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The English International College’s
Sixth Form

Welcome

Whether it is through the Academics, the cultural experiences, the sporting successes, our commitment to numerous charities or our unique Horizons programme, we aim to provide the foundations for students to realise and develop their talents and passions. These are key formative years - university is just around the corner - and it is crucial that our students begin to engage with the world around them, developing their intellectual and personal skills necessary to thrive after leaving EIC. We are extremely proud of our students. The English International College is an extended family where teachers and tutors provide extensive support for the students. Students leave EIC with outstanding examination results, the life skills they need to succeed and go on to the best universities in the UK and the world.

We have high expectations for our Sixth Form. We are always concerned about both their academic progress and social welfare. We require them to approach their studies in an organised and rigorous manner. We consider it very important to provide a friendly, working atmosphere within a stable structure.

The English International College has now been established for nearly 40 years and we feel justifiably proud of our excellent track record of examination results and prestigious university placements. We look forward to the future with optimism and enthusiasm, feeling sure that, in the Sixth Form at EIC, we can provide the right conditions that will allow each student to flourish. We are determined that every student achieves to the best of their abilities and makes life-long friendships. Students participate sucessfully in international debating competitions, both in and outside the school. Students participate in sporting competitions and achieve excellent results.

Our rigorous, rounded and relevant curriculum enables our students to be extremely desirable to universities and future employers.

Our Aims

  • To provide friendly surroundings and faces, enabling the process of study to continue without interruption or anxiety.
  • To provide small study and teaching groups where emphasis can be placed on individual assistance.
  • To encourage social awareness and the development of a mature and responsible attitude towards the college and the community.
  • To be aware of students’ needs and to give supportive and constructive guidance.
  • To provide established, consistent routines.

Which Course?

We offer a range of academic subjects for Advanced Level study, dependent on option choices.

  • Art & Design
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Computing
  • Drama and Theatre Studies
  • Economics
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Latin
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Further Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Politics
  • Spanish

Requirements for Entry to Sixth Form

  • Entry is selective and by invitation.
  • Six IGCSEs Grade C or above, including English and Maths. Normally a student is required to have already gained an A or A* grade (or 7-9) at IGCSE level in the subjects they wish to study at A Level.
  • Alternatively, if GCSE has been studied, we require a minimum of six B grades (or equivalent if graded 1-9) including Maths and English and require A or A* grades to study a given A Level.
  • A Level Further Mathematics requires an A* at IGCSE or permission from the Head of Mathematics.
  • Other qualifications will be judged on merit and entrance testing.
  • New students joining us with different educational backgrounds will be expected to have gained equivalent qualifications and be prepared to be assessed in the subjects they wish to study.
  • All students must prove willing to work hard and show a sense of responsibility towards the organisation of their own study time. Developing maturity is essential.
  • The school may apply discretionary requirements in certain circumstances.

What We Expect from Students

  • A serious attitude to study and the will to work, making efficient use of private study time.
  • A positive contribution to school life, and to the Sixth Form in particular.
  • Consideration for, and co-operation with, staff and fellow students.
  • Punctuality in arriving to school, lessons, study periods, and in the submission of homework assignments.
  • Attendance to all lessons properly equipped, having completed the necessary reading and preparation.
  • Students should devote a considerable amount of time to work over and above that spent on assignments which are specifically set.
  • Students are expected to adhere to the dress code.
  • A sense of humour.

Charity

Our Aims

The English International College has forged links with numerous charities over many years.

  • Year 13 students make a trip to Morocco to support three very worthwhile charities: children with Down’s Syndrome, a school for deaf children and a charity for babies with rickets. Students take bags of clothes and essential supplies which help the children greatly.
  • The PTA, students and teachers give a great deal to the Red Cross. Many families are in need and the school raises collections of food and dry goods. Year 12 and Year 13 students take the goods to a sorting centre and distribute the food to those in need.
  • EIC also has very strong links with DEBRA, the butterfly-skin charity. Many of the Sixth Form students help DEBRA to sort clothes and work in the DEBRA charity shop for a few hours, raising money for this very worthwhile charity.

University

Our Aims

  • Full guidance for university and college entrance primarily to the UK (UCAS), Oxbridge, UK Russell Group, plus the United States, Spain and worldwide. Help is given to prepare for interviews and entrance examinations. We are a registered centre for UK universities’ admissions testing (such as tests for prestigious law and medicine courses); we can also support students’ entry for SATs (USA application tests).
  • A chance to develop and exercise leadership and social skills. This is encouraged by the delegation of duties and an involvement in extra-curricular activities, drama and sports. The Sixth Form are expected to participate in a number of assemblies and special events, which include the Christmas Concert performed by the Sixth Formers that raises money for children’s causes.

Horizons

Our success at placing EIC students in top universities is always a cause for celebration, both at Speech Day and in our annual ‘Roll of Honour’. This success is a result of many school strategies, including Horizons, which complement EIC’s rigorous academic curriculum. Top universities have advised us that students should be widely read – they should enjoy reading for its own sake. They should have gone beyond their A Level syllabuses – they should be familiar with the history, and the key thinkers, of their chosen subjects. They should be serious-minded young adults and should be prepared to take the lead in interviews.

