Our courses

All of our programmes follow a dedicated and carefully designed course syllabus, which covers all levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages’ (CEFR).

The key features of our programmes are as follows:

  • Entry test on arrival (comprised of multiple choice, written and oral sections) to assess each student’s ability
  • Students are then placed in an appropriate class of ability
  • Small classes of 12-15 students with lots of personalised learning and attention for all students
  • 15 to 23 hours of dedicated English lessons
  • A variety of teaching techniques to ensure that the learning process is enjoyable and develops confidence in the use of the language, both written and oral
  • Students have preparation for excursions in class to maximise their educational experience
  • Projects and activities designed and developed to increase leadership skills, teamwork and social interaction
  • Integration with both local and international students
  • Certificate of learning for each student on departure
  • All teachers hold the necessary qualifications to teach English at all levels
  • All staff are suitably experienced and qualified for social and cultural activities

Types of learning experiences

Spring & Summer Language Vacation

Introduction to language vacations...Our carefully planned lessons take a communicative and task-based approach and cover a wide variety of topics, being relevant to students’ daily activities and excursions included within the programme. 

What's included?

  • Full board residential or homestay accommodation
  • At least 15 hours tuition per week
  • Three full day excursions per two week stay
  • Varied weekly programme of sports and leisure activities
  • Applied learning on social activities and trips

Academic Summer Vacation

Cheltenham Ladies’ College and Burford School offer ideal environments for students to experience authentic boarding school life in a top-ranking UK independent boarding school, as part of an intensive English study programme.

Our programmes allow students to choose from a range of Academy Electives, taught by teachers at the College, alongside their daily English tuition.

Academy Electives allow students to personalise their timetables and practise their English in areas that interest and inspire them, whilst gaining insight into what it is like to be a student at a UK boarding school.

Year-round Group Programmes

We welcome a variety of groups throughout the year on our General English and School Integration programmes.  Our innovative School Integration Programmes offer a fantastic opportunity for students from all over the world to experience student life and the British education system in UK primary and secondary schools.

We have partnerships with a variety of schools located across the South and South West of England, who we work with to ensure that our international guests have an interesting and rewarding experience with us.

Language vacation in Spring and Summer

Spring & summer language vacations in Oxford and Cambridge

Academic summer vacation

Academic summer vacations

Year-round group programmes

Year-round group programmes


For more information about our different courses,
please download our latest 2020 brochure!


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