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.
Refreshing, practical Professional Development Courses for individual teachers and groups of teachers.
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.
Short tailor-made courses for all age 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, except on public holidays. 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 with a series of placement tests 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 and preferences 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, option classes are very flexible. If you change your mind you can talk to the Academic Manager or the Course Director and choose something else.
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 16+).
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. Students on General English courses with less than 70% attendance do not receive a certificate.
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. Extra language practice is available on e-Chester.
The length of time it takes depends a lot on the level you are to start with. In our experience it takes approximately 6.5 weeks to progress 0.5 in your IELTS score. Most universities require IELTS 6.0 for undergraduate courses or IELTS 6.5 for postgraduate courses. Our IELTS courses will help you reach the required level. We are happy to assist you in your university application.
Yes - if places are available at the right language level. If the course fee is different it may be necessary to pay a supplement.
I really liked the varying mixture of grammar, speaking, discussions, reading and listening. I find the system with two teachers and split topic in the morning amazing.