Residential Summer Courses 2021

We are very sad to announce that we have had to cancel all of our 2021 residential summer courses. Please click HERE to read the full review.

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Pre-A-Level/ Pre-IB

Pre-A-Level / Pre-IB Courses

Our Pre-A-Level / Pre-IB course is based at the beautiful campus of Lord Wandsworth College in Hampshire.  The course is for students 15-17 years of age.

All students take compulsory English and Drama, and then must choose an additional 3 to 5 subjects.  We have a large selection of subjects to choose from: Maths, Further Maths, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, History, Geography, Business and Economics, Art and Design, ICT/Computing, Psychology 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 10 hours a week.  Each lesson will vary and homework will be assigned regularly to complete independently.  One task will involve writing an extended essay which involves research skills, analysing, and combining your own knowledge.  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.

Course dates & prices

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Our maximum class size is 16, but the average number of students in recent years is around 12-13 and sometimes as low as 3 or 4 in certain subjects. For some workshops and lectures, the audience will obviously 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 you will spend a lot of time doing practical, hands-on experiments.

Within the course programme, students have additional lectures. The lectures vary from study skills, university application, how to get to a top university, career choices and planning for your future success. There is also allocated time throughout the summer for preparing for interviews. We help students learn how to answer questions and technique styles for university and job applications by setting up mock-style interview scenarios.

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. 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

“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!” Mykyta, Ukraine (Pre-A-Level Course)