Programmes: For Students

Our very successful English language programmes ran for 25 years. We have welcomed 45, 000 students to Devon, almost all from Eastern Central Europe. Most students come as part of a group with their regular teachers.

Now we have developed them into a full cultural programme so that the visits and the time in the family are the central feature and the time in the Centre is spent preparing and reflecting on these. All in English, of course, and because everything is relevant and based on personal experience the students opportunity to speak and gain confidence in speaking English is greater than ever.

We offer tailor-made programmes for groups travelling by coach or by air to Devon, where price can vary according to season or group size. However, it has become increasingly popular, since the advent of low cost airlines, for groups to join together on our fixed price Open Programmes. See separate sheet for details.

The overwhelming feedback on what we do has been excellent – very practical and concentrating on giving students confidence to use English Language naturally and not just being treated as another school subject! Fieldwork now provides more opportunity for students to use English language. The tasks set for the evenings give a chance for our host families to help with this language development – and on Sunday too! If a student only has a short time with us for a language course, we want to maximise the benefit, so all their time with us is very important!!

• The BEST VALUE quality programme in the UK for students of English.
• Full 8 hour programme each day except family day.
• 10% deposit confirms the booking – which is held provisionally for one month
• We are open ALL year! The climate is moderate, and winters are mild – the Atlantic Ocean is just 10 km away!
• The price is inclusive – no hidden extras, other than any special visits or requests e.g. Youth hostels, or visits after leaving Devon.
• Quoted programme length is the no. of days IN England, NOT including the no. of days on the coach on the way!!
• Students are placed in friendly and supportive families, usually with other students of a similar level.
• 1 half price place is available, for children of accompanying teachers for every 15 students brought.
• We can book Youth hostels to extend the stay in the UK, but need to be paid for at the time of booking (exact price + £20 fee/group)
• We can cover expenses incurred by the organising teacher, so no teacher will be out of pocket organising a group.
• Safety and security of students are paramount – evenings are with the families unless responsibility is transferred to the visiting teacher.
• Adults are welcome but only as participants and there is a small daily supplement to pay.
• SOL is a small organisation and treats everyone personally before during and after the stay.
• Pre course extension materials for you to take back to your schools is unique in the UK and increases the value of them even more.


OPEN COURSES – These are for groups coming by air made up of smaller groups from different countries, each accompanied by a teacher (ratio 1:8). Most programmes are for 10 days/9 nights in England, but there are also 7 and 8 day options. These include a fixed time transfer between London Heathrow and North Devon both ways (with a small supplement for pick up and drop off points elsewhere).

These programmes enable schools to send students for a lower price than if they tried to arrange a programme for themselves. Full details are available on request.

Printable Student Programmes 2017

Hungarian Group Photo Diary of SOL Course

06.30 Sunrise - leaving France by ferry.

The ferry crossing - A new experience.

Time for photos

Relaxing in the warmth of the ferry lounge

England is getting closer - The Iconic White Cliffs of Dover

8.30 am - Back on the coach ready to dock in England

UK - We're here!

First stop Canterbury

... with its narrow streets

....and famous names.

Past the shop

A 2.5 hour drive Stonehenge, walking to the entrance

Catching the bus to the stones.


First sight of the prehistoric monument

The view of Stonehenge

A little bit of history near the visitor centre

Meeting the group - introductions in the Guildhall

Orientation with a town map

In the SOL centre  - First lessons

Using realia ...reading labels

Introducing  the journal

Maps of Devon and where the visits will be

The Classrooms reflection Exmoor wildlife

Our teacher orientates the students in Barnstaple

A little research in the Museum

Some work on the town trail.

Meeting the Town Crier and Town guide

A little more orientation.

O Yey O Yey! Our Town Crier will always be heard on the town tour!

Time left to browse the Market

Preparing for tomorrow's trip - The Legend of King Arthur

Some drama to rehearsals to bring the legend to life.

The drama team is ready!

Off the coach.

Walking towards the beach.

First view of the Ocean - the tides is "Out".

That means 400m more to walk!

Testing the water, 15C in October.

....but some are braver than others.

Others check the rock pools and seaweed.

Then on to Ilfracombe harbour - it is low tide!

Narrow streets to explore.

The RNLI Lifeboat - an important topic on the course.

St Nicholas' Chapel on Lantern Hill.

Our guide talks with the students. Wales is 40km across the sea.

Damien Hirst's statue "Verity" dominates the harbour entrance and stimulates discussion!

On the way to Tintagel a stop at the coast

Tintagel - the Old Post Office

King Arthur's hall where the legend is told in an entertaining way

"The Round Table"

Knight in armour - spot the student!

Our Guide explaining about the visit to the castle

The path to the castle

Now very close to the Castle

...and one of the most photographed views from the Castle

...and back in the village a chance to sample the local treats.

Our Teacher discussing the last two visits

In town visiting a Charity Shop and asking questions

Oxfam is one of the Charity Shops in town

Then another visit in the afternoon accompanied by our guide

The spectacular (but safe!) path near Lynton

The remarkable and famous Lynton goats don't suffer from vertigo!

Nearly every seat is dedicated to someone who has died but loved this area

One of many poems posted on the path to Lynmouth

Lynmouth a village destroyed in 1952 by a cataclysmic flood

The choice of fudge is endless.

The unique cliff Railway between Lynmouth and Lynton 125 years old.

Students board for the ride up the cliff

Here they see that is works on water power only. Totally green power!

Another visit- The village without cars, Clovelly

The high Street, going down to the harbour

The High Street looking up. Deliveries have to be on sledges.

 The harbour

The sign shows where you can get a Land Rover to take you back up the steep road.

Two clocks showing high and low tides

Walking on the pebbles needs care and proper shoes!

It's low tide again and another lifeboat and house and slipway

Students walking across the beach to the waterfall

The walk back on the cobbles is quite a long one

...then on to Westward Ho! Another Altantic beach and more pebbles

Rudyard Kipling went to school here!

Famous in North Devon 'Hockings Ice Cream' - You cannot leave without having one!

Our teacher outlining the final day.

Students enjoying another joke

Finalising the journals

...which are pretty full

Preparing to do the town challenge, interviewing people in the street about their chosen topic

Back in class analysing responses and preparing presentations

...this needs a lot space and cooperation

Finally the presentation are ready - this one on Food

...this one on Fashion

... this one on festivals

... this one on shopping

... and then the certificates are presented

Before a final photo with teachers

There is still time for a day trip to London before the students catch the ferry home...

Plan of Greenwich

This has to be London with those buses

The Cutty Sark

On the river – looking at Canary Wharf

... and soon to pass under Tower Bridge

The Shard

The Tower of London

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre

St Paul’s Cathedral

The impressive ”80 The Strand” home to Pearson publishers

Students on deck

London Eye

Big Ben