Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
Below is a list of frequently asked questions. If you would like any more information or have a query that isn’t listed here, please get in touch.
Our office hours are:
Monday to Friday: 08.30 to 17.00
What is included in the IB course fee?
The following are included in the course fee:
- tuition and mentoring
- full board and accommodation from Saturday evening to Saturday lunch
- accommodation in twin shared rooms, or, house accommodation*
- course materials and equipment
- watersports activity sessions as specified
- activity equipment and protective clothing
- in-course transport to fieldwork and activity locations
- unlimited WiFi access
- 24 hour supervision
- use of swimming pool in public sessions
- dedicated classroom facilities
* the accommodation available may vary on certain course dates – please see ‘Dates and Prices‘ for the type of accommodation available for your chosen course.
What is not included in the IB course fee?
The following is not included in the course fee:
- travel/airport transfers to and from the accommodation centre
- incidental expenses for unscheduled excursions outside the stated programme
- personal travel and healthcare insurance
What time should I arrive?
For the IB Extended Essay course, you are asked to arrive at your accommodation between 13.00 and 17.00 on the first Saturday of your course. You will be asked to check out of your accommodation by 10.00 on the day of departure.
Are airport transfers included?
Transfer journeys from the airport are not included in the course fee. All participants are asked to arrange suitable transport to the accommodation centre, Plas Menai, near Bangor in North Wales. Details of the centre location are provided in the pre-arrival information and can be found in our Dates and Prices guide. The closest airports to our course base are Manchester and Liverpool airports. Please ensure students arrive and depart by the times specified in the course pre-arrival notes. Ysgol y Môr will provide details of airport taxi companies in your pre-arrival information.
Do I need previous experience for watersports activities?
We have designed the programme of watersports activities to suit all levels of ability and you do not need to have any previous experience to take part. The instructional staff are experienced and able to teach students of all levels of competence. To get the most out of the activities, you should have a reasonable level of fitness and be confident in water.
What do I need to bring?
For coursework – you will need to bring a laptop or iPad/tablet for completing your essay. For students from outside the UK, don’t forget to bring a UK adapter for your electronic devices. Free WiFi is available in the centre where you will be based.
For watersports activities – our activity centres provide all the specialist equipment and protective clothing you will need for on the water. With your course joining information, you will find a list of personal items you will need to bring with you including plenty of warm, comfortable clothing, towels and footwear (eg, old trainers/wetsuit boots) for on the water. For a full list, please download the Packing List for IB Courses.
All bedlinen is provided, though you are asked to bring your own towels.
What qualifications do your staff hold?
As well as the appropriate degrees to teach and the national governing body qualifications (ie. Royal Yachting Association) to instruct watersports, all staff are cleared by the Disclosure and Barring Service (this is a legal requirement for anyone working with young people). Our teaching staff and course leaders also have specific experience in the IB programmes and mentoring students for Extended Essay projects.
What about safety?
The safety and well-being of students is our number one priority. Throughout the course, students are well supervised within scheduled classes, site visits and activities, and also during their free time. The accommodation centre is a modern, purpose-built complex, offering a safe environment for students to enjoy their time on the course. All students are made aware of fire safety procedures and shown exits and assembly points on their arrival day at the centre.
National governing body qualifed instructors run all of the outdoor activities and our activity providers adopt a positive approach to safety in the outdoors and follow rigorous safety management procedures.
Is there night time supervision?
It is part of our staff’s aim and role to ensure everyone has an enjoyable and safe time. A member of YYM staff stays overnight in the accommodation block to ensure we are on hand for any emergencies or enquiries. During the evening students are all required to stay on the centre complex, where they can use the centre facilities for studying, swimming and relaxing. On some evenings, activities may be arranged on site including films and a barbecue, where a YYM staff member is always present. In addition, there is a night duty rota operated by Plas Menai, who also have a duty officer in residence from 17.00 to 09.00 hours.
What is the policy on Alcohol, Drugs and Smoking?
The consumption of alcohol, the taking of drugs and smoking are all banned during the course either at the centre or during fieldwork. The course venue is situated on the waterfront and there are many potential hazards. Accordingly, students found under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or who smoke or otherwise infringe the rules will be excluded from the course. Collection from the centre will be at the expense of parents/guardians, and the student’s school Principal will be notified.
I live outside the UK, what insurance do I need?
All students must buy suitable travel insurance that covers them for their travel to/from and duration of their stay in the UK, as well as participation in watersports activities. We recommend fully comprehensive travel insurance including cancellation cover and appropriate insurance for healthcare in the UK. If you already have medical insurance in your home country, you may wish to check whether this can be extended to cover your stay in the UK.
What level of English do I need?
The course is delivered in English. You do not have to be a native or fluent English speaker; however you are expected to be capable of understanding tutorials and producing essays to a high standard.
Do I need a visa?
Students from many non-EU countries will require a visa to enter the United Kingdom. We recommend you check to see if you need a visa here. If you do require a visa, we advise applying for it as early as possible.
Ysgol y Môr Limited
19 Ashdown House
Riverside Business Park
+44 (0)1492 550768