Our Pre-GCSE course is based at Wellington School in the South West of England and is for international students aged 13-15 years.  During the summer, you will follow a busy academic timetable.  Students take a compulsory programme of English and drama, plus 10 other subjects.  Science is taught in laboratories and you are able to conduct scientific, hands-on experiments. Teachers in all subjects focus on technical English vocabulary and introduce British study skills.

You will spend at least 9 hours a week in English lessons, which include oral presentations, research projects and every day conversational English.  You will have the chance to study using films, songs, videos, newspapers and radio in order to understand English.  You will learn English for daily life – talking about health, asking for directions, and so on.  The aim of this is to make you as comfortable as possible in adjusting to a new culture.

You will receive at least 6 hours of homework a week, supervised and supported by our friendly Student Hosts.

Course dates & prices

Duration Dates Price
8 weeks 08/07/2019 - 01/09/2019 £10,240.00
6 weeks 21/07/2019 - 01/09/2019 £7,680.00
4 weeks 08/07/2019 - 04/08/2019 £5,120.00
4 weeks 04/08/2019 - 01/09/2019 £5,120.00
2 weeks 08/07/2019 - 21/07/2019 £2,760.00
2 weeks 21/07/2019 - 04/08/2019 £2,760.00
2 weeks 04/08/2019 - 18/08/2019 £2,760.00

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.

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 all taught by our Student Hosts. With the fantastic facilities that Wellington School has, students have the chance to participate in many different sports.

As well as the academic timetable for the Pre-GCSE Course, there will be many social activities. We have unique activities designed by Etherton Education which are carried out by the Student Hosts 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. There is a three course meal and a prize giving event presented by the Course Director. This is followed by a dance in the Great Hall.

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 Clubs are a great time to get involved in something new and it’s 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, Longleat, Bristol, Bath, Cardiff and Dartmoor. There will also be smaller excursions available on Sundays to the local town of Taunton. Whilst on these trips, you will get to visit many famous sites and attractions.

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Thank you for these kind words

“This summer course helped me, I learnt how to get to know people, and I made lots of new friends. I can say that no one except my parents have taken care of me as well as the student hosts.” Prin, Thailand (Pre-GCSE Course)