University Preparation

Are you considering applying to universities either in the UK or back home?

As a member of the Dukes Education family, we are pleased to offer course units in conjunction with our specialist partner organisations: Oxbridge Applications, the Medic Portal, and The Lawyer Portal.

Our higher level skills-based university preparation course is designed to focus on all the independent learning skills required of an ambitious undergraduate.

At A Glance

Prepare for University at Earlscliffe and discover what unique qualities create a UNESCO School. Not far from the world-famous White Cliffs of Dover, Earlscliffe Summer School is located in the charismatic English coastal town of Folkestone.

  • Price: £3,490
  • Ages: 13-17
  • Duration: 2 weeks
  • English Level: B2+ (Upper-Intermediate and Above)
  • Maximum Class Size: 15
  • Academic Content: 20 Hours Per Week
  • Start Date: 30th June 2024
  • Location: Earlscliffe School, Folkestone
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What you’ll learn

  • The summer course focuses on the key skills required to succeed as an undergraduate student.
  • Including key research, critical thinking, note-taking, and presentation skills.
  • You will also explore key aspects of the admissions process such as how to choose the best university for you, writing a personal statement, university interviews, and specific entry procedures for Oxford and Cambridge, Medicine, and US university applicants.
  • Essential research, essay writing, and note-taking skills.
  • Academic writing practice through the completion of an extended essay on an academic topic of your choice.

Why Choose This Course?

  • Develop your skills through a series of skills-based workshops, lectures, independent learning, and study tours.
  • Master how to construct an academic essay on a topic of your choice to help practice the essay writing skills that you have developed.
  • Get your personal statement in the best possible shape with essential feedback from our university admissions experts.
  • Gain insight into what Oxford University and a top London University are like with a day visit.
  • Learn fundamental skills to support you in delivering high quality, well-researched presentations.  We will develop your confidence in presenting through a series of interactive tasks and challenges.

What You’ll Get

With there being over 50,000 undergraduate courses, across 395 providers in the UK, it is vital for students to understand how to choose the university and course that is most suitable for them.  At Earlscliffe we help you to consider entry requirements, rankings, reputation, and location to help find the perfect course for you.

A big challenge for new undergraduates is adapting to the features of academic writing, by learning how to use academic references, and understanding some of the common referencing methodologies including Harvard, RPS, and Vancouver, you will be able to hit the ground running as an undergraduate with our marked essay assignment task.

With our Earlscliffe admissions advisors having many years experience in preparing international students for entry into some of the world’s top institutions such as Oxford, Cambridge, Stanford, UCL, LSE, Imperial, Durham and St Andrew’s…we can say with confidence that our University Preparation course will help you get your first choice.

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Very professional experience – highly recommended.

Per Øyvind, Parent, Norway

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Give your higher education journey the smoothest possible path with a first class preparation course. Look back on a great adventure during your time preparing to be an undergraduate. Begin securing your place today by completing the enquiry form below.