INtuition International Tuition Centre

A LEVEL
(Y12 - Y13)

We at INtuition believe that our new 52-week course will benefit our students immensely, students will retain information better, have more consistency in their learning and they will enjoy all the benefits that small intimate class sizes have to offer.

  • More one on one time
  • Students are more engaged
  • Students cannot hide
  • Go faster
  • Easier to identify issues
  • Much less chaotic
  • More cohesive class structure
  • It is easier on teachers

10 REASONS WHY SMALLER CLASS SIZE IS
SO IMPORTANT IN EDUCATION

Let’s compare two classes. In terms of teacher ability, student levels, and student behaviour, they are essentially identical. The only difference is that one class has 10 students and the other has 30. Which class would you want to teach? Which class is better for the students? The smaller one is the obvious answer, but do you know exactly why? Here are the 10 reasons why smaller class size is so important:

1. More one-on-one time.

In our 10-student class, it stands to reason that each student will have three times more individual face time with their teacher. This type of educating is critical, both for development of skills and for inspiring students. With more one-on-one time with their teacher, students are certain to have a greater sense that their teacher cares for them, and when students feel like someone they look up to cares about their work, they excel.

2. Students can’t hide.

In a 30-student class, it becomes much easier for the quiet kids, or the unmotivated kids, to hide in a clique of friends or the back of the class. With fewer students, the teacher is more capable of ensuring everyone participates and engages the material. This ensures students can’t fake it, thus must keep up, while teachers can prevent declining engagement and scores.

3. Easier to identify issues.

In large classes, teachers can struggle to identify where problems might be arising, and then because their time is so valuable, they further struggle to adequately address these issues. When a teacher has 30 essays to grade, they will spend less time on each one and potentially glaze over flaws in writing skills that could be fixed with minimal instruction. Within these kinds of spaces, where teachers are spending too little time watching for and addressing individual issues, students begin to slip through the cracks.

4. More cohesive class culture.

A smaller class will ultimately make a more cohesive unit than a larger one. A class of 30+ students allows for the formation of cliques even within the class, as well as ensures not all students need to engage each other – students can often stick to who they are comfortable with. However, in a smaller classroom setting, students will have the opportunity to interact with and form relationships with all of their classmates, ensuring that the class is more supportive of each other.

5. Teachers can form better relationships.

Related to the increased amount of individual time spent is the quality of relationships teachers are able to build with each student. In smaller classes, teachers better know the strengths, weaknesses, and needs of each pupil. With this increased level of attention, teachers can more successfully relate and instruct, thus becoming more than a simple instructor, but a genuine role model.

6. Students are more engaged.

When students have a strong relationship with their teacher and know they are responsible for their work and level of participation, they are bound to be more engaged with the curriculum. This has two roots: first, students are in an environment where engagement and quality work is simply expected of everyone – it becomes something of a cultural norm; second, when students have strong relationships with teachers – when they care what their teacher thinks of their performance – they are certain to produce better work.

7. Go faster.

Simply put, with a small group, teacher attention is more focused, students are more inclined to engage and be enthusiastic towards the material, and when this happens, work gets done faster. When work is done faster, classes can cover more ground, explore more topics, and more completely experience the curriculum and ideas presented. And when all the work is done? Now everyone has time for more fun in class, thus improving class culture and cohesion.

8. Much less chaotic.

In a 10-student class, there will simply be less noise – it’s a matter of physics. Furthermore, it will be easier to avoid letting the group get out of hand, and as mentioned in #3, it is vastly easier to identify issues as they arise, thus ensuring a tranquil learning environment. And with a peaceful class, all of the other benefits presented above are amplified.

9. It’s easier on the teachers.

The above reasons are a list of the pedagogical benefits of smaller class sizes, but in aggregate they make for better, more productive, and easier-to-manage environments for the teachers. When teachers are given the space to be productive in a positive and peaceful class, they are simply happier and better at their jobs. The “grind” becomes less of one, teachers last longer in the field, and there is ultimately a net benefit for the field of education when teachers are happier.

TEACHERS CAN FORM BETTER RELATIONSHIPS.
RESEARCH SHOWS TREMENDOUS BENEFITS OF SMALL CLASSES.

  • “I started full time education at INtuition last September and the small class sizes and flexible learning style allowed me to learn at my own speed. I took the IGCSE examination in January and got the highest grade available “level 9” the equivalent of slightly high than A*, since then I started the first year of the A level course and have just recently finished the first year modules. I feel that I thrive in this dynamic learning environment “. Daniel, Homeschool (A Level)

1 YEAR A LEVEL COURSE

The 1-year A level course with supervised study and an intensive revision programme is the smoothest way to go.

Our programme works on a ‘48-Week’ academic calendar year. The consistent nature of the course allows for improved retention of facts. It also allows students to have a gap year and still enter university at the same time as students from normal schools. As an added safety feature if, perish the thought, the student narrowly misses out on the desired grades then our timeline allows the student to retake the examination without completing an extra school year.

TIME TABLE & SUBJECTS (A LEVEL Y12-Y13)

• ACCELERATED • STRUCTURED • TAILORED

Cambridge offers a choice of 55 subjects and schools can offer them in almost any combination. This means schools can build an individualised curriculum and learners can choose to specialise in a particular subject area or study a range of subjects.

Our Advice

Most students study three subjects at A Level. Four subjects would arguably only be of benefit if you’re planning to apply to take a competitive degree course at Oxford or Cambridge, or for Medical Sciences.

At INtuition we advise you to pick subjects with which you’re comfortable, which you will enjoy studying and in which you feel you can secure the highest grades. There will always be a good reason why a given university course will require you to have studied a certain subject at A Level. If you don’t feel comfortable or confident studying that subject, then it might be wise to reconsider your chosen university or career path.

Acquired Skills

For the majority of degree courses there are no mandatory subject requirements and admissions officers will look to the skills, rather than the specific knowledge, that you will have developed while studying your A Levels.

Thus, if you are aiming for a degree course that will involve essay writing, you should ideally undertake subjects such as English and the Humanities at A Level through which you can develop those skills.

Required A Level Subjects

Mathematics & Sciences

  • Mathematics: Mandatory for all Mathematics degree courses and often mandatory for other degrees including Engineering, Economics, Business and Computing. Mathematics is usually considered a Science subject and thus meets the requirement to have studied a Science subject at A Level for degree courses like Geography and Psychology.
  • Chemistry: Mandatory for Chemistry, Medical Sciences (Veterinary, Dentistry, Medicine) and Biological Sciences such as Neuroscience.
  • Biology: Mandatory for Biological Sciences and Healthcare.
  • Physics: Mandatory for Physics and Engineering.

Required A Level Subjects – Humanities

  • Geography: Mandatory for Geography, Geology and Earth Sciences
  • History: Very much preferred for History degree courses and very useful when applying for Law
    Our Higher Education adviser is available for subject consultations should you require further guidance