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CIE Pre-U Principal Course (PC) French tuition,
German tuition, Spanish tuition

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‘What absolutely wonderful Pre-U results, placing you 2nd overall in the country. Maudie Fraser’s Distinction 1 was the best Pre-U Spanish performance in England. Congratulations!' (John Lever, Headmaster, Canford School)

'My tutorials were intensive but fun, building on the grammar and language we studied at school. My tutor was a Pre-U examiner and knew my set text inside out - he also gave me a systematic approach to tackling the Discussion of Article, which had always been my bugbear. Loads of help preparing my chosen topic too! Excellent!' (Sebastian Cox)

'I took the Principal Course in German and French, achieving a D2 in both. My tutor worked closely with my teachers at school, identifying my strengths and weaknesses, tailoring my tutorials so that I knew I was always studying what I actually needed to know. Pre-U was hard work but I always felt reassured and I ended up really enjoying it!' (Charlotte Williams)

We provide comprehensive preparation for the CIE Pre-U Principal Course (PC) in French, German and Spanish.


Our tutorials focus on developing the four core language skills examined - reading, writing, listening and speaking – as well as exploring and developing topic areas, cultural topics, prepared topics and set texts. Tutorials emphasise tailored presentation, targeted practice and personalised feedback, using a bank of proprietary resources (authentic and semi-authentic), questions and papers, as well as past and specimen papers, to enhance fluency and accuracy, develop vocabulary and grammatical control, build confidence and provide enjoyment and stimulation.


We provide an informal assessment for each tutee at the outset. This provides focus and clarity for the preparation process, allowing us to target accurately where each tutee needs particular support.


Working through the Pre-U specification, our tutorials are also interactive and fun, developing creatively our tutees’ language skills, time management skills, and their ability to respond effectively to the variety of question types found in Pre-U French, German and Spanish examinations.


Our Pre-U French, German and Spanish tutorials help to develop our tutees':


  • Spoken French, German or Spanish as a means of advanced communication (including presentations and discussion of articles, topic areas and prepared topics);


  • Understanding of spoken French, German or Spanish in a variety of contexts and genres (including formal interviews, informal dialogue, and extracts from lectures, seminars and academic reports);


  • Ability to write French, German or Spanish confidently and accurately, demonstrating fluency and structure, for a variety of purposes (including essays on topic areas, cultural topics and set texts, précis, dictations, cloze tests, and translations);


  • Understanding of the different types of written French, German or Spanish (including newspaper articles, academic journals, extracts from novels, poems and plays, critical guides and reports);


  • Understanding and application of a range of vocabulary and grammatical structures in French, German or Spanish (including tenses, moods, voices, cases, parts of speech and lexical fields);


  • Knowledge and understanding of the contemporary society, cultural background and heritage of countries and communities where French, German or Spanish is spoken (including Senegal, Luxemburg and Mexico, respectively).


We tutor in the comfort of your home, online (via Skype, Zoom, Teams or FaceTime), or at the home of one of our specialist Pre-U tutors, at a time that is most convenient for you. 


We currently tutor in person within a 10 mile radius of Bournemouth town centre, including Christchurch, Parkstone, Poole, Southbourne, Westbourne, Boscombe, Moordown, Winton, Charminster, Ferndown, Wimborne, and Branksome.


Please note: our Pre-U tutorials serve to consolidate, develop and supplement the curriculum followed by our tutees at their school or college.

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