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English as a Foreign Language at Polam Hall School

Course description

For students whose first language is not English and who do not have a grade C in GCSE English (or equivalent) EFL lessons are part of the regular timetable alongside A Levels. Polam Hall’s EFL Department prepares students for examinations that will help them to demonstrate their proficiency in English when applying for University. The examination currently offered is the IELTS - International English Language Testing System. If it is practicable students may also work towards an A Level in their native language.


IELTS (International English Language Test Series) 2 hours 45 minutes Students will travel to a test centre in either York or Harrogate to sit this examination, which will take most of the day, usually a Saturday. It is also possible to sit this examination in their own countries. Candidates are examined in modules for:

  • Listening : 30 - 40 minutes
  • Academic reading : 60 minutes
  • Academic writing : 60 minutes
  • Speaking : 15 minutes

This examination is accepted by all UK universities, which require entrants to score between 6.0 and 7.0 on a scale that reaches from 0.0 – 9.0. The grade required depends on the university and the course the entrant intends to follow. The international nature of this examination makes it recognisable and useful in many other countries around the world.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Polam Hall School directly.

Last updated date: 22 April 2015
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