Discovery Summer intensive English language courses

Winchester Pre-College


High Level

Pre-University Summer Programme

14-17 years

22.5 hours' tuition per week

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WINCHESTER : 14-17 years : Pre-University

Pre-University - a challenging programme to help you prepare for future university and career choices.

Winchester Levels

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

16 July - 6 August 2018 (1, 2 or 3 weeks)


Winchester College lies just outside the historic walls of Winchester. Founded in 1382, it is one of Britain's leading academic independent schools. The founder went on to set up New College, Oxford. The historic buildings offer a tranquil environment in private secluded grounds.

Winchester is 100km south west of London and approximately 1.5 hours by road from London Heathrow and Gatwick. Facilities include the 14th century oak-panelled College Hall, a theatre, a sports centre with 25m 6-lane swimming pool and sports hall, playing fields, cricket pitches, tennis and squash courts.

Lessons take place on campus or at a nearby school in the Cathedral Close, a five minute walk away.


  • 22.5 hours' tuition per week divided into Majors, Minors, Academic Workshops and end-of-week presentations
  • Maximum class size: 16 international students
  • Select a Major and a Minor each week (see below) taught by specialist tutors
  • To gain maximum benefit from the programme, we recommend students have at least an upper-intermediate level of English (B2)
  • Whatever subjects you choose - our teaching team ensure you improve your English through research, collaboration and debate
  • Mentoring: advice available on university pathways from our experienced team
  • By developing critical thinking, decision-making and communication skills, you will become a more confident leader
  • Weekly Academic Workshops offer additional learning opportunities on a range of topics e.g. British history and culture, complex problem-solving, presentation skills
  • Guest lecturers invited to talk on stimulating topic areas e.g. global politics, art and architecture
  • Winchester is an interesting, historic city and used as a natural extension of the classroom. Responsible students may go out in small groups on some afternoons to explore and enjoy the lively shops and cafes.


  • Excursions: 2 excursions per week e.g. London (West End musical, Westminster tour, Globe Theatre tour, London museums and galleries), Bristol (Banksy tour, dockside), Oxford (design factory visit, guided walking tour, punting), outdoor adventure park
  • Afternoon Activities: A range of afternoon activities including sports (e.g. football tennis, swimming), creative arts (e.g. pointillism, art installation, jazz/swing dance, rap), team challenges (e.g. business case studies, survival skills, charity committee)
  • Evening Activities: Talent show, ceilidh, casino night, Sherlock Holmes mystery night, BBQ and weekly discos at the Univeristy of Winchester are some of the exciting evening activities on offer
  • PLUS: Lots of opportunities to practise English with our English Student Hosts.


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


Click here for 2018 dates and fees

Winchester - Pre-University Programme (Residential)

Centre Ages Max.
class size
Arrival date Departure date Room
Weeks Fees
Winchester 14-17 16 22.5 27 Mon 16 July Mon 23 July 1-8 1 £1375
28 Mon 16 July Mon 30 July 2 £2750
29 Mon 16 July Mon 6 Aug 3 £4120
30 Mon 23 July Mon 6 Aug 2 £2750
31 Mon 30 July Mon 6 Aug 1 £1375

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
  • Student folder, academic report, DS certificate and course photo
  • Participation of English Student Hosts who join in classes and activities
  • Full board residential accommodation
  • Transport and entry fees on all excursions and study visits
  • 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
  • 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
  • IELTS exam fee on 27 July 2018

Airport Transfers

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


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