A distinctive academic and social experience designed for students
who are undertaking their final two years at high school.

Our Young Leaders course helps prepare students for their future at university and beyond by providing the opportunity to study a chosen subject at undergraduate level. As an intensive two-week programme, you will be immersed in a range of professor-led lectures, interactive workshops, academic excursions, and practical study skills sessions. Students live and study at our Kentish Town campus, so you will be within touching distance of all the city’s main attractions and experience life in a vibrant area of London while you study.


You can select one of our two programme specialisms:





These 2-hour professor-led academic talks are delivered by current experts in their field and will introduce you to a menu of current and applied topics across for your chosen specialism. You will be challenged with a range of lecture styles and encouraged to evaluate and critique them throughout the course.

Like university, the 1.5 academic seminars will encourage you to discuss and challenge the lecture material and formulate your own ideas to develop a unique research question for an independent writing assignment.

These 2-hour interactive classroom workshops are designed to hone a range of focused practical, language and study skills to support your success at undergraduate level and beyond. You will become a more effective researcher; learn to reference, structure a written report, and receive tailored support and feedback from our supportive and enthusiastic tutors.

You will also plan, practise, and deliver a subject specific practical assessment, collaborate with other students, and be encouraged to reflect on your own skills and performance.

Each programme includes an experiential trip into London to explore the cities rich history and traditions in your chosen specialism. Evening and Lunchtime events are organised daily at our diverse and vibrant campus to meet and socialise with other students enrolled on a range of pre-university and language programmes.


This programme is assessed across an independent written research report and a group practical assignment attending to key communicative objectives. You must participate in all workshops and submit the written assignment to receive a certificate. You will be given tailored written and verbal feedback from your course tutors for each of the course assessments.

On this programme, you will:

  • Build on your existing knowledge of core topics covered in a first-year undergraduate degree
  • Experience a variety of learning activities typical of a first-year undergraduate degree
  • Learn to challenge and evaluate lecture materials and develop your own research ideas
  • Develop independent research skills and become more confident in your academic writing
  • Carry out independent research on a given topic and produced a structured and well supported response to a writing task brief
  • Work collaboratively on a group practical and hone a range of communicative skills relevant to your chosen specialism
  • Experience life in a new city, meet other students from around the world and build on relevant knowledge on an experiential class excursion

How to apply

Students who enrol on this pre-university Foundation Programme typically have good high school grades, especially in Biology and Chemistry. You must be at least 17 years old by the time your course starts and you are expected to have an English language level equivalent of:

  • 6.0 in IELTS
  • 60 on TOEFL
  • 169 on Cambridge English
  • B2 CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference)

Have a question about your academic qualifications or visa requirements? We'd be happy to help you!


English level not quite good enough? Don't worry!

We offer 8 and 12 week Pre-Sessional English courses year-round, helping you to improve your English in all four disciplines and enabling you to enrol on one of our main programmes or apply to university.









BENEFITS OF SCL International College

Guaranteed university place upon successful completion of our course.

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    One-to-one support

    Our tutors are highly qualified and have experience teaching international students, so they understand the kind of personal support you may need.

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    University application assistance

    We support each individual student through the process of applying to your chosen universities. Our partner universities guarantee you a place on passing your course. 

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    Preparation for British academic life

    A vital part of our programme involves training students to adapt their skills and knowledge to the specific context and environment they will encounter when they are enrolled in undergraduate courses.

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    Top notch facilities

    SCL’s modern classrooms have the latest hardware and software and our libraries offer a flexible space for you to work alone or in groups. Students also have 24/7 access to online resources, study tools and materials.

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    An international environment

    Our team of academic professionals comes from all over the world and will help you develop the social and learning skills required for studying at a UK higher education institution.

    Plus, when you stay with us you’ll enjoy a ready-made community of international students from over 80 nationalities!

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    On-site accommodation

    Whether you're attending this course on your own or with friends, we'll always have space for you. All rooms come with an en-suite bathroom, kitchenette and optional weekly cleaning and linen service.

    We also have an in-house events team who hosts regular activities free of charge.

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    Small class size

    At SCL International College, you'll enjoy our smaller classes for individualised learning, with 5 students average (maximum 12) per class.

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    Great location in London

    We're located in the student capital of the world – London! You'll have easy access to the entire city, major airports and railway stations. Stay with us and you’ll even get discounts to local restaurants, cafés and shops!


SCL International College offers an all-inclusive campus experience within a big city.

Everything you need is here in one place – from the classrooms to the café and everything in between!

A smooth transition to a UK uni


Everyone has been so friendly, helping me with the application process and giving guidance at each stage of applying to university. Teachers have also been really helpful, explaining topics clearly and making us understand the assessment tasks.


-- Agigi from Taiwan

received offers from Royal Holloway, Brunel and Sussex University

This programme provided a great foundation, giving me the skills I needed for studying at university and helping me step by step with the process of choosing the right university.


-- Sammy from Canada

is currently studying at Reading University

As an international student my biggest concern was the language barrier. Whenever I asked a question, the teacher always answered patiently, which really increased my confidence. And when I made my applications to universities, my mentor always coordinated everything smoothly and swiftly.


-- Lijia from China

is currently enrolled at the University of Birmingham

I thought the first year in Britain would be a very difficult time, but the school days were fantastic for me. My teachers answered all my questions, gave advice and helped me with college applications. I also met friends from different countries on campus. Dormitories and schools are conveniently located in the same building so I didn’t have to worry about traffic jams. Overall, my English level has been greatly improved during the school year and I have been more integrated into life in the UK.

-- Kaylie from China

received offers from University of Westminster, University of Manchester, University for the Creative Arts, and University of Birmingham

Continuing on to university in london?

Stay as long as you like!

Our campuses are an easy 15-30 minute journey to many universities across the city.

Students progressing on to university in London can easily extend their accommodation at the Stay Club where you’ll find a modern, safe and welcoming atmosphere to live, study, socialise and enjoy the very best of London.

  • No moving
  • No stress
  • No hassle

Get ready to call London home!

foreign students

Wondering which course is right for you?