Epsom College is a truly global community representing 35 different countries. On average, approximately 15 percent of Epsom pupils have English as a second or additional language. We have a dedicated English as an Additional Language (EAL) department consisting of one full-time and three part-time members of staff.
Although all pupils are expected to have an excellent level of English on entry, many will continue to improve their English language skills by taking specialist EAL lessons instead of a Modern Language. Private tuition is also available if there is a specific area of English in which a pupil needs support.
All pupils with EAL are expected to access the normal curriculum, and to sit the usual GCSEs and IGCSEs, including English Language and Literature.
In addition, those pupils who do not study a Modern Language will be prepared for the IGCSE English as a Second Language (Cambridge International Examinations) as a potential alternative to English First Language. EAL lessons are taught to small year groups of approximately ten pupils, from Years 9 to 11.
In the Sixth Form, the emphasis of teaching and learning changes and concentrates on two specific areas of study:
- Qualification for entry to British or other English Language universities
- Broadening and consolidation of academic skills in English language.
The course of choice leads to the IELTS exam (International English Language Testing System) in Lower Sixth.
Tertiary institutions across the world recognise the IELTS exam as evidence of sufficient knowledge of English to successfully complete undergraduate courses in an English-speaking environment. It is also possible for pupils to undertake study that leads to examinations such as the Cambridge University Main Suite Exams (CPE, CAE or FCE).
In the Upper Sixth, private tuition is the norm, and pupils may resit the IELTS exam if required.
We assess all pupils for whom English is an Additional Language and ensure that they have appropriate access arrangements in public examinations.