Southampton

Southampton is the largest city in the South East of England outside of London. Southampton is one of the UK’s greenest cities, with 10 large parks and the Common, which covers an area equivalent to 163 football pitches! Just over an hour from London, a short distance from the Isle of Wight, Bournemouth and Winchester, its location also makes it easy to travel to Europe and beyond either by ferry or from the city’s nearby airport.

The city has a strong sense of history and heritage. Medieval walls nestle among modern developments to create a unique waterfront environment. It’s famous for its global maritime role, primarily as a major trading port, but also as home to some of today’s greatest ocean liners, container ships, yachts and private boats. It is also the city from which the ill-fated Titanic sailed on its maiden voyage on April 10, 1912 with 2,223 people on board. Of the 1,517 that lost their lives, more than a third, 549 of them were from Southampton. 2012 marked the centenary of that tragic event. The course will take place at Southampton Solent University which is well positioned in the centre of the vibrant city centre. The main campus is set opposite one of the elegant parks that are dotted throughout the city. Everything is within walking distance and lessons, meals and some activities will take place on the main campus.

Classrooms

In 2016, Southampton Solent University opened the doors of its striking new £33million teaching and learning building, “The Spark”. Built over five storeys the new building provides 40 teaching spaces (35 classrooms and 5 lecture rooms).

Accommodation

Our aim is to provide staff, group leaders and students with very good quality accommodation. Everybody will have single en suite rooms with bath/shower facilities. The rooms are cleaned regularly.

Catering is on a self-service basis and a high standard of cuisine is maintained. Students and Group leaders receive Full Board with packed lunches on day excursions. Special dietary needs are catered for.

Activities

There is a full social and cultural programme and our aim is to keep the students active and motivated.

In Southampton we have incorporated the Titanic into the programme which gives it a unique, memorable element. The Titanic has a close association with Southampton and we think it is important for the students to get to know about the Titanic through a variety of activities which have been carefully included in the programme.

On arrival the students are divided up into teams according to age, sex and nationality. The teams compete in various activities and prizes are awarded at the end of the course to the winning team. We find that the team element is very successful – it provides a stimulating, competitive element to the programme and helps the different nationalities to become integrated. The programme includes an exciting Ten-Pin Bowling evening, disco evenings, a Titanic Project and a Talent Contest. Special emphasis is placed on giving the course participants a real taste of the local area and the Titanic Evening helps the students to learn about local history in a fun way. We also visit the brand-new Sea City Museum with its fascinating Titanic Exhibition.

Excursions

Our aim is to organise excursions to places of local and national interest, which teenage students will find interesting and varied. The two-week programme includes two full-day excursions and three half-day excursions. The three-week programme includes 3 full day excursions and five half day excursions.

Students enjoy the varied excursions which include a full day excursion to London (with a walking tour of main sights) and Oxford (with a visit to Oxford University’s Museum of Natural History and Pitt Rivers Museum. The three half day excursions are to the top attraction in the South of England, Beaulieu (national motor museum, monorail railway, Victorian double-decker bus, stately home, abbey), to the picturesque medieval city of Winchester where we visit the magnificent cathedral (https://www.visit-hampshire.co.uk/explore/cities/winchester) , and an exciting Red Jet catamaran trip to the world-famous sailing centre of Cowes on the Isle of Wight (https://www.isleofwight.com/listing/cowes-isle-of-wight/).