Our University Preparation courses consists of 22.5 hours per week (lessons of 60 minutes) in classes of maximum 12. The minimum age is 18. The lessons taught will be supplemented by occasional seminars and lectures, plus supervised study, homework and weekend assignments, which will add a minimum of 14 study hours to the weekly programme. Please note you will be expected to have your own wireless-enabled laptop computer – this is essential equipment for the course.

Your course will include improving your General English vocabulary, grammar, fluency and comprehension. You will also work to improve your writing and reading skills. You will also receive intensive instruction in English for academic purposes and study skills, and the course will include the following areas:

  • Academic Skills Development

    - Academic research skills
    - Conventions of academic study at a British University
    - Planning, structure and layout of written assignments
    - Skimming and scanning, reading for gist
    - Presentations skills
    - Listening for lectures, note-taking and précis writing
    - Analytical discussion skills for tutorials and seminars
    - Referencing and citation
    - Avoiding plagiarism
    - Independent study skills

  • English Language Content

    - Development of oral fluency in English
    - Oral comprehension and listening skills
    - Pronunciation and listening skills
    - Advanced grammar development
    - Academic writing, planning and structure of written assignments
    - General and subject-focused vocabulary extension 

    Our course will help prepare you to make the best of your study opportunity at university and give you all the skills required to access the university programmes.

  • Typical Course Timetable

    08.30 – 09.00: Optional Self-Access
    09.00 – 10.15: Lesson 1
    10.15 – 10.30: Morning Coffee Break
    10.30 – 11.45: Lesson 2
    11.45 – 13.00: Lunch/Optional supervised self-access
    13.00 – 14.15: Lesson 3
    14.15 – 14.30: Afternoon coffee break
    14.30 – 15.45: Lesson 4
    15.45 – 17.30: Optional supervised self-access

    2 hours each evening: Homework/assignments

    There are no lessons on Friday afternoons: this is spent on self-access study and project research. Exact starting and finishing times may change, but there will always be 22.5 hours of taught classes per week (except where there is a public holiday).

    Maximum class size: 12 students


During your stay in Portsmouth, you may want to live with a local homestay family or choose to find your own accommodation. We will do everything we can to give you the best option to suit your needs and to help and support you with your living arrangements.

Social Programme

The social programme we offer is full and varied, and includes weekly sporting events, parties and nights out, and cultural and educational activities.  Just some of the after school activities we offer include football with our teachers, volleyball, conversation club, afternoon tea, karaoke nights, international parties and visits to local restaurants and pubs. Our social programme is always changing, and is tailored to meet the needs of all students.