Kings was founded in Bournemouth 60 years ago by Frederick King. Mr King’s vision was to promote better global understanding through education. These values and ethos continue at Kings today. Kings is a modern, small independent college for ambitious students looking for a mature yet supportive learning environment and community in which they can express their own identity, explore their interests and achieve their ambitions.
Kings provides a range of English language and Summer programmes alongside; GCSE, iGCSE & A-level options. Both Extended level and Advanced Level Foundation courses are available with additional Foundation courses in Art & Design and International Business.
Kings sees it’s role is to deliver relevant opportunities to prepare students to thrive on a global scale. The college has 220 students in total and takes pupils from age 14 upwards. Over 35 countries are represented in the student body and 200 of the 220 pupils are boarders. The college provides a range of boarding options with host family options also available.
Kings has a maximum of 10 students on GCSE and A-level programmes, 12 on other academic programmes and 14 on English language courses.
A broad range of EAL courses are available including; IELTS preparation, Cambridge Examinations, General, Intensive and English. Kings Oxford is the IELTS examination centre for Oxford. Extended academic courses provide a transition from study overseas in to UK education, developing students’ language and study skills in preparation for further academic study.
Kings Oxford is located in the suburb of Cowley a short distance from Oxford city centre. It is approximately 45 miles from Oxford to Heathrow Airport.
A Day in the Life of…
A-level student Patricio Castillo, from Mexico, shares some of the highlights of his course so far, and his hopes for the future.
Hi Patricio. What made you decide to come to Kings?
That I saw in Kings an opportunity to prepare myself in order to apply properly to the best Universities for my career.
What do you think are the best things about Kings?
I consider that the facilities are very, as well as the staff.
How are you finding the A-level course, and what subjects are you taking?
I find my course interesting and challenging. I am taking Physics, Chemistry and Maths.
What are your plans for university/career?
I am thinking in study Mechanical engineering, about the where I want to study Is Oxford University, however I want to see other universities like Cambridge and University of Manchester.
Where are you staying here – in a residence or home stay? What are the best things about your accommodation?
Now, I am living in Wavy Gate, that is a student residence. What I like about it is that I have my room where I can have my own rules, but I also have a common Kitchen where I can socialize with my roommates. Furthermore, Wavy have a ping pong table, Where I enjoy playing with my friends.
What things do you do outside school by way of activities, and enrichment? Are you a member of any clubs and have you been involved in anything like the Duke of Edinburgh Award, or Business Enterprise?
I am involved in Duke of Edinburgh. I am in the Philosophy Club and Chess Club, which I love! Additionally, I joined a local football team.
What do you think of Oxford/UK? Had you visited before you started your course?
I had already visited the UK, before the course, but never oxford. From my point of view Oxford is a beautiful city that has many things to do, as well as good links with other tourist places, such as London or Manchester.
What are the main differences between Kings Oxford and the school you went to in your home country?
It´s completely different. In Mexico, the lessons were approximately from 50 to 30 students. Usually there I was going to the school about 6 hours per day, I didn’t have break between my lessons and most of the student weren’t really interested in the school. Additionally, the attendance in Mexico wasn’t really important and to be honest the school was more about memorizing than understanding.
Here, in Oxford everything is absolutely different I have passed through a lot of challenges because of the difference between the educational systems. However, those challenges are the reason why I decided to come here, so even though in the beginning I struggled, I am fascinated with the teaching in the UK, I like the that way that I am learning to think.
What would you say to anyone considering coming to Kings to study A-levels?
The course can be challenging in the beginning, especially if the education in your country is different, but it is worth it to take the challenge. Personally every day I feel more comfortable.
Kings Education also has USA study locations; in Boston, New York, Los Angeles (2 locations) & New Jersey. Kings also offers pathway courses at the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley that lead to degree courses at University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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