Portsmouth

Academic centre in Portsmouth

The English school in Portsmouth is in the shopping centre in the city, on a street full of shops and restaurants, and is very close to the nearest attractions - it is a few minutes walk from the train station. Amongst the facilities at the school, we have comfortable classrooms and areas for students, a terrace perfect for relaxing and getting to know new friends, internet connection and wifi, recreation areas with tea and coffee available for all students. 

The academy is accredited by the British Council, guaranteeing a high level of teaching and facilities. 

Facilities at the school:

  • Comfortable classrooms
  • Student areas
  • A terrace
  • Internet and wifi connection
  • Recreation areas with tea and coffee for all students 

Characteristics

  • Internet doesn´t have  Internet
  • Library doesn´t have  Library
  • Computer room doesn´t have  Computer room
  • Cafe doesn´t have  Cafe
  • Tea or coffee machine doesn´t have  Tea or coffee machine
  • Garden doesn´t have  Garden
  • Wifi doesn´t have  Wifi
  • Student lounge doesn´t have  Student lounge
  • Prayer room doesn´t have  Prayer room
  • Kitchenette doesn´t have  Kitchenette
  • Support deparment for the students doesn´t have  Support deparment for the students

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Accreditations

The school is accredited by:

UKBA Highly Trusted Sponsor for TIER 4 visa

BRITISH COUNCIL

ENGLISH UK


Study English in Portsmouth

Nearly 200,000 inhabitants populate this cosmopolitan city which has all the attractions of a big city whilst also having the advantages of a small and welcoming place. It is a relatively small city with a wide and diverse selection of attractions. The best way to get around the city is on foot. The historical centre has many shops, bars and restaurants. In the port area, you can watch the fishing and leisure boats. 

It is one of the most interesting cities on the South coast of England; it offers a variety of tourist, cultural and recreation attractions such as: beaches, clubs, shopping centres, concert halls etc. 

The heritage 

Portsmouth has 11 fascinating museums that will tell you about the history. Visit the historic Dockyar and the Royal Marines Museum, and get to know Charles Dickens, the famous writer in the same place that he was born. 

Activities 

Spinnaker tower is a great place to start your visit, being 170m tall you will be able to see the whole city. You will be able to visit the port and if you dare, walk on the largest glass floor in Europe. 

Bars and restaurants 

Portsmouth has various award-winning restuarants and has two food festivals. There are markets where farmers in the area sell their products and establishments to sample the local food. 

Shopping

Portsmouth has many places to go shopping, with three main areas. The city centre has all of the well known brands. Enjoy an indoor shopping centre called Cascades and a street market that has been around for centuries. Southsea has an impressive selection of specialised shops, as well as two large warehouses. Or you can go to Gunwharf Quays and discover more than 95 designer brand outlets. 

Sport

In Fratton Park, you will be ale to see football matches. Every October, Portsmouth organises the Great South Run, a 16km road race.

Music and nightlife

A good option to see the Portsmouth groups is to visit Southsea concert hall, Wedgewood Rooms. Also, Gunwharf Quays has more than 30 bars and restaurants, the perfect place to enjoy your evenings. 


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Standard English course in Portsmouth

The standard course covers all the basic language skills and the method is communicative. 

The focus of the course is to improve speaking skills to gain fluency and to learn vocabulary. 

There is availability for all levels.

The classes are in the morning from 09:00-12:45.

Characteristics

  • Course duration from 1 week
  • Horas per Week  15
  • Duration of Classes  60 Minutes
  • Timetables Morning
  • Level test  Yes
  • Accredited Diploma  Yes
  • Level  A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2.
  • Maximum students per class in summer  14
  • Average during the rest of year  10
  • Minimum age  16

Intensive English course in Portsmouth

The structure of the course is the same as the general course + 1 extra hour in the afternoon.

This extra hour of class every day can be focused on improving communication skills (listening or speaking practice) or on preparing for official exams (Cambridge or IELTS)

Timetable of the class 09:00-12:45; extra hour from 13:00-14:00

Characteristics

  • Course duration from 2 weeks
  • Horas per Week  20
  • Duration of Classes  60 Minutes
  • Timetables Mornings from 09:00-14:00
  • Level test  Yes
  • Accredited Diploma  Yes
  • Level  A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2.
  • Maximum students per class in summer  14
  • Average during the rest of year  10
  • Minimum age  16

Super intensive course in Portsmouth

The structure of the course is the same as the intensive course. This course is a combination between the general course + 2 hours extra per day: one communication class and the other for preparation for official exams (IELTS or Cambridge).

