English plus Academic Subjects
• a challenge for advanced students
• six-week compact course
An excellent course for students between school and university
Our English plus Academic Subjects course, exclusively for adult students, is a stimulating alternative to the traditional English language courses offered in a standard English Language School. It consists of two elements:
taught at university level
This programme is recommended for:
- an advanced language student looking for an additional challenge
- a gap year student waiting to go to university
- a pre-masters student preparing for further study at university
Whatever your motivation, our experienced language teachers and academic subject specialists work closely together to create a flexible and challenging programme.
English plus Academic Subjects is a 14-week Semester Course starting in September or January.
The academic subjects are taught at university level and often together with English native-speakers, usually from the USA. Tuition is provided by subject specialists who bring the benefits of the latest research in their own areas of expertise. Each subject requires background reading and research and is assessed through course work, essays, examinations and presentations.
You will be able to choose three courses from the following subject areas:
|Mathematics||Social Sciences||Art History|
|Philosophy & Religion||Studio Art||Languages (for example Mandarin
Chinese or Russian for Beginners)
|Two or three lessons per week for each subject option.|
One lesson = 55 minutes.
Students interested in enrolling for a full academic year, and have IELTS 5.5 or upper intermediate, may take the English plus Academic Subjects programme in the autumn semester with the option of joining the Liberal Arts programme in the spring semester.
Have a question about the English plus Academic Subjects course?
We always encourage students and parents to visit the college. Visits can be arrange at any time and we host two Open Mornings per year.
If you are not able to visit, please contact Manuela with any questions or enquiries you may have about St Clare’s or the English plus Academic Subjects course.
Dates and fees
The Course combines English Language and academic subjects:
|English for Academic Purposes||+||Academic subjects|
|10 lessons per week||choose three academic subjects
Two or three lessons per week for each subject choice
English for Academic Purposes
Your lessons explore contemporary, cross-course themes through the medium of English and develop high-level English Language and study skills:
- sample themes: Society & Responsibilities; Oxford & University Life; World Customs & Traditions
- teaching stimuli include printed materials, study visits, on-line resources, television documentaries, DVDs and YouTube.
- language study focuses on developing advanced level competence in areas such as register, collocation and idiomatic usage and, in particular, academic study skills
- internal assessment includes formal and informal writing activities, an extended essay based on your own research and an oral presentation
- external assessment through externally validated Cambridge Exams (CAE or CPE) or IELTS, as available
You will study three subjects, each for two or three lessons per week. When submitting your application, you should select six subjects, numbered in order of preference 1-6; we make every effort to give students their first three choices when possible. Select subjects to suit your interests and future needs. In addition, private tuition in Italian, Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Russian and other languages can be arranged for students at all levels for a supplementary fee.
|Philosophy and Religion||
|Lesson 1||Language development Video ‘The true costs of cheap food’||English teacher|
|Lesson 2||Discussion and debate|
|Lunch||Meet with friends in the college dining room|
|Lesson 3||Academic subject choice: Introduction to Politics||Subject teacher|
|Activities||Join in the programme of activities or excursions|
If you would like to enrol on the English plus Academic Subjects course you must:
- be 17 years of age or over
- have a knowledge of English at or above the following:
- IELTS score 5.5 or equivalent
(Equivalent = B2 Common European Framework)
- IELTS score 5.5 or equivalent
Personal Language Training
Students can add one-to-one English language lessons to their language classes. Lessons last 55 minutes and are charged at £57 per lesson.
Fees for the following examinations are currently between approximately
B2 First (FCE)
C1 Advanced (CAE)
C2 Proficiency (CPE)
Optional college weekend trips / theatre visits / excursions, etc.
Day excursions at weekends — free to £40
Theatre tickets and transport — £25 to £45
Weekend trip with overnight stay (two nights) — £70 to £300
Additional sports and other activities — £10 to £15 per week
Stationery/book purchase (loan of books is included in fees)
General spending money — allow a minimum of £80 per week
Bus travel: single trip from £2.00; 1 week £14.50; 4 week 49.00
St Clare’s sweatshirt £20
Please note: Prices are approximate please contact us at ic.enquiries@stc