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Classic Coastal Campus


Portsmouth, a quaint town on England’s south coast, is steeped in naval history but retains a modern, energetic vibe. The university campus has the same energy, with all teaching and accommodation facilities located right in the heart of town. The campus is large and prestigious, and provides a secure and comfortable environment that allows students to focus on their studies.

Classic Coastal Campus

What's Included

  • 20 lessons per week (15 hours)
  • End of Course Certificate

  • Full board

  • Course materials

  • Max. 15 students per class

  • Transport to activities

  • Assistance and supervision from the EC Team

  •  Supervised activity programme (per week):

    -5 half-day activities
    -4 evening activities
    -1 full day activity*
    *excluding departure week

Dates available

  • 30 Jun - 11 August 2018


  • 13 - 17 years

Emergency Number

  • +44 (0) 7823411344

Live and learn at the beautiful, sprawling campus of the University of Portsmouth, located directly in the centre of the city and featuring top-quality facilities.

Accommodation Address

EC Young Learners Portsmouth
Greetham Street Residence
Greetham Street

Travel time from airport

Approx. 20 mins
Approx. 1 hr 45 mins
Approx. 1 hr 30 mins

Arrival day


Departure day


Getting to school & activities

  • On foot and transportation provided for trips



A selection of cereals, croissants, rolls, preserves, yoghurt, fruit, tea, coffee and fruit juice.


Choice of one or two hot dishes (including a vegetarian option), salad, bread roll, yoghurt or fruit dessert, juice or water.

Packed lunch will be provided on Saturday and Sunday, and on full-day trips.


Choice of one or two hot dishes (including a vegetarian option), mixed salad, bread roll, dessert, yoghurt, juice or water.

Dietary Requirements

If students have specific diet requirements (e.g. gluten free/vegetarian/Halal), EC must be informed of this prior to the student's arrival.


  • Vegetarian – will be provided at no supplement
  • Celiac & Gluten free -  will be provided at no supplement
  • Halal - will be provided at no supplement
  • Lactose intolerant & Vegan- will be provided at a supplement of £45 per week


EC must be advised upon booking of any medical conditions, allergies or medications that need to be administered to students.

Students must have adequate health, accident and travel insurance while attending any of our programmes, and this must be acquired prior to their arrival. European students travelling with a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) are entitled to free public health care. All other students are required to pay to see a doctor should they need to, and a doctor's visit costs approximately £60.

Transfer details

Airport transfers are compulsory unless students are accompanied by a guardian.


Room Type

Single room with ensuite bathroom


Private ensuite bathroom

Board status
Full board accommodation

Rooms include

  • Bed and chest of drawers
  • Storage space
  • Study desk
  • Reading lamp
  • Mirror
  • Notice board


Students can use a phone available in the office.


Free Wifi is available throughout the campus.

What to expect from the accommodation

  • Live-in supervisors
  • 24/7 Reception
  • Communal areas


 EC employs Live-in staff to supervise students on campus. 


Bed linen is provided and changed weekly. Students should bring their own towels.


Bedrooms are cleaned and tidied weekly; communal areas are cleaned and tidied daily. However, all students should assist in keeping both their own rooms and communal areas tidy.


Laundry facilities are available on campus for free (washing powder is provided). Students are encouraged to use Laundry facilities on Thursday evening when supervised by residence staff.

Learning centre

EC Young Learners Portsmouth
University of Portsmouth 
Eldon Building
Winston Churchill Avenue 

Course: General English

20 lessons per week (a total of 15 hours)
1 lesson = 45 minutes
  • The course will help improve English language skills by focusing on the key areas: reading, writing, speaking and listening. A strong focus is placed on speech and using the language confidently and fluently.
  • Lessons are engaging and designed especially for young learners. Teachers aim to satisfy any interest, with a focus on communication to boost students' confidence when using English in practical situations. Regular tests and conversation classes help to ensure that students improve their English as much as possible. 
  • Our dedicated and professional teaching staff provide feedback and support, and help students build confidence to speak English.
  • If the school is busy, EC will utilise a Double Banking timetable. Put simply, students attend morning sessions of classes one week; the next week they attend afternoon sessions.
  •  All lessons and activities work together. Each week covers a different theme and what's learnt in class is linked with activities outside of the classroom.That means learners get to use and practice their skills every day.

    Academic Timetable

    Following the placement test Academic staff will place students in the relevant group for their ability. When the school is busy, EC will utilise a Double Banking timetable. Put simply, students attend morning sessions of classes one week; the next week they attend afternoon sessions.  

    Morning lesson timetable:

    09:00-10:30 Lesson
    10:30-10:45 Break
    10:45-12:15 Lesson
    Afternoon lesson timetable:

    14:00-15:30 Lesson
    15:30-15:45 Break
    15:45-17:15 Lesson

Campus facilities:
- Basketball court
- Volleybal court 
- Football pitch (5,6,7 a-side)
- Dance studio
- Badminton courts
- Student lounge

First Day

On the first day, all students will take a placement test, allowing academic staff to place students in the relevant group for their ability. In the afternoon, students will be given an Orientation tour. Students will receive a Welcome Pack, containing general information about their programme.

