Designing A Sustainable World

Are you ready to embark on a journey where creativity knows no bounds, and your imagination is your greatest asset? Welcome to our two-week Architecture course, based in the historic city of Cambridge, and designed to inspire your passion for architecture and empower you to become architects of a sustainable world. You will delve into the rich history of architecture and architectural styles, focussing on key design principles and sustainable practices that lie at the heart of modern architecture.

Get hands-on with sketching and explore your own creative ideas amidst the inspiring backdrop of Cambridge’s architectural heritage, immersing yourself in the design process and learning to translate your ideas into tangible drawings and models. Throughout the program, you’ll engage with practising architects, venture on inspiring excursions within Cambridge, and gain proficiency in architectural tools.

At a Glance

  • Price: £4,900
  • Ages: 15-17
  • English Level: B1+ (Intermediate and above)
  • Duration: 2 weeks
  • Maximum Class Size: 15
  • Academic Content: 25 Hours Per Week
  • Starting Dates: 7th July, 21st July, 4th August 2024
  • Language Support: Included
  • Location: Sancton Wood School, Cambridge
at a glance

What’s Included

✔ 25 hours of subject-specific academic content per week with an experienced subject tutor, delivered through interactive seminars and hands-on practical workshops

✔ Opportunities to apply and share this knowledge with your peers through dynamic group projects, culminating in the end-of-the-week Time to Shine Ceremony

✔ An action-packed programme of guest speakers and industry experiences each week designed to give you first-hand insight into your chosen field

✔ Dedicated academic coaching sessions designed to support you in applying for a UK university, whether that’s writing a personal statement or preparing for a presentation

✔ Numerous opportunities throughout your academic program to develop your English language skills, whether that’s building vocabulary to talk about your subject, or developing your speaking skills to present your Time To Shine project

Our approach to your learning

Subject + skills + language = success

At the core of our student-centered academic approach is a commitment to nurturing not just your subject knowledge, but also your communication, critical thinking, and collaboration skills through interactive lectures, dynamic seminars, and hands-on practical workshops. We also emphasise the development of your public speaking and teamwork through group work and our Time to Shine projects. And finally, our programme of engaging guest speakers and industry experiences bring real-world relevance to your learning. This immersive learning journey will empower you with the skills you need for success in the 21st century.

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Course Objectives

Over the course of this two-week programme, you will:

  • Develop the ability to draw architectural blueprints
  • Learn how architecture incorporates the fields of science and art to produce architectural designs
  • Study major works and movements in the history of architecture
  • Take part in our exciting Time To Shine ceremony, in which you and your classmates will produce an architectural design for a house of the future
  • Develop and apply core 21st-century skills through fun and engaging lessons, including critical thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration

The Time to Shine Project

Over the two-week programme, you will participate in two Time To Shine Projects.

Week One: Architectural Design Challenge

In the first week’s “Time to Shine” project, students will engage in an Architectural Design Challenge. They will work individually or in teams to tackle a real-world architectural problem. Students will be tasked with designing a structure that addresses specific requirements and constraints, such as sustainability, functionality, and aesthetics. They will develop architectural plans, create scale models, and present their designs to their peers and instructors. This project encourages creative thinking, problem-solving, and hands-on architectural design skills.

Week Two: Architectural Portfolio and Presentation

In the second week’s “”Time to Shine”” project, students will focus on building their architectural portfolios and presentation skills. They will select their best architectural designs from the course and compile them into a professional portfolio. Students will also prepare and deliver architectural presentations, explaining their design choices and the principles behind their work. This project emphasizes the importance of effective communication and presentation in the field of architecture while helping students develop strong portfolios that can be used for future academic or professional pursuits.

Industry Experience

Industry Experience

Dive deeper into your field beyond the classroom

Enhance your academic foundation with our comprehensive Industry Experience sessions. These sessions are both on-site, in which you will participate in workshops on-campus that are led by an industry professional and blend practical engagement with immersive learning, and off-site, in which students engage in excursions that complement your course content and will broaden your horizons.

During the architecture programme, SBC students visit design studios, seeing first-hand where ideas take shape and meeting architects at their place of work. In art workshops, students practise essential skills like drawing and sketching, making sure they’re ready to capture their own design ideas. This is something universities look for on their applications, so you can ensure you’re ahead of the curve when applying.

In previous Industry Experiences, students visited an architecture design studio in Cambridge, as well as also visiting Kettle’s Yard, an art gallery in the city, and participated in a process-based art workshop.

Guest Speakers

Guest Speakers

Leaders of today inspiring the Leaders of tomorrow

Every Wednesday morning, students can interact with leading professionals and academics. These sessions offer insightful discussions, expert views, and Q&A sessions that promote intellectual growth.

On our Architecture course, students get to hear from real architects. They don’t just talk – they show. Students see the projects these architects have worked on (sometimes in real life), getting a close-up view of real-world architectural designs and the stories behind them.

Academic Coaching

Academic Coaching

Stand out and shine

Whether you’re looking to apply for a UK university or just keen to make sure your university application is as strong as possible, our academic coaching sessions aim to ensure you stand apart from your peers.

These workshops will not just focus on writing personal statements and preparing for university, but also help you to develop your public speaking skills, an integral skill for university courses.


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It was an excellent choice sending our daughter to Cambridge this summer. High-quality stay in an international environment with first-class course and entertainment offer. Congratulations to the SBC team!

Sabina, Parent, Spain

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