London Summer Advanced Study Program is a mini version of Oxbridge Advanced Study Program for high-achieving younger students studying at the world renowned Kings College London in the heart of the capital. 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 College London’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 expert 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. They will also take part in weekly group projects to develop their project management skills through teamwork based exercises.
Alongside the academic tutorials the course also offers weekly Master Classes in key skill areas, such as 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 – 20 hours per week, small group in chosen subjects by expert tutors.
- Master Classes – weekly in key skills such as debating, public speaking, negotiating and time management
- Independent Work – research and self-study on tutorial subjects.
- At least seven half-day visits to London’s most famous landmarks, museums and attractions
- At least 1 culture excursion outside of London each week
- Full social and activity programme in the evenings and on non-excursion days
- End of the course assessment and personalised certificate
- 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.
- Insurance and Airport transfers (Heathrow & Gatwick airports between 10:00-22:00 GMT)
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:
- Physical Geography
- British History
- Macro & Micro Economics
- Feeling Philosophical
- Introduction to Law
Students will also enjoy a full social programme including 2 full 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.
Accommodation is based at the University of Notre Dame’s Conway Hall, located across Waterloo Bridge. Conway Hall consists of student apartments made up of single, twin and triple bedrooms, with shared kitchen, bathrooms and living areas. All students are given a free travel-card, and students will never travel between the accommodation and campus without supervision from staff members.
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, and is one of the oldest and most prestigious in England.
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 generally considered part of the ‘golden triangle’ of research-intensive English universities alongside the University of Oxford, University of Cambridge, University College London, Imperial College London, and The London School of Economics. King’s is home to six Medical Research Council centres and is 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.
King’s has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) King’s was ranked 6th nationally in the ‘power’ ranking, which takes into account both the quality and quantity of research activity, and 7th for quality according to Times Higher Education rankings. Eighty-four per cent of research at King’s was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (3* and 4*). The university is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of more than £684 million.
The College performs highly in international rankings. It was ranked 23rd in the 2018 QS World University 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 offers an intellectually rigorous environment supported by welcoming and caring traditions, and the opportunity for students to be taught or supervised by academics who are often leaders in their field. The College’s main campuses are clustered together on a landmark-packed stretch of the Thames including Waterloo Bridge, The London Eye and The Houses of Parliament. Its central position brings outstanding advantages, and King’s students will enjoy the excellent social and cultural opportunities of the capital.
King’s has educated numerous foreign heads of states, governments and intergovernmental organisations; nineteen members of the current House of Commons and sixteen members of the current House of Lords, and is known for its several noted alumni and staff, including 12 Nobel Prize laureates.