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British Heritage Tour

British Heritage Tour

Country
United Kingdom
State/County/Province
London, Southeast England
City/Twon
London/Manchester/Edingburgh
School
N/A
Certificate: Excluded
Exam Application: Unavailable
Course Organiser
Bucksmore Education
Programme Category
Summer Courses
Age Range
13-16 Years Old
Minimum Course Length
Minimum 2 Weeks
Maximum Course Length
Maximum 2 Weeks
Max Class Size
11 per class
Earliest Start Date
Start: July 28, 2020
English Level Requirement:
A1 - Beginner
A2 - Elementary
B1 - Intermediate
B2 - Upper Intermediate
C1 - Advanced
C2 - Proficient

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A2 - Elementary

Overview

Taking summer school on the road, students combine English language learning with travelling the UK. The British Heritage Tour visits many of the UK’s mainland attractions over the course of 14 nights, including visits to major cities such as London, York, Edinburgh and Manchester, as well as visits to the Lake District, Stratfordupon-Avon and Stonehenge. Students travel by private coach to the destinations. The two-week sightseeing tour is supplemented by 30 hours of English language tuition, through classroom teaching, culture lessons, group project work and interactive lectures.

 

Tour Itinerary

 

 

Day 1

 

Students will be arriving throughout the day to Greenwich, south east London. In the evening, students will receive an induction to the course, as well as some icebreaker welcome games to meet everybody.

 

 

Day 2

 

Students will start the day by traveling from Greenwich to Westminster on a boat cruise. The afternoon is spent exploring the Tower of London.

 

 

Day 3

 

After making the journey to York by private coach in the morning, the afternoon will be spent visiting York Minster, the city walls and ‘The Shambles’ – a famous traditional English street dating back to the 14th century.

 

 

Day 4

 

On the way to Edinburgh, students will visit Alnwick Castle, the filming location of Hogwarts School from the Harry Potter films.

 

 

Day 5

 

Students will learn more about the heritage and history through a guided tour of the city. In the afternoon, the group will visit Holyrood Park & Arthur’s Seat, providing breathtaking views of Edinburgh.

 

 

Day 6

 

Marking the beginning of their language and culture lessons, students will be divided into groups and have a full day of morning
and afternoon lessons.

 

 

Day 7

 

English language classes take up the most of the day. In the evening, students take a much needed break and take part in an activity with other summer school students at Heriot-Watt University.

 

 

Day 8

 

After language classes in the morning, students will visit Edinburgh Castle and spend the evening at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival; the largest arts festival in the world.

 

 

Day 9

 

A final morning of lessons will be followed by a coach journey to Ambleside. The evening will be spent learning more about Beatrix Potter, a famous author from the area.

 

 

Day 10

 

After arriving to Ambleside in the Lake District, students will take a return trip by boat to the nearby rural town of Bowness. The group will travel to Manchester in the evening for the next part of the tour.

 

 

Day 11

 

Students will visit the world-famous Etihad Stadium, home to Premier League Champions Manchester City. In the afternoon, students will visit the Science & Industry Museum followed by free time in the Trafford Centre.

 

 

Day 12

 

A journey into the heartland of England gives students the opportunity to visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace and the historic town of Stratford-upon-Avon.

 

 

Day 13

 

A visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Stonehenge followed by Windsor Castle makes for an enriching final day on the road. The evening will see students present their projects they have been preparing during the programme.

 

 

Day 14

 

On the final day, students will first go on the London Eye to see the city from above, before heading to Oxford Street for some free time and shopping. The tour finishes with a visit to a musical in a West End Theatre in the evening.

 

 

Day 15

 

Bucksmore offers a complimentary airport transfer service for all flights departing between 10:00-20:00. A Bucksmore member of staff will help students to check-in to their flight before waving goodbye!

Highlights

  • The study tour is operated by Bucksmore Education, which is founded in 1980, history of 39 years, accredited by British Council and English UK, and awarded by the EL Gazette of the Centre of Excellence 2018.

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Testimonials

After this great two weeks, I’ve realised how important critical thinking, leadership and
teamwork are. I’ve been able to put them all in practise during projects. It has been a great time and I’m certainly looking forward to next years summer..”

