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English for the Future (Coast)15-17 years

Students on the English for the Future (Coast) course will develop their critical thinking and problem-solving skills through exploring the United Nations sustainable development goals, and will debate as future leaders how to take action and transform the world around them. The course takes place at the University of Sussex, the only university campus in England that is surrounded by a National Park. Although located in the countryside, the University is just 10 minutes away by train from the cosmopolitan city of Brighton. This University campus, with many modern buildings and its award-winning architecture, can be described as a self-contained village.

The Programme

English for the Future

10 hours per week. The morning English for the Future sessions develop the students’ English language proficiency across the four skills with a particular focus on the global problems we are facing nowadays. As part of the programme, students will develop their presentation skills by watching TED Talks and preparing their own talks as well as broadening their vocabulary related to sustainability and global issues.

Future Thinking

5 hours per week. These sessions prepare students for ‘Friday for the Future’ debates between two classes. Through a series of practical workshops on internet research and critical thinking, students will gather sufficient information on the United Nations sustainable development goals and analyse it in order to discuss and offer practical solutions to global problems.

Project for the Future

6 hours per week. Over the course of a week, students will research and discuss one of the 2030 Agenda sustainable development goals such as ending poverty and hunger, protecting the planet, promoting and fostering peace, achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls. Then they will present their conclusions by way of writing a blog entry or a news story, conducting a survey and analysing its findings or presenting a sketch or performance. These sessions aim to develop not only students’ speaking and communication skills but also their social and interpersonal skills as well as broaden their perspectives on life in the future.



After lessons, students participate in a range of sports and recreational activities. This provides the opportunity to carry on learning outside the classroom in small, supervised groups at the same time as having some fun. Students will be able to choose their preferred sport or activity.


  1. Enhance students' fluency in English.
  2. Awaken students' curiosity by explore new sports, activities and games.
  3. Enhance students' skills and technique in sports.
  4. Encourage participation and self-confidence.
  5. Teach students new vocabulary related to sports, games and popular leisure activities.


Cooking, Gymnastics, Kick-It Cricket, Sand Painting, Drama, Football, Jewellery-Making, Sports Hall Athletics, Dance, Handball, Puppetry, Swimming, Martial Arts, Painting, Short Tennis, Touch Rugby.



A full programme of organised and supervised social events is offered every evening to encourage students to make new friends and develop their social skills. By actively encouraging the mixing of nationalities, we are helping to create a harmonious international community in which students can live, study in a safe and comfortable environment and enjoy themselves.


  1. Promote students' relaxation and enjoyment.
  2. Explore some typically English social events, games and activities.
  3. Nurture social skills in an environment of different cultural traditions.
  4. Use English in natural real-life speaking situations.
  5. Forge new friendships.

Disco, Fashion Show, Karaoke, Messy Games, Mini Olympics, Music Quiz, Pantomime, Talent Show, Treasure Hunt.




Excursions are a mandatory part of the programme. We offer students the opportunity to visit places of cultural and historical interest, as well as the chance for sightseeing, shopping and amusement.


  1. Deepen students' cultural experiences.
  2. Create opportunities for interaction with the real world in fun, relaxed and genuinely interesting ways.
  3. Enhance their knowledge of England and the UK.


Wednesday trips are a half-day afternoon/evening visit and may involve visiting a local place of interest in a nearby town or an off-site activity, such as: Country Park, Farm, Forest, Forts, Museum, Pier, Pottery Painting, Trampolining.


Saturday excursions are a full day trip and include a cultural, touristic or recreational visit to London or another place of interest such as British Museum, Buckingham Palace, Kidzania, London Dungeon, London Eye, London Zoo, Madame Tussauds, National Gallery, Natural History Museum, Science Museum,  Tower of London, Westminster Abbey.


Sunday excursions are often more relaxing trips to a local seaside town, such as Eastbourne, Brighton and Hastings, where students can stroll along the beach, have lunch in the park or do some shopping. Sometimes students will partake in off-site activities.



Our Academies Programme offers expert instruction to students looking to develop their skills, technique and confidence in certain sports and leisure activities.


  1. Increase students' competencies and technique in the sport/activity.
  2. Offer inspiring coaching and instruction to motivate students to practise sport.
  3. Learn specific vocabulary relating to the sport/activity.

Academies Available

Critical Thinking

Public Speaking



Further Information

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 afternoon Sports & Activities.


Dates & Fees

The centre is open for 5 weeks in total, from 02 July to 05 August 2023. 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.

The fully-inclusive course fee is £1,445 per week. This includes a return transfer from selected airports (any time of the day) and travel insurance.

The Course


Age range 15 to 17 yrs 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 ageAll recreational activities organised by Bede's are included in the course fee


21 hours of lessons per week including English for the Future, Future Thinking and Project for the Future. Maximum 14 students per class. Weekly progress checks to monitor performance.


5 levels are available from A2 (Intermediate) to C2 (Proficiency). Entry test on Monday with a speaking, grammar and writing component


C1 Advanced exams are available for students aged between 15-17 years. Dedicated exam preparation in place of English for the Future and Future Thinking. Cambridge C1 Advanced: 2 and 3 week programmes available (exam on 28 July 2023).


Critical Thinking, Essay Writing, Flying, Watersports Supplements are payable. Academies are subject to availability and a minimum number of enrolments.

The centre


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.



Guaranteed single bedroom with ensuite bathroom in modern student residence on campus.


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. 



Restaurants providing a range of healthy meals. Vegetarian options are always available. Special dietary requirements are accommodated. Daily meal allowance of £22 included.


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).

Transfer Service
Transfer Service

Transfers from/to Heathrow and Gatwick Airports and Ashford International and Ebbsfleet Train Stations are included in the fees and provided at any time of the day (but preferably between 10:00 and 17:00). Students are met on arrival by Bede's Staff and Bede's Airport Coordinators are also available to provide extra care.


London: 54 miles/87 km

LGW: 30 miles/48 km

LHR: 69 miles/111 km

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Course Aims

  1. Improve English Language proficiency, with a focus on Academic English.
  2. Experience life as a student in Britain at a modern university campus.
  3. Increase knowledge in a chosen academic subject.
  4. Have a better understanding of the British way of life.
  5. Learn about people from other cultures.
  6. Develop personal and social skills.
  7. Motivate students to continue learning English after they leave Bede's.

Course Outcomes

Attendance Certificate
Academic Report
Activities Diary
Any special digital Awards or Prizes
Nationality Mix at Bede's English for the Future (Coast) 2019
What Students Thought in 2019
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