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London Academic Explorer

Our specialist English language summer programme for young learners who want to achieve their best - the London Academic Explorer Programme gives 14-17 years olds the skills they need to succeed in their education.

Course Features

This is a demanding academic programme, focussing on intercultural communicative success in English, with outcomes focused on the successful communication of group work objectives through the acquisition of presentation skills. Half-day activities are tied in to learning objectives enabling learning outside the classroom to combine with exploring the great city of London. Evening activities and weekend excursions are pure fun and excitement!

  • Project based format where students work in groups exclusively in English from breakfast to bed-time
  • Focus on academic note-taking to prepare them for Higher Education in English.
  • Focus on spoken performance - skills to deliver success in later academic and professional life
  • Focus on successful communication across cultures - making communication effective
  • Students will leave with confidence about what they can achieve in English and receive a video record of their final presentation to take home to their families and schools

Quick Facts

Course Duration
2 weeks
2020 Dates
28 Jun - 11 Jul
12 Jul - 25 Jul
26 Jul - 08 Aug
English Level
Pre-intermediate to Advanced
Course Features
20 hours of English lessons per week
1 full day excursion per week
4 sightseeing visits per week
4/5 evening activities per week
Includes London Travel Card

(Students must bring a laptop or tablet)
All Inclusive Fees*
£2490 per course
*Transfers available at an additional fee
14-17 Years
En-suite twin rooms


  • Half-day excursions feature academic and cultural learning objectives that will inform and inspire the academic programme as well as familiarising students with one of the world’s greatest cities
  • Evening activities are energetic, social and pure fun - highlights are a West End Musical, Disco and “Freejumping” Trampolining even
  • Weekend Excursions are stimulating with Saturday offering a mix of exploration and learning whereas Sunday is more relaxing and fun.

London Academic Explorer


  • Canteen and dining room
  • Games room
  • Cafe
  • Cinema room
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Self study room

Sample Timetable





Sunday Arrivals / check in Getting to know you and speaking assessments Orientation & Welcome party
Monday Project Set Up and Course Goals Academic Note Taking and
Project Team Creation
British Museum and the University of London Oxygen Freejumping - trampoline park
Tuesday Team Meetings- Functional Language and Role Plays Conflict Resolution- Roleplays and Language Development Imperial War Museum and the Holocaust Exhibition Bowling
Wednesday Presentation Skills- Aristotle’s 7 Rules of Rhetoric Mini Presentations and Project Development The London Eye and Southbank Walking Tour Free Evening
Thursday Academic Research Skills & Writing with Impact Being Persuasive- functional language and debating Scientific Curiosities Tour - The Wellcome Collection and the British Library Welcome Disco
Friday Review of the week & note taking test Presenting Project Progress- content and language review and development Westminster Walking Tour- including entrance to Westminster Abbey Ukelele Workshop
Saturday FULL DAY EXCURSION Cambridge & Walking Tour Project group work and relaxing
Sunday FULL DAY EXCURSION Thorpe Park Project group work
Monday Presenting the weekend- Setting Week 2 Objectives Speaking as performance - Pronunciation and Collocations The South Kensington Museums - Natural History, Science and V&A museums Ice Skating
Tuesday Debating roles- chairing, proposing, seconding Team building- what makes a good team? Free Afternoon Musical Theatre in the West End
Wednesday Intercultural Communication Interviewing- roleplay University Entrance Interview Camden Town Markets Free Evening
Thursday Presentation Practice and Coaching- bringing all the skills together Exploring socio-cultural norms- Culture- is anything universal? National Gallery & surroundings (China Town, Leicester Square, Trafalgar Square) Paparazzi Challenge and Final Presentation Preparation
Friday Project Finale- Groups Present Final Projects Feedback- round up and review Madame Tussauds Leaving Party
Saturday Check out Departure

NB: The above timetable is a sample and the weekly lesson and activities plan may vary dependent on the centre or accommodation option selected.

Lessons and visits can be scheduled in either the afternoon or morning - the above is an example of a 2 week programme being run with lessons in the morning.

Booking on this programme

We have a specialised team of student advisors who are more than happy to answer any questions and help you book your young learner on the Academic Explorer Programme. Just fill out the form below and they will get back you as soon as possible.

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