EPSOM’S TRAINING GROUND FOR UNIVERSITY
The transition to A-Levels from SPM or IGCSE is always tricky. Students have to adjust to harder subject content, develop more sophisticated analysis skills and take charge of their own learning. At Epsom College in Malaysia (ECiM), we see our Sixth Form as a training ground for university studies, ensuring students have the knowledge,
Teaching styles in the Sixth Form are developed to closely mirror those of university level. Our A-Levels classes are limited to 16 students, allowing students to discuss and debate with the teacher in seminar-style lessons. The Oxbridgestyle tutorial has also been piloted across many subjects, giving students the opportunity to engage in key topics on a one-to-one basis.
These approaches have yielded a
our fantastic A-Level results last year. Sixty per cent of students achieved
A* or A grades and 40 per cent were awarded at least three A* or A grades. In addition, 86 per cent of our students obtained A*-B grades, comparing very favourably with the UK Independent School average of 73.9 per cent.
The ECiM co-curricular programme for Sixth Formers allows students to develop skills that will serve them well at university. They are expected to lead the way in developing new activities, clubs and societies by taking up student leadership roles such as College Prefects, who can head everything from their own boarding house to areas such as Service, Co-Curricular Activities and Academics.
The College also supports students’ university applications to Oxbridge or Russell Group in the UK, to Australia, the US and more. The Sixth Form team guides students through every stage of the admissions process from choosing universities and courses and writing personal statements to preparing for university admissions tests and interviews. Last year, over 60 universities visited the College for information sessions.
Opened in 2016 by Professor A.C. Grayling of the New College of the Humanities, the Grayling Centre features the Grayling Centre library, which contains a wide range of academic texts, and a space for students to work independently much as they will do at university. Students have access to this space throughout the day, during the evenings and at weekends.
The Sixth Form may constitute
them very much as the beginning of a student’s academic career. The
develop with us will enable them not only to get to the universities of their choice, but also to excel while there.