We have borne our international students very much in mind when drawing up our A level curriculum, choosing subjects which are popular among international students as well as UK students.
On arrival in the UK, it is important that students settle in quickly and feel at home. The friendly atmosphere in the college makes this easier, but we also provide an induction programme which helps students get used to academic life in the UK as well as life in London in general. Our location in the leafy suburb of Hampstead, as well as the homely environment of the college, further help international students to acclimatise; however, our close proximity to central London also enables students to savour the cultural richness that London has to offer.
We believe integration is key to academic success and each individual student’s sense of well-being, so we provide our international students with many opportunities to interact with home students and students from other nationalities. Our extensive extra-curricular programme facilitates this integration.
Each student at LSI, including international students, is assigned a Director of Studies, who is responsible for the student’s pastoral and academic welfare. Regular feedback, including written reports, is given to parents and regular parental communication is encouraged. Every international student needs an education guardian, who can relay this feedback to the parents, if the parents’ first language is not English, as well as being an emergency contact for the student. Expert university advice is a key feature of LSI and is administered through the Director of Studies system, as well as through consultation with subject experts.
For students who need extra help with the English that they need for their A levels or preparation for important English tests such as IELTS, LSI is uniquely placed to support them, with its 50 years of experience of English language teaching at a high level. English language support is available to all of our international students, whatever their level. A minimum of Band 5.5 IELTS is required for our A level courses.The college can also set its own English language test to determine a student’s level.
Prospective students will be interviewed before the start of their course. Interviews can be arranged with LSI representatives in a student’s home country or via Skype with a member of the college’s academic team in London.
Pre-sessional English Programmes
With an excellent reputation for English language training established over 50 years, LSI can offer expert assistance to students who do not meet the 5.5 IELTS requirement. Students can take pre-sessional English programmes at the LSI Independent Sixth Form College campus prior to the start of their A level programme. For A level programmes that start in September, pre-sessional English programmes run in July and August. For students who have not reached the English requirement by September, subject to prior academic performance and visa requirements, students may be able to extend their pre-sessional English studies and follow on with our shorter 18 month A level programme. Please visit our website or contact the school for more information.