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An immersive pre-university summer school for students aged 15-17

The NCUK Taster and Academic Skills Programme is a pre-university summer school in the UK. This course is designed to prepare you for access to the very best of British university education, developing your skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, creativity and leadership.

Our goal is to maximise your potential and to help you achieve academic excellence. We will inspire you and set you on the road to success.

Contact us today to apply for this unique course.

Pre-University Programme course facts


University of Salford
Manchester, UK

Start dates

2022 dates coming soon

Arrival Day





13 nights

Age range


Hours per week


Minimum level

Upper-Intermediate (B2)

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Pre-University Summer School Course Outcomes

The aim of this course is to give students the opportunity to explore their own study motivation and career orientation. They will be taught how to use this to make degree choices, informed by a range of academic skills classes.

On completion of the course, students will:

  • Have a deeper understanding of the UK university education system
  • Have developed their academic English writing skills
  • Have developed their academic speaking skills
  • Have developed their academic listening skills
  • Have learnt about plagiarism and how to avoid it
  • Have acquired a sense of what business is going to look like in the future
  • Have understood the UCAS application process
  • Have learnt about how to manage their time as a student
  • Have received guidance and advice on their choice of university course and future career
  • Have learnt about mental health and how to maintain it
  • Have developed the skill to deliver an academic presentation

University Experience

The programme takes place at a dynamic, modern university. The campus is within easy reach of Manchester city centre, providing an excellent base for students to have an unforgettable experience.

The University of Salford has residential accommodation, with state-of-the-art facilities. It is an ideal place to learn while experiencing life in a lively and exciting British location.

Facilities include:

  • Free WiFi
  • 24-hour security
  • Swimming pool
  • Communal lounge with TV, games consoles and pool table
  • Cinema lounge
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Why take the NCUK Pre-University Summer Programme School with BSC?

This course prepares students for further education, giving them the academic skills to achieve their educational goals.

From critical listening skills and presentation techniques to UCAS guidance and personal statement writing, experience a taste of UK university life with the Pre-University Summer Programme at the University of Salford with BSC.

Course price includes:

  • NCUK Taster and Academic Skills Programme
  • 8 NCUK university visits
  • Guaranteed interview with NCUK
  • Three full day trips (Manchester, Leeds and Sheffield)
  • Course materials
  • Single en-suite room
  • Full board
  • Supervised evening activities
  • End-of-course certificate

What is NCUK?

The Northern Consortium of UK Universities (NCUK) is a global provider of pathway programmes specifically designed for international students.

It is uniquely positioned as an organisation because it was founded by a group of leading UK universities. This gives NCUK centres and students unprecedented access and support through the university application process. The programme includes guided visits to some of the NCUK universities so students can experience university life in the UK first-hand.

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Student Welfare

Our summer programme provides a safe, welcoming environment for students.

Your child's welfare is important to us at every step of their visit. This includes offering airport pick-up services, serving a variety of healthy meal options, and ensuring our experienced team members have everything they need to support young people on this programme.

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If you have any questions about applying for the Pre-University Summer Programme then contact our expert team.