General English Programme

The General English Programme is designed for students who wish to improve all their language skills.

Classes are taught on our beautiful city centre campus (have a look virtual tour).They are at all levels from Elementary (A2) to Advanced (C1). The course offers you access to the University's world-class learning facilities and brand new Students' Union, allowing you to enjoy an exceptional student experience during your time in York, one of the top tourist destinations in the UK. We offer fantastic teaching facilities and all of our tutors are experienced professionals who will guide you to your language learning goals. You will have access to the Fountains Learning Centre which includes the library, state of the art technology, and a team of staff who can help you to get the most from the facility. There is one-to-one support available if you feel you need extra help.

This course is accredited by the British Council, guaranteeing you a high standard of teaching, study facilities and accommodation. The University also offers computer and wifi facilities across the campus, gym facilities and a variety of dining areas on campus. The Students' Union is open to all students. Here you can relax with a Starbuck's coffee, meet friends or join one of the many societies.

Follow this link to get information about the exciting opportunities available in York when you are studying at the university  Study Abroad at York St John University then click on Student Life.

  • Age restrictions: Students must be over 18 years of age when they join the programme.
  • Class size: Normally 10-15 students.

If you are interested in applying or have questions write to 


General English Application Form

Course Content

Core Modules (Mornings)

When you arrive at York St John University you will receive a full induction into the programme. Included in this will be a Placement Test to decide which level you will study; classes start at Pre-intermediate level up to Upper-intermediate (with Elementary to Advanced taking place during the Summer term if there are enough students).

If you want to check your English Language level go to Cambridge Assessments and test yourself.

During the morning classes you will work with a course book (included with the fee) and will have the opportunity to study all the following:

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

Your tutors will adapt the content of the course to suit the needs of the class and you will also have regular one-to-one tutorials with your tutor to discuss your progress.


Target Modules (Afternoons)

In the afternoons you may have the choice of two target modules which are:

Integrated Skills

    • All four language skills - speaking, listening, and reading and writing, - are practised using a variety of activities, including group work and individual research  leading to presentations, and many other lively activities; this is when you get the opportunity to use all your English language skills in real situations.
    • Recent students published a class magazine they had created as well as some films, such as one about "How to Make Friends":

IELT Examination Preparation 

  • IELTS Intensive Class runs for 2 weeks each term, Monday to Thursday afternoons only, depending on student demand.

Please note: examination fees are in addition to tuition fees and wil be around £160 depending on the Centre and test you take.


Course Timetable

Tuition hours: 22 per week (including 1 hour a week of self-study), with breaks for coffee and lunch as follows:

Monday to Friday

9.00am - 10.30am

11.00am - 12.30pm

2.00pm - 3.30pm  (Monday to Thursday; classes finish at 12.30 on Fridays)

 Here is a sample General English Timetable

Study Dates

You can either:

  • Study for less than a term and choose the duration you wish to study (this must be a minimum of 4 weeks). This costs £300 per week.


  • Study for a term or more than 11 consecutive weeks and get a discounted rate of £270 per week. Please see the tables below for fees and entry dates.
  • Mornings only Monday to Friday (15 hours,  9.00 - 12.30) £215 per week;
  • Afternoons only Monday to Thursday (6 hours per week, 2.00 - 3.30) £85 per week.


  Study PeriodFee for TermEntry Points for Each Term
Term 2:
7 January to 
22 March 2019
11 weeks  £2,970 Any Monday
Term 3:
25 March to 
7 June 2019
11 weeks  £2754
(Including a discount for 4 public Bank Holidays)
Any Monday(or Tuesday after Bank Holiday)
Summer Programme:
10 June to 
30 August 2019
12 weeks   £3186
(Including a discount for 1 public Bank Holiday)
Any Monday 

Please note: 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.


