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English College in Southampton - Itchen

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  • Ages 16 - 18
  • 1 term, 1 semester or 1 full academic year
  • Experience the British student life
  • Choose from a wide range of programmes
  • State-of-the-art facilities
  • Homestay accommodation
  • Personal student support
  • Family-like environment
  • Includes activities and excursions
  • External examinations at the end of the year (1-year stay)


This programme is aimed at students aged 16 - 19 years old who wish to study in an English college with British students for a full academic year.


Southampton is a thriving maritime and university city with 250,000 inhabitants, the largest in Hampshire. Surrounded by Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (such as the New Forest National Park) it is one of the greenest citiies in England, despite its short distance from London (70 minutes by car).

The city offers rich history, cultural spaces, museums and theatres as well as great sporting action. There is plenty to do such as sailing and water sports, leisure centres, live music and world-class restaurants.

Education plays a very important role in local political projects. Academic and scientific research at University of Southampton, one of the UK's Russell Group universities, is among the best in the world.

With excellent transport links, including an international irport, exploring the UK and Europe is easy.

Itchen College

Itchen Sixth Form College is ideally located in a quiet residential area and has been welcoming international students for 25 years. There are currently under 1,500 students here at Itchen and about 100 youngsters come from all over the world to enrol in High School or A Levels Programmes.

Itchen College offers state-of-the-art facilities:

  • Modern, spacious classrooms
  • Learning Resource Centre
  • IT suites
  • Airy, modern, student centre
  • Library
  • Industry-standard laboratories
  • Creative facilities
  • Sports facilities: Fitness Suite, Sports Hall, Aerobic and Dance Studio, climbing wall, full-size football pitches and netball courts
  • Canteen
  • Shops
  • Vending machines

Extracurricular activities during your stay

There is also a whole host of activities on offer for international students. Aside from academic courses, you will have the chance to enjoy several activities or events organized by the college. You will get involved with wider College life, learn a lot of new things and spend quality time with some british students (these are highly recommended).

Here are a few examples of activities :

National Citizen Service (NCS), Charity fundraising events, Choregraphy for the annual Rock Challenge, College band, College radio station, the Duke of Edingburgh's Award...

Furthermore, activities and excursions are organized for foreign students (included).

Tuesday 27th August – free Meet & Greet – students will then spend the afternoon with their new host families

Examples of included activities :

Welcome Party with live music & games, activities with NCS, sport competitions, Thorpe Park tour, New Forest national Park...


You can choose from a range of programmes, based on your age, English language skills and goals. All the programmes on offer require good school results.

Class size: 18 to 25 students.

A Levels or Vocational programme - 1 or 2 years (16 to 18 y.o)

A levels are a 2-year programme for those wishing to go on to further study at the university level. Students can also enroll for 1 year only, but must take an exam at the end of the cursus (10 months) and obtain a certificate (AS) in the chosen subjects.

A Levels graduation happens at the end of the second year.

It is also possible to choose vocational programmes - a more practical, real-world approach to learning alongside a theoretical background in 2 years. At the end of the 1st year, students take an exam and obtain a certificate : CTEC or BTEC Year 1

  • 1st year - 5 subjects : English as Foreign Language (EFL) and math classes are necessarily part of the programme (2 subjects). You can then choose 3 academic subjects* according to your interests and your future career path (A-level or Vocational).

  • 2nd year - 4 subjects : English as Foreign Language (EFL) classes + **3 academic subjects* according to your interests and your future career path (A-level or Vocational).

A work experience is compulsory for all students on 1 year or 2 year courses regardless of whether they are studying A Level’s or vocational programmes. GItchen College works with 2 Work Experience Coordinators who are available to assist students with finding work experience and in checking that the placements meet the child protection criteria. Students must do a minimum of 5 days per academic year but they can do more if they wish.

Language level: B1 or IELTS 5.0

Remark : as the British Government funds this programme, sutdents must attend school for an entire academic year and take the exam at the end of the cursus. A 500€ deposit must be paid before depature and will be refunded at the end of the year, only if the critera have been met.

EU Study Abroad Programme - 1 term, 1 semester or 9 months (16-18 y.o)

This course is aimed at EU students, from 16 to 18 years old, who wish to immerse themselves in English Life and A Level study for 1 term, 1 semester or 9 months. You will have up to 25 hours of tuition per week.

English as Foreign Language (EFL) classes accredited by the British Council (included as 1 subject) are part of the programme. You can choose 4 academic subjects* (Maths are compulsory) according to your interests and your future career path.

At the end of your stay, you will either be able to continue your studies in your own education system, or either get a certificate and the opportunity to progress to A Levels (for 1-year programmes only).

Language level: B1 or IELTS 5.0

High School Programme

This flexible programme (up to 1 year for EU citizens) is aimed at students who wish to have an authentic UK high school experience studying with UK students. Students do not take any exman but will obtain a Certificate of completion at the end of their stay. You will have up to 25 hours of tuition per week.

English as Foreign Language (EFL) classes accredited by the British Council (included as 1 subject) are part of the programme. You can choose 4 academic or vocational subjects* according to your interests and your future career path.

This enriching experience will be accredited by your Embassy and strengthen your CV. Then, you will be able to continue your studies back at home or choose to extend your course and progress to world-class universities.

Language level: B1 or IELTS 4.5/5.0

*Academic subjects can be selected from: Accounting, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Dance, Drama & Theatre Studies, Economics, English Language, English Language & Literature, Environmental Science, Film Studies, Fine Art, French, Geography, Government & Politics, Graphics, History, Law, Mathematics, Mathematics & Further Mathematics, Media Studies, Photography, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Sport & PE, Textiles.

