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The college day

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How the day is structured

Chelsea Independent College runs four courses: A-Level, GCSE, International Foundation Year (IFY) and Pre A-Level. The college is open from 8:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with the teaching day running from 9 a.m. to 4:10 p.m. All lessons are based on 70 minute sessions, with a break of twenty minutes after Period 2 for water and refreshment. The typical day consists of 5 sessions of students' chosen academic subjects. International students have additional lessons in English for Academic Purposes if necessary.

A typical GCSE or Pre A-Level day is structured as follows:

8:45 a.m.

College opens

9:00 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.

Study period 1

10:10 a.m. – 11:20 a.m. 

Study period 2

11:20 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.

Morning break

11:40 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.

Study period 3

12:50 p.m. – 13:50 p.m.

Lunch break

13:50 p.m. – 15:00 p.m.

Study period 4

15:00 p.m. – 16:10 p.m.

Study period 5

Although an A-Level or IFY day could commence at 9 a.m. and finish at 16:10 p.m., it could start later or finish earlier depending on the timetable of teachers and subject choices.

Every Wednesday, after-school sports clubs and other co-curricular activities run from 13:50 p.m. to 16:10 p.m. CIC offers a large variety of co-curricular clubs, such as the debating club, the medicine society, the robotics and computing club, the photography club, and a book club.