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 General English courses

Most General English courses in Brighton are available from our elementary level upwards, which is equivalent to CEFR level A1. Some are available from intermediate B1 upwards.

Our most popular option is our General English group course, with up to 11 other students of a very similar level of English to you. After you choose and book your course, we’ll contact you to arrange a detailed test and a friendly online meeting with one of our tutors, who will find out more about you and assess your speaking level, to make sure you’re placed in a group which is right for your level and needs.

Focus on what matters to you

There are different ways to boost your every day English skills.

Add one or two private lessons each afternoon

To do this, simply select the one-to-one option when you book your General English course, and we’ll contact you to discuss your needs.

Add an exam or work focus

You can also add focus classes after your general English class to to prepare for TOEIC or English for work.

Be rewarded for staying longer

If you’re planning to stay for over 24 weeks, the study year programme will probably be your best option.

Find your English level

Course features

  • Before arriving, you do an online test so your class is at the right level for you.
  • You’ll be in a multi-national group for your English classes.
  • All course books and materials are included.
  • Regular individual tutorials with your teacher for private help and study advice.
  • End of course certificate with hours of study and final level.

Our range of General English courses in Brighton

  • Each week, you will have 20 morning lessons from Monday to Friday – providing 15 hours of core General English teaching.
  • You can choose to have either 5 or 10 afternoon lessons across the week, for 25 or 30 lessons overall – providing a further 3.75 or 7.5 hours of teaching.
  • For General English 25/30, your afternoon focus is on your chosen elective. For our ‘plus’ courses, the focus is on the ‘plus’ that you are adding. See each course for more details.

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 General English right for you?

Our General English courses are perfect for international students who are over 16 years old, and who have at least an A1 level of English. If that’s you, then you can take a General English course on its own, or you can combine General English with other options.

Are you a beginner?

If you are just beginning your English language journey, please contact us to check if we will have a suitable class. If you are a complete beginner we recommend that you take one-to-one lessons.

Long-term study

If you plan to learn English in Brighton for more than 24 weeks, you may wish to consider our Study Year Programme.

Other options to consider

If you prefer to learn English with just you and a teacher then try our one-to-one lessons, and if you’re already a working professional in a company, you may prefer our executive English courses.

Contact us if you need help choosing

Some of our English language course participants in Brighton, walking away from the English language centre towards the beach, which is only a few minutes away.