intensive one year a levels“Going to Rochester Independent College for A levels was like going to university before going to university.”   
david thornthwaite, ric former student and current english teacher


The College’s reputation was first established in the excellence of our Maths and Science teaching and the fact that many of our students achieved their ambitions to become doctors, vets and dentists. The College consistently sends students to top Russell and 1994 group universities for subjects such as Medicine, Dentistry, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Actuarial Science and Engineering. Our full university destinations lists are here.

RIC was awarded two Good Schools Guide A level Awards in 2011 for the best points score in English Literature for boys and girls of any independent school in the UK. In 2012 we won similar awards for the best Film Studies A level results.


The reputation of our Maths and Science teaching means that our teachers are in demand both from local schools for whom we run revision courses and from individual students at other schools who attend for Easter Revision courses, after school classes or for full A level tuition in subjects such as Further Maths and Physics, as well as Cambridge STEP papers.

RIC has expanded since 1984 and we now have particular academic expertise in English and the Visual Arts, Film, Media and the Social Sciences.

Traditional A level subjects still form the largest numbers of A level entries, Mathematics and English Literature the two largest subject areas.

Our first class results demonstrate that motivated students are capable of doing well in subjects across the academic spectrum.

The College values traditional academic subjects and creative and practical subjects equally. Many of our students mix the two and successfully gain entry to top universities. Graphic Design and Music Technology are taken by many applying for Engineering degrees alongside Physics and Maths. History of Art complements Fine Art, World Development works well alongside Geography.

“Classes are small and teachers quickly ‘tune in’ to the learning needs of their students, enabling them to set tasks that provide a high level of interest and challenge. The quality of discussion and questioning in lessons is outstanding. Lessons pass briskly and teachers do not allow individual students to hide.”  

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