In this section you will find some general information about the courses at Etherton Education. This includes information about the class sizes, the level of English required and the sports and leisure program.
The maximum class size is 16, but we aim to keep most classes around 12 to 13 students. On the Pre-A-Level / Pre-IB courses this can sometimes be as low as 3 to 4 students depending on subject choices of the students on site at the time. For some lectures and workshops there will be larger groups.
Staff to Student Ratio
The overall ratio is around 1:3, that is, one member of staff to each three students. We have very high levels of individual care. There are always plenty of staff around to look after our students.
Recommended Minimum Level of English
Course – Pre-A-Level / Pre-IB
Minimum Recommended Level: B2 / IELTS 5.0
Course – Pre-GCSE
Minimum Recommended Level: B1 / IELTS 4.0
Course – Junior Academic
Minimum Recommended Level: B1 / IELTS 4.0
All students are required to complete a short online test (about 30 minutes) before they arrive. This gives us an idea of their English level so we are able to assign them into classes before they arrive. This means our arrival days can be more about settling, rather than having to take tests. The test is not a pass / fail, we will look at each application and test result individually. If there are any concerns about a students English level we will speak with their agent or parent. Please note, our courses are not suitable for complete beginners.
Sport is a very important part of Etherton Education summer courses. All students on our courses will participate in sports each teaching day for around an hour. This gives students the chance to have a taste of British sports all taught by Coaches and our Student Hosts. The aim is to encourage and inspire students to take up sports in their future schools. Sport is a fantastic way for international students to make friends and integrate in their new environment. We give them the chance to learn some basic rules and sport specific vocabulary to get them started.
With the fantastic facilities that our schools have, students have the chance to participate in many different sports including – football, netball, rugby, hockey, basketball, tennis and cricket. Each week will see different sports introduced and there is also free time for students to carry on practicing their favourites with our Student Hosts.
We have unique social activities designed by Etherton Education which are managed 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 students creativity and give them a chance to develop their team spirit. The social aspects of the summer are a really important time to boost English speaking skills. Students will be put into new scenarios that require a willing attitude and eagerness to help their team complete the task ahead.
There will be trips each week included for each course as well. The trips are different each week and always have an educational side to them. All transport is included and the students receive a packed lunch to take on full day trips.
Pre-A-Level / Pre-IB Course Trips
There is one full-day trip for this course, on a Saturday. The trips are different each week and always have an educational side to them. The trips may include: Portsmouth, Cambridge, London, Winchester, Bath, Oxford and Windsor. The students also have the opportunity for small local shopping trips on a Sunday.
Pre-GCSE and Junior Academic Course Trips
There is one full-day trip for these courses, on a Thursday. The trips are different each week and always have an educational side to them. The full-day trips may include: Oxford, Longleat Safari Park, Bath, Bristol, Dartmoor and Cardiff. The Junior Academic Course also has an additional half day trip each week, on a Tuesday. These half day trips may include: mountain biking, exploring beaches and learning to climb.
Please note, the trips advised above run throughout the courses so the trips students actually take will depend on the weeks they attend. The trips advised above are correct at the time of publication. Etherton Education reserve the right to make changes as required and adjustments may be made at short notice due to weather / travel / circumstances beyond our control.