Plumpton College is an amazing location at the foot of the South Downs and only 20 minutes away from the seaside town of Brighton. The College is an agricultural college during the academic year and as such it has a working farm; an Animal Care Centre; stables including one of the best horse-riding schools in the country; and beautiful grounds which can be used for outside activities.
Learn English and develop your Academic Skills.
- Bucksmore Summer can cater for all levels of English, from elementary through to proficiency.
- The age range for students at Bucksmore Summer is 13-16.
The syllabus incorporates language study, language for life, project sessions, excursion link lessons and academic skills sessions.
The language study lessons focus on the communicative style of language learning and provide grammar and vocabulary tailored to a student’s ability. Whereas language for life lessons integrate a wider range of topics including learner training, literacy, culture and life skills.
The course aims to:
- Build language skills and confidence gradually through our multi-level syllabus.
- Help students achieve their individual goals in language learning.
- Gain a better understanding of English books, films, songs, the internet and other media.
Academic Skills Sessions
The academic skills sessions give students an introduction to exam techniques and are intended to help students improve the skills of academic reading, writing, listening and speaking.
These sessions take place over 7.5 hours each week and culminate with students taking the Bucksmore Assessment.
The variety of lessons and teaching material provide students with a stimulating and comprehensive learning experience throughout their stay with Bucksmore.
Excursion Link Lessons
Excursion link lessons bridge the gap between the academic and activity programme. Students learn about popular tourist attractions and destinations through the medium of English.
Lessons are chosen and adapted by the centre’s Director of Studies to complement the excursions on the programme that week.
Covering a range of destinations including London, Cambridge, Oxford and Brighton, the lessons provide students with vocabulary and language functions necessary to make excursions at Bucksmore that much more memorable.
Project sessions at Bucksmore Summer promote group work and co-operation, in order to allow participation across all levels of English.
In previous years students have created ‘Bucksmore Theatre’, ‘Bucky Music Videos’ and the ‘Bucksmore yearbook project’.
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. Mixed ability classes for projects provide the opportunity for peer teaching and a stronger focused interpersonal communication skills.
Students receive vocabulary and grammar input in the first part of the project session, and are then placed into groups. Groups are provided with a project guideline which they should follow with the aim of completing by the end of the preparation session. The weekly project culminates in a presentation evening in which groups display and present their work.
The Bucksmore Assessment was initially introduced in 2016 after thorough research and analysis of student English language performance.
Uniquely developed by the Bucksmore Academic team to evaluate all abilities in English. It assesses a learner’s skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening and provides a well-rounded assessment of a student’s English ability.
The Bucksmore Assessment provides more relevant and appropriate language so learners are motivated to perform better than other, more adult-focused, exams.
Taken at the end of the course, the Bucksmore Assessment is designed to complement the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) and to provide learners with a realistic determination of their English ability.
It can be applied against other international English exams such as Cambridge ESOL & IELTS. Students will leave the course with a certificate of recommended English level measured against the CEFR scale.
All students receive a personalised Bucksmore Education report card and certificate during the graduation ceremony at the end of their stay.
- 15 hours of English per week
- 7.5 hours of academic skills per week
- 2 full-day excursions and 1 half-day excursion per week
- Full afternoon and evening activity programme including sporting, cultural and fun games
- Bucksmore end-of-course Assessment
- Maximum class size of 11 students