Course overview

This course is designed for teenagers who are looking to get a taste of life as a student in the UK.

The academic focus allows students to try a range of subjects including Sciences, Humanities and Maths alongside English studies.

It is an ideal option for students who are considering further study in the UK in future years and as a pre-sessional programme for students commencing studies that academic year.

Key Facts

Available in

Start dates:

  • 4 July 2021 (2 or 4 weeks)
  • 18 July 2021 (2 weeks)

Entry level:

  • IELTS 4.5 / Intermediate (pre-test required)

Age range:

  • 14 – 17


  • 2 or 4 weeks

Arrival/ departure day:

  • Sunday

Class size:

  • 12

Lessons per week:

  • 15 hours of English and IELTS preparation
  • 12 hours of academic subjects

Included in the price:

  • 15 hours academic English/ IELTS preparation per week
  • 12 hours of academic subject lessons per week
  • University counselling with a UCAS advisor
  • Programme of evening activities
  • One full-day and one half-day excursion per week
  • Bus pass
  • End-of-course certificate


  • Full-board accommodation
  • Single en-suite study bedrooms
  • 24-hour live-in warden supervision

Academic course content

This pre-university course offers a combination of English lessons, IELTS preparation and academic subjects taught in English (Science, Maths, History, Geography and Business).

The course provides insight into academic studies in the UK with students being taught by our A-level and Foundation academic teachers. Students are also able to get professional guidance on university options through the sessions offered with our UCAS counsellors.

Students will gain knowledge and develop study skills and strategies to ensure they make the most of their time and experience both inside and outside the classroom.

27 hours of lessions per week in total, of English, IELTS preparation and academic subjects. Includes 12 hours per week of academic taster sessions in a range of subjects.


  • Arithmetic
  • Algebra
  • Shape and Perimeter
  • Data handling
  • Angles
  • Number
  • Time word problems
  • Fractions

Much of this is taught through challenging problem-solving exercises.


Exploring science through activities.

  • Safety/ Sound
  • Chemistry: Materials
  • Biology: Human Body
  • Biology: Nutrition
  • Biology: Plants
  • Physics: Forces
  • Biology: Animals
  • Chemistry: Fossil Fuels

Academic English

  • Summarising
  • Note-taking
  • Dictionary use
  • Interpreting graphs
  • Mini-presentations
  • Library use
  • Structure of a paragraph

IELTS lessons are intended to develop the four skills and prepare students for future tests.


Practical learning through problem-solving exercises.

British Culture

Introduction to the UK education system (including universities).

  • Parliament
  • British food
  • Family life/the home
  • Hobbies/sports
  • Customs
  • The Monarchy

Activities and excursions


  • One full-day excursion per week, including one entrance fee.
  • One half day educational visit per week.


  • Organised activities available every evening, either on or off campus.

Sample weekly timetable

Time Lesson Sun Mon Tues Weds Thur Fri Sat
8.40 1 Arrivals & free evening Registration Science Humanities English English Excursion & free time
9.20 2 Welcome and Language Test
10.00 3
10.40 Break
11.00 4 English English English Science Humanities
11.40 5
12.00 Lunch
12.40 6 Tour of Oxford Humanities Maths Science Visit to Cotswold Wildlife Park
1.40 7
2.20 8 Maths English English
3.00 Break
3.10 9 Humanities English English
3.50 10

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The Kings Admissions Team