Sussex is the only university campus in England that is surrounded by a National Park, so you can walk straight out of the campus into green parkland. Although located in the countryside, the University is just 10 minutes away by train from the cosmopolitan city of Brighton. The University campus, with its award-winning architecture, can be described as a self-contained village, ideal for the 15-20 age group.
English Skills focus on developing students' general knowledge in English and ability to communicate effectively and accurately in everyday situations. Students will be tested, challenged, supported and stimulated.
- Improve students' accuracy when speaking and writing at a more advanced level.
- Enhance students listening and reading skills for both gist and detail at advanced levels.
- Deepen students' understanding of advanced grammatical concepts in English.
- Build students' confidence to use the English they know in a range of formal and informal speaking situations.
- Perfect students' pronunciation and intonation.
Communication Skills enable students to develop more effective skills and strategies for high-level oral and written communication in a wide range of professional contexts.
- Give students the speaking skills and language tools they need to communicate, discuss and negotiate effectively in English.
- Develop students’ abilities to work confidently in an English-speaking professional environment.
- Empower students to be able to give presentations and lead meetings in English competently, confidently and professionally.
- Improve students’ style, technique and accuracy when producing written reports for work-related purposes.
Professional Skills are designed to give students an understanding of certain professions and careers, underpinned by theoretical knowledge.
- Expand students' theoretical knowledge of the subjects studied.
- Develop students' general English skills in an academic context.
- Inspire students to reflect on their own professional future and career.
The IELTS is an essential qualification for students seeking a place at a UK University or looking to work in certain professions such as law or medicine in the UK.
- Give students an understanding of the exam structure and different components that make up the exam.
- Enhance students’ techniques and strategies to achieve the highest score possible.
- Provide students with some exam practice to enable them to feel confident in the exam.
Social events, organised every evening apart from Saturdays, enable students to participate in the vibrant student life of the University campus and in Brighton, whilst forging new friendships and having fun.
In any one week, students might visit the Royal Pavilion in Brighton followed by shopping in the boutiques of the Lanes, have a staff versus students game of football or tennis, go mountain biking or paintballing and go dancing in a local nightclub.
Participate in and form part of student life at the University and in Brighton.
Promote students' relaxation and enjoyment.
Partake in some typically British social events, leisure pursuits and hobbies.
Strengthen the sense of belonging to a group and forge new friendships.
Use English in natural real-life speaking situations.
Bowling, Fringe Theatre Production, Brighton’s Big Screen Film Night, Live Concerts, Adventure Golf
Comedy Club, Live bands, Cinema Night, Fringe Theatre Production, Salsa
If students choose to opt out of any social event organised by Bede's, they can spend their free time as they wish by engaging in additional study, relaxing on the campus or venturing into Brighton. Free time rules vary dependant on age.
Excursions provide students with the opportunity to visit popular tourist attractions and places of cultural interested in Brighton, London and the South East.
Enable students to visit and discover a number of popular cities and locations in the UK.
Create opportunities for interaction with the real world in fun, relaxed and genuinely interesting ways.
Promote students' relaxation and enjoyment in the natural British environment.
Boating on the River Wey, British Museum, Buckingham Palace, Cambridge Punting, Camden Market, Canterbury Tales, Covent Garden, London Dungeon, London Eye, London Zoo, Madame Tussauds, National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Thames River Boat Cruise, The Shard, Thorpe Park, Tower of London, West End Musical, Westminster Abbey.
Our Academies Programme offers expert instruction to students looking to develop their skills, technique and confidence in certain sports and leisure activities.
Increase students' competencies and technique in the sport/activity.
Offer inspiring coaching and instruction to motivate students to practise sport.
Learn specific vocabulary relating to the sport/activity.
Adventure Sports (Weeks 2, 3 & 6)
Commercial Pop Dance (Weeks 1, 4 & 6)
Football (Weeks 1, 3, 5 & 7)
Tennis (Weeks 2, 4, 5 & 7)
The Academies Programme is suitable for all abilities from beginner to advanced level.
Instruction is given by qualified Bede's or external sports' coaches.
Students can choose 1 Academy option per week.
Academies take place instead of the regular Free Time between 16:00 - 18:00.
See our Academy Prospectus 2018.
Dates & Fees
The centre is open for 7 weeks in total, from 1 July to 18 August 2018. Students can arrive on any Sunday and depart on any Saturday.
The recommended minimum stay is two weeks. To maximize the benefit of your experience, you should consider a 3 or 4 week course.
A 10% discount is available on the weekly package price on stays of 5 weeks or longer.
The fully-inclusive course fee is £1,425 per week.
Age range 15 to 20 yrs. Maximum 80 students per week from different countries. Limits for each nationality to ensure a good mix.
Lessons take place in the mornings and afternoons and there is a full programme of evening social events and weekend excursions designed in consultation with the students and tailored to their age and interests. There is a minimum number of Social Events and Excursions that students are required to attend depending on their age (see Student Handbook). All recreational activities organised by Bede's are included in the course fee and students are actively encouraged to participate.
25 hours of lessons per week (see Timetable) including English Skills, Communication Skills and Professional Skills. Maximum 14 students per class. Weekly progress checks to monitor performance.
Available in Adventure Sports, Commercial Pop Dance, Football and Tennis. Academies will take part during students' Free Time and supplements are payable. Academies are subject to availability and a minimum number of enrolments; if an Academy is cancelled, the Parent will be offered a full refund of the Academy only. See our Academy Prospectus 2018.
4 levels are available from Intermediate (B1) to Proficiency (C2). Entry test on Monday with a speaking, grammar and writing component.
IELTS and Cambridge CAE exams are available for students aged between 16-20 years. 15 hours of dedicated exam preparation instead of English Skills and Communication Skills. IELTS: 2 week programme available (exam on Sat 21 July, Sat 28 July or Sat 11 August 2018). Cambridge CAE: 3 week programme available (exam Thurs 25 July 2018). Supplements are payable. IELTS students must stay 1 extra night (no extra charge) and depart on Sunday. Confirmation of a place on an Exam Course is subject to availability and to a satisfactory online placement test (Cambridge CAE only).
For more helpful information please see our Student Handbook.
Please see our School Rules and Sanctions Poster.
Restaurants and cafes, IT centre, supermarket, pharmacy, bars, post office, cashpoint, tennis courts, fitness rooms, squash courts, football pitches. Use of the sports facilities on campus during students' free time is not included in the course fees and students need to pay for themselves. View our Price List.
Bede's staff provide excellent care for students 24 hours a day and live in the same sleeping areas as the students. Excellent staff:student ratios (typically 1:5). Individual attention provided. There is a surgery led by a qualified nurse several times a week and access to a doctor if required. See our Welfare Policy.
Restaurants providing a range of healthy meals. Vegetarian options are always available. Special dietary requirements are accommodated. Daily meal allowance of £20 included. See our Meals at Bede's Flyer.
Wi-fi is available in most communal and accommodation areas. Students can make and receive telephone calls. Laundry facilities are available for students and included in the course fees (2 washes per week).
Transfers from/to Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted Airports and Ashford or Ebbsfleet Train Stations are included in the fees at any time of the day. Students are met by Bede's Staff. Bede's Airport Coordinators provide extra care.
- Improve all language skills in English
- Give strategies for effective communication in professional contexts
- Increase knowledge in a range of academic subjects
- Experience being a student at a British University
- Have a better understanding of the British way of life
- Earn respect for other people and different cultures
- Develop personal and social skills
- Motivate students to continue learning English after they leave Bede's