FAST TRACK PRE-GCSE
Etherton Education Summer 2020
On 09 June 2020, we very sadly, made the decision to cancel all of our 2020 summer courses because of COVID-19. We tried hard to see if we could find a way to run these courses, but there were too many obstacles in our way. Read the full announcement from Peter Etherton, Director, HERE.
The website information will remain available to view as our 2020 details until we are able to release our full 2021 course information. If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact our Admissions Team, HERE.
Etherton Online – Academic Online Courses
We are now running Online Courses to still be able to help international students coming to the UK to study, as well as students just wanting to study in English. You can find more information on these exciting new courses HERE.
Fast Track Pre-GCSE Course
Our Fast Track Pre-GCSE course is based at the beautiful campus of Lord Wandsworth College in Hampshire. The course is for students aged 15 – 17 years.
Many UK Schools are now offering a One-Year GCSE Course which is popular with international students. However, please remember that British students normally take TWO years to complete their GCSEs. So it is not easy for international students to complete some GCSEs in just one year. This Fast Track Pre-GCSE summer course will give students a great start if they are beginning a One-Year GCSE programme this September.
This course is suitable for students who want to study the science subjects and focus on preparing for exams. Students study English for at least 10.5 hours, as well as Drama, Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Business Studies / Economics (taught together). This is an intensive six-week academic summer course.
The recommended minimum English level is CEFR B1+ / IELTS 4.5.
Course dates & prices
|6 weeks||19/07/2020 - 30/08/2020||£7,680.00|
The English lessons will focus on the IELTS exam format. Students will practise:
– Academic listening skills
– Speaking and presentation skills
– Writing about charts and data, and argumentative topics
– Reading academic texts and media passages
– Researching information about your weekly trips
– Extensive Reading
The other subjects will focus on preparation for GCSE exams. There will be regular exam practice and learning of technical vocabulary in English. Students can take all five subjects or just choose four. Each subject will be studied for three hours a week.
Our maximum class size is 16, but the average number of students in recent years is around 12-13. 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.
We believe Drama is an ideal way of helping to practise speaking in English. Participating in the Drama shows increases confidence and strength in performing in front of friends and teachers. 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 most days for around an hour. This gives students the chance to have a taste of British sports football, netball, rugby, hockey, basketball, tennis and cricket. With the fantastic facilities that Lord Wandsworth College has, students have the chance to participate in many different sports! Students are taught by coaches and 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 are 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 creativity and give students a chance to develop their team spirit. The social aspects of the summer are a really important time to boost English speaking skills. Students are put into new scenarios that require a willing attitude and eagerness to help their team complete the task ahead. We also hold Formal Dinner and Dances throughout the summer course. These events give students the chance to dress up smartly and practise how they 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 students 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 way to learn outside of the classroom.
Every week there is one full-day trip for students to learn more about the culture of Britain. At Lord Wandsworth College the full-day trips are on a Saturday each week.
These may include: Portsmouth, Cambridge, London, Winchester, Bath, London, Oxford and Windsor. Whilst on these trips, students will get to visit many famous sites and attractions. There will also be smaller trips available on Sundays to the local town for shopping. The trips students take depend on what course duration they attend and all trips are subject to change at short notice due to weather / travel / circumstances beyond our control.
Thank you for these kind words
“During my summer here, things happened that would never normally happen in my summer. The reason for this is that the teachers and staff interact with the students a lot. The student hosts helped me with my homework and were one of the first when playing sport with the students. They kept every student in good spirits.”