Preparing for University: Years 12 and 13

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graduation_lanna_internationalLIST Year 12 and Year 13: The British Sixth Form

Welcome to LIST Sixth Form

At LIST the final 2 years are packed full of important study programmes and activities that not only allow students to apply to a wide range of top universities around the world but also develop skills and qualities to enable them to become happy and successful young adults.

Advanced Level Examinations

Widely believed to be the most challenging university entrance exam in the world. Three exam passes at Grade A can gain access to the finest universities worldwide. Students normally choose 3 A Level programmes from a menu of 17. All students sit the General Studies Paper at AS Level.

Students can choose from a wide range of programmes, from traditional academic subjects to modern subjects such as Travel and Tourism and Applied Performing Arts.

All programmes are academically rigorous and require a high degree of self motivation and academic ability. To find out much more about courses offered, plus details about IGCSE courses in Years 10 and 11, at: http://www.lannaist.ac.th/academics/secondary-school/

Students graduate with a full American style Transcript and GPA as well as their British exam results.

SAT and IELTS Preparation

LIST is both an SAT Test Centre and an IELTS Referral Centre.

Students can choose to follow a programme of study which prepares them for both of these important exams. Students can sit both the standard SAT exam or any SAT Subject Test in their own school. We are one of only three test centres in Northern Thailand.

All students who need an IELTS/ TOEFL award for college or university entrance are entered for the IELTS exam. This is a universally recognized English Language test. Students in Year 13 who are studying the A Level Programme are unlikely to score less than Band 6.0 which is the average score needed for university study in all English speaking countries or international colleges. Most students achieve scores much higher than this.

Duke of Edinburgh International Awards

This is an optional programme that allows students to pursue this internationally respected award at either Bronze, Silver or Gold level. Each level requires students to:

•    Plan, train for and undertake an adventurous journey with a defined purpose in an unfamiliar environment.
•    Develop a personal skill.
•    Develop a sport or physical activity.
•    Complete a Community Service Project.
•    Undertake a Residential Project (Gold Award Only).

Each level becomes more challenging and requires increasing commitment.

Find out more about the award at: http://www.intaward.org/about-the-award

Leadership and Resilience Camp

Students in Year 12 and Year 13 are invited to a residential camp which aims to increase leadership skills and also develop resilience and self confidence. The camp has taken many forms over the years but always includes important elements such as team building, complex task completion and practical leadership opportunities.

Community Service Learning

Students can pursue a variety of Community Service Learning projects.

Each student aims to complete a minimum of 60 Hrs Community Service per year, although in some cases students have achieved much more than this.

Students design their own learning programmes under staff supervision, which includes identifying skills they wish to extend and learning aims they want to achieve. Once projects have been agreed it is the responsibility of students to carry them out. The project concludes with a formal presentation to the rest of the group.

College and Careers Programme

During Y12 and Y13 students meet with the School Counsellor twice a week as part of a programme which prepares them for university, onward careers and life beyond school.

Students meet in small study groups to research college and university options as well as large year groups for formal presentations. There is a busy programme of guest speakers, university presentations and workshop seminars. Students are regularly taken to local Education Fairs and presentations.

University and College Visits

On average 50 universities a year visit LIST. Recently we have hosted talks from:

  • Pennsylvania State University USA
  • Thammasat University Thailand
  • Durham University UK
  • Nagoya University Japan
  • Ghent University Korea
  • St Andrews University Scotland
  • Yale College USA
  • Ecole Hotelier Lausanne Switzerland
  • New York University
  • University of San Francisco

And many other well known and less well known universities and colleges around the world.

Guest Career Speakers

Guest speakers are invited in on a regular basis to represent a range of traditional and not so traditional professions and areas of work.

Recently we have heard from speakers involved in:

  • Aviation
  • Film Making
  • Medicine
  • Business
  • Hotel Management
  • Olympic Sports
  • Multi Media Design

Workshops and Seminars

Students participate in a series of rolling workshops which include:

  • Budgeting and Money
  • Interview Technique
  • Writing a CV/ Resume
  • How To Pass Exams Without Anxiety
  • Revision Technique
  • The Challenges of University and Independent Living

A LEVEL SUCCESSES

Cambridge International A Level is the world’s most popular international examination for 16-19 year olds. As one of the most recognised qualifications around the world, it is accepted as proof of academic ability for entry to universities worldwide. Cambridge International A Levels take two years to complete and offer a flexible course of study that gives students the freedom to select subjects that are right for them.

This year’s A Level examinations have exceeded our expectations with an impressive 88% pass rate. Congratulations to all of the students and staff who worked so hard to together achieve these impressive results in what are some extremely challenging courses.

Our top performing student graduated this year with three AS Levels (all A grades!) alongside two full A Levels (A and C). The top Year 12 AS Level student gained three passes at grades A, A, B – no mean feat at this level.

Make no mistake, the High School courses offered at LIST are far more challenging than those offered at many international schools. Getting great grades at AS/A level is far from easy, but the courses offer great preparation for what our students go on to do after school. They can, and do, provide a route into the top universities in the world.

When considering our examination results be aware that at LIST we do not “massage” our figures by not entering students who may possibly not achieve a good pass grade. Where students have some chance of success and they want to enter we always give our students this opportunity – this is not true of all schools, whether IGCSE/AS/A Level or IB (International Baccalaureate) based.

Some academically able students join LIST just to do the two-year A Level programme in Years 12 and 13. If you are interested in finding out more about A Levels and/or our admissions process, please contact Tim Creber: timcreber@lannaist.ac.th

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