Pre-Three Year A-Level

Our Pre-Three Year A-Level course is based at the beautiful campus of Lord Wandsworth College in Hampshire.  The Pre-Three course is intended for students who are coming to start a three-year A-Level programme at a British Boarding School in September.  It is slower-paced and will be suitable for students who have not yet developed a strong command of English.

Students may enroll for 8, 6 or 4 weeks – we strongly recommend the full 8 weeks.  Students will be accepted with an English level of IELTS 3.5 or higher.   The main focus will be on developing the students’ level of English.

The English lessons will focus on developing basic social and classroom language; mastering the key structures of English grammar; expanding students’ vocabulary; and building up their confidence in using English. Students will have between 12 and 15 hours a week of English lessons.  In addition to these lessons, they will be strongly supported by our British 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

The other main subjects will depend on the students’ level of English and future school. If they are able to access other subjects taught in English, they will be allowed to select up to 4 other main subjects. Their individual timetable will be designed in consultation with the Course Director on arrival at Lord Wandsworth College. All of our subjects are taught by subject specialists who focus on teaching the technical vocabulary needed to study each subject. 

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 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. 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. There is a three course meal and prize giving presented by the Course 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, 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 of Basingstoke.

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Thank you for these kind words

“I’ve had a really nice time here: spending evenings with the girls in the house, walking around new cities and great lessons with my class. The student hosts are like brothers and sisters to me. All of the staff have taught me lots of new things and have helped me make important decisions about my future studies.” Blanca, Spain (Pre-A-Level Course)