Bucksmore Coding - A Computer Programming Course for Students Aged 12-16, UK

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Please visit Global Education Fair 2016 in Yerevan (14 May 2016, Best Western Congress Hotel, Picasso Hall ) for more information about this program and scholarship opportunities

New for 2016, Bucksmore Coding, provides students of all language abilities with the opportunity to combine English language tuition with learning the fundamental elements of software design.

This is a unique opportunity for students to bring together two key languages for the future: English and programming. The course runs as part of the larger Bucksmore Summer programme, with the addition of four 1.5 hours of coding classes in a modern computer laboratory in place of English lessons.

As an introduction to computer programming, the course uses the innovative Raspberry Pi as a learning tool. The Raspberry Pi is miniaturised computer that allows anyone to explore the essentials of computing.

At the end of the course, all students are given their own Raspberry Pi to take home in order to continue their learning. Students will also have an understanding of the software and hardware components that form the structure of computer systems, and how they communicate with one another as well as other systems. This will help students identify and comprehend the function of the main internal parts of basic computing structures.

INCLUDED WITH BUCKSMORE CODING:

  • 16.5 hours of English tuition per week
  • 6 hours of coding classes each week
  • 2 full-day excursions and 1 half-day trip per week
  • Bucksmore Assessment, report card & certificate
  • Full afternoon and evening activity programme on non-excursion days combined with students on Bucksmore Summer and Bucky Adventure programmes
  • Maximum class size of 11 students for all English classes

Course Requirements

  • Bucksmore Summer can cater for all levels of English, from elementary through to proficiency.
  • The age range for students at Bucksmore Summer is 11-17.
  • Bucksmore Summer has a nationality cap of 20%.

Coding Classes 

Coding classes provide students of all language abilities with the opportunity to combine English language tuition with learning the fundamental elements of software design.

This is a unique opportunity for students to bring together two key languages for the future: English and programming. The course runs as part of the larger Bucksmore Summer programme, with the addition of four 1.5 hours of coding classes in a modern computer laboratory in place of English lessons.

As an introduction to computer programming, the course uses the innovative Raspberry Pi as a learning tool. The Raspberry Pi is miniaturised computer that allows anyone to explore the essentials of computing.

At the end of the course, all students are given their own Raspberry Pi to take home in order to continue their learning. Students will also have an understanding of the software and hardware components that form the structure of computer systems, and how they communicate with one another as well as other systems. This will help students identify and comprehend the function of the main internal parts of basic computing structures.

Course Content

The syllabus incorporates language study, language for life, project sessions, excursion link lessons and academic skills sessions.

The language study lessons focus on the communicative style of language learning and provide grammar and vocabulary tailored to a student’s ability. Whereas language for life lessons integrate a wider range of topics including learner training, literacy, culture and life skills.

The course aims to:

  • Build language skills and confidence gradually through our multi-level syllabus.
  • Help students achieve their individual goals in language learning.
  • Gain a better understanding of English books, films, songs, the internet and other media.

Academic Skills Sessions

The academic skills sessions give students an introduction to exam techniques and are intended to help students improve the skills of academic reading, writing, listening and speaking.

These sessions take place over two hours each week and culminate with students taking the Bucksmore Assessment.

The variety of lessons and teaching material provide students with a stimulating and comprehensive learning experience throughout their stay with Bucksmore.

Excursion Link Lessons

Excursion link lessons bridge the gap between the academic and activity programme. Students learn about popular tourist attractions and destinations through the medium of English.

Lessons are chosen and adapted by the centre’s Director of Studies to complement the excursions on the programme that week.

Covering a range of destinations including London, Cambridge, Oxford and Brighton, the lessons provide students with vocabulary and language functions necessary to make excursions at Bucksmore that much more memorable.

Project Work

Project sessions at Bucksmore Summer promote group work and co-operation, in order to allow participation across all levels of English.

In previous years students have created ‘Bucksmore Theatre’, ‘Bucky Music Videos’ and the ‘Bucksmore yearbook project’.

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. Mixed ability classes for projects provide the opportunity for peer teaching and a stronger focused interpersonal communication skills.

Students receive vocabulary and grammar input in the first part of the project session, and are then placed into groups. Groups are provided with a project guideline which they should follow with the aim of completing by the end of the preparation session. The weekly project culminates in a presentation evening in which groups display and present their work.

Bucksmore Assessment

The Bucksmore academic team have researched and developed a brand new examination for 2016, the ‘Bucksmore Assessment’.

This has been introduced to replace the previously offered Trinity exam. Assessing a learner’s skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening, it provides a more rounded evaluation of a student’s English ability.

The Bucksmore Assessment provides more relevant and appropriate language so learners are motivated to perform better than other, more adult-focused, exams.

Taken at the end of the course, the Bucksmore Assessment is designed to complement the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) and to provide learners with a realistic determination of their English ability.

It can be applied against other international English exams such as Cambridge ESOL & IELTS. Students will leave the course with a certificate of recommended English level measured against the CEFR scale.

All students receive a personalised Bucksmore Education report card and certificate during the graduation ceremony at the end of their stay.

Dates & Fees

The price per week at Bucksmore Coding is £1120.

LENGTH OF STAYDATESLOCATION
2 Weeks 28 June – 12 July Plumpton College
  12 July – 26 July Plumpton College

 

Included in Course Fees

Prices are fully inclusive, meaning that the only money students need to bring is for souvenirs!

Accommodation

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Packed meals on excursion days
  • Wi-Fi available
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Transfers to and from Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports
  • Laundry once a week

The Course

  • Raspberry Pi to take home after the course
  • Two full-day trips and one half-day excursion per week
  • Personalised report card and certificate presented at graduation ceremony
  • Bucksmore rucksack, student card and wristband
  • Welcome packs on arrival
  • Study materials

Please visit Global Education Fair 2016 in Yerevan (14 May 2016, Best Western Congress Hotel, Picasso Hall ) for more information about this program and scholarship opportunities



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