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Short course

General English Programme

If you want to improve your English skills, joining our General English programme is the right choice for you.

Improve your English language skills while exploring British cultural life. We'll help you develop your English speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. You'll practice your new language skills with peers and staff to grow your confidence. Experience all this while studying in York, one of the UK's top tourist destinations.

  • British council accreditation logo
  • Duration – Flexible
  • School – Languages & Linguistics

Course overview

These programmes are designed to help you develop a solid knowledge of grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. Alongside this you'll improve your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. In the classes you will have many opportunities to practice your language through communication with other students and teachers. The course also enables you to explore British cultural life and develop cross-cultural understanding by working with students from all over the world. These courses are accredited by the British Council. 

Classes are taught at all levels from elementary (A2) to advanced (C1) and we'll make sure you enter at the correct study level for you. Our tutors will adapt the course content to suit the needs of each class, offering you a tailored learning experience. You will also have regular one-to-one tutorials where you can receive support and discuss your progress. 

Course Structure



When you arrive at the University you will receive a full induction into the programme. Included in the induction is a placement test, this helps us to decide which is the most appropriate level of study for you. Classes start at pre-intermediate level and go to upper-intermediate. Elementary to advanced level courses take place over the summer term, providing there are enough students. 

Check your English language level now: Cambridge Assessments.


Morning classes offer the opportunity to study: 

  • Grammar 
  • Listening 
  • Vocabulary 
  • Speaking and Pronunciation 
  • Reading 
  • Writing 



Afternoon classes are when you'll study your two target modules. 

Integrated skills
You’ll practice all four language skills - speaking, listening, reading and writing - through a variety of activities. Activities include group work and individual research leading to presentations, and more. These methods give you the opportunity to use all your English language skills in real situations.

Recent students’ work includes publishing a class magazine and creating films.

IELT examination preparation 
Your IELTS intensive class runs for two weeks each term, Monday to Thursday afternoons only, depending on student demand.

The minimum length of study per term is 4 weeks, 2 weeks for the summer term. The maximum length of study is 44 weeks under a student visitor visa.

A full study week consists of 22 hours per week, Monday to Friday, including an hour for self-study. There are a number of study options to choose from. Fee amounts vary depending on which option you select:

  • Study for more than 11 consecutive weeks: £270 per week.
  • Study for more than 4 weeks but less than 11 consecutive weeks: £300 per week. 
  • Study morning sessions only, a total of 15 hours per week (Monday to Friday 9.00am to 12.00pm): £215 per week. 
  • Study afternoon sessions only, a total of 6 hours per week (Monday to Thursday 2.00pm to 3.30pm): £85 per week. 

You will need to pay Examination fees in addition to the above tuition fees. Exam fees will be around £160 depending on the centre and test you take.

How to pay 

Students who are accepted onto the programme will need to pay a deposit equal to 4 week's tuition. This needs to be paid 1 month before starting the course. The exact amount that you need to pay will be detailed in your acceptance letter. 

For more information on how to pay the course fees, visit our 

Our General English Programme.

General English Application Form

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