EP­SOM’S TRAIN­ING GROUND FOR UNI­VER­SITY

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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,

high­est level.

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.

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