Full-time courses throughout the year for students of 16 years of age and over with a range of different options available in the afternoon.
Short, intensive courses for students over 25 available in the Language Training Centre throughout the year.
Internationally-recognised examination courses at different levels to help in work, study and career development.
Specially designed courses with an inclusive social programme for our more mature clients.
Summer courses with an inclusive excursion/activity programme for individual 13-16 year olds and "mini" groups only.
Tailor-made closed group courses for schools and special interest groups.
The right course for you depends on your age, how much time you have and what you want from the experience. We offer a range of very distinct courses. Try our course finder to find your ideal course, or contact us if you would like some advice.
Our General English and 25+ Courses start every Monday during the year. Other courses have fixed dates and you can find them in the Courses section of the website. There is some flexibility on fixed-date courses. Contact us to discuss your needs.
No. All courses at English in Chester are designed for full-time study and we do not accept part-time students.
On your first day we assess your level and place you in a class. You can also tell us before you come what level you think you are. You will still have to do the test though! On our 25+ Courses, students outline their needs in a questionnaire completed before the course begins.
We want students to make as much progress as possible and to be happy in their class. Students, teachers and the Academic Manager always discuss and negotiate level changes. We want what is best for the student.
Yes. If you change your mind you can talk to the Academic Manager or the Course Director and choose something else.
Yes. English in Chester is a Cambridge exam centre. We regularly offer KET, PET, FCE and CAE exams. We also offer IELTS and TOEIC preparation.
Our 25+ Courses are a short intensive programme that is ideal for you. We also have Business English afternoon options on our General English Courses (age 17+).
All courses result in a certificate of attendance which shows the level you studied at and the dates of your study. In addition exam courses have their own certificates.
On most courses regular homework assignments are given. Usually you will have a little every day, which can be some grammar or vocabulary exercises, a short piece of writing or an interview with your host family.
Long-term students can take holidays, but these should be prearranged at the time of booking. The holiday allowances are: 12 - 24 weeks: 10 days; 24 - 36 weeks: 15 days; 36+ weeks: 20 days. Students need to notify the Academic Manager when they want to take holiday and the dates will be filled in on the student’s holiday form.
The length of time it takes to progress to University depends a lot on the level you are to start with. Most universities require at least an upper intermediate level of English (B2+), and for some courses this can be much higher. We are happy to assist you in your university application, and we have a close relationship with several local universities.
Yes - if places are available at the right language level. If the course fee is different it may be necessary to pay a supplement.
The lesson programme is well-structured and well thought out. The morning lessons really improved my use of structure and my speaking and in the afternoon I had more choice to build up my skills. My English is much better than when I arrived!