PRIOR PARK COLLEGE
Residential and Homestay accommodation | Course dates: 11th July - 15th August 2022
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- Inspiring location overlooking Bath
- Wide range of facilities on a spacious campus
- Easy access to the centre of Bath
- Multi-National programme
- Great for individuals
Bath And Prior Park College
Bath is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site, famous for its Roman Baths and honey-coloured Georgian architecture. It’s a compact and attractive city to explore, with many shop, cafes, museums and art galleries to visit. It also has a range of leisure facilities such as a swimming pool, bowling alley, roller disco and cinema.
Prior Park College is an impressive Georgian stone building set in 57 acres of parkland, overlooking Bath and the hills beyond. The spacious grounds include astroturf pitches, tennis courts, and an indoor swimming pool. Indoor facilities include a modern sports centre, theatre and dance studio, as well as purpose-built, modern classrooms.
Accommodation is in two main buildings, in shared or single rooms. Some are ensuite whilst others have shared bathroom facilities. There are comfy living areas, games rooms and kitchen areas where students can gather.Elac house staff are always on hand to ensure thorough supervision of students, especially at bedtime.
Elac hosts are chosen with great care by our Homestay co-ordinators, who visit every host initially, take references and inspect the accommodation provided. They then visit them again every two years. Hosts must also comply with British Council standards, including having a current DBS Certificate (a police check confirming their suitability to host under 18s).
Our hosts provide a warm welcoming atmosphere for our students where they can really feel at home. Students can expect a comfortable bedroom with somewhere to study and shared bathroom facilities. Some students will sleep in bunk beds.
Students staying with local hosts are transported into the college from the city centre by a private Elac bus, supervised by Elac Activity staff. Transport to and from the student's host and the city centre is on foot or by public bus. This part of the journey is unsupervised.
Catering (Residential Students)
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the college restaurant. The excellent menus include vegetarian meals as well as a selection of hot and cold dishes together with a salad bar. A full English breakfast is served twice weekly with continental breakfast on the other days. Packed lunches are provided by the college for excursions.
Catering (Homestay Students)
Students eat breakfast and an evening meal daily with their hosts, while lunch is eaten in the college restaurant. Our hosts are happy to cook according to our student’s dietary needs and/or allergies. A packed lunch is provided for excursions by the homestay provider.
Course fees (per week):
- Accommodation: Residential and Homestay
- Course dates: 11th July - 15th August 2022
Student ages: Residential: 10-17 years
Homestay: 13-17 years
- Student nationalities: Italian, Spanish, French, Russian, Japanese, Chinese, Israeli
Airport transfer time:
Heathrow: 2 hours
- English lessons: 15 hours per week
- Laundry facilities: Yes
- Wifi on campus: Yes
Elac Study Vacations
Prior Park College
Ralph Allen Drive
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Key Academic Features
- 15 hours of English lessons each week
- Balance of appropriate language and skills development
- Links to activities and visits in the UK
- An opportunity to work individually and in multi-national groups
- Integrated skills syllabus linked to the ALTE framework
- An opportunity to take the Trinity Spoken English examination
- An opportunity to study with at least two Elac teachers
At Prior Park College our students receive 3 hours 20 minutes of English tuition divided over 3 lessons in the morning or afternoon, four or five days a week; a total of 15 hours per week. There is a balance between language and skills development in mixed nationality classes, with a maximum of 15 students to a class.
There is an option for students to be prepared and entered for the Trinity Examination while on an Elac course at Prior Park College. Preparation for the exam takes place in three additional sessions organised in the afternoons or evenings immediately prior to the exam.
There is an additional charge for entering the exam. Please refer to the “Dates and Prices” page for more details.
Key Activity Features
- A wide variety of sports and activities
- Multi-national activities
- A blend of "Core Activities" and "Free Choice"
Our sports and activity programme during the day and in the evening gives students’ opportunities to enjoy a variety of sports and activities and practise their English in mixed nationality groups. Our activity leaders are experienced in encouraging students to get involved and have fun.
The “activity carousel” organises students into small multi-national groups who do some activities together during the course. The carousel helps students gain confidence and fluency with their English as well as encouraging them to interact with more students of different nationalities.
Sports and Physical Activities
Prior Park College has excellent sports facilities.
There are a large number of football and rugby pitches, tennis courts, as well as astro-turf for football. There is also ample indoor space for volleyball, indoor football, badminton and a variety of other sports. Swimming will also be offered as part of the activity programme.
We run inter-group competitions as well as individual competitions. Trophies and prizes are awarded at the end of the course for the winners.
We also offer aerobics and dance activities where possible.
Students can also participate in the following:
- Designing T-shirts and bags
- Making key rings, book marks, painting and colouring projects
- Music and drama workshops
These take place every evening. Activities include:
- Treasure and photo hunts
- Quiz nights and murder mystery events
- Talent shows and casino nights
- Discos and Karaoke
- Movie nights
Key Excursion Features
- Direct trains from Bath Spa to London
- Bristol excursion includes a Street Art walking tour and visit to the Clifton Suspension Bridge
- Included entry to the Roman Baths
On a two week programme students go on full days excursions to London, Bristol and Bath, with entry into the Roman Baths. On a three week programme students go on a full day excursion to Oxford and have free time in Bath.
Our excursion to London will begin with a walking tour of the city – the best way to see all the world-famous landmarks. Whether this is our student’s first visit or not, we’re sure that they will want to have a chance to see Buckingham Palace, The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square and much more. At the end of the sightseeing tour, students have some free time to visit some shops and buy souvenirs.
Our visit to Bristol begins with a chance to view and walk across the Clifton Suspension Bridge, built by the renowned engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Following this we will visit another of Brunel’s achievements, the SS Great Britain, the first iron hulled ship to cross the Atlantic. There will be free time to visit Cabot Circus, Bristol’s prestigious shopping mall, follow the ‘Banksy trail’ (Bristol’s famous graffiti artist) in the city, or to visit a city museum.
Bath is a fascinating city and there are many places to explore. Our visit includes a tour of the famous Roman Baths, with an audio guide available in different languages. There is then a walking tour taking in the main sites, like Bath Abbey, Pulteney Bridge, and the Royal Crescent. There is also time to do some shopping and soak up the atmosphere.
In a two week programme there is one Optional Excursion day (in a 3 week programme there are two Optional Excursion days). There are a range of excursions that can be booked once a group is in the UK. Please contact the head office for more information.