Welcome to Chester

ELC Chester is an ideal place to study English. It is ranked in the Top 2% of language schools in the United Kingdom and is the only year-round English language school operating in Chester. It offers a very warm welcome, excellent teaching and accommodation options.

The city of Chester is a wonderful destination for international students of all ages - it is safe and friendly, with plenty of things going on for students to keep themselves entertained, with excellent shopping and a wide range of places available to eat and drink. It also has quick, easy access to international airports, and is close to Liverpool, Manchester and the stunning scenery of North Wales.

About our English exam preparation courses in Chester

In Chester you can prepare for

  • Cambridge B2 First (FCE), or
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE)

Customise your learning

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.

Looking for CPE?

If you’re fortunate enough to be at level C2 and you’re ready for the ultimate language test, the Cambridge C2 Proficiency, then you’ll have to head to Brighton for our CPE preparation course.

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 selection of English exam preparation courses in Chester

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 Chester.

Exam preparation course programmes range in intensity. We have Cambridge B2 First, C1 Advanced and IELTS preparation courses in Chester which blend General English with exam preparation, as well as dedicated full-time preparation courses in the summer.

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

Are ELC Chester’s English exam preparation courses right for you?

Our course at ELC Chester is designed to give you complete and careful preparation for all aspects of your chosen exam, from IELTS to advanced Cambridge qualifications. If you are aged 16 or over and possess a minimum CEFR level of B1, we have just the course for you.

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 in Chester.

A photo showing four students in class in the English language centre in Chester. The student nearest the camera is wearing a blue hoodie and black beanie and he is making a point and has his forefinger raised emphatically. The other students are smiling and in the background we can see the teacher by the whiteboard looking on.