Rochester Independent College, Kent:
Rochester Independent College (RIC) is located just east of London in the County of Kent. We offer a distinctive alternative to a conventional sixth form and a stepping stone between school and university. Most full time students at the College study GCSE courses in the Lower School, one or two year A level courses in sixth form, ESL (English as a Foreign Language) courses, Creative and Visual Art courses or a combination of these.Email: Contact us belowSixth Form:
Students join the sixth form after completing their GCSEs at both grammar schools and traditional independent schools or to retake A levels. A number of mature students join each year to restart A levels or change direction. We welcome many students directly into our sixth form each year who have completed their GCSEs/IGCSEs at international schools.
There is a lively boarding community and many of our English students have expatriate parents. Our sixth form works as a stepping stone towards UK university life. Class sizes are small and there is lots of help from teachers, with plenty of practice with technique on how to answer exam questions.
RIC has one of the largest private school sixth forms in Kent and our expertise in advising students and guiding them through their applications is unmatched. 38 A level subjects are offered with no subject combination restrictions. We are also able to offer Cambridge STEP papers.
A level study at Rochester Independent College is designed to be very flexible. In addition to our one-year and two-year A level courses, RIC offers one-term and five-term A levels, allowing international students to make a January start. Local students work alongside international students, creating a lively and cosmopolitan atmosphere. Very small classes lead to a far more active involvement by students in their education and almost inevitably to excellent results.
One Year A Level Courses:
Students take one year A level courses for a variety of reasons. The most common are under-achievement in the lower sixth, AS year at another school; a need to retake A levels, perhaps adding one or two new subjects and returning to education after a break and needing to gain qualifications rapidly. One Year A level Courses are also successfully taken by students who have completed either one or two years of the IB Diploma programme and who often find intensive A levels a more reliable route to good university entry.
Groups in all subjects on one year courses tend to be dynamic and exciting with lots of interaction between students and teachers. Those aiming for places on highly competitive courses such as Law, Medicine, English, and Veterinary Science will find themselves in groups of similarly dedicated students keen to make rapid progress.
Two Year A Level Courses:
Two year A level courses give tremendous scope for gaining the widest possible AS and A level base. Students study at the pace most suited to their ability and aims. Frequent meetings with their Personal Tutor ensure that students are keeping constant track of their own progress.
A level retakes:
For students that have missed their A level offer grades and are not happy with the courses available in clearing there are positive options for students needing to resit their A levels. Many students arrive at RIC each year with three low A level grades and leave with three top ones and a first choice university place after either a one year or and intensive January to June A level retake course. Equally important is the self confidence gained from these successful educational turn arounds.
We have been offering intensive A level resit courses since 1984. Resitting A levels at RIC is not like going back to school. There’s no uniform, no petty rules and teachers and students are on first name terms. It’s a stepping stone between school and university.