EAL (English as an Additional Language)

EAL (English as an Additional Language)

Pupils may opt or be required to take EAL as a language option (depending on ability) and will take IGCSE English as a Second Language in the Fifth Form. IELTS preparation classes are also offered in the Sixth Form. Pupils who do not speak English as their first language are given every support to help them polish and perfect their use of the language.


EAL is offered as an academic subject in its own right and as an extra, to help individual students access the curriculum, as well as other areas of school life.

All pupils are required to sit English GCSE in the Fifth Form. To prepare for this, EAL students are taught in separate EAL sets. They can also opt to take EAL as a language option instead of French, German, Spanish or Mandarin.

For English they may sit the Cambridge English as a Second Language exam or, in some cases, for those with very good English ability the First Language English exam may also be taken.

If further support is needed, individual lessons can be arranged.

Why Study at Clifton College?

The EAL dept itself organises the Chinese Moon festival and New year meals. We also organise Theatre trips, zoo visits and other trips to explore places of cultural interest in Bristol.

We offer additional pastoral support and help organise an international students orientation to Bristol and British culture programme for sixth formers.