Our Activity Programme

Our activity programmes are specifically designed with teenagers in mind and include a balanced mix of sports, activities, workshops, local visits and excursions to ensure our students have fun, make friends, practice their English and learn more about British culture & heritage.

We aim for students to maximise their use of English outside of the classroom and this is achieved through participating in activities, interacting with our staff, making friends with other students and through our Activity Books, which support students’ language learning whilst on local visits and excursions.

We offer a wide range of sports and other activities on campus. Sports may include football, basketball, tennis, volleyball, rounders, swimming and beach volleyball  depending on the facilities available on campus.  Other activities include discos, quizzes, fashion shows, talent shows, film nights, treasure hunts, karaokes and more! We also offer optional Drama & Street Dance workshops every week with specialist facilitators in all locations at no additional charge.

Excursions

We believe an important aspect of the study holiday is for students to learn about the local history and culture of the area in which they are staying. As such, we put a lot of importance on well-organised and informative trips to places of historic and cultural interest. We include:

  • 3 full day excursions per 2 weeks included in all locations
  • 2 night Edinburgh stay included in Preston programme / 2 night London stay included in Bath
  • 1 half day excursion (or premium entrance) per week minimum
  • 2 local visits per week
  • 1 late return excursion per course with dinner out (£10 dinner vouchers)
  • All excursions supported by our unique Activity Book, packed full of information & tasks
  • All entrance fees and travel costs as required for the programme

Our activity programmes also include:

  • Weekly optional 90-minute Drama and Street Dance workshop with specialist drama facilitator (excludes London)
  • Daytime activities on campus consisting of a mix of sports, activities and games
  • Evening activities including discos, talent shows, karaokes and more
  • Morning and afternoon teaching timetable operates in peak weeks. Students alternate weekly between morning classes/activities and afternoon classes/activities (Except in Hatfield & London Wembley where lessons are morning only and activities are afternoons only throughout the course)
  • Daytime activities between 09:00-12:30 or 14:00-17:30. Evening activities between 19.30 – 22.00. Exact times  may vary dependent on campus 

Please refer to the downloadable activity programmes for full details. 

Sample Programme (with morning lessons)

 Week 1  Sunday  Monday  Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday  Friday  Saturday Sunday
 AM  Arrival  Test & Induction Lesson  Lessons  Lessons  Lessons  Lessons Full Day Excursion & walking tour & castle  Full day Excursion & walking tour & museum
PM Local visit – guided walking tour of city centre  Sports

 

 Half Day Excursion  Sports Local visit to city centre & museum
Drama or Enterprise English  Street Dance
 Eve  Welcome Party  Quiz Night  World Cup  Disco  Karaoke  Fashion Show  Film Night Treasure Hunt

 

 

 

Drama & Street Dance Workshops

Optional Drama & Street Dance workshops, led by a specialist instructors, are offered weekly in all locations except London, and are included in the package price.  Each 90 minute workshop is a stand-alone class. Workshops may take place during the day as an alternative to sports and games or in the evenings. Students can sign up for the workshops at the centre if they want to get involved.  Workshops are suitable for all levels including beginners. All students will have the opportunity to sign up for at least 1 x drama workshop per week and 1 x street dance workshop per week. 

Activity Books

All students receive one of our unique, centre-specific Activity Books, designed to compliment the excursion and local visit programme and enhance the language-learning experience. The Activity Book is packed full of information about the places students will visit and includes a wide variety of English language activities for students to complete during or after the trip. This colourful and informative guide also makes a nice souvenir of their study holiday which students can take home to show their families what they have done on their holiday.

Activity Staff

Students are supervised by Activity Leaders on all our trips and excursions as well as during all on-site activities. Our Activity leaders are usually native speaker undergraduate students who are enthusiastic about working with young international students. Activity leaders are required to follow strict guidelines on supervision and safeguarding as well as motivating students, being friendly, informative and supportive. All Activity Leaders are invited to attend a full induction and training weekend, which includes a 3-hour First Aid course, before taking up their post with us. In each centre there is an experienced Activity Manager  who is responsible for coordinating the programme and managing the Activity team.