Our Pre-A-Level / Pre-IB Course is for international students 15-17 years. All students take compulsory English and Drama, and then choose an additional three to five subjects. We have a large selection of subjects to choose from: Maths, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, History, Geography, Business Studies and Economics, Art and Design, ICT/Computing and Psychology. We also offer additional evening workshops in Further Maths and Theory of Knowledge. We also consider offering other subjects if they are requested prior to the course starting but these may be subject to additional fees.
Students will study English for at least ten hours a week. In each lesson students will explore the Study Skills required to be successful in their future academic studies. They will be given tasks and activities to improve their listening, reading, writing and reading skills, and their range of vocabulary. Teachers will set homework regularly so that students can work independently too. We will also ask students to complete at least one Extended Essay which will involve a longer piece of writing based on their own research. We also support students in preparing and giving oral presentations as well as taking part in debates. We encourage students to spend time in extended reading, completing and discussing many short readers.
The recommended minimum English level for this course is CEFR B2 / IELTS 5.0.
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Our maximum class size is 16, but the average number of students in recent years has been around 12-13 and sometimes as low as 3 or 4 in certain subjects. For some workshops and lectures, the audience may exceed 16.
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 students will spend a lot of time doing practical, hands-on experiments.
Within the course programme, students have additional lectures. The lectures vary from university applications, how to get to a top university, career choices and planning for future success. In addition, we offer students the opportunity to practise their interview technique, so that they can be better prepared to answer questions in school, university and job interviews later on. These ‘Mock Interviews’ are offered as part of our Sunday Club programme.
We believe Drama is an ideal way to practise speaking in English. Participating in the Drama shows increases confidence in using language, helps with pronunciation and develops a strong sense of team-working. We make sure that the shows are enjoyable and everyone takes part. In the past, we have found that all students are enthusiastic, really enjoy the final performance and learn a lot by doing something outside of their ‘comfort zone’.
After students finish their lessons every day, they will be able to practise speaking English with lots of Student Hosts. They work every day after classes, and all day when there are no classes. Students can spend over 50 hours a week chatting in English with our Student Hosts. Our Student Hosts are kind and friendly. They are native English speakers and help to explain British culture and are usually very good students at top universities themselves. Every day they will play sport, have dinner, help with homework in the evenings. They arrange many of our Social Activities and Sunday Clubs, and also go on all the trips.
Students will also participate in sports for one hour each week day. This gives students a taste of some popular British sports including football, netball, rugby, hockey, basketball, tennis and cricket. The sports sessions are led by Student Hosts who have often played the sports to a good standard themselves. Students will learn the basic rules of each of the sports on offer and will learn some of the key vocabulary so that they are able to participate actively in their favourite sports in their new school.
In addition to the academic timetable, there are many Social Activities on the summer course. Etherton Education has designed some unique activities so our students can relax and enjoy themselves after a full day of studying. We have two big social evenings each week which may include activities such as a Fashion Show, a Business Game, Speed Chatting and many more. These evenings develop creativity and give students a chance to practice their leadership and teamworking skills. The social aspects of the summer are a really important time to improve English speaking skills and confidence. Students are encouraged to try new things, make new friends and participate actively. We also hold two Formal Dinners as part of the Summer Course at the end of week four and week eight. This gives students the chance to learn how to behave at formal events, and gives them an opportunity to dress up smartly and have fun with their friends. There is a three course meal and both staff and students are invited to give speeches.
Each Sunday students will be invited to join one of many Sunday Clubs. This allows students to learn new skills and develop interests or hobbies outside of the classroom. In the past our Sunday Clubs have included boxercise, dog walking, circus acts, cooking, tie dye and many more. Sunday is a great time to get involved in something new and it is fun way to learn outside of the classroom.
Every Saturday there is a full-day trip for students to learn more about the history and culture of Britain. The destinations may include: Portsmouth, Cambridge, London, Winchester, Bath, Oxford and Windsor. Whilst on these trips, students will visit many famous sites and attractions, and some of the UK’s top universities. Trips are planned in advance, so students will visit different trips depending on their course dates. All our trips are subject to change at short notice due to weather, travel and / or circumstances beyond our control.
Students are supervised almost all of the time but have some freedom to move around when they are on campus. On trips, students 15 years and over may have periods of up to two hours’ shopping time in groups of three.
Thank you for these kind words
“I found this summer course very informative and it helped me explore a number of subjects. There were funny and interesting activities, plus amazing and educative excursions. However, the most important aspect was the warm attitude of the staff – they are wonderful people with a good sense of humour and inexhaustible kindness!”