Useful Information


 Accreditation and School Inspections

Oxford International College is a registered examination centre for all of the British examining boards and also accepts external exam candidates. The following links will take you to the exam board home pages for downloading any subject syllabus documents, past exam papers and more: AQA, Edexcel, OCR, WJEC

The College is a 'Highly Trusted Sponsor' under the Tier 4 scheme for international visa students, as granted by the UKVI.  As a result of new regulation for student visas by the Home Office, all colleges with international students are required to be approved by an Educational Oversight body if they wished to continue to use the Tier 4 license process.

Oxford International College inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI), an agency appointed by the UK Border Agency specifically to carry out inspections of 'Private Further Education and English Language Colleges'. The ISI is approved by the Secretary of State for Education for the purpose of inspecting schools in line with Section 162A of the Education Act 2002. The agency reports to the Department for Education (DfE) on various aspects of its findings and, in order to ensure that ISI inspections meet a high quality, ISI is monitored by Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills) on behalf of the DfE. One of the purposes of the agency is to improve both the quality and effectiveness of education and the care for students in terms of their welfare. The reports are made public so as to allow parents, agents and associations to make a reliable choice when looking at a school or college for the first time.


Transferring from Another School

Most of our students are aged between 17 and 21 years, but GCSE students may enrol from age 16. As our services are highly personalised, we can support all academic abilities. Many pupils transfer to us from other schools for a variety of reasons such as:

  • Student requires a more modern and independent environment to the traditional boarding school setting
  • Student is an academic ‘high-flyer’ and is not being sufficiently stretched and challenged
  • Student is struggling academically and requires more personal care and attention that individual tuition offers
  • Student is under-confident in larger groups which tend to be dominated by more extrovert pupils

Educational Agents and Consultants

If you are an Educational Agent or Consultant and are interested in working with Oxford International College, we would love to hear from you. If you are able to visit Oxford, we would be delighted to welcome you at the College. Please contact claudia@oxcoll.com for further details. Our Agency Agreements are subject to due diligence checks as set out by the Home Office (UK Visas and Immigration).


Parent Advice and Articles

The Parent Info website provides high quality information to parents and carers about their children's wellbeing and resilience. A wide range of subject matter is covered in informative articles by expert, from difficult topics about sex, relationships and the internet or body image and peer pressure to broader parenting topics like ‘how much sleep do teenagers need?’

 


Useful Links for Students

Study Skills: The following links will take you to some usefull study skills pages:
How to Study Effectively - an online resource created by Discover Business Online with the help of experienced entrepreneurs, strategists, consultants and professors, offering help on note taking and reading comprehension and more
The Education Wizard - packed with useful advise and ideas, created by Nick Strugnell of Oxford Science Studies
Essay writing - a short guide on YouTube by Tim Wilson of Zontul Films Ltd

The Best British Universities: The Russell Group and the 1994 Group are often thought to effectively list the best universities in the UK. A list of the Russell Group universities can be found here and the 1994 Group here. Generally the Russell Group universities are ranked above the 1994 Group.

The Student Room: The UK’s largest student orientate forum site – somewhere to chat with thousands of other students about anything related to applying to universities, living in the UK and other subjects. Click here for The Student Room.

The Khan Academy: This site features nearly 3,000 genuinely useful video explaining pretty much anything from French Invasion of Russia through to Quadratic Equations. Everything is free and there is no advertising. If you are stuck with your homework you may well find the solution here. Click here for the Khan Academy.

Wikipedia: Often Wikipedia can give a good overview of a topic. However, proceed with caution, a Wikipedia cut-and-essay is blindingly obvious to every teacher and tutor! Also Wikipedia is not always 100% accurate. Click here for Wikipedia.

The BBC: One of the world’s largest websites which amongst you will find educational news and some educational resources. The educational resources cover all ages.

The New Scientist: Weekly publication – essential for those studying for A-level sciences who are aiming at top universities. Some of the site is accessible to all, some only to subscribers. Oxford International College students have access to the paper version in the student common room. Click here for The New Scientist.

The Economist: Weekly publication – essential for those studying for A-level in Economics and related subjects who are aiming at top universities. Some of the site is accessible to all, some only to subscribers. Oxford International College students have access to the paper version in the student common room. Click here for The Economist.

The Financial Times: A daily newspaper aimed the finance and business sectors. A limit of 30 free pages per week is probably enough to keep of key business and finance news. Should be of interest to Business Studies students and those studying related subjects. Click here for The Financial Times.

NASA: A great site for those interested in space exploration – essential reading if you are considering astrophysics or are hoping to study physics at a top university. Click here for the NASA home page.

TED Talks: Another brilliant site packed full with very well presented and thoughtful videos. In particular, check out TED Ed for award-winning original lessons, representing collaborations between expert educators, screenwriters and animators.

RSA Animate: The mission of the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) is to enrich society through ideas and action. Click here for the Royal Society of the Arts home page. Here is a thought-provoking videos to get you started: The Internet in Society: Empowering or Censoring Citizens?