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: 18 years during the academic year and 16 during the summer

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. The afternoon lessons can consist of culture, conversation or business English. If you have a lower level the lessons in the afternoon focus on improving fluency and vocabulary, writing and listening skills.

Prices 2024

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Prices in  €/EUR  £/GBP  $/USD

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

from elementary : 01/01, 08/01, 15/01, 22/01, 29/01, 05/02, 12/02, 19/02, 26/02, 04/03, 11/03, 18/03, 25/03, 01/04, 08/04, 15/04, 22/04, 29/04, 06/05, 13/05, 20/05, 27/05, 03/06, 10/06, 17/06, 24/06, 01/07, 08/07, 15/07, 22/07, 29/07, 05/08, 12/08, 19/08, 26/08, 02/09, 09/09, 16/09, 23/09, 30/09, 07/10, 14/10, 21/10, 28/10, 04/11, 11/11, 18/11, 25/11, 02/12, 09/12, 16/12

Note:  

1 lesson = 45 minutes

Course materials:  

€74, invoiced by StudyTravel

Surcharge course:   10/06/2024 - 09/08/2024 : €38 per week
Info summer residence:  

The residence is only available in the summer months, from July 14 until August 24 2024.

Minimum age is 18.

Info residence:  

Minimum age is 18.

Info host family:  

Minimum age is 18.

Options Host Family:   Special dietary needs : € 25 per week [i]
Info summer residence (16-17 years):  

The residence is available from 16 June until 26 August 2024

Transfer:   Airport transfer from Bristol Airport : EUR 80

All prices include:

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

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

In 2024 the school is closed on: 01/01/2024, 29/03/2024, 01/04/2024, 06/05/2024, 27/05/2024, 26/08/2024 & 21/12/2024 - 02/01/2025.

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.

Prices 2024

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Prices in  €/EUR  £/GBP  $/USD

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

from elementary : 01/01, 08/01, 15/01, 22/01, 29/01, 05/02, 12/02, 19/02, 26/02, 04/03, 11/03, 18/03, 25/03, 01/04, 08/04, 15/04, 22/04, 29/04, 06/05, 13/05, 20/05, 27/05, 03/06, 10/06, 17/06, 24/06, 01/07, 08/07, 15/07, 22/07, 29/07, 05/08, 12/08, 19/08, 26/08, 02/09, 09/09, 16/09, 23/09, 30/09, 07/10, 14/10, 21/10, 28/10, 04/11, 11/11, 18/11, 25/11, 02/12, 09/12, 16/12

Note:  

1 lesson = 45 minutes

Course materials:  

€74, invoiced by StudyTravel

Info summer residence:  

The residence is only available in the summer months, from July 14 until August 24 2024.

Minimum age is 18.

Info residence:  

Minimum age is 18.

Info host family:  

Minimum age is 18.

Options Host Family:   Special dietary needs : € 25 per week [i]
Info summer residence (16-17 years):  

The residence is available from 16 June until 26 August 2024

Transfer:   Airport transfer from Bristol Airport : EUR 80

All prices include:

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

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

In 2024 the school is closed on: 01/01/2024, 29/03/2024, 01/04/2024, 06/05/2024, 27/05/2024, 26/08/2024 & 21/12/2024 - 02/01/2025.

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. 

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. Please contact us if you wish to take a course shorter than required amount of weeks. Minimum period of enrolment: 4 weeks.

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

Prices 2024

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
Number of weeks:
  11 weeks 12 weeks 13 weeks  
Cambridge Exam Preperation without accommodation 4381 4772 5164
Cambridge Exam Preperation with host family, single room , halfboard 7537 8210 8883
Cambridge Exam Preperation with summer residence, single room , no meals 7807 8504 9201
Cambridge Exam Preperation with residence, single room , no meals 7807 8504 9201
Cambridge Exam Preperation with summer residence (16-17 years), single room , halfboard 9152 9972 10792
Starting dates:  

from elementary : 01/01, 18/03, 10/06, 16/09

Note:  

1 lesson = 45 minutes

The Cambridge course has set starting dates. The starting dates in 2024 are:

Cambridge FCE: *01/01/2024 (11 weeks), 18/03/2024 (12 weeks), 10/06/2024 (11 weeks), 16/09/2024 (13 weeks)
Cambridge CAE: *01/01/2024 (11 weeks), 18/03/2024 (12 weeks), 10/06/2024 (11 weeks), 16/09/2024 (13 weeks)
Cambridge CPE: *01/01/2024 (9 weeks), 18/03/2024 (12 weeks), 16/09/2024 (12 weeks)

* Course starts on a Tuesday because Monday is a public holiday.

