King’s College Saint Michaels is an international, co-educational boarding school offering a British education to students between 13 and 19 years of age. On average, we have approximately 120 students on roll, who represent over thirty different nationalities worldwide.
We offer GCSE, A-Level, University Foundation and academic preparation programmes with curriculums taught by British teachers to small classes. We also offer the opportunity for students to study towards the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) at both GCSE and A-Level.
All subjects across the GCSE and A Level curriculums are taught in English, with the main aim of supporting students to achieve the qualifications required in order to access top universities in the UK and beyond. Former alumni have recently gone on to attend Russel Group universities in the UK, as well as Harvard in the United States.
Year 9 | Age 13 (Pre-GCSE)
The curriculum for this year group is broad and varied covering a wide range of academic subjects whilst developing the necessary English language, study skills and subject knowledge to confidently transition to the GCSE curriculum. All subjects are compulsory and designed to be the ideal grounding for our GCSE course. Subjects include Maths, Sciences, History, Languages, P.E, Computer Science and Geography. Internal school exams are taken at the end of the year.
Students study a total of seven subjects at GCSE level over a two year period. English and Maths are compulsory and five further subjects are chosen to complement these. All subjects are studied for four periods per week, with the exception of English which is up to ten periods per week. Some subjects include coursework throughout the school year while others are assessed by formal examinations at the end of the two year course.
For exceptional students, direct entry to Year 11 (second year) of the GCSE course is an option, depending on current academic attainment and English language skill.
Year 11+ | Age 15+ (Pre-A Level)
This is an intensive one year programme for students who are 15+ years of age and who need to develop their English language and study skills in preparation for Level 3 study. The course is offered through two strands of learning - either Science or Humanities - and includes Mathematics and English as compulsory. Subject to timetable limitations, bespoke timetables are also available to suit specific individual study interests and requirements. Students can join the programme from Beginner level of English and are supported with specialist EAL tuition for both additional language and subject specific purposes. On completion of the course, students will have developed the English language, practical skills and subject knowledge to confidently transition to either A Levels or an alternative Level 3 study programme.
A Levels form the basis of assessment for university entrance. AS Levels are undertaken in Year 12 and in Year 13 pupils begin A Levels. Students normally study three or four subjects at AS and A Level, which are chosen by the pupil depending on their study interests and requirements for ongoing study at degree level. In addition, students study up to ten periods of English per week with English learning delivered to the iELTS examination framework. Students are prepared for iELTS examination to support UCAS applications for ongoing study at university. A Level studies focus on development of a depth of knowledge in chosen academic subjects and are highly valued by universities and employers.
Suitable for students of 17-19 years of age, the accredited University Foundation Programme (UFP) is a one year course designed to prepare international students with the subject specific knowledge, study skills and IELTS required to confidently access UK undergraduate courses.
Recognised by universities as an alternative to traditional A Levels and offering enrolment options in either September or January, the course is delivered through three modules through either Science or Humanities subject pathways. Compulsory subjects of English, Mathematics, Critical Thinking, and ICT are also included in the learning programme, supporting the development of key study skills essential to many degree courses.
Progress is assessed at the end of each module using a range of assessment methods including formal examinations, project work and extended essays. Assessment grades contribute to the overall grade awarded on completion of the course.
Accredited by The University of Buckingham, students are supported with specialist UCAS application advice and preparation and go on to continue their studies at a wide range of UK universities, including Oxford Brookes, Cardiff, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, and Warwick.
Nearly all Saint Michaels' pupils go on to university, mostly in the United Kingdom. Academic success helps guarantee a good career but we also want students who have been to King’s College Saint Michaels to become good parents, partners and friends.
This immersive programme recognises the high value parents place on English language and culture, whilst its shorter length complements the student’s home country education schedule. Students are fully integrated into school life alongside our academic year students and receive a comprehensive teaching and extra-curricular programme. For some, the programme supports a natural transition to full time study of the British curriculum, with many students going on to join our longer-term academic programmes.
During the summer holidays KCSM uses its expertise and facilities to form its incredibly popular summer school. This involves intensive English language courses, along with a comprehensive daily sports and social programme. Students come from all over the world to improve their English, meet students from other countries and explore different parts of the UK.