  • Timetable of class: general course from 09:00-12:45
  • Communication class: 13:00-14:00
  • Preparation class: 14:30-15:30

Characteristics

  • Course duration from 2 weeks
  • Horas per Week  25
  • Duration of Classes  Minutes
  • Timetables Morning and afternoon
  • Level test  Yes
  • Accredited Diploma  Yes
  • Level  A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2.
  • Maximum students per class in summer  14
  • Average during the rest of year  10
  • Minimum age  16

Preparation for IELTS, FCE, CAE & CPE exams

The school offers specific courses of preparation for the official exams of IELTS or Cambridge. 

There are classes in the afternoons twice a week, Mondays and Wednesday 18:00-21:00.

The duration of the course is 12 weeks, it is also possible to reserve fewer weeks. 

The school is an official centre for Cambridge exams. 

Characteristics

  • Course duration from 1 week
  • Horas per Week  6
  • Duration of Classes  60 Minutes
  • Timetables 18:00-21:00
  • Level test  Yes
  • Accredited Diploma  Yes
  • Level  B2, C1, C2.
  • Maximum students per class in summer  14
  • Average during the rest of year  10
  • Minimum age  16

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Extra-curricular Activities

What to do in Portsmouth

In Portsmouth school, they know that when learning English, it is necessary to practice it outside the classroom. 

An activity programme is organised. Here you have an example of the events that are usually organised in the afternoons and at night: 

  • Pub nights, bars and disco
  • Full day excursions to other cities such as Winchester, Chichester, Bournemouth, Bath, Oxford, Brighton and London.
  • Trekking in the new forest and trips to the Isle of Wight.
  • Trips to museums
  • Cinema afternoons
  • Bowling
  • Sports competitions

What to visit in the day

  • Visit three of the most important ships ever built: the HMS Warrior 1860, the HMS Victory and the Mary Rose.
  • Admire the best views of the city from the Spinnaker tower in Portsmouth.
  • Walk around the three commerical areas of the city: Gunwharf Quays, the city centre and Southsea.
  • Take a walk on the Southsea promenade, with great views of the green spaces.
  • Don´t forget the exhibition in the museum.

What to visit at night

  • Listen to the best music in the concert halls in Wedgewood Rooms, The Cellars or Portsmouth Guildhall. 
  • Take part in a ghost tour (Dark Encounters) to discover the sinister side of Portsmouth
  • Go to one of the theatre productions in the city: The New Royal Theatre or The Kings Theatre.
  • Visit traditional pubs in Portsmouth to eat and drink. 
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Accommodation

Family

Staying in a family home is probably the best way to practice English and in general get to know the British way of life. 

We try very hard to ensure that the students are located within a 2km radius from the school, but it may be that some houses are a bit further from the school.

You will have your own key, so you can come in and leave when you want. You can reserve accommodation with half board (breakfast and dinner every day and full board at weekends), or reserve a bedroom without food (only for those older than 18). In this case, you will be able to use the kitchen to cook what you want. 

There is also availability for bedrooms with ensuite. 

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Availability: All year

Room Type: single rom

School distance: 10-40 minutes in public transport

Check-in: Sunday

Check-out: Saturday

Characteristics

  • Internet it has Internet
  • Private bathroom it has Private bathroom
  • Laundry facilities doesn´t have  Laundry facilities
  • Cleaning service doesn´t have  Cleaning service
  • Wifi doesn´t have  Wifi
  • Kitchen it has Kitchen
  • Kithchen Utensils it has Kithchen Utensils
  • Security service doesn´t have  Security service
  • Bed-linen it has Bed-linen
  • Towels it has Towels
  • Breakfast doesn´t have  Breakfast
  • Half Board doesn´t have  Half Board
  • Full Board doesn´t have  Full Board

How to get there

How to get to Portsmouth

The most important airports are Gatwick and Heathrow, both 60 miles (100km) from Portsmouth. Southampton International Airport is the closest airport to Portsmouth, and is just 22 miles away. 

From Gatwick airport: 

There is a direct train from the airport to Southsea, Portsmouth station. The journey takes one hour.

From Heathrow airport: 

There is a shuttle bus every 30 minutes and a train every 2 hours to Portsmouth and Southsea (approximately 70 minutes). There is also a direct bus from Heathrow to Portsmouth.

From Southampton Eastleigh airport

You can get a train from Southampton station to Portsmouth. There is a train every 2 hours. 

Useful information:

Página web de la ciudad

If you want, you can get a transfer service from the airport or you can get to your accommodation by yourself with public transport or taxi. 




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