Pre-A-Level/I.B
Course

Our Pre-A-Level/Pre-IB course is based at the beautiful campus of Lord Wandsworth College in Hampshire. The course is aimed at students 15-17 years of age. Our maximum class size is 16, but the average number of students in recent years is around 12-13 and sometimes as low as 3 or 4 in certain subjects. For some workshops and lectures, the audience will obviously exceed 16.

All students take compulsory English and Drama, and then must choose from a range of subjects. We have a large selection of subjects: Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, History, Geography, Business and Economics, Art and Design, ICT/Computing, Psychology and Theory of Knowledge. When applying, you must choose between 3 and 5 subjects, but are not restricted to these choices; we have members of staff available on your induction day to help you make the right decision. We also consider offering other subjects if they are requested by a number of students prior to the course starting.

All of our subjects are taught by subject specialists who focus on teaching the technical vocabulary needed to study each subject. Our science teachers understand the importance of laboratory work so you will spend a lot of time doing practical, hands-on experiments.

You will study English for at least 10 hours a week. Each lesson will vary and you will be assigned homework regularly to complete independently. One task will involve writing an extended essay which involves research skills, analysing, and combining your own knowledge. We also support you in preparing and giving oral presentations as well as taking part in debates. We encourage students to spend time in extended reading, completing and discussing many short readers.

Course dates & prices

Duration Dates Price
8 weeks 10/07/2017 - 03/09/2017 £9200.00
6 weeks 23/07/2017 - 03/09/2017 £6900.00
4 weeks 10/07/2017 - 06/08/2017 £4600.00
4 weeks 06/08/2017 - 03/09/2017 £4600.00
2 weeks 23/07/2017 - 06/08/2017 £2550.00
2 weeks 06/08/2017 - 20/08/2017 £2550.00

We believe Drama is an ideal way of helping to practise speaking in English. Participating in the end of term Drama Shows increases confidence and strength in performing in front of all of your friends and teachers. Some of our past productions have included Grease, The Lion King, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and a rock and roll version of Romeo and Juliet. Some of our scripts have been rewritten by our Drama teachers which gives a real flair to our shows. In the past, we have found all students really enjoy the performance and take real pride in all of their hard work when rehearsing.

Within the course programme, students have additional lectures. The lectures vary from study skills, university application, how to get to a top university, career choices and planning for your future success. There is also allocated time throughout the summer for preparing for interviews. We help you learn how to answer questions and technique styles for university and job applications by setting up mock-style interview scenarios.

Students on this course will also participate in sports every day for an hour. This gives students the chance to have a taste of British sports including cricket, netball and rugby. With the fantastic facilities that Lord Wandsworth College has, students have the chance to participate in many different sports! Students are taught sports by coaches and the Student Hosts which gives them the chance to learn new sports or improve on sports they already participate in at home.

As well as the academic timetable, there will be many social activities. We have unique activities designed by Etherton Education so our students can relax and enjoy themselves after a full day of studying. We have two big social evenings a week with varying activities from a Fashion Show, a Business Game, Speed Chatting and many more! These evenings bring out your creativity and give you a chance to develop your team spirit. The social aspects of the summer are a really important time to boost your English speaking skills. You will be put into new scenarios that will require a willing attitude and eagerness to help your team complete the task ahead. We also hold Formal Dinner and Dances throughout the summer course. These events give you the chance to dress up smartly and practise how you would be expected to behave at events like this. The Student Hosts organise a three course meal after a prize giving event presented by the Director. On Sundays there will be opportunities for you to join many Sunday Clubs. In the past, clubs have included boxercise, dog walking, circus acts, cooking and hand casting. Sunday is a great time to get involved in something new and it is fun to learn outside of the classroom.

Every week there is one full-day trip for you to learn more about the culture of Britain. These may include: Oxford, Cambridge, London, Winchester, Bath, Portsmouth and Windsor. Whilst on these trips, you will get to visit many famous sites and attractions. There will also be smaller excursions available on Sundays to the local town, Basingstoke.

Download the application form