Academic Year Programme

IELTS, GCSEs and A-levels

Our Academic Year Programmes (AYP) are designed to allow you to choose the right course to help you reach your goals. There are three options available to you and all allow you to fully access The British Experience which includes an extensive programme of leisure activities alongside your personalised programme of learning. You may chose to spend a week, six weeks, a term or up to two years with us.

Rastrick International College Academic Year Programme has been designed to give international students the support they need to ensure academic success as they continue their education. We have structured these courses to take students forward from school learning to more independent study ensuring they are well equipped for A-level or University studies.

The course emphasis is preparation for general English and academic IELTS. The AYPs are designed to ensure you are able to succeed in studying here in the UK and how to live here in Britain.

Core modules include Core Language (a consolidation of prior English knowledge), Study Skills, Study UK (knowledge needed for living in the UK), Study Skills (knowledge needed for living in the UK), Computing (including all major Microsoft programmes), Communication and Drama, IELTS Preparation, Reading Group, Project Class and Intensive Writing.

Regardless of the route you chose as a student at Rastrick International College, you will be provided with the very best tutors to help you prepare for your future goals.

Academic Year Programme One

Entry Level

  • 4.5 – 5.0 IELTS
  • Suitable for 17 year olds.

Course Details

  • 30 hours weekly of English language study skills and academic preparation
  • The British Experience: day, evening and weekend visits (as listed)
  • Leisure programme (as listed)


1, 2 or 3 terms

Academic Year Programme Two

This AYP2 caters for students who desire further preparation prior to beginning A-level study.

Course Details

This programme contains all that is in AYP1 (see above) but students may also choose to study individual subjects such as mathematics, sciences, art humanities (or others by arrangement) for 10 of the 30 hours. A personalised learning programme is arranged.

Entry Level

IELTS 5.0 or 5.5 (in all skills)

Students who have achieved an IELTS score of 4.5 may chose between A-level preparation (most common for 17 or 18 year olds) and GCSE examination preparation.

We accept a wide variety of students on our AYP. Students must be 16 years old prior to their arrival in the UK, and most of the students on the AYP are between 16 and 18 years old. Students who are enthusiastic about studying in the UK and who want to study on an enjoyable, varied and intensive English course to help them get ready for their future studies are invited to apply to the AYP.  

Academic Year Programme Three

This course is for students wishing to study at GCSE or A-level. These can be full courses or re sits.

Course Details

  • All elements of AYP 1 and AYP 2 (see above)
  • 30 hours study weekly
  • Includes IELTS programme, The British Experience and leisure programme.

Entry Level

  • 4.0 IELTS
  • Suitable for 16 – 20 year olds

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