Pablo
Spain
4.5/5
This was my first time. The best parts were when we went on excursions because it really gave us a chance to bond all together outside the college. It felt like we became a family. I would recommend the course to any of my friends looking for a summer camp! The counsellors were all so nice, the lessons were interesting where you learn a lot of new vocabulary.
Mia
Canada
4.5/5
My summer with the course and the team was absolutely amazing! A very unique experience as I have got to understand and learn about the English culture. I made a lot of new friends with whom I am still in contact with today. Not to mention the very interesting and innovative lessons with lots to learn and great opportunities to excel.
Milan
Thailand
4.5/5

Programme Schedule

2 Weeks
28 July - 11 August
Fee includes:

✓  Tuition

✓  Accommodation

✓  Airport Transfer (10:00 – 22:00)

✓  Transportation

✓  All Meal

✓  All study materials

✓  Welcome Pack on arrival

✓  Activities

✓  VISA Invitation Letter (If Necessary)

✓  Insurance (Terms & Conditions Apply)

Fee excludes:

✗ Flight Tickets

✗ Optional activities

✗ Pocket Money

Course Organiser

Bucksmore Education is full of history and tradition, but also of originality and challenge. With 40 years of experience to perfect and improve the quality of their prestigious summer schools, they are proud of the summer programmes they offer. It is their goal for each one of their courses to be the best course that their students have ever attended.

Programme Details

Lessons

Bucksmore British Heritage Tour offers the opportunity for students to improve their English and understand cultural differences within the United Kingdom. The language study lessons focus on the communicative style of language learning and provide grammar and vocabulary tailored to a student’s ability. Language for life lessons integrate a wider range of topics including learner training, literacy, culture and life skills.

 

Interactive Lectures

 

Interactive lectures are carefully constructed to benefit and correspond to the students’ project for the week. Modelled on university-style learning, interactive lectures provide content for discussion in groups as well as constant interaction across the classroom. The interactive lectures on the British Heritage Tour discuss the histories of York and Edinburgh, as well as take a look at poetry and authors that come from the Lake District.

 

Group Project Work

 

Throughout the duration of the programme, students in small groups will work together on a project identifying and researching cultural stereotypes in the United Kingdom. The aims of project work are to encourage collaboration and communication through the completion of real-world tasks that use English with an authentic purpose. Groups are provided with a project guideline which they should follow and aim to complete in the preparation sessions. The project culminates in a presentation evening in which groups display and present their work.

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Accommodation

Throughout the two-week programme, students will stay in either single or twin bedrooms, as well as group dormitories (separated by gender). Bathrooms are shared unless specified:

  • London (Daniel Defoe) – Single en-suite rooms in flats
  • York (York Racecourse) – Twin rooms with en-suite
  • Edinburgh (Heriot Watt) – Single rooms with en-suite
  • Lake District (YHA Ambleside) – 4 bed dorms with bathroom
  • Manchester (Britannia Hotel) – Twin rooms en-suite
  • Cotswolds (Royal Agricultural University) – Twin en-suite
  • London (Daniel Defoe) – Single en-suite rooms in flats
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Airport Transfer

Bucksmore offers a complimentary airport transfer service on transfer days for flights arriving/departing between 10:00 and 20:00 at either London Heathrow Airport (LHR) or London Gatwick Airport (LGW).

Students requesting private transfers outside of these destinations and times will be subject to additional charges.

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Meal

All meal included. Healthy meals with a mix of English and international dishes served. Vegetarian options are always available. Special dietary requirements are accommodated.

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Care

The British Heritage has a Lead Counsellor who is in charge of the tour and is available for all students to approach with any problems. Bucksmore Counsellors are more than just teachers; they provide a high level of care and guidance for all students. All staff are background checked.

 

High staff to student ratios ensure all students are looked after. Bucksmore summer schools strive to create a warm and welcoming “family atmosphere” where all students and Counsellors know each other well.

