Welcome to Brighton

ELC Brighton was founded in 1962 and has grown to become one of the top language schools in the UK.

ELC Brighton achieved a perfect score of 15/15 areas of strength in its latest British Council inspection report. That makes ELC Brighton the joint No.1 English language school in the UK according to EL Gazette’s review of British Council inspectors’ publishable statements.

About our exam preparation courses

Many of our teachers are experienced examiners for Cambridge exams, IELTS and Trinity exams. We think ELC Brighton is ideal for you if you wish to prepare for your choice of English exam in a welcoming, professional school that boasts a great mix of international students, located in the heart of the vibrant, cosmopolitan seaside city of Brighton.

In Brighton you can prepare for IELTS, TOEIC, Cambridge B2 First (FCE), Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) and also Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE). Brighton is the only centre out of our three schools which can prepare you for the Proficiency exam in a group course.

If there is another exam you’re working towards, such as a professional qualification which requires English, then a one-to-one English course is probably the best option.

Before choosing a course you might want to check your English level, so you pick the English exam preparation course in Brighton that is right for you.

Find your English level

Course features

  • Regular individual tutorials with your teacher for private help and study advice.
  • You’ll be in a multi-national group for your English classes.
  • You’ll take mock exams under authentic exam conditions.
  • We conduct regular progress checks and set homework every day.
  • Before arriving, you do an online test so your class is at the right level for you.
  • You can use the self-access study centre after lessons to practise and improve.
  • All course books and materials are included.
  • End of course certificate with hours of study and final level.

Our range of English exam preparation courses in Brighton

If you are an international student aged 16 or over, and have attained a minimum CEFR level of B1, then you are welcome to join us on one of our comprehensive English Exam Preparation courses at ELC Brighton.

Exam preparation course programmes range in length - some are intensive 4 week programmes while others last 10 or 12 weeks. You can also choose how intensively you wish to study, typically 25 lessons (18.75 hours) per week, or 30 lessons (22.5 hours) per week. If you need even more support, you can add one-to-one lessons to your group classes when you book your course.

Find your English level

Our language learning levels relate closely to how the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) define them, but with a difference which we have found to help our students at Elementary level.

ELC levelEquivalent CEFR levels
Upper A1 Lower A2

We offer an English level test which anyone can take. It involves 50 questions and, depending on your level, will probably take you from 10 to 20 minutes. At the end of it, we will tell you your probable level.

But when you book, we will ask you to take a more detailed and accurate test, to make sure that you start in the class which is best for you.

Test your English level now

Is an English exam preparation course right for you?

Someone might have told you you need to pass a certain exam, or you might want to take an exam to motivate you to learn and get some recognition for all your hard work.

Globally recognised English language qualifications are an excellent way of proving your level of competence in the English language, which may be useful for academic institutions, employers, immigration requirements, or purely for your own personal satisfaction. If that’s the case for you then these exams may be of interest.

If you are an international student aged 16 or over, and have attained a minimum CEFR level of B1, then you are welcome to join us on one of our comprehensive English exam preparation courses at ELC Brighton.

But don’t forget that if you wish to prepare for another English exam that’s not on this list, you can always do that with our One-to-one classes.

Contact us if you're not sure which exam course is right for you

Students discussing the finer points of English language during their Cambridge advanced exam preparation course at the English language centre.