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International High School Programme

Key information

Start dates:
9 September 2019, 6 January 2020
Course length:
1–3 terms
Class size range:
4–10 students
Average of 20–25 hours per week plus homework and private study

Entry requirements


Entry age 14 (only available in Bournemouth): Completed 8 years of schooling
Entry age 15: Completed 9 years of schooling
Entry age 16: Completed 10 years of schooling
Junior Entrance Test equivalent to minimum IELTS 4.5 (Bournemouth) or 5.0 (other locations)
Minimum age:

Academic progression with the International High School Programme

Progression with Kings International High School Programme

The course

This programme is a unique way for students to develop their English and experience British culture.

It offers immersion in the British education system for students age 14-17, plus English language development in an international school environment.

Classes are small (4-10 students) which means extremely high levels of individual attention and progress, and students have the opportunity to sit formal British exams.

Extracurricular development

Learning outside the classroom plays a crucial role in the effectiveness of the International High School Programme at Kings. Our aim is to create well-rounded, culturally adjusted students who can go on to thrive in whatever academic route they take. 

For more information about extracurricular activities we offer our students go to Outside the classroom.

Academic outcomes and progression

Successful completion of the International High School Programme can lead to formal qualifications and further academic study opportunities. Talented students following the programme for three terms can achieve GCSEs or other academic qualifications, which in turn can lead to progression to one of the following options.

1. Study A-levels or a Foundation programme with Kings.
Please note that students aged 17 would be advised to follow the Advanced Level Foundation.

2. Return to home country to finish high school.

3. Study A-levels, International Baccalaureate or Scottish Highers at a leading UK boarding school.
Choices include:

  • Adcote School
  • Bloxham School
  • Box Hill School
  • Dollar Academy
  • King Edward's, Witley
  • Malvern St James
  • Moira House School for Girls
  • Queens College
  • St Edmund's School, Canterbury
  • St Theresa's School
  • Woodbridge School

Mentoring and support

At Kings we want every student to thrive — not just academically, but personally and socially too. With a specialist support network in place at every College, we can be sure that there is always someone on hand to offer help or advice when required.

Guardianship services

International students under the age of 16 must have a UK-based guardian when they come to study in the United Kingdom.

Kings Colleges uses the specialist services of Oxford Guardians.

Oxford Guardians offers a comprehensive and personal guardianship service for international students which includes:

  • Pre-arrival pack and help with all pre-departure documentation
  • Meeting on arrival in the UK and regular personal contact throughout the study period
  • Support in practical, emotional and health matters
  • 24-hour telephone contact service

Go to Oxford Guardians website for more information

Course structure

The programme is designed to provide development in English and academic subjects within an international high school. Depending on age and aptitude, students will join either GCSE, or A-Level, or Foundation classes.

Also included in the course is the Academic Enrichment Programme, which helps students to broaden their experience and interests through creative arts, physical education, and PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education).

For ages 14-17: GCSEs

English for Academic Study, Maths, Information Technology, Physical Education plus 3-4 other subjects including Geography, PSHE and one Science.

Please note students aged 14 are accepted in Bournemouth. In Brighton, London and Oxford students will need to be minimum 15 years old. 

For ages 16-17: A-level or Extended Foundation

English for Academic Study plus 3–4 academic subjects.

Academic subjects

There is a range of academic pathways from which students can choose a variety of subjects — depending on College location, course length, and aptitude. Each subject provides total immersion in academic classes, taught in English and delivered by subject specialists with expertise in teaching international students. Physical Education is compulsory for all students under 16.

Sample subject range

  • Business
  • Creative Arts
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • English
  • General Sciences
  • Geography
  • Global Perspectives
  • History
  • Information Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Photography
  • Physical Education
  • PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education)
  • Specialist Sciences (Biology, Physics and Chemistry)

English for Academic Study

The programme also includes English for Academic Study, tailored to the needs of each student depending on language level. This is designed to provide students with the intellectual and linguistic skills required for academic study.