Higher Education Updates - 6th October 2023 - Bangkok Prep

Higher Education Updates – 6th October 2023

CIS-EARCOS

CIS-EARCOS was a huge conference that was held 22-23 September here in Bangkok, Thailand. More than 250 universities from around the world came to attend the conference, held at the Shangri-La Hotel. This was a networking event in which university guidance officers, admissions teams, and other higher education professionals could discuss best practices in the world of higher education. The schedule was designed to maximise networking opportunities so that counsellors could explore the many exciting worldwide study prospects for their students using the latest admissions information. The event included sessions such as “Financial Aid for Low-Income Students Looking to Study in the United States” “The Benefits of Studying University in Belgium” “Using UCAS Tariff Points for University Admission” and “Hitchhiking Around the Globe: University Admissions Around the World.”

 


UNDERSTANDING NCAA ATHLETICS IN THE USA

Bangkok Prep was very excited to have a special guest, Hope College, a liberal arts college in Michigan, United States. Hope College is well-known for its famous rugby, basketball, and ice hockey teams. The Zoom session, titled “Understanding NCAA Athletics in the USA” was all about how to play sport competitively at the university level in the United States. Bangkok Prep currently has many sixth form students interested in playing sports in university, from football, to basketball, rugby, golf, swimming, and more. This session was extremely well attended by both students and the teachers and coaches of Bangkok Prep. Everybody walked away with a greater knowledge of the NCAA, different sports divisions, rules, eligibility, and how to get recruited to play sports at university. 

 


UAL Event [JVE]

Khun Best, a graduate of the University of the Arts London, visited Bangkok Prep on Wednesday, October 4th. Several of our students interested in studying the arts attended the session. Best spoke about her experience studying both a foundation year and the undergraduate degree at UAL. She also covered life and living expenses in London. One of the most helpful aspects of her talk was guidance to students on how to develop a portfolio for admissions to an arts school. 

A professor from UAL will visit Bangkok later in October and will be available for portfolio review for students interested in applying to UAL. Information on time, place, and how to sign up will be shared at a later date.


Y11 Parent HE Discussion Forum [IHA]

On Thursday, October 5th, the Higher Education and Careers and Student Pathways Teams held the first Year 11 Parent Forum for the 2023/24 academic year. The session focused on what students and parents can do now to prepare for upcoming options and higher education discussions. The teams covered several important topics, including an overview of the options timeline during Year 11, cultivating intellectual curiosity, and a few aspects of university admissions and financial aid. For parents who could not attend in person, a link to the recording will be sent out.


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Undergraduate Scholarship at the University of Surrey

The University of Surrey is offering undergraduate scholarship again this year and it is open to self-funded international fee-paying students regardless of nationality or domicile who are starting a bachelor’s degree programme at Surrey.

The International Excellence Award (Undergraduate) 2024 entry which is an application-based scholarship is awarded as a £5,000 fee waiver in the first year of studies and awards are decided by a scholarship awards panel. The panel will assess previous academic performance, predicted grades and the personal statement to make their decision.

In order to be eligible applicants must:

  1. Be an overseas fee-paying student
  2. Hold an offer to study a full-time bachelors degree programme at FHEQ Level 4 (first-year entry)
  3. Be self-funded (you must be paying for your studies independently rather than being sponsored or in receipt of another scholarship) 
  4. This Scholarship is not open to students from Surrey International Study Centre (SISC)
  5. Applicants in receipt of the International Excellence scholarship will not be eligible for any other Surrey Scholarship.

Applications open 1 October 2023 and students must have made their course application through UCAS by 31 January 2024 to be eligible to apply. A lot of students missed out on the scholarship last year because they missed the 31 January 2024 deadline so please do share this deadline with any of your students who may be interested.

The scholarship panel will review scholarship applications monthly so students can expect to receive a decision the month after they apply.  Applications for this scholarship will close on 30 April 2024. More information and the scholarship application form can be found on their website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Campus

BANGKOK PREP ADDRESS

77 SUKHUMVIT 77, VADHANA
BANGKOK, 10110

77 สุขุมวิท 77 วัฒนา
กรุงเทพมหานคร 10110

02-700-5858

Primary School

The Head of Primary at Bangkok Prep emphasizes the importance of primary education in shaping students’ lives academically and socially. The school aims to prepare global citizens capable of facing life’s challenges in an ever-changing world. With a dedicated team of educators, Bangkok Prep sets high standards, encouraging students to dream big and work hard towards their goals.

Aligned with the National Curriculum of England and Wales, the school’s curriculum is adapted to reflect Thai culture and society. Teaching follows an innovative thematic approach, integrating real-life contexts with academic rigor to develop well-rounded individuals. Learning is personalized to cater to diverse abilities and talents, fostering mutual respect, trust, and inclusivity.

Bangkok Prep’s primary curriculum extends beyond statutory requirements, focusing on engaging cross-curricular themes to facilitate high-quality learning. Emphasizing active and interactive learning experiences, the curriculum encourages exploration, questioning, and collaboration. The school aims to nurture students’ curiosity, helping them discover lifelong passions and talents while preparing them for a fulfilling future.

Admissions Procedure

When choosing Bangkok Prep for your child, you’re welcomed into the school family, ensuring a warm and supportive environment. The admissions process begins with completing a brief enquiry form, followed by an invitation for an introductory visit and tour. Conveniently located on Sukhumvit 77, Bangkok Prep offers both Primary and Secondary campuses. Upon deciding on Bangkok Prep, applicants submit their application form and required documents. Assessment sessions are then scheduled based on the applicant’s year level, ranging from 30 minutes to 3 hours. The assessment includes various activities and tests tailored to different age groups. After assessment, the admissions team evaluates the application and notifies the family of the decision within 1-2 weeks. Successful applicants receive a formal offer letter and an invoice for initial fees, including placement, security, and registration fees, which must be paid within the specified timeframe to secure the child’s place.

Early Years

At Bangkok Prep, the Early Years curriculum follows the Early Years Foundation Stage framework of England, emphasizing thematic topics and child-led learning for a stimulating and enjoyable school experience. It nurtures learning through play and focuses on developing concepts, skills, and positive attitudes across various areas including personal, social, emotional, communication, language, physical, literacy, mathematics, understanding of the world, and expressive arts and design. The curriculum prioritizes individualized learning, ensuring continuous progress while maintaining confidence and a can-do attitude. Specialist sessions in Thai language and culture, music, library, physical education, and swimming further enhance learning opportunities. Supervised by native English teachers and Thai-speaking teaching assistants, children immerse in language acquisition through the immersion method, preparing them for the international community. The Early Years program prioritizes outdoor learning environments, valuing them as essential for children’s wellbeing and development. It serves as ideal preparation for the transition into primary school and provides resources for parents on the Foundation Years website.

Secondary School

Bangkok Prep prides itself on being a distinct international secondary school in Bangkok, prioritizing student needs and providing a stimulating learning environment. Central to this is the pastoral system, where each student is assigned to a tutor group led by a Form Tutor, ensuring personalized care and support. The curriculum evolves to meet students’ changing needs, offering a core curriculum supplemented by option subjects as students mature. Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9) focuses on a broad curriculum adapted from the English National Curriculum, fostering personal growth. In Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11), students choose option subjects alongside a core curriculum, culminating in IGCSE examinations. Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13) sees students specialize in Advanced Level courses while also engaging in a core curriculum and receiving support for university applications. Bangkok Prep fosters a warm, inclusive community and actively participates in regional competitions and events. The school encourages student involvement and leadership, ensuring a thriving learning environment. Contact information is provided for further inquiries.

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