Pre-Foundation Year: Ages 16 – 17

Pre-Foundation Year: Ages 16 – 17

Course Overview

Our Pre-Foundation Year is a one-year course, providing International students with the necessary skills and qualifications to access our International Foundation Year in year 2.  The focus is very much on the world of Business and therefore, this course is ideal for those students who are thinking of studying any business-related subject at university, for example, Business Studies, Economics, Business Management, Accountancy, Financial Management

Studying within a traditional and well-established boarding school, students are able to fully focus on their studies, working with like-minded students from all over the world, in small groups, and are challenged to do their best, every step of the way

Students are based on our Taunton School International (TSI) campus (part of the whole school campus), which means all of our students enjoy numerous opportunities to integrate with the Senior School Sixth Form students, for example, in sport, music, art, drama, clubs, house competitions and weekend trips.

Entry requirements

  • Students must be 16 or 17 years old (at the start of the course)
  • IELTS 4.0 (or higher) or CEFR B1
  • Preferably 3 – 4 GCSE already passed at Grade 4 or higher (not including L1)
  • Keen interest in studying Business at an advanced level
  • A decent proficiency in Mathematics (equivalent to GCSE grade 5 or higher)

Course Details

  • Three terms (1 year) of approximately 30 weeks starting in September and ending in June
  • 1 x Business Studies A Level (10 hours/week)
  • 2 x GCSE/IGCSE subjects (9 hours/week)  [Note that students need to take Maths &/or English GCSE if not already passed at Grade 5 or higher]
  • 1 x Enrichment (1 hour/week) 
  • 5 x Study Periods (5 hours/week)
  • Private study (7.5 hours/week)
  • Maximum class size of 12 students
  • Frequent and structured mentoring sessions with a personal tutor
  • Lessons from Monday morning to Saturday afternoon
  • 650 hours of directed study
  • 350 hours (minimum) of additional independent study
  • Sport on Tuesdays & Thursdays (students are able to choose their sport/activity)
  • No uniform – students are expected to wear their own suits/business attire

For further support and advice, please contact our Admissions Team, who will be happy to help you with any questions you might have or to take you through the application process.

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