'There are no limits to the range of English language courses offered in the UK. Over 600,000 learners a year come to the UK to help achieve their ambitions, to experience modern UK life, and to use the language in its natural home. Why not join them? '
An ability to speak English will give you a major advantage in all aspects of life. Learn English in the UK and you will be studying and living the language all of the time; you’ll be able to use your English everyday - through film and television, newspapers and books, shopping and entertainment.
UK English language courses put a real emphasis on all the language skills – listening, speaking, reading and writing. Study in the UK and you will have plenty of opportunity to practise your spoken English. Being exposed to the many different UK regional accents will also help to broaden your skills.
For more information about studying English in the UK, visit:
UK English language courses you can study
The UK offers more English language courses to choose from than anywhere else in the world. You can study at all levels – from basic general English to advanced English for academic purposes. Here are the options:
Learn English skills for life; suitable for all language levels.
- Vacation courses for adults
Learn a language on a short course during your holiday and discover more about the UK.
- Vacation courses for young learners
Learn a language as part of a social, sports and visits programme; for ages five to 17.
Personalised, individual tuition; only one teacher and one student.
- English for business/executives
Improve the language you use in your business life; courses are usually intensive.
Take a course leading to a qualification that is recognised worldwide. Learn exam techniques and tips for success and achieving high grades.
One-to-one tuition in the teachers' own home.
- English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
Prepare for further study, often at university. Improve your English in an academic context and learn study skills such as note taking, discussion, academic reading and writing.
- English for Specific Purposes (ESP)
Learn language skills for your career in a specific professional field such as law, medicine, journalism or travel.
Short or long courses where you can improve your English and study a practical or academic subject such as cookery, sports, fashion design or performing arts.
- Courses for teachers of English
Short language/methodology courses leading to qualifications; from postgraduate certificate to doctorate levels.
- Foundation and access courses
A combination of academic English with study skills and study of an academic or professional subject.
Look for English language courses in the course finder. (internal link)
Places to study English language in the UK
There are accredited institutions throughout the UK – in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. So you can decide which region best suits your needs. You can also choose the type of English language institution you want to study at:
Full-time and part-time courses at all levels - short and long. English language-only courses will be in the majority.
- Private and state language centres
Only short-term English language courses are available, normally in the summer. They often include social activities and cultural visits.
- Independent schools and tutorial colleges
You can study a range of subjects at these schools and colleges, and all your activities will involve using English.
- Further education institutions
Full-time and part-time courses, from beginners to advanced. They also offer career-based training and academic courses in classes where many students speak English as their first language.
- Higher education institutions
Full-time and part-time courses are available. Your English would need to be at intermediate level, or better. Many institutions specialise in teaching English for Academic Purposes.
Look for English language teaching centres in the institution finder. (internal link)
British Council Learning - www.britishcouncil.org/learning-english-gateway
English UK - www.englishuk.com/en/students