Discovery Summer intensive English language courses

Winchester Pre-College


High Level

Residential Pre-College Summer Programme

14-17 years

22.5 hours' tuition per week

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Live alongside English teenagers
Learn new skills
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Meet other high achieving students
Make new friends

WINCHESTER : 14-17 years : Pre-College Enrichment

Pre-College Enrichment - a stimulating, international College environment where you will be challenged to explore new avenues of learning.

Winchester Levels

Levels: upper-intermediate to proficiency (CEFR B2 - C2)

10 July -31 July 2017 (1, 2 or 3 weeks)


Winchester College, founded in 1382, is one of Britain's leading academic independent schools. The College has an excellent academic record and was the model for King's College Cambridge.

Winchester is 100km south west of London and approximately 1.5 hours by road from London Heathrow and Gatwick. Situated in the heart of Winchester, the historic College offers a tranquil location within historic, secluded grounds a short walk from Winchester Cathedral.

On site facilities include a fully equipped sports centre with a 25 m 6-lane pool, sports hall, playing fields, cricket pitches and tennis courts. There is also a theatre and large IT suites.


  • An intellectually stimulating summer school designed for students with a high level of English who are preparing for the transition between school and university
  • Meet other high achieving students from many different countries as well as English teenagers - our English Student Hosts - who will be studying alongside you
  • All classes are taught by experienced, specialist tutors
  • Develop your critical thinking, decision making and communication skills
  • Visit an Oxford College and learn about Oxbridge/UCAS application and life at a British university from undergraduate students
  • Our Entry/Exit test (based on IELTS speaking exam) and detailed end-of-course report evaluates your progress and gives you guidance on areas for improvement and further study.


  • Whatever subjects you choose, our innovative teaching ensures you improve your English through collaboration, discussion and debate
  • 22.5 hours' tuition per week divided into Majors , Minors and Academic Workshops
  • Choose two different subjects each week. Majors are selected at time of booking and Minors at the centre
  • Typically 10-12 students per class (max 16) working in multi-national groups with English teenagers, our English Student Hosts
  • Weekly Major presentations develop your confidence, public speaking and presentation skills
  • Advanced Exam Skills Major prepares students planning to sit high level exams e.g. IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge. Opportunity to take our weekly mock IELTS exam and receive detailed feedback from our experienced IELTS trainer
  • New: IELTS Exam Prep Major intensive classes focus on exam strategies and techniques to help develop confidence. IELTS exam offered, subject to availability and at extra cost (17-31 July)
  • New: International Relations/Model UN - for the next generation of leaders and decision makers. Explore topical world affairs, conduct research and improve your debating skills
  • Weekly reviews help you and your tutors track your progress
  • At the end of each week your class will present your Major in front of students, staff and visitors - invaluable for developing your confidence, public speaking and presentation skills.

Subjects vary week by week:

Weekly Academic Workshops
  • Practical life skills e.g. interview techniques, teamwork and complex problem solving
  • British Culture e.g. British humour and etiquette
  • University application systems e.g. preparing for university aptitude and admissions tests

Find out more about each subject on our Majors and Minors pages.


  • Varied activity programme 7 days a week
  • 2 full day excursions/study visits per week e.g. Oxford (College tour, sightseeing, punting, museums), London (Westminster tour, river cruise, Globe Theatre tour), Avebury stone circle and Salisbury, Bristol (university tour, dockside, Arnolfini Gallery)
  • A range of traditional sports (e.g. tennis, football, basketball and swimming) and creative arts (e.g. art & design, music, fashion) are offered + other activities such as yoga, chess, archery, slack-lining and charity fundraising
  • Talent shows, casino nights, murder mystery and more. The weekly disco held at the University is one of the many highlights!
  • Responsible students may go out in small groups on some afternoons each week to explore Winchester and enjoy the bustle of the shops and cafes.
  • PLUS: Lots of opportunities to practise English with our Resident English Student Hosts.


  • Spacious, comfortable bedrooms with 1-8 beds and shared bathrooms. As Winchester is an historic, traditional, boys' school expect Hogwarts not 5 star hotel accommodation!
  • Close supervision by resident staff
  • Full board accommodation. Meals are taken in the historic 14th century College Hall
  • Find out more about Welfare and Accommodation


Click here for 2017 dates and fees

Winchester - Pre-College Programme (Residential)

Centre Ages Hours'
Arrival date Departure date Room
Weeks Fees
Winchester 14-17 22.5 37 Mon 10 July Mon 17 July 1-8 1 £1300
38 Mon 10 July Mon 24 July 2 £2600
39 Mon 10 July Mon 31 July 3 £3900
40 Mon 17 July Mon 31 July 2 £2600
41 Mon 24 July Mon 31 July 1 £1300

5% discount Family discounts:
If two or more members of one family book together we offer a 5% discount on each booking

Click here to see what is included in the fees

Included in the fees:

  • All tuition
  • Course materials, end of course report, certificate and course photo
  • Participation of English Student Hosts who join in classes and activities
  • Full board residential accommodation.
  • 2 full-day excursions per week.
  • Varied daily programme to cater for all interests and abilities.
  • Close supervision by our resident staff.
  • Personal laundry for machine washable clothes.
  • Medical and travel insurance from departure in home country to return home after course
  • Return airport transfers on published arrival/departure days for flights arriving/departing between 09.00h-15.00h from/to Heathorw airport.

NOT included in the fees:

  • Transfers for those arriving outside our free scheduled times on arrival/departure dates
  • Courier fee (eg for visa invitation letter), if required, £50

Airport Transfers

Have a look at our Dates and Fees page for more information and click Book Now to make a booking.



Major Subjects

Make English Friends