 

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Cancellation

The cancellation of the course must be made in writing (email, or post) in legible and unambiguous English. Any cancellation shall only be of effect from the date it is received by us in writing and the following fees shall apply (before the Start Date):

 

30+ days : 35% of the total amount

7-29 Days: 70% of the total amount

0-6 Days: 100% of the total amount

 

It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that they obtain the appropriate VISA for their time in the UK covering the course dates, and that they comply with all other UK entry requirements. Under no circumstances will the course organizer make any refund on grounds of lack of visa or similar travel documents required to enter the UK legitimately. In a situation where a course needs to be cancelled due to a visa rejection (and upon supply of the original visa rejection letter at least 7 days before the start date)  all fees will be refunded minus an administration fee of £350.

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English Level Requirement : CEFR and Language Assessment

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: learning, teaching, assessment, (CEFR), was created by the Council of Europe to be a language standard that describes the ability of English language learners in speaking, reading, writing and listening and measures learners’ learning outcomes at different stages.

This standard is widely recognised and used by educational institutions, enterprises and governments around the world and provides general guidance for the development of language syllabuses, curriculum and textbook design, language testing, etc.

Additionally, many internationally recognised English language tests, such as IELTS and Aptis, are associated with this standard as a reference for test score grading. In describing a language learner’s ability, in terms of speaking, reading, listening and writing, CEFR is broadly categorised into the Levels below: 

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English Level
Category
At this level you can understand:
A1
Beginner
Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
A2
Elementary
Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
B1
Intermediate
Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
B2
Upper Intermediate
Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
C1
Advanced
Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.
C2
Proficient
Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.

English level, category and at this level you can understand:

A1 – Beginner

Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help. 

A2 – Elementary

Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

B1 – Intermediate

Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

B2 – Upper Intermediate

Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

C1 – Advanced

Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

C2 – Proficient

Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.

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JUNE - Course Schedule
2 Weeks

JULY - Course Schedule
2 Weeks

28 July - 11 August

AUGUST - Course Schedule
2 Weeks

Sample Weekly Schedule

Tuesday
Day 1
Arrivals
Arrivals
Welcome Games
Wednesday
Day 2
Boat to Westminster
Royalty & Politics Tour
Tower of London
Placement Testing
Thursday
Day 3
Coach to York
York Minster Walls & Shambles
History of York
Interactive Lecture
Friday
Day 4
Coach to Alnwick
Alnwick Castle
Coach to Edinburgh
Activity
Saturday
Day 5
Edinburgh Walking Tour
Arthur's Seat & Holyrood Park
Activity
Sunday
Day 6
Main Syllabus 1
Main Syllabus 2
Main Syllabus 3
Main Syllabus 4
History of Edinburgh
Interactive Lecture
Monday
Day 7
Main Syllabus 5
Main Syllabus 6
Main Syllabus 7
Main Syllabus 8
Sports
Tuesday
Day 8
Main Syllabus 9
Main Syllabus 10
Conversation Class
Edinburgh Castle
Edinburgh Fringe Festival
Wednesday
Day 9
Main Syllabus 11
Main Syllabus 12
Conversation Class
Coach to Ambleside
Beatrix Potter
Interactive Lecture
Thursday
Day 10
Lake Windermere Lake Cruise
Coach to Manchester
Activity
Friday
Day 11
Manchester City Stadium Tour
Manchester Museums
Sports
Saturday
Day 12
Coach to Stratford Upon Avon
Stratford Upon Avon Tour
Shakespeare's Birthplace
Project Preparation
Sunday
Day 13
Coach to Stonehenge
Stonehenge
Windsor Castle
Project Presentations
Monday
Day 14
London Eye
British Museum
Oxford Street
West End Musical
Tuesday
Day 15
Departures
Departures
Departures

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After this great two weeks, I’ve realised how important critical thinking, leadership and
teamwork are. I’ve been able to put them all in practise during projects. It has been a great time and I’m certainly looking forward to next years summer..”

Pablo
Spain
4.5/5
This was my first time. The best parts were when we went on excursions because it really gave us a chance to bond all together outside the college. It felt like we became a family. I would recommend the course to any of my friends looking for a summer camp! The counsellors were all so nice, the lessons were interesting where you learn a lot of new vocabulary.
Mia
Canada
4.5/5
My summer with the course and the team was absolutely amazing! A very unique experience as I have got to understand and learn about the English culture. I made a lot of new friends with whom I am still in contact with today. Not to mention the very interesting and innovative lessons with lots to learn and great opportunities to excel.
Milan
Thailand
4.5/5

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