Therefore, our course has the following aims:

Students should aspire to be widely read. They should be familiar with key-thinkers, events or innovations. Eventually, students should be prepared for university in the wider sense, including the aspiration to speak or debate in public, or lead a tutorial. They should be able to communicate their enthusiasm, a project or commitment they are proud of and to respond with maturity. Moreover, Horizons students will listen critically to others.

This is an ambitious course credited by the ‘Horizons Diploma’; however, the world is looking for independent, critical thinkers!

We have showcased the Horizons Department and our school’s talents in recent years; we have taken part in Debating Championships at home and around the world: Mexico City, The Hague, Bucharest and Prague. We have reached five world finals in the past six years, and were World Debating Champions (2016 and 2017). We are currently European Winston Churchill “Young Leaders” Debating Champions, which EIC won in Bucharest.

Physical Education

Physical Education is viewed as an important and integral part of the curriculum and, at EIC, we aim to promote physical activity and a healthy lifestyle.

The PE staff endeavour to make their lessons purposeful and enjoyable for all. A measure of this success is the regular, full attendance and the friendly camaraderie that exists between staff and students. Highlights of the school year feature staff and student football, volleyball, and tennis matches. Students are offered a wide range of options including basketball, football, swimming, tennis, padel tennis, fitness, rounders, badminton and beach rugby. The girls have exclusive use of a local, private gym. We also invite local sportsmen or women in from time to time to offer alternative activities.

Each student receives their own individualised PE shirt. They are expected to wear this with the option of tracksuits in the winter as well as suitable trainers. Physical Education is compulsory for Years 12 and 13 and emphasis is on participation and enjoyment. We are proud of some of the excellent results we have achieved in inter-schools sports fixtures. Physical activity within the Sixth Form programme is seen as an integral component of the success of students at this level; indeed, the benefits of exercise to student health, motivation, concentration and levels of stress, have been extensively documented.

A LEVEL COURSES

Our Aims

Fine Art

A Level 2 Year Linear Course

Fine Art consists of a diverse variety of disciplines such as painting, drawing, print making, sculpture and alternative media including installation. The student’s work should be produced as a culmination of their personal experience and should demonstrate use of formal elements and creative skills. Their outcomes should give visual form to individual thoughts and feelings, observations and ideas whilst at the same time reflect an attempt to extend their own and others ways of seeing the world. There are two Components in this Edexcel Specification which is now a linear two year course with one examination at the end of Year 13. This enables students to develop their practical work and explore their chosen themes in more depth.

The assessment components are as follows:

Component 1 Weighting Method of assessment
Personal Investigation 60% of total qualification Internally set Internally marked Externally moderated
Component 2 Weighting Method of assessment
Externally Set Assignment 40% of total qualification Externally set Internally marked Externally moderated

The assessment objectives and weighting are as follows:

A01: Develop ideas through sustained and focused investigations informed by contextual and other sources, demonstrating analytical and critical understanding. 25%
A02: Explore and select appropriate resources, media, materials, techniques and processes, reviewing and refining ideas as work develops. 25%
A03: Record ideas, observations and insights relevant to intentions, reflecting critically on work and progress. 25%
A04: Present a personal and meaningful response that realizes intentions and, where appropriate, makes connections between visual and other elements. 25%

Our Aims

Biology

In Biology we meet a very diverse range of topics ranging from Biochemistry to Ecology, Disease and Forensics. You will learn to think critically, work independently, solve problems and communicate your ideas clearly. You will need to demonstrate good English and Mathematical skills. Knowledge of Chemistry to IGCSE is also desirable. A Level Chemistry is not necessary to study Biology, but some students do find it useful.

Course Summary

The course consists of six units: Units 1-3 make up AS Level Biology and units 4-6 make up A2 level Biology. We follow the International A-Level specification.

  • UNIT 1: Lifestyle, Transport, Genes and Health
  • UNIT 2: Development, Plants and the Environment
  • UNIT 3: Practical Biology and Research Skills
  • UNIT 4: The Natural Environment and Species Survival
  • UNIT 5: Energy, Exercise and Coordination
  • UNIT 6: Practical Biology and Investigative Skills

Why study Biology?

Biology is a broad-ranging subject and leads towards many possible degree courses and career options. You can study Biophysics, Biochemistry, Genetics, Medicine and Veterinary Science, to name but a few. The Biology Team and Head of Sixth Form will always be available to discuss your subject options and available degree courses. And finally, Biology is a well-respected subject and teaches a wide variety of skills of value to many careers outside the study of Biology. If you are not convinced now to study Biology for a career, why not do it simply because you enjoy it!

Our Aims

Business Studies

What is Business A Level about?

Should Marks and Spencer move all of its operations online?

Is it better to pay high dividends to shareholders or invest profits?

How can Facebook ensure its long term growth?

Should Amazon pay more tax in the UK?

What’s the best way to design a job that motivates?

How can a beach bar ensure its cash flow is healthy?

These are the types of issues you might consider when studying Business at A Level. You will look at a number of different organisations facing different challenges.

You are expected to analyse the key factors involved in a given context and have to recommend the best course of action for a business given its existing position: should it launch a new product? Should managers increase staff pay or give more to investors? Should a business target emerging economies? How should you raise the money need to fund expansion – should you borrow from a bank or friends and family?

