The ideal academic introduction to UK pre⁠-⁠university education.

The course is perfect if your child wants to:
  • Gain experience of UK pre-university education and information on university options. 
  • Combine general English lessons with academic subjects and IELTS preparation 
  • Enjoy a varied programme of excursions and activities

Academic lessons

27 hours of lessons per week combining English, IELTS and academic subjects.


One full-day excursion per week, plus a half-day educational visit.


A full programme of organised evening activities.

The essentials

Key facts


Age range

  • 14 – 17

Minimum entry level

  • IELTS 4.5 / Intermediate (pre-test required)


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


  • 1 – 4 weeks

Start dates

  • 4 July – 1 August 2021

Arrival/ departure day

  • Sunday

Maximum class size

  • 12


  • Monday to Friday, 8:40 to 16:30

What's included

  • 15 hours of English/ IELTS lessons per week
  • 12 hours of academic subject teaching per week
  • Full-board residential accommodation
  • Welcome party and orientation 
  • Placement test and regular progress tests
  • Full programme of evening activities
  • One full-day excursion per week, including entrance fee
  • One half-day excursion
  • Weekly bus pass 
  • End-of-course certificate
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Academic course content

27 hours of lessons per week in total, of English, IELTS preparation and academic subjects.

12 hours 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

Please note: subject areas are subject to change.

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.

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The Kings Admissions Team