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Chelsea Academic Summer 2019

Chelsea Independent College is a leading London sixth form college offering a wide range of courses, including GCSE, A-Level, one-year intensive courses, and an International Foundation Year. For the fifth year running, Chelsea Independent College offers a highly successful academic summer programme, where students explore specialist subjects and careers in more depth while improving their English proficiency skills and gaining experience from interactive workshops, seminars and academic visits. Our highly experienced staff believe in harnessing each student’s interests and talents, providing them with the needed preparation to successfully progress to a desired university and beyond. With our small class sizes and individual approach, students receive lots of individual attention and support. For this year, we offer six course pathways to nurture the diverse demand and career aims.


Art & Design

This programme is focused on helping you develop the skills and knowledge essential for a successful career in the creative industries at the highest level. Our teachers are practising designers and artists and can therefore give students an insight into the pre-university preparation required for academic and professional success in the longer term. Students also benefit from use of three fully equipped and functioning art rooms, including a suite of Mac computers with Photoshop for use in the programme. Art & Design pathway is very hands on and is supplemented by theoretical learning for each lesson. Traditional, modern and contemporary artists’ techniques and theories are taught.


Business & Finance

The Business and Finance programme aims to develop students’ knowledge of the commercial environment. We will provide them with an introduction to the principles of Business and Finance and help you to identify which areas of these fields would be best suited to you in the future. Fields covered will include marketing, accounting, market research, financial management, entrepreneurship, business planning, micro and macro- economics and more besides. The final project for this pathway is a project based learning experience called the Dragon’s Den Competition. As students learn new concepts, they apply that learning while working collaboratively to design a detailed business plan to present to our Dragons.


Drama & Theatre Studies

Drama is not only exciting in itself but it teaches a great variety of practical skills. London a global centre for drama and theatre with one of the oldest and richest histories of performance and drama schools in the world. The programme is designed for students wishing to develop their acting skills through the use of props, improvisation, and storytelling, as well as expert teaching in voice coaching, stage combat and live performance. The sole use of a brand new state-of-the-art theatre space at our sister school, Kensington Park School, further supplies students with the knowledge of stagecraft and all the behind-the-scene work. At the end of the programme, students will devise and perform their own choice of play using group skills in a fun and friendly environment.


Engineering & Computing

For those interested in the field of Engineering and Computing, this programme will provide them with a valuable insight to help you further develop their knowledge of the subjects and the opportunities that exist therein. This pathway brings together a wide variety of skills from maths and science to the creativity required to build the next big idea. Our tutors expose students to a broad range of engineering disciplines including automotive, civil, chemical, electrical and mechanical, as well as provide more specific tuition focused on computing fields such as programming and machine intelligence. Students also examine engineering in context and the field’s evolution. Rather than just using software and devices, computer science and engineering allows students to create them.


Law, Politics & International Relations

This programme has a lot to offer. From excursions to places of interest such as the Royal Courts of Justice or the Houses of Parliament, to development of theoretical knowledge in class during exciting debates and case studies. The purpose of the programme is to acquaint students with degree-level introduction to the study of law, politics and international relations, which is a great start of a political or legal career. Students expand and sharpen their political ideas, gain communication and study skills, practice effective argumentation and analyse the changing nature of key political processes and phenomena taking place today, both locally and globally.



Our Medicine programme offers the opportunity to consolidate students’ academic knowledge, combines theory and practical techniques and, therefore, allows students to explore what it takes to get in to university in the medical field and the career options available. Alongside English Language teaching classes, students visit world leading London universities such as UCL or Imperial College where they receive valuable advice on choosing the right medical school, and attend seminars with leading doctors and healthcare professionals.  Students interested in applying to medical schools or considering career options in the healthcare industry, our experienced tutors will guide them through their choices, UKCAT and BMAT preparation.


Our central location in modern facilities in Chelsea and Fulham is a great advantage for students from all over the world who wish to spend summer in London, learn in a friendly environment and have access to the best of what the UK’s capital city can offer. They will benefit from both academic and cultural enrichment, and visit world-class museums, well-known attractions and tourist destinations, art galleries and universities. Apart from weekly subject-specific excursions and daily after-class programme, students will also have the chance to see a West End theatre show.

Princess Beatrice House, our exclusive and stylish boarding residence, is located just 15 minutes’ walk or one tube ride away from the college in a safe and residential area near Earl’s Court The boarding house is equipped with electronic fobs, CCTV and a 24-hour staffed reception. Our Boarding Supervisors and Activities staff live in the residence with students to ensure that they receive a high level of support, entertainment and pastoral care outside of the classroom too. Full board (three meals a day) is, of course, provided.