Essentially the course is about decision-making in a business context and as such it develops invaluable skills whatever you want to do next. You need to learn and understand the theory but then apply it to a context. The “right” answer will depend on the problem in front of you and you need to be able to think issues through logically, put together well-reasoned arguments and make recommendations. It involves analysing situations and making choices.

Who does the subject suit?

A Level Business suits students who like business, if you enjoy watching “The Apprentice” or “Dragon’s Den”, or you want to manage a business, then this is the subject for you. You need to want to know more about why people set up businesses, what makes them successful and how they can do things even better.

How is it examined?

Business Studies has no coursework and is assessed solely with written exam papers. There are 2 exam papers at AS, one based on marketing and the other on basic business finance and management. For the full A Level these 2 papers count for 50% of the marks, with another 2 papers for the other 50%. One of these exam papers covers business strategy and decision making while the other focuses on global businesses. For both AS & A Level each exam has three sets of questions, each based on some given information about a business. The questions are a mix of shorter and longer responses, including one or more essays.

Typical past questions have been:

  • Assess why the use of retained profits might be a suitable source of finance for the Royal Albert Dock project.
  • Assess the impact on MUFC’s marketing mix of the increasing use of social media.
  • Evaluate the corporate strategy behind the launch of Right Choice onto the market in India.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of pressure groups in controlling the actions of multinational companies.

Are there any course requirements?

There is some Maths involved in Business Studies, particularly in Year 13, so it is a requirement that all Business Studies students have at least a grade B in Maths IGCSE. You should be aware that most universities in the UK will require at least a grade B in Maths for a Business related course.


Our Aims

Chemistry

Chemistry affects the lives of every one of us

Chemistry is an exciting and challenging subject to study as it helps to unravel the mysteries concerning materials of every description including the human body. The role of a chemist is a very important one in all aspects of our life. In fact we use very few materials that have not been changed in some way by a chemist.

Chemical research may be targeted where it is dedicated to making new substances which are more effective, cheaper and with fewer disadvantages than those used at present, or fundamentally where it is designed to further our understanding of how and why things are as they are.

The course aims to:

Stimulate and sustain an interest and enjoyment of the subject while fostering imaginative and critical thinking with acquisition of knowledge.

Study aspects of chemistry that are often in the media and affect lives, such as climate change, green chemistry, pharmaceuticals and chemistry research.

Give students a practical experience that will develop and enhance these skills.

Appreciate the interlinking patterns in the subject.

The EDEXCEL International A Level Chemistry course consists of:

AS Units:

Unit 1: The Core Principles of Chemistry (Written exam 1 hr 30 mins)

Unit 2: Applications of Core Principles of Chemistry (Written exam 1 hr 30 mins)

Unit 3: Chemistry Laboratory Skills I.

A2 Units

Unit 4: General Principles of Chemistry I – Rates, Equilibria and Further Organic Chemistry (Written exam 1 hr 40 mins)

Unit 5: General Principles of Chemistry II – Transition Metals and Organic Nitrogen Chemistry (Written exam 1 hr 40 mins)

Unit 6: Chemistry Laboratory Skills II.

An A2 Level in Chemistry is essential for students wishing to go into the fields of Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary science. It is a must for the fields of Biology, Biochemistry, Chemical and Marine Engineering, Food Science, Pharmacy, Water Science and Agricultural Science. It is also extremely useful for careers in development of new materials in the fashion, fragrance and cosmetic industries, as well as in art restoration.

Since the subject involves many physical and mathematical concepts, students are advised to take a combination of these three A Le vels. Pupils taking A Level Biology would find Chemistry very helpful to understand its Biochemical aspects. As a grounding for an A Level course, we expect a grade B in GCSE Chemistry (extended) along with reasonable grades in Physics, Mathematics and English.

Our Aims

Pre-U Latin

What is a Pre-U Qualification?

Cambridge Pre-U qualifications were designed by a group of leading UK independent schools with the aim of equipping students more fully for the demands of studying at university level. They encourage students to become independent and self-directed learners; to think laterally, critically and creatively, and to acquire good problem-solving skills; and to promote comprehensive understanding of subjects through depth and rigour.

Why study Latin?

The benefits of studying Latin are enormous. Students are given the opportunity to develop a broad range of academic skills from the linguistic to the problem solving, as well as to deepen their understanding of the foundations of western civilisation through their exploration of the history, culture and literature of the ancient world. Latin prepares students for a wide range of careers from arts and humanities to the sciences. Potential students should have A* grades in English, History and at least one foreign language.

What does the Pre-U Latin course entail?

The Latin Pre-U qualification is an academically rigorous course which builds on the skills learnt at IGCSE level. Students have the opportunity to further hone their understanding of the mechanics of the Latin language, and to read and analyse a wider range of prose and poetry texts in their original form. It is outstanding preparation for students wishing to pursue the study of Classics at tertiary level as it is recognised and highly regarded by top universities internationally. The Pre-U course is challenging; students must have achieved the top grade in IGCSE Latin to opt for this subject. There is no AS equivalent - all exams must be taken at the end of Year 13. Latin is regarded as a positive advantage for future studies in Law, Biological Sciences, English, Medicine, Veterinary Science and History.

Course Outline

The qualification consists of four modules, all assessed at the end of the two year course.

