Language course English in Bristol

The English Language Centre Bristol

Learn English in Bristol at our partner school, The English Language Centre. Established in 1969, ELC is a family run language school located in two fine historical buildings close to the University in Clifton. Each of the school’s 20 teachers is a native English speaker, has a university degree and considerable experience in teaching English as a foreign language.

Key features of our partner English school in Bristol:

  • Accredited by both the British Council and EnglishUK
  • High level of personal attention and care dedicated to each student
  • 17 classrooms, all fully equipped
  • An excellent mix of cultures with an average of 180 students from 35 different nationalities
  • Student lounge
  • Conversation clubs and self study programmes included
  • Bristol Airport, with cheap flights to over 35 destinations, is just 20 minutes from the school
  • Language laboratories and study centres
  • Students can join the University’s social clubs- a great way to make new friends
  • Computer rooms and WIFI access
  • Minimum age: 16 years

 

For more information please take a look at the website of ELC. We offer you this link as an extra service, in addition to individual advice, extended travel information and an emergency phone number.

Social Programme

Apart from being able to use the facilities of Bristol University’s Student Union (including swimming pool, bars and restaurants), ELC Students are also invited to join in with the social activities and excursions run every week by the school.  These include:

  • Walking tours of Bristol
  • Sports such as football, badminton, squash, gym and table tennis
  • Excursions to London, Oxford, Wales and Bath
  • Film Club
  • Theatre
  • Salsa Night
  • Ten Pin Bowling

Furthermore, as there is so much to see and do in Bristol itself, many students enjoy exploring the city alone or with friends. This is an ideal way of becoming immersed in English culture and practising your English language skills at every opportunity. 

Intensive

With the intensive course of 28 lessons per week you have 20 lesson per week in the morning. Additionally you will have lessons on four afternoons a week. Two afternoons consist of electives, provided you have sufficient level. In consultation with the teacher, and depending on your level you can choose from the electives culture, conversation or business English. If you have a lower level than the lessons in the afternoon focus on improving fluency and vocabulary. On the two other afternoons the course focuses on writing and listening skills.

Minimum age is 16 years .

Prices 2021

Click on a price for an exact price quotation and/or to book.
Prices in  €/EUR £/GBP $/USD

Max. 14 per class
Number of lessons per week:
28
Starting dates:  

elementary : every monday

Note:  

1 lesson = 45 minutes

The intensive course is not available for beginners. To participate in one of the courses in Bristol, a minimum level of intermediate (A2) is necessary. Students can start any Monday with the course but the recommended (main) starting dates are the following: 04/01/2021, 15/03/2021, 14/06/2021, 05/07/2021, 02/08/2021, 23/08/2021, 13/09/2021

Course materials:  

€61, invoiced by StudyTravel

Surcharge course:   14/06/2021 - 13/08/2021 : €19 per week
Info student residence:  

The residence is only available in the summer months, from July 4 until August 28 2021.

Info shared apartment:  

Deposit for shared apartment: on arrival students have to pay a deposit of £ 30 / € 37, that is refundable in case there have not been caused any damages.

Options shared apartment:   Private Bathroom: € 19 per week
on request, availability is very limited
apartment preferably St. Johns House: € 13 per week
apartment very close to school ("St John's House"), at approx. 7 minutes. This apartment does not havean ensuite bathroom. Only on request, availability very limited
Options host family (18+):   Special dietary needs: € 25 per week
This supplement applies if you wish a vegan, lactose free, gluten free etc. dietary.
Supplement for arrival after 22:30h: € 25
Surcharges host family (16-17 years):   single room : 13/06/2021 - 14/08/2021 : €13 per week
Special dietary needs: € 61 per week
This supplement applies if you wish a vegan, lactose free, gluten free etc. dietary.
Info youth residence (16-17 years):  

The residence is available from 4 July – 28 August 2021

Transfer:   transfer on arrival from Bristol airport: € 61
transfer on arrival from London Heathrow airport: € 267

All prices include:

  • administration fees
  • course and accommodation as stated
  • 4 lessons of accompanied self study per week
  • certificate of attendance

The course material is not included in the price and costs £ 50 / € 61 per course book.
If you have to apply for a General Student Visa, an extra fee of £ 21 / € 26 applies for the letter of acceptance (CAS: Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies).

Please note (in case you booked accommodation): Arrivals in accommodations should be until 22.30. Arrivals after this time will incur a late arrival fee of £ 20 / € 25 p.p.

