Course Information

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.


Class Sizes

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 – Fast Track Pre-GCSE

Minimum Recommended Level:  B1+ / IELTS 4.5

Course – Junior Academic

Minimum Recommended Level:  B1 / IELTS 4.0

Course – The Family Summer Course

Minimum Recommended Level:  B1/IELTS 4.0

Course – Introduction to British Boarding for Girls

Minimum Recommended Level:  B1+ / IELTS 4.5


We will look at each application individually and may require students to complete an online test before confirming an offer of a place.  Please note, our courses are not suitable for complete beginners.


Sports Programme

Sport is a very important part of Etherton Education summer courses.  All students on our courses will participate in sports most days for around an hour.  This gives students the chance to have a taste of British sports all taught by 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.


Leisure Programme

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, Pre-GCSE and Fast Track Pre-GCSE Course Trips 

The full-day trips for these courses are always on Saturdays. 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, as well as local shopping trips on Sundays.

Junior Academic Course Trips

The full-day trips for these courses are on Thursdays and the half day trip on Tuesdays.  The trips are different each week and always have an educational side to them. The full-day trips may include: Bath (Roman Baths), Cheltenham Pump Rooms, Bristol (Science Museum and SS Great Britain), Sudeley Castle and Warwick Castle.  The half day trips are different each year with previous years including raft building, climbing and local shopping trips.

Family Summer Course Trips

The trips on this course are designed for the students and parents to take together, along with some trips just for the parents.  The trips vary in length and may include:

Students and Parents: Chelthenham Pump Rooms, Paint Your Own Pottery, Bath, visits to other Boarding Schools, Sudeley Castle and Warwick Castle.

Parents Only: English Tea Party, Bicester Shopping Village.

Introduction to British Boarding for Girls Course Trips

The trips on this course vary each week and work with the weekly theme of the course!  Some examples of the trips may include:

Young Creator: Circus Workshop, Aardman Animations Workshop, Theatre Show / Film Night.

Young Adventurer: Formal Dinner inside Bristol Zoo, SS Great Britain, Cardiff Millenium Stadium.

Young Scientist: Bristol Science Museum ‘We The Curious’.

Young Citizen of the World: Bath and the Roman Baths, BBC Studio Bristol, Hotel Formal Dinner.

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.