Full-time courses throughout the year for students of 17 years of age and over with different routes to cater for different student needs:
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.
Intensive short courses for the 25+ age group, starting every Monday, with a maximum of 6 students in a class and optional individual tuition. English in Chester offer the following courses:
Specially designed courses with an inclusive social programme for our more mature clients.
Summer courses with an inclusive excursion/activity programme for individual 14-16 year olds and "mini" groups only.
Tailor-made closed group courses for schools and special interest groups.
Preparation for undergraduate and postgraduate study at local universities, in association with Keele University and the University of Chester.
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!
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. Contact us if you would like some advice.
Our General English and Business English 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!
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 are also a centre for the TOEIC exam and offer IELTS preparation.
We offer Business English on our Courses for Business & Professional People in the Language Training Centre. There is also a Business English route in the afternoon of the General English course called “The Young Executive Course”. This is for young people considering a career in business or who have recently started a business career.
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 school offers a route to university study through the Pre-Sessional programme which runs from 6 to 16 weeks before the start of the university academic year in September. The recommended length of a Pre-Sessional course will depend on your level of English. Students with a lower level of English may need more than 16 weeks and should take a General English course with afternoon lessons from the University Preparation route.
Yes - if places are available at the right language level. If the course fee is different it may be necessary to pay a supplement.