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Academic English for Exam Candidates – Swindon – Ages 14 -17

This summer curriculum prepares students for exam preparation purposes, focuses on their speaking, reading, listening and writing skills whilst fine-tuning their use of English.

Within easy reach of London and Oxford, Swindon offers excellent leisure and shopping facilities, including a designer shopping village, cinemas, and two modern sports centres which include excellent swimming pools and watersports. Swindon is a modern college located close to the centre of the town.

 1 week course

From 5 July to 25 July 2020

Package includes:

  • A 30 hour week in study groups of one tutor to 8 students.
  • Learning materials: file, use of academic course book and additional materials
  • First day placement test
  • End of course certificate
  • Free internet access supervised by staff
  • Full Board Homestay Accommodation shared rooms
  • Full-day excursion according to the chosen course
  • Leisure Activities
  • Return airport transfers on arrival and departure (subject to the arrival and departure times of the flights).


If you are booking a residential course after 31st March, please contact us to check availability of places before booking online.

If you need a VISA, please contact us before booking online.

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Trips include


  • London
  • Bath
  • Oxford

From: £2,400

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Swindon is home to Brunel's railway works that have been restored and remain an integral part of the town's heritage. The historic old town still largely exists and is complemented by modern cultural and entertainment complexes, including a pedestrianised shopping street and a retail outlet with excellent facilities. Just outside Swindon, there are picturesque villages to explore.



5 July - for  2, 3 and 4 week courses

12 July - for 2 and 3 week courses

19 July  - for a 2 week course



Cambridge and IELTS Exams

Students wishing to prepare for the Cambridge First , Advanced and IELTS exam study exam techniques and strategies and receive regular individualised feedback on progress and target specific areas in speaking, reading, writing, listening and grammar for improvement. The timetable includes realtime practice examinations and coaching in language and examination skills.

Students have the option of sitting the Cambridge exams during the week of the 27 July and the IELTS exam on the Saturday 1 August. The exam supplement for Cambridge First and Advanced is £195 and for IELTS, £300.

Measuring progress

Each student keeps a Learner Portfolio to encourage learning skills, self-assessment, and reflection. Individual coaching sessions allow students to monitor and improve their performance.

Cultural awareness & educational field trip

Students, through an inquiry approach, develop skills for understanding aspects of culture. Students will research a place to visit and, after doing so, they will present their findings and contrast them with their own culture.



Every week, leisure activities complete the course program. During their language stay in Swindon, students have the opportunity to spend a day in London, Oxford or Bath. During the week, relaxation evenings are organised. All the students then get together, for example, for a disco evening, a laserquest, or a barbecue



A welcoming local host family, either individually or with other students of different nationalities. All OISE host families have credentials checked according to strict guidelines.



The designated airports for Swindon are London Heathrow and London Gatwick. Our dedicated and experienced meet and greet teams look after the students and ensure their safe onward transfer.

To benefit from the free transfer service students should arrive 10.00 - 19.00 on Sundays and depart 12.00-19.00 on Saturdays. Outside these times private transfers can be organised at a supplement.
The majority of students arriving in London will be taken to our nearby Welcome Lounge to join with other students for their school and then travel together to Swindon. Whilst at the welcome lounge they can relax in a secure environment and enjoy games, activities and refreshments.




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