The minimum level to participate in an intensive or combined course is elementary (A2).

In 2021 the school is closed on: from 01/01/2021 to 04/01/2021, 10/04/2021, 13/04/2021, 08/05/2021, 25/05/2021, 31/08/2021, and from 17/12/2021 to 03/01/2022. On those days (except Christmas holidays), the school offers a free activity.

Combined

This is a combination course consisting of an intensive course in the morning and private lessons (one-to-one teaching) in the afternoon (5 lessons per week). This course is ideal for students who want to improve their general spoken English while focusing on an area of particular interest. You may want to improve your English at work, your secretarial skills in English, learn how to write letters, know more about e-commerce, or just develop excellent social skills.

Minimum age is 16 years .

Prices 2021

Click on a price for an exact price quotation and/or to book.
Prices in  €/EUR £/GBP $/USD

Max. 14/1 per class
Number of lessons per week:
33
Starting dates:  

elementary : every monday
from beginner : every monday

Note:  

1 lesson = 45 minutes

The combined course is not available for beginners. To participate in one of the courses in Bristol, a minimum level of intermediate (A2) is necessary. Students can start any Monday with the course but the recommended (main) starting dates are the following: 04/01/2021, 15/03/2021, 14/06/2021, 05/07/2021, 02/08/2021, 23/08/2021, 13/09/2021

Course materials:  

€61, invoiced by StudyTravel

Surcharge course:   14/06/2021 - 13/08/2021 : €19 per week
Info student residence:  

The residence is only available in the summer months, from July 4 until August 28 2021.

Info shared apartment:  

Deposit for shared apartment: on arrival students have to pay a deposit of £ 30 / € 37, that is refundable in case there have not been caused any damages.

Options shared apartment:   Private Bathroom: € 19 per week
on request, availability is very limited
apartment preferably St. Johns House: € 13 per week
apartment very close to school ("St John's House"), at approx. 7 minutes. This apartment does not havean ensuite bathroom. Only on request, availability very limited
Options host family (18+):   Special dietary needs: € 25 per week
This supplement applies if you wish a vegan, lactose free, gluten free etc. dietary.
Supplement for arrival after 22:30h: € 25
Surcharges host family (16-17 years):   single room : 13/06/2021 - 14/08/2021 : €13 per week
Special dietary needs: € 61 per week
This supplement applies if you wish a vegan, lactose free, gluten free etc. dietary.
Info youth residence (16-17 years):  

The residence is available from 4 July – 28 August 2021

Transfer:   transfer on arrival from Bristol airport: € 61
transfer on arrival from London Heathrow airport: € 267

All prices include:

  • administration fees
  • course and accommodation as stated
  • 4 lessons of accompanied self study per week
  • certificate of attendance

The course material is not included in the price and costs £ 50 / € 61 per course book.
If you have to apply for a General Student Visa, an extra fee of £ 21 / € 26 applies for the letter of acceptance (CAS: Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies).

Please note (in case you booked accommodation): Arrivals in accommodations should be until 22.30. Arrivals after this time will incur a late arrival fee of £ 20 / € 25 p.p.

The minimum level to participate in an intensive or combined course is elementary (A2).

In 2021 the school is closed on: from 01/01/2021 to 04/01/2021, 10/04/2021, 13/04/2021, 08/05/2021, 25/05/2021, 31/08/2021, and from 17/12/2021 to 03/01/2022. On those days (except Christmas holidays), the school offers a free activity.

Cambridge exam

Preparation course for First Certificate, Advanced Certificate or Cambridge Proficiency. The course includes general English lessons and specific lessons for exam preparation divided over 4 afternoons per week. The duration of the complete Cambridge Exam course is either 9, 10 or 12 weeks with 28 lessons per week.

Nevertheless, Cambridge English exam preparation courses are not 'closed', which means that students can join the course at a later date if they are not able to attend for the full period of 9, 10 or 12 weeks. Please contact us if you wish to take a course shorter than 9 weeks. Minimum period of enrolment: 4 weeks.

To read more about the Cambridge examination course please click here.

Minimum age is 16 years .