         Study PeriodFees for TermEntry Points for term

Term 1:

2 September to 13 December


        15 weeks                        £4050     Any Monday

Term 2:

6 Jan to 20 March 2020


        11 weeks                         £2970     Any Monday

Term 3:

23 March to 5 June

        11 weeks


       (Including discount for 4 Public Holidays)

    Any Monday

Summer Programme:

8 June to 4 September

        13 weeks


       (Including a discount for 1 Public Holiday)

    Any Monday

University closure dates

For 2018/19 please note the University will be closed on the following dates:

  • Friday 19 April 2019 and Monday 22 April
  • Monday 6 May 2019 Bank Holiday
  • Monday 27 May 2019 Bank Holiday
  • Monday 26 August 2019 Bank Holiday



Telephone: +44 (0)1904 876693

Fax:             +44 (0)1904 876929

How to Apply

Please complete the form at the bottom of this page.

Notes for applying:

  • In order to avoid delays please make sure you upload a copy of your passport when applying

  •  If you are in the UK now, please also upload a copy of your current UK visa

  • We aim to process fully completed application forms as soon as possible but in busy times this can take up to two weeks.

Please note: we are NOT able to process applications until we have received a copy of your passport.


If you are studying between 4 weeks and 11 months you should apply for a Short Term Study Visa. Nationals of certain countries can apply at the point of entry (airport), while others will be required to book a visa appointment at their nearest British consulate in advance of their trip.

Find out more about the study visit visa, and whether you will need to apply in advance.

Waiting lists for visa appointments vary depending on the time of the year. Applicants who are requested to attend a visa appointment are encouraged to apply for a place on the programme well in advance of the date they are due to commence their studies.

Payment of Fees

A deposit of 4 week's tuition needs to be paid 1 month before starting the course (2 week's tuition for the Summer Programme).

The precise amount of money you need to pay at this stage will be detailed in your acceptance letter.

You are able to choose any of the following forms of payment: 

Online Payment System

If you wish to pay via our Online Payment System please follow the instructions on our Online Payment Page (please note you will need the first nine digits of your Student ID number which can be found in your acceptance letter).

International Bank Transfer

If you wish to pay by bank transfer please follow the instructions on our International Bank Transfer service.

Banker's Draft

If you wish to pay by banker’s draft, this can be made out to York St John University and sent or taken to:

Julie Hamer
Finance Office
York St John University
Lord Mayor’s Walk
York YO31 7EX

Direct transfer from your bank account

You can transfer your payment directly to the University bank account. If you choose this option please make sure you include the first nine digits of your Student ID number (which can be found in your acceptance letter) in the payment reference so we can identify your payment.

Barclays Bank PLC
York Branch
PO Box 24
York St John University

Sort Code: 20-99-15
Account no: 70936324
Name: York St John University
I Ban: GB 75 BARC 2099/1570/9363/24
Swift Number: BARC GB 22

Sponsored Students

The University will invoice your sponsor directly if you meet the following criteria:

  • Your fees are paid by your home government or any internal organisation, company or University (parents and guardians are not classed as sponsors);


  • You have indicated details of your sponsor in your application form;
  • You have presented proof of sponsorship in the form of an official letter from your sponsor.


Terms and Conditions

We are unable to provide refunds on tuition fees for early departure or if you are absent from your course.

If you cancel before the start of your programme refunds will be given, minus a £100 administration fee.


Homestay Accommodation

Most of our students prefer to stay with one of our carefully selected and inspected Homestay hosts. Our hosts welcome international students from all over the world and provide the care and support that students really need when they are far away from home.

Homestay accommodation will give you the opportunity to practise your English outside the classroom and learn about British family life. Your host will provide you with a single study bedroom, breakfast and an evening meal. We do our best to match our students to the right homestay host by considering your interests, hobbies and preferences and those of the host. The fee for Homestay Accommodation is £154 per week.


Residential Accommodation (Self-catering)

Limited University residential accommodation may be available between June and August. You must be at least 18 years old to stay in residential accommodation. In all the residences, students have a single bedroom with either an en-suite or shared bathroom, a shared kitchen and internet access. For information on availability please contact


General English Application Form

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