Intensive Academic Study Program aims to sharpen academic abilities of those students who are either about to join a UK boarding school, considering this for the future or are looking for academic booster course that offers tuition in English, Maths and the Sciences, whilst also developing life skills such as confidence, leadership and teamwork, along with a programme of social activities and excursions.
The course offers 30 hours of academic tuition per week taught by subject specialist. Each day is taken up with three 90 minute lessons of core subjects and a 90 minutes of STEM based project challenges. Students will develop and expand on existing knowledge of the core academic subjects Maths, Science and English as appropriate to their key stage, lessons are functional, interactive and designed for collaborative study.
The STEM projects allow students to experiment and put into practice “what they can do, with what they know”. Using their knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths to solve problems, gather and evaluate evidence and make sense of the information. These daily projects help develop design, creative thinking and problem solving skills, whilst leading or working as part of a team.
Intensive Academic Study Program is open to native English Speakers and those with an upper intermediate level of English or above. The course is complemented by a lively social programme of activities and weekend excursions, to ensure that pupils enjoy their time on the course and make new friends from around the world.
Intensive Academic 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
- Subjects offered include English, Maths, Science, and STEM projects
- A full social and sports programme
- 2 full-day excursions per week to London and beyond
- Maximum class size of 15 students (typically 12 students per class)
- Airport transfers (Heathrow & Gatwick airports)
Sports and Activities:
Outside classroom, students will improve language skills through a structured and balanced sports and leisure programme. The activities include:
- Table Tennis
- Challenge event
- Treasure hunt
- Sports competition
- Blind Date
- Quiz Night
- Talent Show
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 excursion each week to experience the rich cultural heritage of Britain. The choices include:
- Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
- Buckingham Palace
- Big Ben and Houses of Parliament
- The National Gallery
- The Tower of London
- Covent Garden Market
- The Science Museum
- Shopping at Oxford Street
- Leeds Castle
- Chessington World of Adventures
The sample timetable below is a typical 1-week Intensive Academic Study Program at Wycombe Abbey.
Students stay in comfortable boarding houses of Wycombe Abbey. Girls and boys are accommodated separately. Small clusters of rooms have shared bathroom facilities, common rooms and kitchens and provide the perfect environment for relaxation and socialising. A team of friendly staff will stay with the students to look after them in the evenings and is on duty throughout the night. (En-suite rooms may be requested at the time of booking; a supplement of £125 per person per week applies)
Well balanced, nutritious three cooked meals a day with a wide range of salads and hot dishes are provided in the school dining room. Vegetarian meals are always available and are clearly labelled. Drinks and snacks are provided during break times. Packed lunches are provided for excursions.
Excellent sports facilities including an indoor heated swimming pool and impressive sports facilities. There are students’ lounges, common TV room, and kitchens facilities in the accommodation.
Laundry is done once a week. All bed linen is provided and is laundered once a week. Towels are not provided.
Wycombe Abbey is a world leader in girls’ boarding education and a place where academic excellence, empathy and integrity thrive. It is one of the UK’s most successful independent boarding schools for girls, aged 11 to 18. The School is committed to creating tomorrow’s women leaders and has a long tradition of academic excellence, it is consistently one of the country’s best performing schools with over a third of girls received Oxbridge offers every year.
Founded in 1896, the School is set in 160 acres magnificent parkland in Buckinghamshire, England with its own lake, and is only 30 miles from the centre of London, 20 miles from Heathrow airport. It provides a secure and comfortable country lifestyle setting for the course.
The vision of Wycombe Abbey is to pursuit of academic excellence, the development of each pupil’s talents, the fostering of an awareness of God and an understanding of the needs of others. The ISI inspectors were blown away, bestowing a rare and much coveted ‘exceptional’ status on the pupils’ learning and achievements.
The School has an impressive record of academic success and is consistently one of the top performers in public examination league tables. The average GCSE results from 2010-2017 were outstanding with 97.75% of all GCSE entries graded A*A. At A-Level, an average of 88.6% were graded A*A. With such excellent exam results, Wycombe Abbey girls gain admission to competitive courses at leading universities throughout the world. One third secure Oxbridge offers with the majority heading to Russell Group universities or prestigious Art, Drama or Music Schools.