Courses and Qualifications

In our rigorous and well structured lessons, meaningful and positive relationships are built.

A determined work ethic is created and each student achieves their full potential.

Overview from Mr Johnson

Earlscliffe offers a selection of academic courses to suit the needs and timeframes of most students looking to enter top universities in the UK and beyond. Our youngest students (15 yrs+) invariably take our fast-track, one year GCSE programme with the majority (16 yrs+) opting for the renowned two year A-level course. For those looking for a one year pre-university programme, we offer the popular University Foundation Year or the Business Diploma.

All courses feature the traditional Earlscliffe hallmarks of weekly progress testing, small teaching groups and academic enrichment opportunities.

UK National Curriculum Overview

An overview of our courses:

Course (and qualification) Age Length UK year group Progression
International Transition Year (GCSE) 15–17 One year 11 A-level or IB
A-level (min 3 subjects)
(GCE A-level plus EPQ & IELTS)
16+ Two years 12–13 University
Diploma in Business Management
(= two A-levels; plus one other
A-level & IELTS)
17+ One year 13 University
University Foundation Year 17+ One year 13 University
Short courses — English plus
academic subjects (IELTS)
15+ One or two terms 11–13 GCSE/A-level


We also offer Advanced Skills Academies for Basketball, Creative Arts and Business.