vocational training & work experience

Preparation for working life

Preparation for Working Life combines work placement in a local company and a classroom-based unit, ‘Responsible Work Practice’ (AptEd Entry level 3 qualification). The programme is designed to prepare participants for professional life and help them develop their communication skills.

Project-based training

Project-based training is a highly beneficial programme for participants with lower language skills or those wishing to work in a difficult industry sector. The training takes place in a partner centre and is a hands-on, practical experience where participants complete smaller projects to better understand the work cycle in their chosen trade.

teacher training & STAFF MOBILITY

CLIL courses

These course programmes are designed to enhance your professional development, enabling you to become a more effective teacher, coach, mentor and communicator in the English language.

Structured courses

For teachers in primary, secondary or adult education who primarily teach English in their classes. The emphasis is on enhancing and improving the teacher’s language awareness and teaching skills. One or two week courses are available.

Job shadowing

What better way to gain a new perspective on teaching than with the help of other teachers? Tellus works with a network of local schools, giving you an opportunity to enhance your English teaching methods by ‘job shadowing’ colleagues.

work experience

If you teach a particular profession back home, you can find out how that profession works in practice in the UK with our unique work experience opportunities.

Portsmouth, UK

The UK’s only island city is Portsmouth’s claim to fame, as well as being the birthplace of Charles Dickens, regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era.

With a population of more than 205,000, the city is also famed for having a greater population density than the capital London, which is just a little over 70 miles away.

Even closer is the Isle of Wight, a popular tourist destination off the coast of Portsmouth and reachable by ferry.

Tellus College Erasmus+ Portsmouth

5 places to see

  • Spinnaker Tower
  • HMS Victory
  • Charles Dickens’ Birthplace Museum
  • Southsea Castle
  • Royal Marines Museum

Social and Cultural

Gunwharf Quays, close to the iconic 170m Spinnaker Tower, is the social centre of Portsmouth having been redeveloped into restaurants, clubs and bars, as well as many shops.

We offer a range of social events during your stay, including a conversation club, where you can chat in an informal relaxed atmosphere and a social evening of quizzes, games and music, as well as visits to traditional English pubs.

We also offer Culture Club, a chance to learn and about and experience aspects of British culture. Portsmouth has plenty of culture too, with three theatres and four established music venues, including The Guildhall, which has presented symphony concerts for many years – and where the Tellus office is also based.



  • Tellus can organise all your transportation needs in terms of airport transfers to and from Portsmouth
  • Portsmouth has excellent rail, road and ferry links and London is an hour by road and 90 minutes by train
  • There are also international ferry services to France, Spain and the Channel Islands
  • If you want to organise your own airport transfers by coach, contact Megabus or National Express or by rail, contact National Rail


  • Tellus can organise local travel passes during your stay in Portsmouth
  • You may find though that it is cheaper to organise travel yourself
  • For more information on local travel visit www.firstgroup.com
  • Please note, we cannot accept any responsibility if your organise your own travel


  • Homestay: twin or single rooms, either business class or standard room choices on a half-board or full-board basis
  • Bed and breakfast/guesthouse
  • Hotel

your health care


  • NHS treatment in the UK is free of charge for all EU nationals
  • You will have to pay for any of the medicines you may need at a pharmacy
  • Check current prices of prescriptions via the NHS website www.nhs.uk
  • Any students from outside the EU will need to have their own medical insurance


  • You will need an appointment. If you live with a host family you can see their GP. The host family will sign you in as a visitor. This treatment is free of charge
  • If you live in self-catering accommodation, contact Tellus and we will make an appointment for you


  • You will have to pay for dental treatment in the UK. You should be able to claim back the cost from your insurance. If you need a dentist, contact Tellus and we will make the necessary arrangements


  • In case of serious illness, life threatening emergency or injury, call 999 and ask for an ambulance
  • Give the full name of the person requiring medical assistance, their date of birth, sex, and the exact location, e.g. the nearest house number (or landmark) and street name
  • For a non-emergency, please ask your host family for help, call Tellus for assistance or take a taxi to the hospital
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