Paper 1: Verse Literature (translation, context and style questions based on seen text plus choice of unseen literary criticism or paired text essay). Students will read and analyse extracts taken from either Virgil’s Aeneid or Ovid’s Heroides.

Paper 2: Prose Literature (translation, context and style questions). Students will read and analyse extracts taken either from Tacitus’ Annals or Cicero’s In Verrem.

Paper 3: Unseen Translation.

Paper 4: Prose Composition or Comprehension.


Our Aims

Computer Science

We all take the internet, email, everyday applications and computer games for granted, but at some point someone who studied Computer Science had a hand in creating them. All around us is evidence of expertise in computing, not just in terms of how computers and programming work but the higher-level analytical skills required. The course will suit students who are logical and who have an analytical approach to problem solving. It is excellent preparation for students looking to take a Computer Science or computing related degree. If you would like a career as a programmer, computer engineer and would like to work in the telecommunications industry, then this course is appropriate. Students from this course have gone on to gain places at Oxbridge and other top Russell Group universities. Importantly, because of the focus on logic, systematic analysis and problem-solving, students with qualifications in computing are highly regarded by employers and universities alike. This course not only gives you the opportunity to gain a top grade but enhances your personal skills in problem solving, critical analysis, working both independently and as part of a team to achieve solutions.

What will you learn?

You will gain an in-depth knowledge and understanding of how computers work, from the microprocessor to memory, storage, operating systems and network architectures. You will develop knowledge of programming theory and acquire practical skills in developing software programs. Programming will include a study of VB Net, Python, HTML, CSS, Javascript and SQL.

What do I need?

This is a demanding A Level subject which has certain pre-requisites. A minimum of a B grade in IGCSE Mathematics is essential. Obviously a grade B in Computer Science or ICT at IGCSE is advisable, but not essential. Indeed studying Mathematics at AS Level is also advisable. The overriding essential is an interest in the subject and a desire to learn more, with a goal to achieving a high grade at A Level.

Course Details

The full A Level Computer Science course is examined by the Cambridge International Examination board. It consists of four units, all of an equal weighting and all written papers. The course is modular in design, Papers 1 and 2 being examined at the end of Year 12, Papers 3 and 4 being examined at the end of Year 13.

Papers 1 and 3 test the students understanding of theoretical concepts whilst Papers 2 and 4 test students understanding of problem solving, pseudocode and programming. Part of the paper 2 and 4 focuses on a case study released in February.

If you are interested in this course, speak to pupils currently studying it (or pupils who have gone on to study the subject at university); they will give you both an objective and subjective opinion of the course.

Our Aims

Drama and Theatre

What do I need to know or be able to do before taking the course?

You will have achieved a grade 7, 8 or 9 at GCSE Drama. It is important that you are interested in gaining a greater understanding of how theatre and plays work and that you are confident to perform on stage as a group as well as individually. English Language and English Literature GCSE at grade B or above are also advantageous.

What will I learn on this course?

The course encourages creativity, focusing on practical work, which reflects 21st century theatre practice, and develops interpretative and communication skills. You will extend your ability to create drama and theatre, either in a performing or production role. You will also be required to write about the dramatic process of devising, how drama can go from page to stage and to develop your powers of analysis to become an informed critic. The course will involve taking part in drama performances, as well as studying plays, exploring theatre practitioners and performance texts, in light of their work and styles of theatre.

What kind of student is this course suitable for?

You need to have an interest in theatre and performing, be curious about topical issues and ideas and have a creative instinct for communicating your views through drama. You may be keen on acting, directing, and writing or on the visual and technical side of theatre and wish to develop your skills in some or all of these areas. Equally you will be interested in going to the theatre to see plays performed by different theatre companies. Examinations Component 1 is made up of an internally assessed performance and a written portfolio that is completed towards the end of Year 12. You will take Component 2, which consists of two practical exam performances assessed by a visiting examiner in the spring term of Year 13. The A Level written examination (Component 3) is taken at the end of Year 13. Please note this is a 2 year linear A Level course with no AS Level option.

Trips

You will be required to go on a compulsory theatre trip to London or elsewhere to see English-speaking theatre and participate in workshops.

A Level

COMPONENT 1: WORTH 40% DEVISING

You will devise an original performance piece in a group using a play text and theatre practitioner as stimuli. You will be assessed on a written portfolio (2500- 3000 words) that is sent to the exam board as well as on your practical performance, which is filmed, internally assessed and externally moderated.

COMPONENT 2: WORTH 20% TEXT IN PERFORMANCE

You will be required to perform in a group performance of one key extract from a play text chosen by the teacher as well as a monologue or duologue to an external examiner in the spring term of Year 13. This exam is practical and does not involve coursework.

COMPONENT 3 WORTH 40% THEATRE MAKERS IN PRACTICE

This is an externally assessed unit and takes the form of a 2 hour and 30 minute written paper. You will study two plays from a choice of fifteen performance texts including Equus, Lysistratra, Dr Faustus, Waiting for Godot and Accidental Death of an Anarchist.

