Discovery Summer intensive English language courses

Winchester Pre-College


Summer Programme

14-17 years

22.5 hours' tuition per week

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Photography class

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Daily timetable




WINCHESTER : 14-17 years : Pre-University

Pre-University - prepare for future university and career choices.

Winchester Levels

Levels: upper-intermediate to proficiency (CEFR B2 - C2)

15 July - 5 August 2019 (1, 2 or 3 weeks)


Winchester College lies just outside the historic walls of Winchester. Founded in 1382, it is one of Britain's leading academic independent schools. The founder went on to set up New College, Oxford. The historic buildings offer a tranquil environment in private secluded grounds.

Winchester is 100km south west of London and approximately 1.5 hours by road from London Heathrow and Gatwick. Facilities include a theatre, an outdoor swimming pool, playing fields, cricket pitches and tennis courts.

Most lessons take place at the nearby Pilgrims' School in the Cathedral Close, a five-minute walk away


  • Live and study in one of Europe's most beautiful, historic cities. An ideal, peaceful location for learning
  • A challenging programme to prepare more advanced students for future university and career choices
  • Explore local historic landmarks (e.g. Winchester Cathedral, Wolvesey Castle) as part of your cultural experience
  • Discuss university and career pathways with our staff mentors
  • Develop leadership skills through a range of after-class activities (e.g. student council, charity committee, leadership club)
  • Enhance your critical thinking skills
  • Deliver effective presentations, speaking in English with fluency and confidence.


  • 22.5 hours' tuition per week split between Majors (13.5hrs), Minors (6hrs) and Workshops (3hrs)
  • Maximum class size: 16 international students
  • Select one Major and one Minor per week
  • Specialist tutors bring complex subjects to life
  • Weekly interactive lectures from guest speakers
  • Workshops on e.g. British Culture, Logic & Problem Solving, Presentation Skills.

Subjects may vary week by week:

Find out more about each subject on our Majors and Minors pages.

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Live alongside English teenagers
Learn new skills
London Eye
Meet other high achieving students
Make new friends


  • Afternoon Activities: A range sports, art & design, music, team challenges encourage students to explore British culture, learn new skills and develop confidence
  • 2 excursions per week e.g. Bath (Fashion Museum, Roman Baths), Corfe Castle, London (architectural workshop, West End musical), Oxford (college visit, guided walking tour, punting), Thorpe Park.
  • PLUS: Lots of opportunities to experience British culture and speak English with our English Student Hosts.


  • Spacious, comfortable bedrooms with 1-8 beds and shared bathrooms. As Winchester is an historic, traditional, boys' school do not expect 5 star accommodation!
  • Close supervision by our resident staff
  • Meals are taken in traditional dining halls in house
  • Responsible student may go out in small groups on some afternoons to explore Winchester city centre
  • Full board
  • WiFi available (at specific times).
  • Find out more about Welfare and Accommodation


Click here for 2019 dates and fees

Winchester - Pre-University Programme (Residential)

Centre Ages Max.
class size
Arrival date Departure date Room
Weeks Fees
Winchester 14-17 16 22.5 35 Mon 15 July Mon 22 July 1-8 1 £1430
36 Mon 15 July Mon 29 July 2 £2860
37 Mon 15 July Mon 5 Aug 3 £4290
38 Mon 22 July Mon 5 Aug 2 £2860
39 Mon 29 July Mon 5 Aug 1 £1430
5% discount Family discounts:
If two or more members of one family book together we offer a 5% discount on each booking

Click here to see what is included in the fees

Included in the fees:

  • All tuition
  • Student folder, academic report, DS certificate and course photo
  • Participation of English Student Hosts who join in classes and activities
  • Full board residential accommodation
  • Transport and entry fees on all excursions and study visits
  • Varied daily programme to cater for all interests and abilities
  • Close supervision by our resident staff
  • Personal laundry for machine washable clothes
  • Medical and Travel Insurance
  • Airport transfers on published arrival/departure days for flights arriving/departing between 09.00h-15.00h from/to Heathorw airport.

NOT included in the fees:

  • Transfers for those arriving outside our free scheduled times on arrival/departure dates
  • Courier fee (eg for visa invitation letter), if required, £50
  • IELTS exam fee (approx. £165) on 27 July 2019

Airport Transfers


Major Subjects

Make English Friends