  • Single or twin en-suite rooms
  • High speed Wi-Fi throughout the building
  • Communal areas for socialising
  • 24/7 reception
  • Curfews in place to ensure safety and security
  • Washing and drying facilities

Find out more on Chelsea Independent College’s website


Chelsea College student receives 2017 CIFE Award

We were delighted to see Gurkiran Kalsi receive a 2017 CIFE Award for her exceptional contribution to life at Chelsea College. She received the award from CIFE President Lord Lexden at a ceremony in the House of Lords this April.

Gurkiran Kalsi receives a 2017 CIFE AwardGurkiran is an exceptional young woman from Welling in London. She is 18, but has already achieved 13 A or A* grades at GCSE, and is very well liked by students and teachers alike. She shares with her brother (another former Chelsea Independent College student who became a high achiever with us) a disarming modesty and serious commitment to her subjects. She is particularly good at economics, but is also a talented Hispanophone linguist and mathematician. Gurkiran currently holds very good university offers and we are delighted to have her as a Chelsea student.

CIC student wins 2016 CIFE prize

We’re delighted to announce that CIC student Zhelong Zhang (Jero) has been awarded a 2016 CIFE prize for his outstanding contribution to life at Chelsea Independent College.

Jero joined CIC last September in our Pre A cohort. Reports soon reached the Principal’s desk  of a student, with albeit limited English then, beginning to assert himself in a very positive way amongst his peers and staff.  His house supervisor gives this testament to a student who has fully embraced the international atmosphere at CIC.  ‘It is a pleasure to have Jero around the boarding house. He has a bubbly, bright infectious personality which allows him to mix in all social circles. His enthusiasm to get involved in just about every activity going is commendable and shows his ambition to soak up all that college life has to offer and better himself as a person.  He can also knock out a tune on his guitar on request to cheer up a house parent – our vote goes to  Jero.’

Jero Zhang at the CIFE Awrds ceremony with CIC Principal Tim Joseph


Read more news about Chelsea Independent College...

Chelsea Independent College is a leading sixth form college in the heart of London. We offer a wide range of A-Level and retake courses, as well as a full GCSE programme, in a friendly and welcoming environment. The college is based in two modern buildings in vibrant and fashionable Fulham, and our stylish boarding house is a short journey away providing outstanding accommodation for our boarders.

We have an excellent academic record with the majority of our students progressing to Russell Group or similar leading universities, but our aims stretch beyond academic attainment. We prize the growth in confidence and curiosity of our students. Our small class sizes facilitate collaborative lessons with students learning their way around their subjects at the same time as they grow as people.

Our Staff

Our staff are highly qualified in their field, and often, in other professional areas too—we are as much a home to barristers, architects, neuroscientists, world-class artists and mathematicians as we are of teaching excellence. Together, our staff and students create the unique character of the college and work with one another to ensure success not only in the exams but at university and beyond.

Our Approach

We have a strong focus on maximising our students’ performance and academic results. We achieve this by providing:

  • A specifically tailored teaching programme
  • Small classes with an individual focus
  • Close monitoring of students’ academic progress
  • Regular exam practice with detailed feedback

The small class sizes at CIC really benefitted me. At my previous school, I was in a class of 30 students and it was really easy to get distracted. This is quite reflective in my results: I did really well here with my GCSEs, left to go to a different school and my grades dropped, so I returned to Chelsea and my grades improved.
Andrew Porter – progressed to University of Bristol to read Economics

Entry to leading universities

For our sixth form students, we provide comprehensive assistance at every stage of the university application process. We help students to make informed choices to progress to the best and most appropriate universities and degrees for their interests.

Pastoral Care

We place high importance on our personal approach to the care and support of our students. Every student has a dedicated personal tutor and the college nurse is on hand to give advice regarding heath and emotional well-being. We believe that students develop most successfully if they feel part of a community. We achieve this by creating an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect amongst all our students and staff.


The college offers a wide range of sports, activities and cultural excursions. We make full use of our central London location and the world-class facilities on our doorstep. Regular visits to museums, art galleries, theatres and academic institutions take place. We have also established partnerships with local sport providers of excellence including Imperial College’s Ethos Sports Centre, Fulham Reach Boat Club and Will to Win Tennis, amongst others, which are open for use to all students. We run a comprehensive Clubs & Societies programme which includes activities such as debating, robotics, yoga and drama.

The next step

If you would like to visit the college or find out more information, please contact a member of our admissions team who will be happy to help.