Academically Intensive English

This academically challenging course focuses on improving academic English skills, developing exam technique and learning how to learn.

Course details

Age of student: 12-17
Language level: Elementary (A2) – Proficient (C2)
Staff/student ratio: 1:6
Entry requirements: Pre-course assessment
Course dates: courses run all year

Who is this course for?

Students who want a challenging course to improve their academic English skills.

Course outcomes

Develop their English language knowledge, vocabulary and grammar
Improve academic study skills including reading, writing, listening and speaking skills
Be prepared to study subjects where education is delivered in English
Gain skills required for taking international exams
Be a more confident, independent and enquiring learner
Make international friends

Course description


48 hours per two week course

Study skills

Students improve their language skills in areas of reading, writing, speaking, listening and all tasks are related to academic contexts. Students also learn useful study skills. At the end of the course students bring their skills together by researching, planning and performing a short presentation on an academic topic of their choice.

Exam skills

Afternoon lessons focus specifically on exam techniques. We offer an introduction to popular exams such as Cambridge English and IELTS and students learn the techniques required to succeed. Topics covered include:
• how to remember vocabulary
• how to answer short essay questions
• comparing and contrasting
• listening for specific information
• time management and note taking


Independent study

8 hours per two week course. Before dinner each day students spend an hour developing their independent learning skills.  During this time students can practise what they have learned in class, finish any uncompleted class work or home work, and research and plan their study tour excursions.


27 hours per two weeks course. Students have lots of opportunities to learn outside the classroom, including:


From football and basketball to tennis and cricket

Creative arts

From T-shirt painting to photography

Evening activities

Activities in college or with the host families.


4 days per two weeks course. Students have the chance to visit some of the UK’s top academic tourist destinations. Students gain life skills by taking part in the planning of their trips. Example destinations include:

London (2 times) – take a tour on the main tourist place. The second day do something more authentic.

Cambridge – tour the city and admire the university colleges, spend time punting along the river or visit one of the many museums.

Course includes

Accommodation in a host family or college
All meals, snacks and drinks
All social activities and study tours
Airport transfers on arrival and departure