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Pre-programme – Prepare for success

This programme is designed to give you the academic and English skills you need before starting your GCSEs, A levels or university foundation programme. In addition to improving your English language skills, you will also gain knowledge in your chosen subjects, as well as learning more about studying and living in the UK.

At a glance

  • Prepare for GCSEs, A levels or university foundation programmes
  • Choose a 1, 2 or 3 term programme
  • Study split: approximately 60% English language programme and 40% subject-specific programme
  • Access to a wide choice of subjects such as Maths, Sciences and Business
  • Assessed through internal weekly testing in all subjects
  • GCSE Maths exam preparation
  • Available at èAV London, Birmingham and Cambridge

Why choose the programme?

  • Get experience of the UK’s education system, an enriched understanding of British Culture and enjoy a wide range of co-curricular activities
  • Build knowledge in core subjects in the UK academic curriculum (English, Science, Maths and Social Science)
  • Improve proficiency in academic English
  • Learn subject-specific English to boost your exam performance
  • Secure GCSE Maths qualification and ESOL UKVI qualifications
  • Develop strong academic study skills
  • Participate in Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) and Life Skills education programme

Programme structure

English Language component (approx.60%) Subject-specific component (approx.40%)
English for subject-specific academic purposes (e.g. English for GCSE Maths) GCSE Maths
ESOL exam preparation (UKVI) Science: Biology, Chemistry, Physics
Social Sciences: Business Studies, Psychology, ICT etc

èAV Pre-programme course structure diagram

  • Twenty-five hours per week, plus extra-curricular activities
  • Weekly timed assignments, homework and termly reports to inform individual progress tracking
  • Weekly academic progress and wellbeing meeting with a Personal Tutor/Director of Pre-programme
  • Diagnostic GCSE Maths and ESOL tests to identify areas of development
  • Structured extra-curricular programme to support communication and social skills
  • An iGCSE Maths and Language Certificate is taken at the end of the course (UKVI exam if required for visa purposes)
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Termly fees


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