British Heritage Tour
Two week tour of the UK plus English tuition
Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic we are no longer running this course in 2020. Details of the course can be found below for reference purposes.
The British Heritage Tour takes the summer school on the road with a two-week sightseeing tour supplemented by 30 hours of English tuition. This course aims to give students the opportunity to explore the UK and its culture while improving their English. Students travel by private coach to destinations including London, York, Edinburgh, the Lake District, Manchester, The Cotswolds and Shakespeare’s Birthplace.
Over the course of 14 nights, students visit many of the UK’s top attractions including Tower of London, Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, Arthur’s Seat and Oxford Street and enjoy exciting cultural experiences such as taking a tour of Manchester City’s stadium and seeing a theatre show on the West End in London. The English lessons are also exciting and varied with a combination of classroom teaching, culture lessons, group project work and interactive lectures to help them gain confidence and use English in the real world.
Private coach travel
Cultural workshops in all locations
British Heritage Tour can cater to English levels from Pre-Intermediate (A2) through to Advanced.
The age range for students is 13-16.
Bucksmore British Heritage Tour offers the opportunity for students to improve their English and understand cultural differences within the United Kingdom.
English Language Syllabus
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 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.
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. On day 2 will visit Tower of London and the British Museum, with some free time in Covent Garden. After dinner, students will have class placement testing.
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.
On the way to Edinburgh, students will visit Alnwick Castle, the filming location of Hogwarts School from the Harry Potter films. When they arrive in Edinburgh, students will be divided into classes based on language level. Students will spend several days in Edinburgh taking part in English classes and activities based at Heriot-Watt University. They will visit Edinburgh Castle, Arthur's Seat, Holyrood Park and enjoy a show a the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
After arriving to Ambleside in the Lake District, students will take a return trip by boat to the nearby rural town of Bowness to enjoy some free time to explore.
Students will visit the world-famous Etihad Stadium, home to Manchester City. Students will be taken on a tour of this iconic stadium, including a visit to the dressing room of footballing stars such as Sergio Aguero and Kevin De Bruyne.
Students will stay in the Cotswolds a designated Area of Natural Beauty (AONB). They will visit Shakespeare's birthplace Stratford Upon Avon, as well as Stonehenge, a famous prehistoric monument. The evening will see students present their projects they have been preparing during the programme.
On their final days, 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.
Sample Timetable - Week 1
|Wednesday||Boat to Westminster | Royalty & Politics Tour||Tower of London||Placement Testing|
|Thursday||Coach to York||York Minster Walls & Shambles||History of York Interactive Lecture|
|Friday||Coach to Alnwick | Alnwick Castle||Coach to Edinburgh||Activity|
|Saturday||Edinburgh Walking Tour||Arthur's Seat & Holyrood Park||Activity|
|Sunday||Main Syllabus 1 | Main Syllabus 2||Main Syllabus 3 | Main Syllabus 4||History of Edinburgh Interactive Lecture|
|Monday||Main Syllabus 5 | Main Syllabus 6||Main Syllabus 7 | Main Syllabus 8||Sports|
Sample Timetable - Week 2
|Tuesday||Main Syllabus 9 | Main Syllabus 10 | Conversation Class||Edinburgh Castle||Edinburgh Fringe Festival|
|Wednesday||Main Syllabus 11 | Main Syllabus 12 | Conversation Class||Coach to Ambleside||Beatrix Potter Interactive Lecture|
|Thursday||Lake Windermere Lake Cruise||Coach to Manchester||Activity|
|Friday||Manchester City Stadium Tour||Manchester Museums||Sports|
|Saturday||Coach to Stratford Upon Avon||Stratford Upon Avon Tour | Shakespeare's Birthplace||Project Preparation|
|Sunday||Coach to Stonehenge | Stonehenge||Windsor Castle||Project Presentations|
|Monday||London Eye | British Museum||Oxford Street||West End Musical|
Dates & Fees
|Length of Stay||Location||Age Range||Dates||Price Per Week|
|2 weeks||Tour of the UK||13-16||28 July - 11 August||£1,250|
Every Bucksmore location has a residential management team, and a minimum staff-student ratio of 1:7. There is always a trained first aider on-site, and students are supervised 24 hours a day.
Bucksmore offers a complimentary airport transfer service on transfer days for flights arriving/departing between 10:00 and 20:00. We can also provide an Unaccompanied Minor service for pick-up and drop-off. Students are looked after from when they land to when their flight departs.
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.