The written paper is in three sections. In section A you will answer a question that requires you to analyse and evaluate a live theatre performance you have seen. In section B you will answer two questions based on an unseen extract from one of the play texts you have studied. In section C you will answer one question based on an unseen section from your second chosen play text. You will need to demonstrate how your reimagined production concept will communicate to a contemporary audience, how a theatre practitioner has influenced your concept and show awareness of the original performance conditions.

What could I go on to do at the end of my course?

This A Level can lead to further study in Drama, Theatre Studies and Performing Arts in Higher Education at degree or HND level. It can be used as part of your course to broaden your studies and skills and may lead to a career in the performing arts industries, media arts, journalism and teaching. Drama and Theatre Studies A Level complements a range of subjects such as English Literature, Art and Design, and is useful in building confidence and improving presentation skills in a range of careers.


Our Aims

Economics

What is Economics?

Many people imagine Economics is a science that allows bankers to make money, like alchemists conjuring gold. In fact, it is far more important than that. Economics is all about the choices we all make every day in our lives, and about how the incentives we have determined these choices. Different economic agents, be they consumers, firms, workers or governments, face different incentives, and it is the interaction of these agents that determine what is produced, how it is produced and who gets the product.

Economics considers itself to be a science and as such the main tools of an economist are the economic models. These try to simplify the choices faced by economic agents so that we can change one variable, like the price of a good or interest rates, and see the effect this change will have.

There is an inevitable link between Economics and Politics, so an understanding of current affairs is vital for an Economics student. The US President Harry Truman famously asked for a one-armed economist, as he was tired of being advised “on the one hand, this” and “on the other hand, that” but the truth is, in the words of Calvin ”once you become informed you start seeing the complexities and shades of grey, you realise nothing is as simple as it first appears.” Economics looks at these complexities, it looks at who wins from globalisation or higher tax on petrol and who loses out.

Hence a student having studied Economics would understand clearly why prices of commodities such as oil, gold and silver are so variable, why governments may tax products or why consumers may not behave rationally. They would understand the arguments surrounding Brexit, around Trump’s decision to introduce tariffs or around his desire to build a wall.

How does it work?

The subject is split into two main sections, microeconomics and macroeconomics. Macroeconomics looks at the big issues affecting the economy as a whole, such as unemployment, inflation, growth and government policy. Microeconomics looks at a smaller scale; the pricing of individual products like oil or gold, the impact of rising costs, the wages paid to different people, and the reasons for any differences.

The heart of the subject is one which looks at the reasons changes occur and builds models to help you to analyse changes. Taken together, micro and macroeconomics give a complete understanding of the economy as a whole that will be valuable in career terms as well as bringing an increased understanding of current affairs!

Will I be good at Economics?

As a new subject at A Level, it is always hard to tell if you’ll take to Economics. Above all a strong mathematical background is crucial. Economics involves some Mathematics, it requires the ability to use abstract models and it requires the sort of analysis of quantitative data that mathematicians find easy. Beyond this, almost every good university will require an A Level in Maths for an Economics degree. Hence, here at EIC, we insist that only those students taking Maths A Level should consider Economics. Having an interest in current affairs is also important, as are essay writing skills, and students who study History, Politics or Geography will find parts of Economics familiar.

What is the exam like?

Economics has no coursework and is assessed solely with written exam papers. There are 2 exam papers at AS (one micro & one macro), and then another 2 for the full A Level. Questions range from multiple choice questions to short analysis questions based on data from a market or country, all the way to full essay questions.

Typical questions have been:

Microeconomics: Explain why coffee prices ‘fell to a four and a half year low in October 2013’. Use a supply and demand diagram in your answer.

To what extent might a monopolistically competitive market be more beneficial to consumers than a monopoly market?

Evaluate how the UK’s largest banks are likely to compete with each other.

Macroeconomics: Evaluate the macroeconomic policies the government might use to reduce levels of unemployment.

Discuss trade liberalisation and debt cancellation as alternative means of promoting economic development in developing countries.

To what extent is income inequality an inevitable feature of capitalism?

Our Aims

English Literature

Q: English Literature: that’s just looking at books isn’t it? A: Well, it’s a starting point! We do “look at” books in English Literature but if we stopped there, we’d just be studying a collection of pretty book covers. It would be more accurate to say that we read books.

Q: Reading….looking at…it’s the same thing surely. A: No. To read a text well, you have to understand why it was written and how it was written.

Q: What’s the difference? A: Why involves studying the time in which the author lived. What prompted him or her to write in that way? How involves studying the techniques the author used in order to communicate his or her ideas effectively.

Q: It sounds like you need to know a bit about writing. A: Absolutely right. To read well, you have to write well. In English Literature at A Level we explore the different choices an author makes in writing the text. This helps us to understand the text in more detail so that we can apply this knowledge to our own writing.

Q: Oh I see. So what’s involved in A Level Literature? A: I’m glad you asked! A Level English Literature is divided into four sections. We study for two exam papers at AS and two at A2 Level. At AS, Paper 3 involves studying a selection of poetry and prose (including texts from 1800 – 1945). This unit is assessed by means of an external examination of 2 hours. Paper 4 focuses on drama. We look at Shakespeare and the work of other playwrights. This is also assessed by means of an external examination of 2 hours. At A2, you will continue to study Shakespeare and other pre-20th Century texts for Paper 5 (2 hour examination) and Paper 6: 1900 to present (2 hour examination).

