In our Club-4 programme, 4 students aged 12-17 work with a teacher all day.  The small group environment means every student gets plenty of opportunity for communication and exposure to language.  The language course is designed around a number of topics such as travel, tourism, education, history, art and environmental issues depending on the students’ ages and levels.  During the morning’s lessons, the students learn about each topic and prepare a small research project for finding out more about it in the local community.  The projects can be interviews, taking photographs, recording observations, gathering information from various sources such as the town library, museums, galleries, shops, cafes, travel agencies, train and bus stations.  The aim is to enable the students to use English in real situations with as many native speakers as possible.

This programme is offered at our St Austell and Newquay centres in Cornwall.


  • English courses of 1-2 weeks in small groups of 4, with 15 hours of lessons per week
  • Topic-based lessons in the mornings followed by related project work in the afternoons
  • Assessment of language skills
  • Course reports and certificates
  • Cultural visits, full and half-day excursions
  • One afternoon of sports per week
  • Full-board accommodation with host families – one student from every language background

Please contact us for availability and prices.

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What our Agents Say

We have trusted Mercator for more than 20 years making our collaboration a special one and one of the longest! Our collaboration has built over the years through the organisation of short stays and long stays, for groups and individuals. The hundreds of students that we have sent to Cornwall and Devon have always been accommodated by warm host families. We are very keen on working with Mercator and appreciate their professionalism and loyalty and look forward to many more years of happy collaboration!

Delphine Valet SILC, Agent from France

Although for many years I recommended a study vacation in the UK to students to improve their English, I could never recommend any organising association because I was never happy with their standards of teaching or the accommodation they offered. In particularly this last feature. I am of the opinion that a family who is interested in helping the students to better their English is almost as important as the good standard of teaching in classes. Then I met Mercator Schools who not only combine good teaching methods with excellent teachers but also caring families who are interested in the young people who come to stay with them and interested in helping them improve their English. All of the Italian students that I know who have taken a course of English with Mercator Schools have greatly improved their English which has made it much easier to pass university exams and get better jobs.

Pat Parma Agent from Italy