London Summer Advanced Study Program is a mini version of Oxbridge Advanced Study Program for high-achieving younger students study at prestigious Kings College London. The course is closely modeled on the Oxbridge tutorial teaching system to give younger students a taste of the Oxbridge study, and also experience and live like a top London university undergraduate whilst exploring the great city of London.
The course is provided at King’s founding campus – Strand Campus, which is located on the Strand in the City of Westminster, sharing its frontage along the River Thames. The course offers a range of advanced academic subjects in a small class with maximum of 6 students. Students will choose one ‘core’ and one ‘specialist’ subject to study each week prior to arrival, and may study a different core and specialist subject every week. Taught by external academic tutors, core subjects are studied over 10 hours each week, in addition to 5 hours of specialist subject tuition. Students are expected to research independently to prepare for their tutorial subjects, this helps develop many extremely useful transferable skills, including independent thinking, confidence, and self-reliance.
Alongside the academic tutorials the course also offers weekly Master Classes in key skill areas, including Public Speaking, Debating, Negotiation and Time Management, to aid and prepare students for their future study. In addition, students will enjoy a full structured social and leisure programme, cultural visits and trips in and around London to complement the academic programme, and to encourage social interaction in English.
London Summer Advanced Study Program consists of a well-balanced programme of English tuition, activities and culture tour. The structured programme includes:
- Tutorials – 17 hours per week, small group in chosen subjects by expert tutors.
- Master Classes – weekly in key skills including Debating, Public Speaking, Negotiating and Time Management
- Independent Work – research and self-study on tutorial subjects.
- Excursions – 2 full day and 1 half-day excursions and trips per week to London and UK top destinations and attractions.
- Networking – periods of free time and guided tours and activities around the city for socialising with like-minded high achieving students from all over the world.
- Class Size – Maximum of 6 students per class.
Students must choose one of the following subjects to be studied over 10 hours per week:
- English Literature
- Marvels of Mathematics
- IELTS Preparation
- Psychology of the Mind
- Physics of the Universe
- Business Studies
Students must choose one of the following subjects to be studied over 5 hours per week:
- Introduction to Engineering
- British History
- Macro & Micro Economics
- Feeling Philosophical
- Introduction to medicine
One afternoon per week will see students take part in interactive master classes with one of the following themes over two hours:
- Public Speaking
- Time Management
Students will also enjoy a full social programme including 2 full day and 1 half-day cultural excursions and trips. Possible excursions include:
- Buckingham Palace
- Houses of Parliament
- West End Musical
- Natural History Museum
- Hyde Park
- London Eye
- British Museum
- Madame Tussauds
- Southbank Walking Tour
- Oxford Street & Soho
- London Dungeon
- Olympic Park
- Thorpe Park
- Hampton Court Palace
- Harry Potter World,
- Sherlock Holmes Museum
The sample timetable below is a typical 2-week for London Summer Advanced Study Program at King’s College.
Students stay at single en-suite bedrooms of King’s College’s halls of residence at Moonraker Point, a short journey away the Strand campus. Girls and boys are accommodated separately with 24 hours security. Members of staff also stay at Moonraker Point with students at nights.
Well balanced, nutritious cooked meals are provided at the Strand campus of King’s College London. Packed lunches are provided for excursions.
WiFi is available throughout the college and accommodation. Kitchen & TV lounge in student hallways. Astroturf playing field is next to accommodation block. Ground floor common area with pool table and air hockey.
Laundry Facilities are provided at Moonraker Point.
King’s College London is a world-renowned university in the heart of London. It is consistently ranked among the top 20 universities in the world.
King’s was founded in 1829 by King George IV and the Duke of Wellington and received its royal charter in the same year. King’s is home to six Medical Research Council centres and become the largest centre for graduate and post-graduate medical teaching and biomedical research in Europe, and is regarded as one of the leading multidisciplinary research universities in the world.
The College performs highly in international rankings. In 2015 it ranked 19th in the world (5th in the UK and 7th in Europe) in the QS World University Rankings. According to the 2016 Complete University Guide, 10 out of the 26 subjects offered by King’s including Food Science, Education, Business Studies, Philosophy, French, Dentistry and Law, rank within the top 10 nationally. However, King’s is considered as one of the most difficult UK University to gain admission to. According to the 2015 Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, approximately 30% of King’s undergraduates come from independent schools.
King’s has educated numerous foreign Heads of State and Government, and is known for its several noted alumni and staff, including 12 Nobel Prize laureates.