Q: So I’ve got to be able to form my own opinions....I’ve got to think for myself? A: Exactly. That is the key skill we develop in English Literature: thinking.

Q: So what do I need in order to study English Literature at A Level? A: You need an A grade or above for IGCSE/GCSE English Literature. If you are new to EIC and haven’t studied English Literature before, you’ll need to discuss your plans with the Head of English.

Q: I really like reading. Is that important? A: Yes, it is. In fact, it’s fundamental to your enjoyment of the course. If you enjoy reading, thinking for yourself and discussing your ideas, then you’ll enjoy A Level English Literature.

Q: How will A Level English Literature help me? A: An A Level in English Literature reflects good communication skills and a wide cultural knowledge: skills that are important whatever degree you choose. English Literature can be studied as a single subject at degree level or combined with a wide variety of other subjects. Philosophy, Anthropology, Archaeology, Classics, Politics, History, Law or Languages all combine well with the study of English Literature.


Our Aims

English Language

Q: A Level English Language? Well, that’s just the same as IGCSE English Language isn’t it?
A: Not exactly. Perhaps the title of the A Level is a little misleading. Linguistics might be a more accurate term.

Q: What does that mean?
A:
It involves the study of how and why we speak and write as we do. We look at how our use of language changes in different contexts and what this tells us about the identity of the speaker or writer.

Q: Hmm…sounds a bit like Psychology?
A:
Yes, we do explore the more psychological aspects of our language, particularly at A2. We study how, as young children, we learn to speak and communicate meaning. We also study how our language has impacted and spread across the world.

Q: What is involved in A Level English Language?
A:
A Level English Language is divided up into four sections. We study two units at AS and two units at A2 Level. At AS, you will study for 2 papers: Paper 1 (Passages) is a 2 hour and 15 minutes examination. The texts you study will be drawn from a range of English language sources, such as advertisements, brochures, blogs, diaries...any kind of text type actually! Paper 2 (Writing) allows you to write creatively. You need to show that you can write imaginatively and construct an argument. This will be tested in a 2-hour examination. At A2, you will analyse texts for Paper 3 (Text Analysis), which is a 2 hours and 15 minute examination. You are required to write for a specific purpose and/or audience and make comparisons between original texts and your own. Paper 4 (Language Topics) is also a 2 hours and 15 minutes examination. You will learn how and why English has changed over time and also study the development of children’s language, in addition to the language of social groups.

Q: What do I need in order to study English Language at A Level?
A: You need an A grade or above for IGCSE/GCSE English Language.

Q: Anything else?
A: Well, if you’re a “people watcher”, you’ll enjoy English Language. English Language particularly appeals to those who like to think about why we speak or write as we do.

Q: How will A Level English Language help me?
A: In studying English Language at A Level, you develop your skills as a communicator. This is particularly useful, whichever degree course you decide to follow. It forms a good foundation for study in any arts-based degree in combination with, for example, History, Social Studies, Media Studies, Foreign Languages and Politics.

Our Aims

Geography

Aims

The qualification will allow students to engage critically with real-world issues and places, apply their own geographical knowledge, understanding and skills to make sense of the world around them, and to help prepare them to succeed in their chosen pathway. The course takes an issues-based approach to studying geography, enabling students to explore and evaluate contemporary geographical questions and issues such as the consequences of globalisation and responses to hazards. The specification content gives students the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of physical and human geography, the complexity of people and environment questions and issues, and to become critical, reflective and independent learners. The content builds on the understanding developed at KS4 and there is progression from some of the themes covered at IGCSE level.

Edexcel International AS/ A Level Geography

The Edexcel International Advanced Level in Geography comprises four units with the AS consisting of two of those units. The AS may be awarded as an individual qualification or contribute 50 percent of the total International Advanced Level marks.

At AS there are two units :

Unit 1: Global Challenges

Unit 2: Geographical Investigations

Unit 1 consists of 60% of the AS grade and is made up of short and long data response and questions. There is also an essay type question in Section B.

Unit 2 consists of 40% of the AS grade and is made up of two sections, Crowded Coasts and Urban Regeneration. Fieldwork is an integral part of this unit and students will be required to attend a 4-day data collection visit to London.

What kind of student is this course suitable for?

  • Have an interest and concern for their environment.
  • Are interested in current affairs.
  • Enjoy studying a subject that is relevant to their own lives and experiences.
  • Want the opportunity to carry out practical work outdoors as well as class work.
  • Want to broaden their AS or A Level studies to cover both ‘sciences’ and ‘humanities’.
  • Enjoy travel and finding out about new people, places, landscapes and events.
  • Want to keep their options open - Geography AS or A Level is an appropriate qualification for a very wide range of higher education or career choices.

What could I go on to do at the end of my course?

According to recent studies, Geography graduates and Psychology graduates are the most employable! Geography combines effectively with almost all other AS and A Level subjects. Taken with sciences like Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Geography supports applications for almost any science-based university course like engineering, geomorphology, environmental sciences, oceanography and geology. Taken with humanities like English, French, History or Business Studies, Geography supports an equally wide range of university courses such as business, law, media, politics and philosophy.


