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.
We offer two course types:
- the 14-week Semester Course starting in September or January
- a short six-week Compact Course in May / June
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.
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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|
This six-week Compact Course is perfect for students who want to combine advanced level English classes with a stimulating choice of academic subjects taught at university level. This course is the perfect preparation for university. It consists of two elements:
Advanced English Language Skills
- 10 lessons per week
- Includes: exploration of contemporary issues through the medium of English
- Internal and external assessment (CAE, CPE, or IELTS)
- three hours per week (depending on number of students enrolled)
Psychology and the Cinema (Anna Scarnà)
This course will use the medium of film to present basic psychological theories involving personality, abnormal and social psychology. Students will watch one film per session prior to a class discussion. The main protagonists of each film will be considered in the context of existing personality or diagnostic questionnaires. The history, experimental work and main debates surrounding each film and theory will be covered. Examples of films include Rain Man (for autistic spectrum disorder), As Good As It Gets (obsessive-compulsive disorder), Little Miss Sunshine (coping strategies, extraversion, stress, depression) Super Size Me (attitudes and beliefs, research methods). The course will develop students’ analytical skills and will introduce the concepts of experimental methods, ethics, questionnaire design and diagnostic criteria for psychological disorders.
Tribes: Identity, Diversity and the notion of Tolerance (Anna Castriota)
In the globally connected world in which we live, many issues (political, economic, religious) divide peoples. Among the issues that divide peoples, identity and diversity are arguably the most difficult to resolve. This course focuses on the concept of “identity” and how it is used to distinguish and unite us all. We will analyse the concept of “identity” through the following themes: National identity and the politics of multiculturalism; whose rights are right; culture, individual/group identities and tolerance in a globally connected world.
Business, Management and Entrepreneurship (Kay Alty)
This course will explore how successful entrepreneurs can create a local business and build a global brand. Students will learn how to develop and pitch a business plan to potential investors and how business strategy is the key to growth. The course is case study based and we will examine a broad range of sectors, markets and brands. Students will be encouraged to think strategically and creatively about business issues, many of which can be solved or improved by the application of universal business solutions.
Course dates and tuition fees
|Spring Semester 2018||Sunday 7 January – Saturday 5 May||£7336|
|Compact Course 2018||Sunday 6 May – Saturday 16 June||£3144|
|One-to-one lessons||per lesson (55 minutes)||£55|
|College house — self-catering||Twin Standard||Twin Superior||Single Standard||Single Superior|
|Spring Semester 2018||£3,435||£4,170||£4,425||£5,430|
|Compact Course 2018||£1,374||£1,668||£1,770||£2,172|
|Homestay — meals included||Single Standard||Single Superior|
|Spring Semester 2018||£3,435||£4,530|
|Compact Course 2018||£1,374||£1,812|
|Lunch||Monday to Friday||£44 per week|
What the Accommodation fees include
Supervised accommodation from the day of arrival to the morning after the last day of the course; bed linen and towels; room cleaning (weekdays); heating and lighting.
- Accommodation fees include your stay in your house during the mid semester breaks but not the two week spring break.
- If you have chosen to include meals you are entitled to lunch Monday to Friday (excluding the semester breaks)
Fees include accommodation as a guest with a local host (appraised and inspected regularly by our Student Services Officer), single room, bed linen and towels, laundry facilities, breakfast and dinner every day (lunches can be bought in college Monday to Friday) and support provided by the Student Services Officer in college. Some of our hosts offer a single superior option (ensuite facilities).
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