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 our English Entrance Assessment Paper.  The assessment will take one hour and is carried out under the supervision of an agent or through the student's school (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 9/10 - IELTS 4.0 or CEFR B1
Years 11/12 - IELTS 4.5-5.5 or CEFR B1/B2
Sixth Form - IELTS 6-7 or CEFR B2/C1

Years 8-9

The College offers International English tuition for four periods (two hours) per week outside school hours 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 + 3 periods per week of International English). The class size is kept to a minimum, currently no more than 10 pupils.  A pass grade fulfils the English proficiency requirements of many universities in the UK and other English speaking countries.

Year 12

The pupils sit the exam on the dates set by the exam board. In the United Kingdom the IGCSE in English as a Second Language is valid for entry into University.

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.

The College is also able to provide support in preparation for the Cambridge First Certificate (FCE), the Cambridge Advanced Exam (CAE) and the Cambridge Proficiency Exam (CPE). This is organised on an individual needs basis for the benefit of all who request any of these examinations.  Campbell College is an accredited Cambridge International Examination Centre.