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International Language School

Welcome to Sunderland College Sunderland College has a well established International Language School that for the last 15 years has offered a range of English courses to international students. The College is: • A fully funded UK government college • A member of the British Council • A highly trusted college - the UK Border agency • An IELTS Testing centre - the only one in the north-east • A provider of excellent higher education

What about Sunderland? Sunderland is the largest city between Edinburgh and Leeds, it is within easy reach of Edinburgh to the north and London to the south. Direct trains run to London from Sunderland three times a day. Sunderland is located beside the coast and is situated amongst some of the most beautiful countryside in the country. The city and surrounding area has much to offer, including excellent shops, theatre, cinema, sports facilities, museum, art galleries, historic building and beautiful countryside.

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IELTS Centre Sunderland College is the Regional Testing Centre for the North East of England for IELTS (the International English Language Testing System). What is IELTS?

Who needs IELTS?

IELTS is intended to assess the language ability of individuals who need to study or work where English is the language of communication. It covers the four language skills - Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

Non-native English speakers need IELTS in order to pursue academic study in the UK, an IELTS test score is requested by most British colleges and universities.

All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking Modules. If you are planning to start academic study, you should sit for the Academic Reading and Writing Modules. If you are intending on undertaking nonacademic training or applying for immigration into Canada, Australia or New Zealand, you should sit for the General Training Reading and Writing Modules.

IELTS is recognised by employers in the UK and necessary for some non-native English speakers who want to work in positions such as doctors, nurses, dentists and pharmacists. EVERYONE, including native English speakers, may be required to confirm an official IELTS score in order to seek immigration to Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

For further test information please contact: Phone 0191 511 6310 or email



IELTS Preparation Course IELTS preparation courses will help students to prepare for the exam by focusing on the language and skills necessary for the IELTS exam. The classes focus on developing accurate pronunciation and intonation, improving listening, writing, and reading skills and cover all aspects of English grammar, relevant to the student’s level. Students will have the opportunity to practise for the IELTS examination, using past papers and taking mock exams. Classes start every Monday through the academic year. A full-time schedule includes 30 hours per week. You will be taught for 20 hours per week and you are expected to devote an additional 10 hours per week to independent learning in the College’s Learning Resource Centre. Summer courses are available in July through August.


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International Language School Young Learner Programmes All programmes include:

English Programme

• Full-board residential accommodation

• Maximum class size of 15 students

• Transportation between all sites and on excursions

• English lessons with qualified and experienced teachers

• Free group leaders (depending on group size)

• Interactive and engaging activities and tasks

• Social programme activities afternoons and evenings

Additional London Programme option

• Day excursions to Edinburgh, Durham, Newcastle and Sunderland City Centre

Includes 1 week in London:

• Visit the Sunderland International Air show (subject to date)

• Day visits to Cambridge and Oxford

• Meet the Mayor (subject to availability) • Access to computers for internet and email • Course attendance certificate

• Historical sights: Westminster and Houses of Parliament, Downing Street, Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, British Museum • Shopping: Covent Garden and Oxford Street • River cruise on river Thames and Greenwich experience


Recreational Programme Includes outdoor recreational activities and camp experience: • Climbing and abseiling • Archery • Grass sledges • Off-road buggies • Woodland craft workshops

Sports Programme (Cricket, football, hockey and more) • Sport specific coaching by highly trained individuals • State of the art facilities and equipment

Programme duration 2 or 3 weeks. *Subject to slight change and availability

Teaching Methodology Programme Cambridge Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT) Programme The course is for all teachers (or aspiring teachers) of English anywhere in the world, whatever your teaching background or experience. The course will enhance your classroom teaching, raise your language awareness and increase your confidence in a classroom situation.

Module 1: Language and background to language, learning and teaching.

Programme includes: • 75 hours of programme specific tuition • Full-board residential accommodation • Transfer to and from Newcastle airport • Day excursions to Edinburgh, Newcastle, Durham and Sunderland City Centre • 1 week London visit: Historical sights, shopping, river cruise and Greenwich experience • Day visits to Oxford and Cambridge

Module 2:

• Access to computers for internet and email

Planning lessons and use of resourcesfor language teaching.

Programme duration

Module 3: Managing the teaching and learning process.


It is strongly advised that anyone wishing to take this course should have at least an intermediate level of English eg an IELTS band score of 5.

