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Section 1: Overview

Is this course for me?

  • This programme offers students aged 16 – 25 the chance to spend an unforgettable summer vacation living and learning in London.
  • Combine English language lessons with visits to some of London’s most famous landmarks.
  • You’ll be based at the superb central location of South Bank University — located right on the River Thames with views of the London Eye and The Shard.

Key Facts

Available in

  • London

Start dates:

  • Every Wednesday, 24 June – 12 August 2020 (end date 19 August 2020)  
  • 1 week bookings: 24 June, 29 July, 5 August, 12 August only. 

Entry level:

  • Beginner (Kings Level 1)

Age:

  • 16 – 25 (please note that students aged 16 and 17 will be allowed to go out unaccompanied in small groups, but will need to sign in and out and will have a curfew of 23.00)

Duration:

  • 1 – 4 weeks

Class size:

  • Maximum 16

Lessons per week:

  • 20 lessons (15 hours) General English 

Included in the price:

  • 20 general English lessons per week (15 hours)
  • Half-board accommodation in single en suite rooms (breakfast and dinner)
  • Travel cards for zones 1 and 2 (access to all main tourist sites) 
  • 1 x full day excursion per week 
  • 3 x evening activities per week 
  • Exciting optional activity programme visiting iconic London sights

Section 2: Programme content and structure

Your classes

  • English lessons will explore British culture — specifically, the history, politics and social economy of London.
  • Your classes will take place at one of the main university buildings — recently completely renovated and just 5 minutes’ walk from your accommodation.
  • The modern classrooms are all equipped with data projectors.

Your meal plan

  • A newly refurbished campus dining facility is just a short walk from the accommodation.
  • Breakfast and dinner is provided every day with a choice of meals.

Your accommodation

  • You will live at David Bomberg house or McLaren House— residence facilities of South Bank University.
  • The residence offers single rooms with a private bathroom arranged in shared flats, with a communal kitchen dining room for each flat (please note the kitchen is not available for cooking).
  • There is also a social room and laundry facility on site.
  • David Bomberg House is just 3 minutes’ walk from the nearest tube station (Borough) and is very close to London Bridge station.
  • McLaren house is equidistant to the school and a 5-minute walk to Southwark or Waterloo stations
  • Both are within close walking distance of the Tate Modern Gallery and the Globe Theatre.

Social activities

  • Our Discover London programme includes a weekly travel card (zones 1 and 2) so you can explore London in your own time.
  • Your programme includes 1 x organised full-day visit per week
  • You will also be able to join 3 x free evening activities per week, such as a movie night, disco, sports evening or quiz night.
  • If you want to join other optional organised trips you can pay for these on a “pay-as-you-go” basis at the centre. Alternatively, the full package with activities and all excursions included is available to pre-purchase prior to arrival at the cost of £145 per person, per week.
  • For prices and typical destinations, please see the detailed Optional Excursions information below.

Full-day excursions (included in the price)

Typical destinations include:

  • Brighton — beach and Sea Life Centre
  • Oxford — University walking tour and Ashmolean Museum
  • Portsmouth — HMS Victory
  • Cambridge — walking tour and shopping

Please note 16 and 17 year olds will need to have some level of supervision at all times.

Section 3: Optional excursions

  • Customise your course with additional optional excursions, available on a pay-as-you-go basis.
  • All optional trips require a minimum amount of 30 students.
  • Optional excursions may be booked directly at centre and are subject to availability.

Entrances and travel included in cost

Full day to Windsor and Windsor Castle

  • Price: £38
  • Windsor Castle is the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world.
  • It has been the family home of British kings and queens for almost 1,000 years.
  • It is an official residence of Her Majesty The Queen, whose flag flies from the Round Tower when she is in residence.

Thorpe Park

  • Price: £58
  • Thorpe Park is one of the top theme parks in the UK.
  • Major attractions include a large water slide, a number of rollercoasters and dark ride Derren Brown’s Ghost Train.

Full day to Canterbury and Cathedral

  • Price: £36
  • Canterbury Cathedral is home of the Archbishop of Canterbury, leader of the Church of England.
  • It had huge religious and political significance in medieval times, and its importance as a centre of pilgrimage increased further after the murder of Thomas Becket there in 1170.

Full day to Hampton Court Palace

  • Price: £38
  • Hampton Court Palace is a royal palace in the town of East Molesey, Richmond upon Thames, Greater London.
  • Along with St James’s Palace, it is one of only two surviving palaces owned by King Henry VIII.

Entrances only (accessible by public transport)

London Eye

  • Price: £23 (age 17 and under); £27 (age 18+)
  • The London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel on the South Bank of the River Thames in London. The structure is 135 metres tall and the wheel has a diameter of 120 metres.
  • When it was built in 1999 it was the world’s tallest Ferris wheel.

Tower Bridge Experience

  • Price: £10 (age 17 and under); £14 (age 18+)
  • London’s Tower Bridge has become one of the city’s most iconic structures, and offers fabulous views from its glass-floored high-level walkways.
  • A permanent exhibition explains the history and engineering of this unique Victorian bridge.

St. Pauls Cathedral

  • Price: £16 (age 17 and under); £20 (age 18+)
  • St Paul’s Cathedral sits at the highest point of the City of London.
  • The present church dates back to the late 17th century, and was designed by Sir Christopher Wren as was part of a major rebuilding programme after the Great Fire of London.
  • It hosts some of the highest profile weddings and funerals in the UK.

Kensington Palace

  • Price: £19 (age 17 and under); £23 (age 18+)
  • Kensington Palace, whose first royal residents were King William III and Queen Mary II, was built in 1605 by Sir George Coppin.
  • It has always been the home of one royal or another, and its most recent inhabitants were the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

London Dungeon

  • Price: £18 (age 17 and under); £22 (age 18+)
  • The London Dungeon is one of the UK’s most popular tourist attractions, and recreates some of London’s most gruesome historical events!
  • It uses a mixture of live actors, special effects and rides.

Madame Tussauds

  • Price: £29 (age 17 and under); £33 (age 18+)
  • Madame Tussauds is a museum that contains waxwork models of famous people.
  • You can visit a range of different collections, have your picture taken alongside A – list celebrities, and for something a little scarier brave the Chamber gallery where infamous serial killers lurk!

Tower of London

  • Price: £23 (age 17 and under); £27 (age 18+)
  • The Tower of London is a 900-year-old castle and fortress in central London that is notable for housing the crown jewels and for holding many famous and infamous prisoners.
  • Throughout its history, the tower has served many purposes: it housed the royal mint, a menagerie, an armoury and barracks for troops.

Evening activities

  • Disco/Karaoke: £5
  • Games night: £3
  • Sports night: £3
  • West end shows: prices from £30

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The Kings Admissions Team