Frequently
Asked
Questions

Do you have a question? We are here to help.


We know that parents have a lot of questions before sending their children to a BSC summer camp in the UK.

Here are answers to the things we are asked the most often – if you need more information or have a different question, please contact us.

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How long are BSC spring and summer camps for children and teenagers? 

The minimum booking is for one week at Easter and two weeks in the summer. However, we would encourage a 3 or 4 week stay for young learners to get the most out of their experience abroad. 

Can students attend if they don’t speak any English? 

This is fine, from the moment your child reaches the airport until they go home, we will be on hand to ensure they have a safe, enjoyable, worthwhile stay and hopefully improve their English too. Students will find that their English improves quickly once they are with us, having the opportunity to practise their English every day. 

Is it possible for students to share rooms with a friend? 

In many cases, this can be arranged when you book the course with us. Please put any requirements on your booking and we will do our best to meet your request. We recommend checking with individual summer school centres for the exact arrangement of beds in rooms. 

Where will my child be sleeping during their English summer camp?  

At our residential centres, we offer single, twin-bedded and larger rooms, all of them with en-suite bathrooms, showers and toilet facilities. At Oxford Brookes University, all rooms are en-suite, and at Wycliffe College, we can organise en-suite rooms for an extra fee. Some students enjoy the privacy of a single room while others prefer the experience of sharing a dormitory with students of different nationalities. It depends on students' past experiences, their personalities and your wishes as a parent. 

Generally, dormitory rooms are more appropriate for younger learners (8-12 years) and single, double and triple rooms for slightly older students (13+ years). Our staff will try their best to organise rooms according to students' preferences and we ask that you make any specific accommodation requests at the time of booking. 
BSC cannot guarantee specific room requests, however. We recommend booking early to ensure that the accommodation type matches your preferences as closely as possible. 

If students find their English lessons too difficult, can they change class?  

Yes, of course. Teachers will work closely with each student to make sure they are learning at a comfortable level. If lessons are too difficult or too easy, we can swap students to a more appropriate and enjoyable class. 

How will my child reach the school from their homestay? 

At Cheltenham Ladies' College, children are escorted to and from the College by their host families. 

How much pocket money should children bring to their summer school?  

This is really up to you. However, we recommend no more than £100 per week as all drinks and meals are already included. It should be enough to pay for extras such as optional trips or gifts. 

Is there somewhere for students to keep valuables safe at the school? 

Yes, there is a safe where the Centre Manager can keep pocket money, passports, flight tickets and all other valuables while your child stays with us.  

Do students have internet access at the school? 

Yes, there is the opportunity to use the internet at the school, supervised by our staff. 

Are students able to buy extra food and drinks? 

Yes, there is a shop where students can buy drinks and snacks every day should they wish. The shop also sells toothbrushes, phone cards, power socket adapters - just in case something gets forgotten!

What if my child feels unwell? 

We have good links with the local doctor and hospitals should your child need to visit them. Students who have any medication should bring this with them in labelled packaging which clearly states doses and times of administration. 
The only types of medication the students should carry themselves are these: 
- Epipens for severe allergies 
- Insulin pens 
- 'Reliever' inhalers 

What do I need to pack for a summer camp? 

When sending your child abroad for a summer camp, it's often difficult to know exactly how much to pack. It's definitely a good idea to include these items: 
- Casual clothes for everyday wear 
- Warm sweaters
- Something to wear at a party 
- Waterproof walking shoes 
- A warm coat/jacket (preferably waterproof) 
- Trainers 
- Toiletries 
Read our longer packing list if you want more recommendations about what students should bring. 

Need to ask a different question?

Speak to a member of our team - we'll be happy to help you.