Entry requirements and IELTS 2018-06-28T11:42:59+00:00

International students

Entry requirements and IELTS

Bales College aims to provide the best possible education to all students and is not selective on academic ability. We have students with a broad range of academic ability and our aim is to help each individual student achieve their maximum. However, students must show a good attitude towards learning and education, which will help them fit into Bales College.

Education up to a standard that is equivalent to GCSE in the UK should be shown. If parents are uncertain of the level of the student, we are able to provide an academic exam on which we will base acceptance into our A Level Courses.

Full school reports from the student’s previous schools should be provided to Bales Independent College to demonstrate the students academic ability and attitude to learning.

International A Level Students

Ideally, non-English speakers should hold IELTS level 5.5 or equivalent. In some cases, we are able to give extra EFL lessons to non-English speakers during the lower sixth (Year 12) to help students catch-up with their English language use.

For entry into university, some higher universities publish requirements for IELTS for international students, some requiring IELTS 7.0 or 7.5. Over the course of a 2 year A Level programme at Bales, we aim for all students to be at this level so as to be able to gain entry into the top universities. Many universities accept students with IELTS 5.0, however.

International GCSE Students

Education up to a standard that is equivalent to year 10 in the UK should be shown, for entry into year 11. If parents are uncertain of the level of the student, we are able to provide an academic exam on which we will base acceptance into year 11.

Non-English speakers should hold IElts level 5 for entry into Year 11, or 4.5 for entry into year 10 (2 year GCSE course). In some cases, we are able to give extra EFL lessons to non-English speakers during the GCSE course to improve the level of English up to this required standards.