Prices 2021

Click on a price for an exact price quotation and/or to book.
Prices in  €/EUR £/GBP $/USD

Max. 14 per class
Number of lessons per week:
28
  4 weeks 5 weeks 6 weeks 7 weeks 8 weeks 9 weeks 10 weeks 11 weeks 12 weeks 13 weeks  
Cambridge exam without accommodation 1440 1784 2129 2474 2818 3163 3507 3719 4052 4384
Cambridge exam with host family (18+), single room, halfboard 2310 2873 3435 3997 4560 5122 5684 6114 6664 7214
Cambridge exam with shared apartment, single room, no meals 2334 2903 3471 4040 4608 5176 5745 6180 6736 7293
Cambridge exam with host family (16-17 years), single room, halfboard 2383 2963 3544 4124 4705 5285 5866 6313 6881 7450
Starting dates:  

intermediate : every monday

Note:  

1 lesson = 45 minutes

Recommended course starting dates 2021:
04/01/2021 (9/10 weeks), 15/03/2021 (12/13 weeks), 14/06/2021 (10 weeks), 13/09/2021 (12/13 weeks)


However, the exam preparation courses are not 'closed', which means that students can join the course at a later date (always on request) if they are not able to attend for the full period of 9, 10, 12 or 13 weeks. Minimum period of enrolment: 4 weeks.
Depending on your level, the exam date may differ; an extra night might be necesarry (price on request).
In summer, the Cambridge English exams are held in the week after the end of the course, so students taking the exam in summer should book an extra week accommodation (if required).
Cambridge Exam fees are not included in the prices (approx. £ 165 / € 200)

Exam dates 2021 per level:

  • FCE: 12/03/2021, 08/06/2021, 26/08/2021, 11/12/2021
  • CAE: 13/03/2021, 09/06/2021, 27/08/2021, 11/12/2021
  • CPE: 06/03/2021, 11/06/2021, 05/12/2021

Course materials:  

€61, invoiced by StudyTravel

Exam fees:  

ca. €200, to be paid directly on arrival

Surcharge course:   14/06/2021 - 13/08/2021 : €19 per week
Info shared apartment:  

Deposit for shared apartment: on arrival students have to pay a deposit of £ 30 / € 37, that is refundable in case there have not been caused any damages.

Options shared apartment:   Private Bathroom: € 19 per week
on request, availability is very limited
apartment preferably St. Johns House: € 13 per week
apartment very close to school ("St John's House"), at approx. 7 minutes. This apartment does not havean ensuite bathroom. Only on request, availability very limited
Options host family (18+):   Special dietary needs: € 25 per week
This supplement applies if you wish a vegan, lactose free, gluten free etc. dietary.
Supplement for arrival after 22:30h: € 25
Surcharges host family (16-17 years):   single room : 13/06/2021 - 14/08/2021 : €13 per week
Special dietary needs: € 61 per week
This supplement applies if you wish a vegan, lactose free, gluten free etc. dietary.
Transfer:   transfer on arrival from Bristol airport: € 61
transfer on arrival from London Heathrow airport: € 267

All prices include:

  • administration fees
  • course and accommodation as stated
  • 4 lessons of accompanied self study per week
  • certificate of attendance

The course material is not included in the price and costs £ 50 / € 61 per course book.
If you have to apply for a General Student Visa, an extra fee of £ 21 / € 26 applies for the letter of acceptance (CAS: Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies).

Please note (in case you booked accommodation): Arrivals in accommodations should be until 22.30. Arrivals after this time will incur a late arrival fee of £ 20 / € 25 p.p.

The minimum level to participate in an intensive or combined course is elementary (A2).

In 2021 the school is closed on: from 01/01/2021 to 04/01/2021, 10/04/2021, 13/04/2021, 08/05/2021, 25/05/2021, 31/08/2021, and from 17/12/2021 to 03/01/2022. On those days (except Christmas holidays), the school offers a free activity.

IELTS

The IELTS course has a minimum duration of 4 weeks and prepares you for the IELTS exam, which is specifically interesting for students planning to study in English in Further Education either in the UK or in their own countries. Students should be at least at Intermediate (B1) level before joining the IELTS classes. The course consists of 28 lessons per week (21 real clock hours) and the content depends on the group you will be in (usually there are 2 IELTS courses running, one on B1 level and one on B2 level). Please see more about the IELTS exam here.

Minimum age is 16 years .

Prices 2021

Click on a price for an exact price quotation and/or to book.
Prices in  €/EUR £/GBP $/USD

Max. 14 per class
Number of lessons per week:
28
Starting dates:  

elementary : every monday
from beginner : every monday

Note:  

1 lesson = 45 minutes

This course requires a minimum level of B1.

