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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 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., with the teaching day running from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All lessons are based around 35 minute sessions, though almost all will last for either two sessions (70 minutes) or three (105 minutes), with a break of ten minutes in the 105 minute session for water and refreshment.

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

8:30 a.m.

College opens

9:00 a.m.

Registration for all under-16 year old students in their form room

9:10 a.m. - 12:40 a.m. 

Lessons or study periods

12:40 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Lunch and lunchtime clubs

1:30 p.m. - 5:20 p.m.

Lessons or independent study

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, after-school sports clubs and other co-curricular activities run from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

For A-Level and IFY students, the typical day consists of 7 sessions of their chosen academic subjects. International students have additional lessons in English for Academic Purposes if necessary. Although an A-Level or IFY day could commence at 9 a.m. and finish at 5 p.m., it could start later or finish earlier depending on the timetable of teachers and subject choices.

CIC also runs a large variety of co-curricular clubs at lunchtimes, some of which are particularly or exclusively suited to older (A-Level or IFY) students, such as the debating club, the medicine society, the robotics and computing club, the photography club, and a book club.