Vocational qualifications can be selected from: Acting, Applied Law, Art & Design, Business, Creative Writing Extended Project Qualification, Criminology, Dance, Football Coaching Diploma, Global Distribution System, Higher Sports Leadership Award, IT, Journalism, Life Drawing, Mathematics in Context, Media, Music, Music Technology, Musical Theatre, Personal Training, Preparation for A Level Physics, Chemistry or Biology, Public Services, Sport, Travel & Tourism.


Host family

Single room, shared bathroom, half-board during weekdays and full board during weekends.

Your host family is the defining feature of your study abroad experience, helping you become fully accustomed to the culture and feel part of the local community. Our partner organization's host families are carefully screened and regularly inspected. Families take an active interest in choosing a student to host and sharing their homes, lives and culture with their guests.

Travel time to school: +/- 30 minutes on foot. The placement into these families depends on the availabilities at the time when the booking is made.

Practical information:

  • Bed linen provided
  • Laundry: your host family will let you use their laundry facilities once a week or let you know their laundry day.
  • WiFi access

The local coordinator

The local coordinator is an experienced member of staff who knows the host families and is in regular contact with the students and their host parents throughout the duration of the programme. They regularly organise meetings to ensure that your experience is going smoothly, both with your host family and at school. Your local coordinator is on hand to lend assistance in case any should arise, and are your first point of contact on the ground.

Local coordinators are all experienced and fully qualified to assist international students on the ground, offering support and assistance quickly and efficiently should any issues present themselves.

An emergency number will be given to you to use in case of any emergencies.

Dates & Prices 2020-2021

Dates 2020-2021

The school year is split into 3 terms, each with a half-term holiday.

School year: September 2020 to July 2021.

  • Autumn term: August 25, 2020 - December 18, 2021 (half term from October 26 to October 30, 2020)
  • Spring term: January 4, 2021 - April 1, 2021 (half term from February 15 to February 19)
  • Summer term: April 19, 2021 - July 2, 2021 (half term from May 31 to June 4, 2021)

Programme A levels or Vocational

  • Full Academic Year (11 months) : August 25, 2020 - July 2, 2021

Programme EU Study Abroad

  • Trimester 1 : 25/08/20 - 18/12/20
  • Semestre 1 : 25/08/20 - 29/01/21
  • Semestre 2 : 02/01/21 - 28/05/21
  • 1 School Year (9 months) : 25/08/20 - 28/05/21

Prices 2020-2021

This programme contains classes Accommodation included Meal includedSupervision 24h support
Prices -

Includes room and board, tuition, and registration fees

Programme A-Levels/Vocational
Tuition + homestay accomodation (half board during the week, full board during the weekend)
School year (11 months) 18995
Refundable deposit at the end of the programme500
Programme EU Study Abroad
Tuition + homestay accomodation (half board during the week, full board during the weekend)
Trimester 17695
Semester 19495
Semester 28995
School year (9 months)12995

Prices include :

  • English placement test and pre-enrolment interview
  • Your chosen course
  • Homestay accommodation, single room, half-board during weekdays and full board during weekends
  • Access to all school facilities and services
  • Academic advice and support from a personal tutor
  • Access to the school's medical services
  • Support from our offices during and after your stay
  • All taxes and enrollment fees
  • Work Experience Placement (only for students enrolled on a 1 year programme minimum
  • Free Meet and Greet Airport Collection if you arrive on August 27, 2019 or on January 4, 2020 before 10 am at Heathrow Airport

Prices do not include:

  • Flights to/from England
  • Airport transfer upon departure (and upon arrival outisde scheduled dates/times)
  • Local transportation
  • Course materials
  • Optional activities
  • Optional insurance

Practical information

How to apply for this programme

To apply for this programme, you will need to provide the following documents:

  • A copy of your school report card from the current and previous school year
  • A copy of your ID card or passport
  • Official proof attesting your English level (IELTS 5.0 or 5.5 depending on the programme)

Booking deadline: July 5 to attend Itchen in September & November 5 to attend Itchen in January.

If you apply after these dates, bookings are dealt with on a case by case basis. A late booking fee may apply.

Your application will be accepted subject to availability on your chosen course, your English proficiency, your grades and application date - we recommend applying as early as possible to avoid disappointment.

You place will guaranteed once you receive an acceptance letter from the college; however, we reserve the right to change the school (in the same region and for the same programme) or ask you to alter your request for courses in the case of unforeseen circumstances (changes to the college’s policy, early registration deadlines, College refusal after conditional acceptance etc.).



  • August 25, 2020 (for programmes including the 1st trimester)
  • January 2, 2021 (for programmes until the 2nd semester)

Free Meet and Greet Airport Collection service is provided for students arriving on flights before 10 am local time at Heathrow Airport.


  • December 18, 2020 (for 1st trimester)
  • January 29, 2021 (for 1st semester)
  • June 25, 2021 (for 2nd semester)
  • July 2, 2021 (A level or Vocational program for an entire academic year)
  • May 28, 2021 (EU Study Abroad for an entire academic year)

For all programmes including the autumn term, the 1st week is dedicated to welcome activities and to get to know the College, the local area and the famous sights in the UK. Lessons start on September 3

Please note: Do not make travel arrangements until we have confirmed your enrolment in your chosen course.

Visa information

Brexit :

No visa required for EU citizens until the 31/12/2020.

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