A-Level / IB Summer Study Program is designed to help students prepare for A-Level or IB Diploma study, or revise a particular subject for examinations. It’s also ideal for preparing international students to enter British education at a top boarding school.
Students will study 30 hours a week including four 75-minute lessons Monday-Friday with lectures, workshops, assemblies, educational visits and tutor time. Students can study four subjects each week based on individual academic needs and interests. Lessons, taught by qualified subject teachers, integrate theory and practice, combining classroom instructions and practical workshops and experiments in the laboratories. Students will be introduced to different ways of learning, and take an active part in challenging and stimulating workshops and lectures on topics relevant to your success now and in your future. These include careers planning, Internet safety, first aid, financial literacy as well as subject-focused lectures that are run by experts and acclaimed celebrities in their fields. Students are also encouraged to work independently outside the classroom to develop study skills.
The lessons of A-Level / IB Summer Study Program fully integrates English language learning and academic subject study through European ground-breaking teaching method – Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL), an approach for learning content through a foreign language (English), thus teaching both the subject and the language.
For international students who aim to enhance their language skills in order to study at a top British boarding school will have opportunity to develop English language skills in interpersonal communication and in academic language proficiency, through a wide range of English study options, such as IELTS Preparation, English Grammar, Literature, Essay Writing or Presentation Skills.
In the afternoons and during the weekends students will enjoy a full structured social and leisure programme, cultural visits and trips to complement the academic programme, and to encourage social interaction in English.
A-Level / IB Summer Study Program takes place at three top British boarding schools in London, Cambridge and Bristol respectively. The DLD College in central London overlooks Houses of Parliament and the River Thames; Abbey College in Cambridge is right next to the world-famous Cambridge University; and Sidcot School in Bristol offers a great summer academic course in a beautiful countryside setting with highly competitive price.
A-Level / IB Summer Study Program consists of a well-balanced programme of academic tuitions, activities, sports and excursions. The weekly programme includes:
- 30 hours of academic tuition per week
- Lectures, workshops, laboratory experiments, educational visits and Personal Best tutor time
- Afternoon, evening and weekend sports and social programme
- 2 full days and 1 half-day trips and excursions per week
- Maximum class size of 15 students (typically 12 students per class)
- Heathrow & Gatwick airport transfers (between 06:00 and 18:00 on arrival day and 08:00 and 20:00 on departure day)
Students can choose four subjects each week from the following academic subjects when applying the course. The subject choices include:
- Design & Technology [Bristol ONLY]
- Drama & Music
- Economics, Business & entrepreneurship
- Environment & societies [exclude Cambridge]
- Essay writing
- History & Politics [exclude Cambridge]
- Literature [exclude Cambridge]
- Media Studies [exclude Cambridge]
- Presentation & Interviews
- Psychology [exclude Cambridge]
- Social Studies [Cambridge ONLY]
- Theory of Knowledge (ToK)
Subjects offered depend on students’ choices, so not every subject is available every week. However, every effort is made to give students their first choices. Every student will have an individual timetable which is written to meet their individual needs.
Activities and Excursions:
British Education encourages students to be involved in artistic pursuits, sports and community service work in order to fostering students awareness and appreciation of life outside the academic arena. The social programme of the course is designed to incorporate aspects of the Creativity, Action and Service (CAS) strand of the IB Diploma.
- Creativity includes a wide range of arts activities. Students will be able to participate in digital media, textiles, drama, bracelet making, cooking, model making, art competitions, circus skills, quizzes and photography.
- Action includes participation in individual and team sports, including football, cricket, volleyball, basketball, badminton, tennis, paint-balling, archery, fencing, swimming, hiking, orienteering, canoeing, water zorbing, sports competition, driving, survival skills and abseiling.
- Service encompasses community and social service activities. Students could be involved in helping to organise fun charity events to raise money. For these events students worked as a team and developed leadership and organisational skills.
In addition, excursions are a vital part of the summer experience for international students to gain a cultural understanding of the UK alongside academic study. Students will have 2 fully day and 1 half day excursion each week to experience the rich cultural heritage of Britain. The followings are structured leisure programmes including sports, evening activities and weekend trips across three course centres.
The followings are sample timetables of a typical A-Level / IB Summer Study Program:
Students stay in Sidcot School boarding houses with single and double rooms. Girls and boys are accommodated in separate boarding houses which are close to both the classrooms and dining room. A team of friendly staff will stay with the students to look after them in the evenings and is on duty throughout the night. The Sidcot School nurse is also on call twenty-four hours a day.
[DLD College, London]
Students stay in single and twin en-suite bedrooms of DLD College Boarding House located directly above our college premises. Girls and boys are accommodated separately in different floors. A team of friendly staff will stay with the students to look after them in the evenings and is on duty throughout the night.
[Abbey College Cambridge]
All bedrooms are single and ensuite. Girls and boys are accommodated separately in different areas. A team of friendly staff will stay with the students to look after them in the evenings and is on duty throughout the night.
Well balanced, nutritious three cooked meals a day are provided in the college refectory. Packed lunches are provided for excursions.
