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International boarding education for students aged 14+

GCSE/Pre-programme

GCSE

General Certificate of Secondary Education is a two-year study plan which provides a solid secondary education foundation before choosing the right study pathway on to university.

Quick facts:

  • Age: 14+
  • Entry requirements: 8 or 9 years of schooling completed with a good school report
  • English language level: IELTS 4.0+ (4.5+ for April start)
  • Start dates: September, January, April
  • Course length: 6, 5 or 4 terms
  • Average class size: 10
  • Hours per week: 30+
  • Available at: Cambridge and Canterbury

Pre-programme

A flexible programme of study designed to prepare students to study A level, International Baccalaureate or University Foundation, with the option of GCSE or IGCSE if required.

Quick facts:

  • Age: 15+
  • Entry requirements: 8 or 9 years of schooling completed with a good school report
  • English language level: IELTS 4.0+ (3 terms)
  • Start dates: September, January, April or July
  • Course length: 3, 2 or 1 term(s)
  • Average class size: 10
  • Hours per week: 30+
  • Available at: Cambridge, Canterbury and London

Subjects

  GCSE/Pre-programme
Cambridge
GCSE/Pre-programme
Canterbury
Pre-programme
London
  Year 1 Year 2 Year 1 Year 2  
Maths C C C C C
English Language/Literature C C C C C
Biology, Chemistry, Physics* CCC CCC CCC CCC CCC
Extra Science      
Art & Design C   C
Business Studies     C
Computing     C    
Drama     C    
Geography C  
History C C  
Latin        
Media Studies      
Modern Foreign Languages  
Psychology     C    

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= Compulsory subjects = Optional subjects * = Equivalent to two GCSEs

All London students starting Pre-programme in September will take IGCSEs.

Extra Science may be taken as an option resulting in three Science GCSEs.

In Canterbury, students follow the UK government English Baccalaureate curriculum. This includes all the compulsory subjects students need for future study, listed above, as well as Music and Creativity, Activity and Service.

Subjects may change, and are not guaranteed.

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Academic English

This programme guarantees entry to all CATS academic programmes and teaches grammar, common terms and expressions regularly used in academic subjects.

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