International English (EFL)

We warmly welcome international students to Campbell College and recognise that they might need help with their English language. Therefore we offer a range of options to help in this area.  

When considering Campbell College we ask that students have a certain level of understanding of the English Language and every student whose native language is not English will be required to take an online English assessment test. The assessment will take one and a half hours and is carried out under the supervision of an Agent or through appropriate invigilation with agreement.

If you have any questions regarding this please contact Mr Bert Robinson brobinson317@campbell.belfast.ni.sch.uk

Please consider that we ask for the following levels of English upon entrance to the College:

Years 8/9 - IELTS 3.5 or CEFR A2/B1
Years 10 - IELTS 4.0 or CEFR B1
Years 11/12 - IELTS 4.5-5.5 or CEFR B1/B2
Years 13/14 - IELTS 6-7 or CEFR B2/C1

Years 8-9

The College offers International English tuition for four periods (two hours) per week  in groups of 2-4 pupils.

Year 10

Pupils have the option of choosing International English tuition instead of a second modern language. The pupils study in small groups for four timetabled periods (two hours per week).

Year 11

When pupils make their GCSE subject choices they have the option of choosing International GCSE in English as a Second Language. This course automatically incorporates International English tuition (five periods per week of IGCSE curriculum). The class size is kept to a minimum, currently no more than 12 pupils.  A pass grade fulfils the English proficiency requirements of many universities in the UK and other English speaking countries.

Year 12

In Year 12, international pupils continue their second year of IGCSE exam preparation. The pupils sit the exam on the dates set by the exam board. When applying to universities, it is essential that students can communicate effectively in English and are able to do so in an academic environment.

Cambridge IGCSE English Language qualifications are recognised by a significant number of UK universities as evidence of English Language competency for univeristy study.

Years 13 & 14

A preparatory course for the International English Language Testing
Sixth Form System (IELTS) Exam is offered. This course is taught on a one-to-one basis or in very small groups. This allows us to tailor-make the course, focusing on the specific needs of the individual pupil. When ready, the pupils are entered for the exam at Queen’s University, Belfast. Once the desired band has been achieved, the remainder of Year 14 focuses on English for Academic Purposes (EAP) in preparation for University. 

For international students wishing to prepare for the Cambridge First Certificate (FCE), the Cambridge Advanced Exam (CAE) or the Cambridge Proficiency Exam (CPE), provision is via a third party, International House (IH).  The College can facilitiate the organisation of enrolment onto a course with IH, however it should be noted that preparation for these exams takes place outside of lesson time, and under the necessary instruction of IH.