Depending on your level, the exam date may differ; an extra night or extra week of accommodation might be necesarry (price on request).

Cambridge Exam fees are not included in the prices (approx. £ 215 / € 264)

Exam dates 2024 per level:

FCE: 15/03/2024, 04/06/2024, 22/08/2024, 14/12/2024
CAE: 16/03/2024, 05/06/2024, 23/08/2024, 14/12/2024
CPE: 02/03/2024, 07/06/2024, 05/12/2024

Course materials:  

€74, invoiced by StudyTravel

Exam fees:  

ca. €264, to be paid directly on arrival

Info summer residence:  

The residence is only available in the summer months, from July 14 until August 24 2024.

Minimum age is 18.

Info residence:  

Minimum age is 18.

Info host family:  

Minimum age is 18.

Options Host Family:   Special dietary needs : € 25 per week [i]
Info summer residence (16-17 years):  

The residence is available from 16 June until 26 August 2024

Transfer:   Airport transfer from Bristol Airport : EUR 80

All prices include:

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

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

In 2024 the school is closed on: 01/01/2024, 29/03/2024, 01/04/2024, 06/05/2024, 27/05/2024, 26/08/2024 & 21/12/2024 - 02/01/2025.

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 Upper-Intermediate (B2) level before joining the IELTS classes. Please note that this course is designed for the Academic IELTS training and not the General training. The course consists of 28 lessons per week (21 real clock hours). Please see more about the IELTS exam here.

Prices 2024

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  
IELTS Exam Prep without accommodation 1689 2093 2496 2900 3304 3708 4112 4381 4772
IELTS Exam Prep with host family, single room , halfboard 2876 3561 4246 4931 5616 6302 6987 7537 8210
IELTS Exam Prep with summer residence, single room , no meals 2974 3683 4393 5103 5812 6522 7232 7807 8504
IELTS Exam Prep with residence, single room , no meals 2974 3683 4393 5103 5812 6522 7232 7807 8504
IELTS Exam Prep with summer residence (16-17 years), single room , halfboard 3463 4295 5127 5959 6791 7623 8455 9152 9972
Starting dates:  

from elementary : 01/01, 08/01, 15/01, 22/01, 29/01, 05/02, 12/02, 19/02, 26/02, 04/03, 11/03, 18/03, 25/03, 01/04, 08/04, 15/04, 22/04, 29/04, 06/05, 13/05, 20/05, 27/05, 03/06, 10/06, 17/06, 24/06, 01/07, 08/07, 15/07, 22/07, 29/07, 05/08, 12/08, 19/08, 26/08, 02/09, 09/09, 16/09, 23/09, 30/09, 07/10, 14/10, 21/10, 28/10, 04/11, 11/11, 18/11, 25/11, 02/12, 09/12, 16/12

Note:  

1 lesson = 45 minutes

This course requires a minimum level of B2.

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

Course materials:  

€74, invoiced by StudyTravel

Exam fees:  

ca. €245, to be paid directly on arrival

Surcharge course:   10/06/2024 - 09/08/2024 : €38 per week
Info summer residence:  

The residence is only available in the summer months, from July 14 until August 24 2024.

Minimum age is 18.

Info residence:  

Minimum age is 18.

Info host family:  

Minimum age is 18.

Options Host Family:   Special dietary needs : € 25 per week [i]
Info summer residence (16-17 years):  

The residence is available from 16 June until 26 August 2024

Transfer:   Airport transfer from Bristol Airport : EUR 80

All prices include:

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

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

In 2024 the school is closed on: 01/01/2024, 29/03/2024, 01/04/2024, 06/05/2024, 27/05/2024, 26/08/2024 & 21/12/2024 - 02/01/2025.

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.
minimum age is 18. 

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.
Minimum age is 18.

Summer 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.
Minimum age is 18.

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 

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Neil Mullens
16 Mar 2018

If you are thinking about doing an English course this summer, there is no better place to be than Bristol with its abundance of festivals and things to do. Here are a few of the highlights. Read the blog of Neil Mullens, our marketing man at ELC Bristol!

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