Academic Summer offer a unique programme for British and international students aged 7 to 18 in London, Cambridge and by Bristol. It combines intensive learning with a colourful and active leisure programme. The learning is based on CLIL – Content and Language Integrated Learning - approach that really helps students to make progress with their language as well as academic learning. Using this approach, students are learning English through a wide range of curriculum subjects (students aged 15-18 are choosing the academic subjects of their interest and getting their own tailored made timetable).
Students who already understand more what they wish to focus in the future like to combine the standard courses with the specialist programme including Medical studies, Oxbridge, Academic Sports or IELTS preparation incl. the final IELTS exam. Here the CLIL approach and the practical learning is really beneficial – for example during the Medical studies the likely future medics visit a hospital, get a First Aid qualification, take part in clinical workshop with a doctor, discus clinical scenarios or medical ethics. Mr Morgan, the Medical studies assistant (on the left), could tell in you detail about Biology and Chemical practicals where students do useful experiments including a heart disection...as well as the students and the director Helen Lami:
Migle, 18, Lithuania - One of the best summer experiences I have had so far. I really liked the atmosphere, everyone is really ambitions and dedicated to do everything it takes to get university or course they wish to do in the future. It is intriquing to see how the medical system is different in every country.
Nicola, 15, Germany: I want to study Medicine at University of London. From a young age saving lifes has always interested me. During the course we did a lot of investigation and practical work guided by our teachers. I feel I am better prepared for my future career and have more insift into what it is to study medicine.
Helen Lami, Course Director at Academic Summer: “Students signing up for our courses won’t be disappointed. They will be given a real insight into the practicalities of what is involved in getting into university and practice at real exams. The courses are designed with that in mind. It won’t be all hard work though, they’ll get the chance to bond with other likeminded students and do exciting activities and trips too.”
During the Oxbridge programme students get a better understanding of the application process into top universities, develop their critical and analytical thinking as well as work on communication skills and practice for interviews. Academic Sports allows students to find out more about Business in sport, Science in sport and Psychology in sport. This one-week course combines practical sports with the theory and the academic side. The academic covers business, sports psychology, biomechanics, anatomy and nuitrician. On the practical side students can choose to have specialist coaching in tennis or swimming (this will include life saving skills) as well as enjoying some mountain biking, working on your personal fitness and experiencing a game of golf.
Clara, 15, Mexico: “We did lots of sports: joga, hockey, swimming, etc., but the best were definitely the anatomy lessons, learning about construction of our bodies. Interesting was also learning about nutrition. I got some useful tips what we should eat after exercise, so our body can break down the food.“
Nasser, 15, UK: I like sport, but I wanted to do a course that involved not just doing sport but also learning about sport. I enjoyed the most mountain biking and tennis it was an amazing first experience with these sports. I found really useful learning about muscles and injuries. Now I undertsand better what the body is doing, when I do sport and I can be more careful about myself.