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Intensive Academic English

Students will develop their academic English skills and gain useful study and exam techniques that will benefit them back home.
Two young English students enjoying a course at Bell


Empowering students to succeed in their studies. 

Intensive Academic English gives students the opportunity to develop their academic English language skills, and gain useful tools and techniques to tackle international exams and their general study needs.

This is a challenging and more intensive course for capable students. It aims to maximise their potential for success in an academic environment by supporting students to learn new skills, develop their confidence, and improve their overall fluency.


12 - 17
Minimum language level
Pre-intermediate A2+
Staff to student ratio
Maximum class size
Course start dates
6 July 2022
20 July 2022
3 August 2022
*Dates subject to confirmation
Course length
2 or 4 weeks
Entry requirements
Pre-course assessment
Bell Wellington
Fees (2021)
£3,000 (2 weeks)
£5,450 (4 weeks)
Maria Sofia Italy
Maria Sofia
The course made my English better because I only speak English here and practise with my friends. I am really confident now and I can't wait to help my sister when I get home!
Lidia Poland
I came to Bell to improve my language skills, expand my knowledge and explore England. Now I think I speak more fluently and sound like a native speaker. It's the best course I've ever been on.
Berfin Turkey
I chose Young Business Leaders at Wellington College as in the future I want to be a manager. We learnt how a business runs, how to work in a team and how to be responsible. It was a really great experience for me.
Students walking around Bell Wellington

Course overview

On this course, students will:

  • Develop their academic English across all four areas: reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • Learn new techniques to effectively approach different types of exam questions
  • Gain useful tools and models to become confidence, independent and successful learners
  • Develop essential 21st century life skills (communication, critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and cultural awareness)
  • Practise new vocabulary, pronunciation and improve their knowledge of grammar structures
  • Meet new friends from across the world


Develop a strong foundation

Academic English focuses on language skills that are critical in education institutions, boarding schools, universities and academic programmes. This includes a focus on subject-specific vocabulary, grammar and punctuation, and how to apply these language skills in typical formats used in academia: essays, lab reports, debates and negotiations, data interpretations etc).

They will also learn useful study skills like recording new vocabulary, using the Internet to find good quality research, and avoiding plagiarism. At the end of the course, students bring their skills together by researching, planning and performing a short presentation on an academic topic of their choice.

Teacher helping two students
Students writing independently


Prepare for language exams

Bell has extensive experience with popular exams such as IELTS and Cambridge English exams. Our afternoon lessons will be specifically dedicated to introducing students to these exam formats, and generally focusing on improving their skills and techniques for tackling common question types.

Students will also have the opportunity to demonstrate their language skills by preparing for and taking the Trinity College London Speaking Exam (GESE).  GESE exams are well-recognised and offers the student a progressive framework for their development of English language skills.


Learn by doing.

The activity programme is an integral part of the course and allows students to practise what they have learnt and develop a natural, fluent use of the language. Students on the Intensive Academic English course will have opportunities to enjoy these activities:

  • Sports ranging from football and basketball to tennis and cricket
  • Creative arts ranging from T-shirt painting to photography
  • Evening activities like school discos, fashion shows and quiz nights
Students playing basketball
Students on a study tour in London


Gain new life experiences

There is no better way to learn about British life and culture than to experience it for yourself.  Study tours also play an important role in our learning approach. Students prepare for their study tour in class and have educational tasks to complete during their trip, this is then discussed in lessons afterwards.

They will have three-full day study tours to UK destinations, every two weeks.

Here are some samples of exciting attractions:


Warwick Castle and walking tour

Experience one thousand years of jaw-dropping history at Warwick Castle. Learn about the great battles that have taken place and discover more about the ancient myths, spellbinding tales, pampered princesses, and heroic knights that have set foot in this amazing castle.

You will also have time to explore the surrounding town and visit independent boutique shops in Leamington Spa.

Student at Warwick Castle


Natural History Museum

This impressive museum will inspire the inner historian in students. Their galleries explore the amazing diversity of life in Earth, the planet’s evolution, natural phenomenons and the famous scientists that have contributed to these discoveries.

Don’t forget to walk beneath the 25.2 metre blue whale skeleton that is suspended above the galleries.

National History Museum in London


Science Museum London

The Science Museum is the most visited science and technology museum in Europe. There are over 15,000 objects on display, including world-famous objects such as the Apollo 10 command capsule and Stephenson’s Rocket.

Students can experience what it is like to fly or blast off into space in their stunning 3D and 4D simulators. They can also watch a film on a screen taller than four double-decker buses in the IMAX 3D Cinema.

London Science Museum


River punting and city tour

You will enjoy a classic experience in Oxford – river punting – which will reveal this amazing city from a completely different perspective!

Oxford has the most amazing history and medieval architectural masterpieces in the whole of the UK. It is also home to some of the oldest universities and colleges in the world, including the famous Oxford University.

Students punting in Cambridge

Sample timetable


Intensive Academic English timetable

Dates and locations

Bell Wellington

Bell Wellington

6 July – 19 July 2022 (2 weeks)
6 July – 9 August 2022 (4 weeks)
20 July – 2 August 2022 (2 weeks)
20 July – 16 August 2022 (4 weeks)
3 August – 16 August 2022 (2 weeks)

*Dates subject to confirmation

Duke's Ride, Berkshire,
Crowthorne, RG45 7PU

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