Pre-IB Summer Course – Frequently Asked Questions
Prepare for the IB
The IB is an exhilarating but challenging experience and to be successful students require a high level of skills in different areas. A Summer Preparation Course will help students develop their essay writing skills, oral presentation skills, lab writing and ability to think critically/analytically.
Our courses are truly international and we bring students and tutors together from all over the world. The exchange of experiences and perspectives gives students a boost to get inspired and confident to take on the challenges of the IB!
Because of the small group sizes at the Lanterna courses each student can be individually helped with their specific problem areas. This means they can progress at a much faster rate than they would be able to achieve when studying on their own.
There are various staff members always available at the course centers. All students will also be given the Course Director’s phone number which they can use in case of emergency at any time of the day or night. There will always be a member of staff on each corridor and on site to supervise students.
Free activities such as sports, baking and talent shows are provided during the evenings and free time the students have outside of classes.
Students will stay on site for their entire time at the course.
3 meals will be provided for students at the summer course center. Snacks such as biscuits and fruit and tea, coffee and water will also be provided.
Please let us know if you have any allergies or food requests at least one month in advance.
We recommend that you bring all the equipment you would normally bring to school (including your calculator), as well as the things you need when you spend time away from home. There will be a variety of sporting activities running at the courses; therefore, sports trainers, swim suits and sports gear will be useful!
Feel free to bring your own notes from school, however, you will be given a Lanterna course compendium and you will be taking a lot of new notes in class.
Yes! Students can stay for an extended course period at our course center within the dates our courses run. Students will be able to take part in daily activities and supervision. Please contact us if you would like further information.
We arrange transport by bus between Bradfield College and London, Paddington Station. You need to arrange your own transport to and from London.
Arrival & Departure times
On your arrival day the bus departs from Paddington Station at 4.30pm to Bradfield College. You need to arrive at Paddington Station by 4pm. On your departure day the bus will take you from Bradfield College to Paddington Station where you will arrive by 11am.
Travel to/from London
The pick-up and drop-off location at Paddington Station in London is easily accessed from the various nearby airports by train and underground. Please make sure to book your connecting flights/trains with plenty of travel time around the pick-up and drop-off times given above.
For total peace of mind, Lanterna Education is delighted to offer an Airport Meet and Greet Service, priced at 95GBP this service includes a member of the Lanterna team meeting you at your arrival airport and travelling with you to the central meeting point at Paddington Station.
Airport Meet & Greet
We also offer a Meet, Greet and Drop Off service for 145 GBP. A Lanterna team member will pick you up at the airport and when it’s time to go home make sure you get to the airport on time for your flight.
Please note, the Airport Meet and Greet service (including drop off) must be booked at least 14 days in advance to be guaranteed. You must arrive at London Heathrow on the scheduled arrival day to guarantee your Airport Meet and Greet service. If you’re arriving at a different airport or on a different day, please contact us to ensure we can offer the service. Additional fees will apply if arriving at a different time or different airport to those listed.
You can now purchase insurance coverage that has been tailor-made for Lanterna customers for the duration of their stay with us. The insurance policy is provided by the award winning CareMed who have more than 25 years of experience. CareMed’s Gold insurance, boasts an excess free claims procedure and coverage includes health and accident insurance, sports coverage, travel assistance, accident indemnity insurance, luggage insurance and third party liability insurance when you book your course via our online booking system.
Valid travel insurance is a requirement of a Lanterna Course, if you choose not to take out CareMed’s Gold package with us, you must ensure you have adequate insurance for the duration of the course. If you choose not to take our policy, you must bring details of your policy with you.
We also recommend all EU citizens register for the European Health Insurance Card.
If you are coming from a country outside the EU, please find information about visa applications for the UK here.
We can provide you with a visa invitation letter once your course fees have been paid in full. Email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that many embassies take a long time to process a visa application – it is best to contact them as soon as possible to find out about the procedures and make your application.
If a visa is refused we will refund the full fees minus an administration charge, provided that the visa application was made at least 1 month prior to the start of the courses. Proof of application date and refusal is required before fees are refunded.
1) Pay in full by credit card
Courses can be paid for in full using Visa, MasterCard or AMEX. To choose this option, select “Credit card” as your Payment Method upon checkout and enter your card details.
2) Pay in instalments via Lay-Buy (managed by Paypal)
Payment can be made in up to four instalments, with at least 20% of the balance due immediately upon purchase. To choose this option, select “PUT IT ON LAY-BUY” as your Payment Method upon checkout. After clicking “Complete order”, you will be redirected to LAY-BUY Powered by PayPal to complete your purchase securely. Please note that Lay-Buy will charge a 0.9% admin fee on payments made in instalments.
Pay by Bank Transfer
If your credit card is not accepted t is possible to pay by bank transfer for an additional fee of 30 GBP. Call +44 (0)20 3318 0578 or email email@example.com for further details. For any bank transfer – please send us a receipt of the transaction once it has been made. Please also remember to include your booking ID in the transaction reference.
Recipient: Lanterna Education Limited
IBAN code: GB87 HBUK 4045 2581 4112 25
BIC/SWIFT address: HBUKGB4161W
Sort code: 40-45-25
Account number: 81411225
Postal address bank:
HSBC, 11 High Street
Warwick, CV34 4AS, UK
Postal address company:
1 Cottesbrooke Park, Heartlands
Daventry, NN11 8YL, UK
After booking your course, you have a ten day cooling off period, during which you can cancel the booking and receive a full refund.
After this time has passed, partial refunds will be possible depending on how far in advance of the courses you are cancelling.
If it is more than 5 months before a course, but after the ten day cooling off period, you will receive a 75% refund.
3-5 months before a course you will receive a 50% refund.
1-3 months before a course you will receive a 25% refund
Less than 1 month before the course we will not be able to offer any refund.
Please not that we cannot refund accommodation costs.