Discovery Summer intensive English language courses

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Modular 1, 2 or 3 week course

University style tutorials in Business Studies and Economic thought take you through fundamental principles i.e. growth, profit margins, inflation and debt; ideal if you are considering a future in business. Our experienced specialist tutor ensures complex theories are brought to life through real-life case studies and business planning activities. Learn how to express yourself clearly and confidently - essential skills for any young entrepreneur.

Week 1: Macro and Microeconomics
Explore key terms and how they relate to economic growth, employment, inflation, wealth and income distribution.

Week 2: Leadership Skills
Understand what is required of the next generation of future leaders and how to develop those crucial skills.

Week 3: Entrepreneurship and Enterprise: Starting a Business

Gain essential insights into what makes a healthy business and learn what it takes to develop a succinct business plan which will be put through its paces by our discerning judges who award the "Winchester Entrepreneur" prize.

e.g. Winchester City Centre

There is so much to do in Winchester! Whether you are tracing the footsteps of King Alfred or exploring the Great Hall which contains the greatest symbol of medieval mythology, King Arthur's Round Table, you will be amazed at number of historical and cultural sites. The bustling city centre, the grandeur of the cathedral, and the traditional British marketplace all maximise opportunities for you to learn more about England.

Subject Link: e.g. conduct a survey, gather information related to market research, use a local business as a case study and inspiration for your own 'start up'.


Modular 1, 2 or 3 week course

In this dynamic class, you'll learn how to express yourself whilst extending and improving your confidence in spoken English. The programme has been designed to support those who may be acting for the first time on stage and wish to build their confidence; whilst also challenging and stretching our more experienced thespians.

You will improve your expression; focusing on rhythm, pronunciation and intonation while acquiring important presentation skills such as voice projection. You will work with an experienced tutor and explore the history of drama while covering a range of dramatic genres. Each week, your task is to devise a presentation that takes drama from its likely origins in ritual through to the Greeks and the Romans. While there is a script to work from, there are plenty of opportunities for you to develop your own material. Each week you perform your group piece in front of students, staff and visitors; often to great acclaim!

e.g. Jane Austen's House Museum

Jane Austen was one of the most prolific and important British writer with her books still read and enjoyed by millions all over the world. This is the only house where Jane lived and wrote which is open to the public as a museum. Have the opportunity to dress up in replica clothes, see Jane's writing areas and understand more about the times during which she wrote.

Subject Link: e.g. watch, analyse and even enact scenes from this influential writer whose writing still touches us today.


Modular 1 week course

This popular one-week programme gives you the opportunity to collaborate on a highly creative project whilst developing a wide range of skills. Led by an experienced industry professional, you'll work in small international groups to take your own story from script to screen. Each week a different theme is selected e.g. documentaries, silent movies, promotional videos.

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Depending on the needs of the class, some skills you may explore are e.g.

  • Learn how to select and use the best camera angles
  • Collaborate on a project and write a script which reflects the main features of a chosen genre
  • Work together in small, multinational teams to choreograph, perform in, film and direct a short piece of film

e.g. The Great Hall

The Great Hall contains the greatest symbol of medieval mythology; King Arthur's Round Table, and is all that now remains of Winchester Castle built by William the Conqueror. Discover the history and uncover the battles, secrets and trials for terrorism and treason held here.

Subject Link: e.g. use this incredible hall as the backdrop for your film; whether you are researching for a documentary, making a video journal about your experience at Winchester or staging a Shakespeare play.


2 week course 16-30 July

Whether you are moving countries or applying for university abroad it is likely you will need to take this exam. In this intensive programme, focus on IELTS exam strategies and techniques to help develop confidence in all areas.

Work in small groups alongside English Student Hosts and learn how to articulate your ideas clearly and concisely.

Optional: IELTS exam may be taken on 28 July, subject to availability and at extra cost.

"I came back because last year was so good and I wanted to repeat the experience. I took my IELTS exam yesterday and hope to have scored 7. There was a really good mix of nationalities and I have made friends from Turkey and Italy. I knew the English Student Hosts from last year."

Javier, Spain

Depending on the needs of the class, some exam based skills you may explore are e.g.

  • Understand the IELTS format and time constraints
  • Learn how to approach and answer the written paper efficiently and successfully
  • Find out what examiners are looking for in a good communicator
  • Improve your reading techniques and in identifying answers quickly

Mock IELTS exam

Once a week you will have the opportunity to sit a truncated version of the IELTS exam. Our IELTS tutor will then give you individual and group feedback to ensure you focus on key areas.

In 2017, our students did extremely well in their exam!

For more detailed information about how to book the official IELTS exam, please contact [email protected]


Modular 1, 2 or 3 week course

These interactive classes are designed to help you improve your comprehension and communication skills in English. Classes are often based on topics commonly found in English exams (e.g. FCE, CAE) and cover all core skill areas. Using Winchester city as an extension of the classroom, you will be amazed how complex issues (e.g. tradition verses modernity, health and charity, education) are bought to life, so you can discuss them with confidence.

Depending on the needs of the class, some skills you may explore are e.g.


  • Develop fluency through a range of communicative, creative activities
  • Develop discussion skills for exam situations
  • Improve your use of colloquial English while improving your pronunciation as you work alongside English Student Hosts

  • Listen for gist
  • Learn to avoid ‘distractors’ in listening questions
  • Learn to paraphrase
  • Focus on listening for specific details.

  • Focus on the planning stage to write well organised essays
  • Develop your use of linking words and how to make smooth transitions
  • Learn how to use a variety of techniques to explain, justify and argue your point.

  • Learn a range of strategies to help you when reading
  • Become more aware of text structure, development of ideas and cohesion
  • Develop the ability to locate specific information in unfamiliar texts.

e.g. Winchester Cathedral

Explore more than 1000 years of history in Europe's longest medieval Cathedral. Discover the beautiful illuminated Winchester Bible, 12th-century wall paintings, medieval carvings, contemporary art and the awe and wonder of this magnificent building.

Subject Link: e.g. develop your fluency in giving balanced opinions and describing historical sites accurately with a sophisticated range of vocabulary.


Modular 1 week course

A challenging programme for the next generation of leaders and decision makers. Classes are designed to help you explore the interdisciplinary nature and application of international relations while looking at some of the most pressing issues facing the world today - economic, social, political and environmental.

Numerous opportunities to work with your international peers and English Student Hosts means that this Major is not just a simulation, but a real exercise in internationalism where you'll build your confidence by discussing, presenting and defending your ideas.

Depending on the needs of the class, some skills you may explore are e.g.
Research and Analyse

  • Collaborate in small groups to research key areas (e.g. conflict and democracy, human rights, migration) and present your findings to the class as newspaper articles
  • Research and analyse modern media for information e.g. websites, blogs, reports and improve your understanding of source analysis

Collaborate and Debate
  • Through Model UN simulations assume the role of a national ambassador and together research and debate your positions in ‘role-play’ activities, simulating the complexity of international negotiation and diplomacy
  • Plan and shoot a news clip in which a hypothetical major international event has occurred

"It was my first time with Discovery Summer and I'm happy to say that I had a wonderful experience here. All majors and minors were dedicated to help us with all of most important choice in our life: the choice of the future career. I'm planning to study International Law and Economics in the university, that's why I decided to do corresponding majors (Interntaional Relations and Economics & Business Study) in Winchester. Without any doubts I can say, that this classes helped me, and I became sure in my choice. It's also necessary to mention that minors (Philosophy, Crerative Writing, Debating) gave me an oppurtunity to practice some general skills."

Kristina, Russia



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