Exam fees need to be paid on site (please note you have tu subcribe for the exam online with sufficient time in advance).

Students can start any Monday with the course but the recommended (main) starting dates are the following: 04/01/2021, 15/03/2021, 14/06/2021, 05/07/2021, 02/08/2021, 23/08/2021, 13/09/2021

Course materials:  

€61, invoiced by StudyTravel

Exam fees:  

ca. €212, to be paid directly on arrival

Surcharge course:   14/06/2021 - 13/08/2021 : €19 per week
Info student residence:  

The residence is only available in the summer months, from July 4 until August 28 2021.

Info shared apartment:  

Deposit for shared apartment: on arrival students have to pay a deposit of £ 30 / € 37, that is refundable in case there have not been caused any damages.

Options shared apartment:   Private Bathroom: € 19 per week
on request, availability is very limited
apartment preferably St. Johns House: € 13 per week
apartment very close to school ("St John's House"), at approx. 7 minutes. This apartment does not havean ensuite bathroom. Only on request, availability very limited
Options host family (18+):   Special dietary needs: € 25 per week
This supplement applies if you wish a vegan, lactose free, gluten free etc. dietary.
Supplement for arrival after 22:30h: € 25
Surcharges host family (16-17 years):   single room : 13/06/2021 - 14/08/2021 : €13 per week
Special dietary needs: € 61 per week
This supplement applies if you wish a vegan, lactose free, gluten free etc. dietary.
Info youth residence (16-17 years):  

The residence is available from 4 July – 28 August 2021

Transfer:   transfer on arrival from Bristol airport: € 61
transfer on arrival from London Heathrow airport: € 267

All prices include:

  • administration fees
  • course and accommodation as stated
  • 4 lessons of accompanied self study per week
  • certificate of attendance

The course material is not included in the price and costs £ 50 / € 61 per course book.
If you have to apply for a General Student Visa, an extra fee of £ 21 / € 26 applies for the letter of acceptance (CAS: Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies).

Please note (in case you booked accommodation): Arrivals in accommodations should be until 22.30. Arrivals after this time will incur a late arrival fee of £ 20 / € 25 p.p.

The minimum level to participate in an intensive or combined course is elementary (A2).

In 2021 the school is closed on: from 01/01/2021 to 04/01/2021, 10/04/2021, 13/04/2021, 08/05/2021, 25/05/2021, 31/08/2021, and from 17/12/2021 to 03/01/2022. On those days (except Christmas holidays), the school offers a free activity.

Shared apartment

Each shared apartment has 2 to 7 individual bedrooms, a sitting room, a fully equipped kitchen and a bathroom. Each bedroom includes an individual bed, table and chair, wardrobe and telephone. You usually share with other students from the language school, but it might be that you will share with other Brittish people (students or family). The apartments are simply furnished.

Host family (16-17 years)

Students of 16-17 years old stay in comfortable host family homes in the best areas of town, at walking distance from school. Students will stay in a single on a half board basis (breakfast and dinner).

Host family (18+)

Students stay in comfortable host family homes in the best areas of town, at walking distance from school. It is a school policy never to place students who speak the same language in the same home.

Student residence

In the summer you can book a single room in the halls of residence at the university. You share the kitchen, living room (with TV) and bathroom with other students. There is a launderette, reading room, music room, computer room with internet access and a truly beautiful garden with tennis courts.

Youth residence (16-17 years)

The residence “UNITE House” is available during the summer period for students aged 16-17 years old. The residence is located just 5 minutes from the city centre and 22 minutes’ walk from school or an easy 10-minute journey by bus. All rooms are fully-furnished lockable study bedrooms arranged in flats with 7 bedrooms. Flats are shared only with other students under 18 and the residence manager. Each flat has a fully-fitted kitchen with crockery, cutlery, pots and pans provided. All bedrooms are fully en suite. Bedding is provided but please bring your own towels and toiletries. Furthermore, the residence includes the following facilities:
•    Self-service breakfast provided in the flat.
•    Evening meal vouchers provided for local restaurants and cafés or food prepared on site.
•    Free 24-hour Wi-Fi access.    
•    Student lounge with pool table, table football, large-screen TV, table tennis, quiet study room and on-site bike storage.
•    Laundry room (£3 per wash, £1.70 per dry)

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