on its GCSE and A level courses. We specialise in preparing students for the IELTS (international English Language Testing System) examination necessary to secure entry to UK universities. As well as top A level results the best UK universities are looking for an IELTS score of 6.5 to 7.0.
I think I have improved my English skills and I really like my Chemistry teacher because he has taught me to think further than my A level. changko saowalak, class of 2012
At RIC it is possible to study A levels over two years- the standard length of study, over 18 months (starting in January) or, for very well qualified students intensively over one year of study.
As well as A levels and GCSE courses RIC is also able to offer Cambridge STEP papers and assistance in preparing for other university entrance exams that are required by the most competitive universities.
Top performer in 2010 was Kenny Sirwatwerchakul who notched up an astonishing 5 A* grades in only one year of study. Kenny’s results saw him awarded A*s in Physics, Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths and Statistics. Kenny continued his studies at Trinity College, Cambridge, the most prestigious of the colleges, best for Maths and former home to Isaac Newton, Charles Babbage and Niels Bohr!
He was joined at Cambridge by fellow 2010 Rochester Thai students Jirawat Tangpanitanon and Thanapat Worasaran. Nat Dilokthanakul studied Physics at UCL and Pisak Chermpray Mechanical Engineering at Imperial. We look foward to welcoming this year’s students from Thailand in September.
Gbolahan Williams from Lagos, Nigeria followed in the academic footsteps of his two older brothers at RIC and started a two year A
level programme last year. He made excellent progress including completing both AS and A2 Mathematics in only one term and securing a grade A. Gbolahan won a place to study Civil Engineering at Imperial College, London.
Jana Marsova: Slovak student Jana Marsova came to England as an au pair when she was eighteen, and came to Rochester for English language lessons for a couple of hours a week. Her impressively rapid grasp of English brought her an offer of a full A level scholarship. Jana’s successful two-year A level course in English Literature, Spanish, German and AS Maths gained her a place at the University of Exeter reading Spanish and Russian. She graduated with an excellent 2.1 last summer having worked for Reuters as a financial analyst and studied at the University of Salamanca in her year abroad. Reflecting on how well her time at Rochester prepared her for university Jana says:
“All the teachers had time for me, and I was better able to cope with the course at Exeter than other undergraduates because I had a good foundation to build on.”
It was not just the academic life that prepared Jana well for university. She boarded in the Halls of Residence at the College and enjoyed the community she found there, making friends quickly with international and home students even though it was the first time she had lived away from her native country. She enjoyed the trips that were organised as well as the proximity to London which gave her a chance to get a real insight into British culture.
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