Excellent sports facilities including a swimming pool, good IT facilities and wireless access throughout the campus, a library, a new creative arts block with extensive drama, art and music facilities. There are students’ lounges, kitchens and laundry facilities in the accommodation.
[DLD College, London]
The College has modern classrooms, sports facilities, theatre, music rooms and art studios, graphic suite and learning centre all equipped with state of the art technology. Separate laboratories for Biology, Chemistry and Physics equipped with interactive touch screens. Common rooms are located on each floor of the boarding house and contain a kitchenette where boarders can store and prepare their own drinks and snacks, comfortable seating, and a large table and chairs for group studying.
[Abbey College Cambridge]
Abbey Cambridge is located on an outstanding new campus in the centre of Cambridge. The College has modern classrooms, science laboratories, art studio, dining hall, coffee bar, gym, basketball court, sports hall and boarding accommodation all on one campus.
Laundry is done once a week. All bed linen is provided and is laundered once a week. Towels are not provided.
Sidcot School near Bristol is a British independent day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 3 – 18 established in 1699. It is one of seven Quaker schools in England.
The School is situated in glorious Somerset countryside, the south-west of England. On the edge of the village of Winscombe, Sidcot benefits from being situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty whilst being within easy access of the two major cultural centres or Bristol and Bath. The coast at Weston-super-Mare is 8 miles away.
Students are encouraged to be outward looking and adventurous, to participate fully in the life of the school and to be of service to the community. The focus is put on finding the best in everyone. With the belief that there is ‘that of God’ in every person, the Quaker philosophy to education aims to ensure that:
- Every learner is approached with optimism
- Individuals are encouraged to believe in their own ‘immense potential’
- Learning happens most creatively when relationships are based on mutual respect
- Methods of discipline are based on trust, mutual support and a desire to promote the positive
- Responsibility is encouraged, as is questioning, exploration, honesty and openness.
Sidcot School is always pride of offering a range of extra-curricular activities with excitement, diversity, challenge and rigour within a safe and supportive framework. ‘PASS’ (Programme of Activities for Sidcot School) is a very special co-curricular initiative based on key values of integrity, stewardship, self-reflection, adventure and community. A range of exciting activities are embedded at the heart of the curriculum and are focused on bringing these values to life. Every Year Group will be involved in a unique and tailored range of activities every Wednesday afternoon throughout the year.
The DLD College London is an independent sixth form college situated in the heart of London, directly opposite Westminster and Big Ben. The College, founded in 1931, offers superb, modern teaching facilities in the heart of London overlooking The Houses of Parliament, Big Ben & the River Thames.
As one of the oldest and most prestigious colleges in the UK, DLD College specialises in preparing students for GCSE, A Level and International Foundation Programmes. Its reputation is built on success in public examinations and the quality of its small group teaching. It aims to maintain a ‘gold standard’ of educational quality, with small classes, the students and teachers are able to focus upon the most effective ways of learning.
The large sixth form enables the College to offer a wide range of subjects, supported by a strong pastoral system and high quality higher education and careers advice. Because of the intense competition for places at very top universities, especially Oxford or Cambridge, the College offer students’ extensive support to take additional exams and wider programmes, such as Oxbridge Entrance Programme and Medicine and Dentistry Programme, designed to help those aiming for the very highest level.
DLD students have won gold, silver and bronze awards in Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry Olympiads in recent years. In the 2011-2012 series of Mathematics Olympiads, Abbey DLD students gained an astonishing 9 gold medals. The College also encourage those most gifted and motivated students to work towards the Advanced Extension Award, which are a useful additional qualification when applying for the most prestigious universities. In addition, in light of the most competitive universities increasingly use additional tests to select their students, DLD also offer a programme to teach students individually and in small groups for these examinations, including Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA), Sixth Term Examination Papers (STEP) and the Bio-Medical Admissions Test (BMAT). Students can also benefit from some excellence programmes such as Critical Thinking, Medical Careers Seminars.
Abbey College Cambridge is an independent sixth form college situated in the centre of the University City of Cambridge. It is part of the Alpha Plus Group Ltd, which also operates a number of similar colleges elsewhere in the country.
The college specialise in helping students from across the world achieve the personal, social and academic growth needed for success at the UK’s best universities. It provides GCSE and A-level courses, together with a university foundation course. Since its foundation in 1994, Abbey College Cambridge has become one of the best sixth form colleges in the UK. In 2014 OFSTED ranked Abbey College Cambridge “Outstanding” in the following areas.
- Pupils’ achievement
- Pupils’ behaviour and personal development
- Quality of teaching
- Quality of curriculum
- Pupils’ welfare, health and safety
- Leadership and management
The college aims to be ‘a community energised by the love of learning and the pursuit of outstanding achievement for all’. The college is proud of its academic track record, with the A-Level exams A*/A rate being above 60% for each of the past 11 years, compared to an average of 25% in other UK schools. The desire of attending one of the UK’s best universities, coupled with the excellent academic progress the students make, results in over 25% of its A Level students progressing to the UK’s top five universities every year, namely Oxford or Cambridge University, Imperial College, LSE and UCL.