Our Aims

History

IAS (YEAR 12) 50 %; (EXAMINATIONS MAY/JUNE 2018)

Unit 1: Depth Study and Interpretations Option 1B: Russia in Revolution, 1881–1917

(Students answer two questions from a choice of four. Essay questions assess understanding of the period in depth (AO1) and the ability to analyse and evaluate historical interpretations (AO3).

Unit 2: Breadth Study with Source Evaluation Option 2B: China, 1900–76

Written examination, lasting 2 hours.

  • Marks available: 50
  • Students answer two questions: one from Section A and one from Section B.
  • Section A comprises one compulsory question in two parts, which assesses the ability to analyse and evaluate two sources (AO2).
  • Section B comprises a choice of three essays, which assess understanding of the period in depth (AO1).

I A Level (YEAR 13 ) 50% (EXAMINATIONS MAY/ JUNE 2019)

Unit 3: Germany; unification, division and reunification 1870 -1990

Written examination, lasting 2 hours.

  • Marks available: 50.
  • Students answer two questions: one from Section A and one from Section B.
  • Section A comprises one compulsory essay, which assesses source analysis and evaluation skills (AO2).
  • Section B comprises a choice of two essays, which assess the ability to evaluate the significance of historical explanations of the period in breadth (AO1).

Unit 4: International Study with Historical Interpretations

Option 4D: The Cold War and Hot War in Asia, 1945– 90

  • Marks available: 50.
  • Students answer two questions: one from Section A and one from Section B.
  • Section A comprises one compulsory question, which assesses the ability to evaluate contrasting interpretations of the period studied (AO1) and (AO3).
  • Section B comprises a choice of two essays, which assess understanding of the period in depth (AO1).

The option choices are engaging and represent a new and genuine challenge. The course options are modern, well balanced and engaging with fashionable popular option choices. The possibilty of attending field trips to London, China, Poland and Russia remains strong.

POSSIBLE INTERNATIONAL AS LEVEL AND A LEVEL

IAS

Unit 1: Depth Study and Interpretations Option 1B: Russia in Revolution, 1881–1917

Unit 2: Breadth Study with Source Evaluation Option 2B: China, 1900–76 IAL

Unit 3: Thematic Study with Source Evaluation O Germany; unification, division and reunification 1870 -1990

Unit 4: International Study with Historical Interpretations

Option 4D: The Cold War and Hot War in Asia, 1945–90.

Our Aims

Mathematics

Mathematics lies at the intersection of the arts and the sciences. The International A Level course is extremely versatile and useful because of its in built problem solving capabilities – both universities and future employers find this aspect invaluable. It can be combined with a range of other A Level subjects; beyond the obvious combinations of Maths and Sciences, or Maths and Economics, in recent years students have also studied Maths in conjunction with English, Art, Humanities and Languages A Levels. Equally, it can be studied for its own sake - just for the joy of it! Entry requirements are a minimum of a grade B at the departments discretion, although realistically only those with an A or higher at IGCSE should pursue the A Level course.

The structure of the International A Level course is:

Year 12: P1, P2 and S1 (all 1.5 hours exams)

Year 13: P3, P4 and S2 (all 1.5 hours exams)

Further Mathematics

For exceptional students, Further Mathematics can be offered, opening up the potential to study Maths and Science related degrees at some of the most prestigious universities. In recent years, Further Mathematics graduates have gone on the study at Cambridge, Oxford, Imperial College, LSE, Yale, UCL and New York, to name just a small selection. Entry requirement of at least a high A at IGCSE, ideally an A*.

The structure of the International A Level course is:

Year 12: FP1, M1 & M2 (all 1.5 hours exams)
Year 13: FP2, D1 & M3 (all 1.5 hours exams)

Students following the A Level Mathematics courses are encouraged to think, work and act like university students. They will need to complete outside reading and research, dedicate free time to the completion of extra work, and ensure they identify, ask about, and solve problems they encounter in the process. This independence is not only essential to success at A Level, but will be a vital life skill both at university and beyond.


Our Aims

Physics

Recent advances in science and technology amaze and excite us all. For young people these new scientific developments increase the opportunities available for them to enjoy work in science-based jobs. Choosing Physics as an IGCSE subject keeps your options open to a wide range of interesting occupations which have good, long term career prospects.

If you study Physics at A Level, your qualifications can open up the possibility of exciting work in areas such as aerospace, engineering, technological innovation, scientific journalism, telecommunications, consultancy, administration or electronics. You might like to work in environments such as hospitals, research laboratories, agricultural establishments, classrooms, oil industries or the Civil Service.

If you choose a career which has no connection with the Physics you studied at GCSE or A Level, the ideas and principles learned at the time will always help you make better sense of the scientific information which affects us all and which we encounter every day.

The course aims to:

  • Develop students’ interest in, and enthusiasm for, the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers in the subject.
  • Appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society.
  • Develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of the subject.
  • Develop essential knowledge and understanding of the laws that govern our universe.

The EDEXCEL International A Level Physics course consists of:

AS Units:

  • Unit 1: Physics on the Go (Written exam 1 hr 30 mins)
  • Unit 2: Physics at Work (Written exam 1 hr 30 mins)
  • Unit 3: Exploring Physics (No coursework. There is a written alternative to the practical examination).