4 weeks

English Plus Programmes: Design and Technology Who is the course for? The course is available to all international learners aged 19 and over.

What do you need to apply for the course? Intermediate English level (IELTS 4.5 / CEF B1)

What are the key things I will learn? English language: speaking, listening, reading and writing is improved through English classes (20 hours per week). Learners join evening sessions in their chosen area covering the following: • Web Page Design • Computer Science • Digital Imaging & Photoshop

How long will the course last? The course lasts for 2 weeks.


English Plus Programmes: Art and Design Who is the course for? The course is available to all international learners aged 19 and over.

What are the key things I will learn? English language: speaking, listening, reading and writing is improved through English classes (20 hours per week). Learners join evening sessions in their chosen area covering the following: • Water Colours • Pottery & Clay Sculpture • Painting & Drawing

How long will the course last? The course lasts for 2 weeks.


What do you need to apply for the course? Intermediate English level (IELTS 4.5 / CEF B1)

Accommodation The College places great importance in assisting students to find suitable accommodation, which will suit their needs and lifestyle. We require all of our students to stay in University accommodation for your first year of study as this will help you to familiarise yourself with your surroundings and meet people of many different nationalities.

Clanny House is close to local shops and services and offers single study bedrooms in flats varying from two to seven bed units.

There are two choices of accommodation, Clanny House and U-Student Village: Forge.

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Clanny House The College, through its partnership with the University of Sunderland, is able to offer students the opportunity to stay in the University’s modern purposebuilt student accommodation, which is very clean, safe and secure.


Features include: • Lounge / dining area which is furnished • A shared bathroom (including shower / hand basin and toilet) • Restricted shared broadband Wi-Fi access is available in all flats • 24 hour CCTV monitoring

U-Student Village: Forge The University Forge accommodation is arranged into blocks of housing and within each block there are self-contained flats. The numbers of bedrooms in each flat range from four to nine and each flat includes: • High specification kitchen (including dishwasher) • Lounge / dining area which is furnished • Showers with under floor heating • Separate toilets • Separate study bedrooms with vanity basins • Restricted shared broadband Wi-Fi access

Within the Forge - U-Student Village there is also a social space called The Meeting Place, a place to meet, eat, drink relax and form new friendships. There is also a small convenience store selling daily essentials. Further facilities on-site include a coin operated laundry, free to use cash machine and common room with access to PCs. The Village is very secure with gated access, 24/7 security personnel and CCTV throughout. Detailed prices for accommodation are available in our price guide. Please contact our international team if you require a copy of this.

How do I apply? When you have decided you would like to study at our College, please do the following: 1. Complete the International Application Form. (Please give

5. We will inform you if we can accept you and we will issue

us as much information about yourself as possible and

you with a conditional letter. This letter will ask you to send

answer all the questions and write / sign your name in the

any outstanding information and pay your tuition fees to

places where we ask you to). Please remember to include

secure your place on the course and you will also need to

your passport number as we need this before we can issue

pay your accommodation fee in advance.

any letters to you. 6. On receipt of your payment we will send you your CAS 2. Please attach copies of your school / college / university certificates or diplomas to the application form.

(confirmation of acceptance of studies) letter that you can use to apply for your student visa (should you require one) and we will confirm the address of the accommodation

3. Please include copies of any English language

that we will provisionally reserve for you.

qualifications you have (eg TOEFL, IELTS). 7. The British High Commission will then assess the 4. Please post or email your application, school certificates,

documents and, if all criteria are met, visa is granted.

English qualifications to us at: 8. Once you have secured your visa, please inform us as Post: The International Office, Sunderland College,

soon as possible, so we can confirm your accommodation

Bede Campus, Durham Road, Sunderland SR3 4AH, UK

with you and arrange to meet you at the airport.

Tel:+44 (0) 191 511 6453 Email:

We look forward to welcoming you to Sunderland College soon!


Useful Contact Details Angela Lister

Andrea Murray

Head of International Operations +44 (0) 191 511 6727

IELTS Administrator +44 (0) 191 511 6310

Dorothy Bulman

Susan Grimes

International Officer +44 (0) 191 511 6453

IELTS and International Administrator +44 (0) 191 511 6310

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+44 (0) 191 511 6453 Sunderland College, Bede Campus, Durham Road, Sunderland SR3 4AH, UK

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Sunderland College International Language School Brochure  

Information about our IELTS and language programmes for international students.