Language (EAL)

Our English as an Additional Language (EAL) team work with overseas students to improve their spoken and written English so they can fully access the curriculum and enjoy the social and cultural opportunities open to them.

Students who join us from overseas are fully integrated into school life and learn a traditional British curriculum of GCSEs and A-levels alongside UK children in small classes. The majority of our students are from the UK and all teaching is delivered in English.

It is the aim of the EAL Department that in general all students take public examinations in their time at the Mount. The examinations offered are as follows;

Cambridge Suite

KET – Key English Test: Level 1 (CEFR A2, NQF Entry 2)
PET – Preliminary English Test: Level 2 (CEFR B1, NQF Entry 3)
FCE – First Certificate in English: Level 3 (CEFR B2, NQF 1)
CAE – Certificate in Advanced English: Level 4 (CEFR C1, NQF 2)
CPE – Certificate of Proficiency in English: Level 5 (CEFR C2, NQF 3)

IELTS [International English Language Testing System]

Unlike the Cambridge Examinations Suite this is not a pass/fail examination. It is open to all levels and candidates are awarded a band score from 1-9 in each of the four skills areas (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening) as well as an averaged overall band score.
Wherever possible, all overseas students in the Sixth Form take this examination before they leave the college, even if they are with us for just one term. Our target for the students is a band score of at least 6.0 - this will satisfy the UK Border Agency minimum requirement for overseas students embarking on degree-level study in the UK.
A score of 6.5 would enable students to gain access to study most courses at most universities in any English-speaking country (naturally, subject to other academic university requirements such as A2 grades).

IELTS examinations can be taken each term at the University of Sheffield. Cambridge exams are hosted here at Mount St Mary’s in December and June every year.

For further details or to discuss, please contact Mr Robert Carey, Academic Subject Leader: English as an Additional Language. Email 

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