A2 Units:

  • Unit 4: Physics on the Move (Written exam 1 hr 35 mins)
  • Unit 5: Physics from Creation to Collapse (Written exam 1 hr 35 mins)
  • Unit 6: Experimental Physics (No coursework. There is a written alternative to the practical examination).

As a grounding for an A Level course, we look for a good grade in GCSE Physics (extended) along with reasonable grades in Chemistry (if taken), Mathematics and English.

Our Aims

Politics

Why Study Politics?

The study of politics at A and AS Level will help you understand the massive influence political decisions, structures and ideologies have on our daily lives.

Recent years have seen a referendum in the UK on EU membership, a general election which resulted in a minority government and US elections which have led to the Presidency and House of Representatives to be controlled by different parties. Politics helps you to understand these events, why they occurred, the reactions to them and the possible consequences.

If you have an interest in current affairs, this subject is vital to improve your understanding. It is a subject where much of the textbook is out of date by the time it is printed, with new events and examples appearing all the time. Why did the US vote for Trump? How is Trump different or similar to traditional Republican presidents? Is bipartisanship in the US now dead? Why did the UK vote for ‘Brexit’? How does Brexit cross traditional UK party lines? How has the Brexit process altered the balance of power between the Prime Minister, parliament and the ‘will of the people’? All of these are examples of the areas which might be covered in the A and AS level.

The course will help you examine your own views and see the range of advantages and disadvantages of differing ideologies. In this way it will help you define and refine your own opinions and express them with clarity.

The Course

This is one of the new ‘linear’ A Levels, this means that there is an AS exam at the end of Year 12, which is a stand alone qualification. If you continue in to Year 13 you will sit the full A Level, covering the material from both Year 12 and Year 13.

The AS is a UK based course, with two papers:

  • UK Politics. This includes ‘democracy and participation’, political parties, electoral systems and ‘voting behaviour and the media’.
  • UK Government. This includes the Constitution, parliament, Prime Minister, plus executive and relationships between the branches.

The full A Level has three papers:

  • UK Politics and Core Ideologies. This includes the AS UK Politics and an examination of Socialism, Liberalism and Conservatism.
  • UK Government and Non-Core Ideologies. This includes the UK Government and an examination of another ideology (anarchism, ecologism, feminism, multiculturalism or nationalism).
  • Comparative Politics. This compares UK political system to either the US system or a global political system.

Both the AS and A Level are assessed through exam papers, which include essay writing and an examination of source material.

AS and A Level politics combines well with other subjects, most notably essay writing subjects, such as History, English and Modern Foreign Languages, and subjects with a strong current affairs element, such as Economics and Geography.


Our Aims

Modern Foreign Languages
Spanish | French | German

Why choose a modern foreign language?

If you enjoy language learning and the challenge it presents, if you are interested in current affairs and discovering more about different attitudes, ways of life, people and places, if you enjoy travelling and want to be able to communicate with those you meet, then you should be continuing your study of one or more languages. In addition, living in Spain offers a fantastic opportunity for learning a language in the country where it is spoken and for having access to different aspects of Spain’s rich heritage.

What do I need to know or be able to do before taking this course?

You need to achieve a grade A or higher at IGCSE in the language(s) of your choice as these courses build upon previous knowledge and skills acquired.

What does the course consist of?

You will increase your understanding of the spoken and written forms of the language and learn how to communicate more clearly using more complex and varied structures. You will cover up-to-date topics relating to the culture and society of the countries in which the language is spoken. This will enable you to gain valuable insight into, and understanding of, these countries. There will also be the opportunity at International Advanced Level to study literature.

Trips

In order to gain a greater insight into the culture of Spain you will have the opportunity to visit Madrid during the course. Trips to Paris and Berlin may also organised.

Specifications

We use the Pearson International A Level examination board.

Unit 1 is a speaking test in which you will have to show evidence of research of two topics of your choice. The exam takes between 8 to 10 minutes and has two sections: in Section A you must show your understanding of a stimulus and in Section B you have to answer a range of questions on one of your chosen topics. It represents 30.8% of the total IAS marks.

Unit 2 is a 2h30 paper divided into 3 sections: Listening, Reading and Writing. For the writing section you have to write 240-280 words responding to a stimulus task with 4 related bullet points in the target language. It represents 69.2% of the total IAS marks.

What could I go on to at the end of my course?

A foreign language will always be an asset in today’s world as communication across languages and cultures becomes an increasingly vital aspect of many jobs and functions in our daily lives. Having a language at IAS or Advanced Level will improve your employability, in particular with companies which have international branches. You may choose to study your language(s) to a higher level at university as a main or secondary subject. Languages can be studied on their own or combined with an ever increasing range of subjects such as: English, English Literature, Geography, History, Journalism, Music, Philosophy, Theatre Studies, Business, IT, Law, Management. Similarly, languages are immensely valuable for courses linked to tourism, hotel management, marketing and insurance.

EIC ALUMNI

Alumni

As the Sixth Formers graduate and move into the wider world the English International College looks to retain it's strong bonds with students through the EIC Alumni Association. It's main objective is to foster relationships among the alumni and the EIC community as a whole through regular formal and informal events in London, and beyond. This results in networks that share a common purpose in preserving and promoting EIC's unique ethos and culture. Moreover, a platform to share and celebrate the school’s extraordinary success.