Oxford International College

School Profile: At Oxford International College, learning is being tailored to ensure that students are as attractive to future universities and employers as possible. We believe this to be a model for how schools should be run now and in the future. In their A-level classes, students are taught to look beyond the syllabus and discover new facts for themselves rather than simply to be taught them, to develop their teamwork and communication skills by presenting in class, and to research further into the subject themselves using a range of different resources. A-levels however only provide the initial building blocks for education at the college. All students receive classes for university admissions tests, which show them how to use the knowledge learnt at A-level to solve new and unfamiliar problems which may come up in the area they choose to specialise in later on in life. Students are also given the opportunity to complete an Extended Project Qualification, giving them the opportunity to learn research skills as well as to how to analyse, use and communicate the information available to them. Moreover, at least four work experience placements as well as a range of industry competitions are organised for every student throughout their course of study, meaning that students are regularly given the opportunity to link what they are taught in the classroom to the world of work. Students are supported and encouraged to reflect on all of this by their mentor (a graduate student at Oxford University) through the Bridging Programme which seeks to bridge the gap between schools, university and the world of work by putting them in touch with somebody who is working at the top level in the student’s field of interest.