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English plus Academic Subjects

• A taste of university level subjects

• prepare for Cambridge English exam

• Improve your Academic literacies 

• Study alongside native English speakers

A stimulating alternative to the traditional English language course

This course combines English for Academic Purposes with university level subject classes. Ideal for high level students, those on a gap year or pre-master’s students preparing for further study.

Teaching is excellent and results in high levels of student engagement and motivation to learn  – ISI PFE March 2019

Age:  16+
Level:  from upper intermediate (CEF B2) to advanced (CEF C2)
Start Date: 1st Sept 2019, 12 Jan 2020 
Length: 14 weeks
Class size: maximum 12
Lessons:  10 of English for Academic Purposes plus 9 of Academic Subjects (17.4 hours) – taught Monday to Friday
Tuition Fees:  from £246
Accommodation: college residence or homestay
Accommodation fees: from £238 per week 
Course structure: view our sample timetable
Course content:  our teaching approach follows a Theme of the Week


Key benefits include:

  • – Small and interactive groups
  • – Intellectually-engaging classes help you improve your English language competence
  •  External exam assessment (Cambridge/IELTS) provides focus
  • – Deepening your understanding of a subject you have already studied or
  • – Sampling a new subject for future further/higher education
  • – Excellent Careers and Higher Education guidance
  • Studying alongside native English speakers (on 14-week programme)
  • Mixing in an international community
  • Experiencing a Liberal Arts model of study
  • Improving your application to competitive universities
  • – ‘International Classroom’ criterion required by some European universities (eg Maastricht, Erasmus University Rotterdam) met by the course
  • Full activities and excursions programme


Subject areas for the 14-week programme include:

Business and Economics Communications and Media Social Sciences And many more! Click on the Semester Course. We also have a 5-week Compact course starting in May 2019 for the further details please click on Compact Course.

Progression options

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 Undergraduate Programme in the spring semester.

Interested in studying much more than just English?

Dates and fees
Course overview
dates and fees



12/05/2019 –
£2,720 £1,190 £1,445 £1,535 £1,880 £1,190 £1,570
11/05/2020 –
£2,820 £1,230 £1,495 £1,590


£1,230 £1,625
English plus
Academic Subject
01/09/2019 –
£7,896 £3,690 £4,485 £4,770 £5,835 £3,690 £4,875
English plus
Academic Subject
12/01/2020 –
£7,896 £3,690 £4,485 £4,770 £5,835 £3,690 £4,875


A full list of term dates and prices for the International College up until the Easter term 2020 can be found here:

International College Term Dates 

If you have any questions please contact us at ic.enquiries@stclares.ac.uk

Semester Course

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.

Subject area Course
Art History
  • Art in England Survey 1066-1600
  • Oxford Art and Architecture
  • International Business in the News
English Literature
  • Oxford and Fantasy Literature
  • European Crime Writing
  • Chinese (Beginners)
  • Russian (Beginners)
  • College Algebra
Philosophy and Religion
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Comparative Religion
  • Ethics
Social Sciences
  • Introduction to British History
  • Introduction to Politics
  • International Relations
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology
Studio Art
  • Fundamentals of Drawing
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Cross Cultural Communication
  • Film Studies
Sample timetable
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
Self-study Consolidation activities
Activities Join in the programme of activities or excursions
Compact Course

Age:  16+
Level:  from upper intermediate (CEF B2) to advanced (CEF C2)
Start Date: 12-May-19
Length: 5 weeks
Class size: maximum 12
Lessons:  10 of English for Academic Purposes plus 9 of Academic Subjects (17.4 hours) taught Mon – Fri
Tuition Fees:  £2,720
Accommodation: college residence or homestay
Accommodation    fees: from £238 per week
Course structure: view our sample timetable
Course content:  our teaching approach follows a Theme of the Week (details listed below)


The course structure is:

  • 10 lessons per week English language
  • 9 lessons per week of 3 Academic Subjects e.g. Philosophy, Film Studies, Art and Architecture, etc


English Language Classes

  • High level academic English
  • Academic literacies for Higher Education
  • Preparation for Cambridge or IELTS exams
  • Culturally and intellectually stimulating themes


The English Language component of the course includes culturally and intellectually stimulating themes

  • International identity and Global Citizenship
  • Generational divide: the haves and the have-nots
  • Cultural dominance, language decay and death
  • Environmental degradation
  • Legacy issues in the world today


Academic Subjects

We ask you to number the subject choices in order of preference from 1 to 6 (one being your first choice).

You study three subjects from the list below.

      1. Film Adaptation: From the Page to the Screen

Explore how stories are transformed as they move from the printed page to the screen. What is lost, challenged or changed through this process of adaptation?  Each week the class will discuss the original literary text, and study the production, transmission and reception of the subsequent film.  Each week there will a screening of the film under review.

      1. Am I Free? – The Philosophy of Freedom

Are you free?  How do we understand the idea of individual and political freedom in philosophy?

      1. Oxford Art and Architecture

Learn about both the history of art and the history of architecture as you explore Oxford.  This course uses Oxford as an open classroom as you explore the buildings and art collections of Oxford from the Middle Ages and Renaissance to the 20th century.

      1. Tribes: National Identity, Diversity and Tolerance

How do we define our identity in this globally connected world?  This course will examine how globalisation has changed and challenged national identity, multiculturalism and human rights – how has your ‘tribe’ changed?

      1. J. R.R. Tolkien: Understanding Middle-Earth and the Middle Ages

Oxford is the birthplace of fantasy fiction and Tolkien’s Middle-Earth.  This course explores how Tolkien used the literature and history of the Middle Ages to create the most influential imaginative world in literature.

      1. Art and the Museum: Exploring Oxford Creatively through its Art

Develop your creative and artistic skills as you explore the landscape and art collections of Oxford and complete your work in our new art studio.

Entry requirements

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)
Optional Extras

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.

Examination fees
Fees for the following examinations are currently between approximately
£150 -£210.


Cambridge examinations
B2 First (FCE)
C1 Advanced (CAE)
C2 Proficiency (CPE)

Other examinations

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

Other costs
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

Contact us

Please fill in this form to submit an enquiry about our English plus Academic Subject course.

You may also wish to get in touch to arrange a campus tour or find out what it is like to live and study in the city of Oxford.


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+44 1865 517706
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