09:45 Arrival at the learning centre
10:00-10:15 Welcome talk
10:15-11:45 Testing
11:45-13:00 Lunch break
13:00-15:00 City orientation
19:30 - 22:00 Welcome party

Any student unable to attend their first day on Sunday should arrive at the learning centre on Monday by 08:30.

  • 08:45-09:00 Welcome talk
  • 09:00-10:30 Placement test
  • 10:45-12:15 Lessons
  • 14:30 Orientation tour
  • 19:30 Join fellow students for film night

Maximum Class Size

15 students


All students must attend achool and activities on a daily basis unless they are genuinely indisposed (due to illness, for example). In the case of a student falling ill, an EC member of staff will accompany the student to a doctor or A&E. 

Educational materials

Students will be given a notepad, a folder and pens as part of their Welcome Pack.

Please view programme for each week here

Sample Programme

  Morning Afternoon Evening
S Arrivals
S Welcome Talk & Placement Test Orientation Tour Welcome Party
M Themed Lessons Emirates Spinnaker Tower & Historic Dockyard Film Night
T Themed Lessons Football/Ultimate Frisbee/Cricket/Arts & CraftsQuiz Night
W Themed Lessons BowlingTalent Show
T Themed Lessons Gunwharf Quays Outlet Shopping Free evening on campus
F Themed Lessons & Project Work Mini Olympics EC Neon Themed Disco Night
S Full day excursion to London

Please note: This is a sample programme and changes may occur.
Linked course Indicates linked activity which allows students to practise what they learnt in class that day.


Welfare, Rules and Disciplinary Action

Curfew times

  • Ages 13-15: 10 pm
  • Ages 16-17: 11 pm

Alcohol consumption

Any EC student on the Young Learners Programme caught consuming alcohol during their stay risks being expelled from the school and repatriated to their home country. No alcohol consumption is permitted during the programme.


The consumption of any illegal drugs will result in the immediate expulsion and repatriation of the student and the possible intervention of the police.


Smoking is NOT allowed at any time during the programme.

Customer Complaints

At EC, we endeavour to provide our students with the highest possible level of service. If, however, a student is unsatisfied with any aspect of their programme with EC, we ask that they inform us immediately. Most problems are small and can be quickly resolved by our staff members. During the first week of school, all students are given an Initial Course Evaluation form, in which they are asked to evaluate various aspects of their stay, such as tuition, accommodation and leisure. The form also allows students the opportunity to bring to our attention anything that is not to their satisfaction should they feel unable to speak to us directly. Solutions to any issues will be provided and all necessary parties will be notified when applicable. Students are also requested to complete an End of Course Evaluation form at the end of their stay which gives them the opportunity to provide EC with general feedback before returning to their home country.

Accommodation Rules

  • Students must keep their room neat and tidy, including making their own bed every morning.
  • Curfew times must be respected by all students.
  • Students are liable for any damages/breakages to school and accommodation property.
  • Smoking is NOT accepted at any time.
  • Girls are not allowed in the boys' room and vice versa.
  • 13-15 years old students are only allowed off campus during EC supervised activities.


EC reserves the right to expel and repatriate a student at his/her own expense for any of the following reasons:

  • Possession of any illegal drugs
  • Drinking or bringing alcohol on to any EC premises
  • Malicious damage to school property or place of accommodation
  • If the student is a danger to his/her own safety or that of other students
  • Breaking British law
  • Repeated failure to attend academic lessons and/or social activities
  • Bullying, racism, sexual harassment, violence

    In any of the above circumstances, the student will be informed that their stay will be terminated with immediate effect. EC will also inform the student’s agent of the student’s behaviour and the course of action to be taken. The earliest flight available will be booked at the student's expense and an EC staff member will accompany the student to the airport to ensure that the student leaves the country. Following such action, EC will terminate all relationships with the student and will be unable to take further responsibility for the student. No refunds will be given to any students who have been expelled.

Course Certificate
Students must attend all lessons and organised activities in order to receive their End of Course Certificate. The certificate will be given out on the last day of school.

In order to manage student behaviour, EC staff may issue a formal warning, notify parents, ban students from an activity or withhold the End of Course Certificate, if the student misbehaves.

Students are liable for any damages/breakages caused to school property. Payment for damages must be effected immediately and the residence staff will not allow the students to leave the residence unless payment has been made. A damage deposit form must be completed on the first day of school. If students do not have a credit/debit card of their own, it is important that they bring details of a relative's/friend's credit/debit card, with a letter of authority to use this card.

EC may, from time to time, make an exception and allow students outside the stated age range to participate in one or more of the Young Learner programmes. For more information, please speak with your EC contact.