University Preparation Summer Course

Who is this course for?

Bristol International College (BIC) is running a series of 2-week intensive University Preparation Courses at the University of Bath (ranked #9 in UK by THE 2021) in July and August for international students (14-17 years old) who want to experience life at one of the UK’s leading universities in a World Heritage City. This course offers ambitious high school students the unique opportunity to live and study on a top 10 ranked UK university campus in one of the world’s most beautiful cities. Students will also visit a selection of other leading UK universities in order to compare locations, facilities, faculties and entry requirements; this will help to inform those who are considering applying for university in the UK after finishing their secondary education.

Programme Requirements

  • Age range 14-17
  • B1 / IELTS 5.0 English level or higher

Programme Overview

  • 2-week intensive academic course of study (social sciences)
  • 40 contact hours
  • Core subject: EAP (English for Academic Purposes; compulsory 10 hours)
  • Elective Subjects: Maths, Economics, Business Studies, International Relations, Politics, IELTS Preparation (choose 4 x 7.5 hours per subject)
  • Full-board campus accommodation in single study bedrooms
  • Mixed nationality classes of maximum 12 students
  • Specialist course materials
  • Bristol International College Certificate & Report Card
  • 6 UK university visits: University of Bristol, Cardiff University, University of London, University of the West of England, Exeter University, University of Oxford
  • Guided campus tours
  • Q&A sessions with university Admissions Officers
  • “Discover Bath” visits (Open-top bus sightseeing, Roman Baths)
  • Sightseeing and walking tours of Bristol, Cardiff, London, Exeter, Oxford
  • Free time for exploring and shopping
  • Evening Social Programme

More Information

Sample Timetable
Programme Outcomes
Sample Timetable
Week 1SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
Morning (09:00 12:45)   EAP (09:00 – 10:00)

Elective 1 (10:15 – 11:45)

Elective 2 (12:00 – 12:45)
EAP (09:00 – 10:00)

Elective 1 (10:15 – 11:45)

Elective 2 (12:00 – 12:45)
EAP (09:00 – 10:00)

Elective 1 (10:15 – 11:45)

Elective 2 (12:00 – 12:45)
EAP (09:00 – 10:00)

Elective 1 (10:15 – 11:45)

Elective 2 (12:00 – 12:45)
EAP (09:00 – 10:00)

Elective 1 (10:15 – 11:45)

Elective 2 (12:00 – 12:45)
Full-day excursion to London for sightseeing.
Afternoon (13:45 - 18:30) Arrivals Elective 2 (13:45 – 14:30)

Bath city sightseeing (Open Bus Tour)
Elective 2 (13:45 – 14:30)

Elective 2 (14:45 – 15:30)
University of Bristol visit + Bristol sightseeing Elective 2 (13:45 – 14:30)

Elective 2 (14:45 – 15:30)
Cardiff University visit + Cardiff sightseeing University of London visit
Evening (20:00 - 21:30) Welcome Meeting & Campus Tour Evening Activities Evening Activities Evening Activities Evening Activities Evening Activities Late return
Week 2SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday
Morning (09:00 12:45) Free Time EAP (09:00 – 10:00)

Elective 3 (10:15 – 11:45)

Elective 4 (12:00 – 12:45)
EAP (09:00 – 10:00)

Elective 3 (10:15 – 11:45)

Elective 4 (12:00 – 12:45)
EAP (09:00 – 10:00)

Elective 3 (10:15 – 11:45)

Elective 4 (12:00 – 12:45)
EAP (09:00 – 10:00)

Elective 3 (10:15 – 11:45)

Elective 4 (12:00 – 12:45)
EAP (09:00 – 10:00)

Elective 3 (10:15 – 11:45)

Elective 4 (12:00 – 12:45)
Full-day excursion to Oxford for sightseeing.
Afternoon (13:45 - 18:30) Discover Bath (Traditional British Cream Tea) Elective 4 (13:45 – 14:30)

Bath city sightseeing (Roman Baths)
Elective 4 (13:45 – 14:30)

Elective 4 (14:45 – 15:30)

University of Bath Admissions Q&A

University of West of England visit + Bristol sightseeing Elective 4 (13:45 – 14:30)

Elective 4 (14:45 – 15:30)
Exeter University visit + Exeter sightseeing Oxford University visit
Evening (20:00 - 21:30) Evening Activities Evening Activities Evening Activities Evening Activities Evening Activities Evening Activities Late return
Programme Outcomes

The academic challenges combined with a full programme of six guided university visits, city sight-seeing and campus social activities offer an exciting summer experience to high-achieving 14 to 17-year-old students who want to:

  • Experience student life at a top 10 ranked UK university during the summer
  • Discover six other top UK universities (including Oxford and London)
  • Develop key skills which are needed to succeed in an academically competitive environment
  • Accelerate their journey to becoming Global Citizens through the study and research of multi-disciplinary themes
  • Connect and build friendships with a diverse range of students in an international environment
  • Have fun and explore everything Bath, Bristol, Oxford and London have to offer through a safe and fully supervised social programme
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