Welcome to Eastbourne

Our school is located right at the heart of Eastbourne, a peaceful, traditional UK seaside town famous for its beautiful setting between the green hills of the South Downs, the white cliffs of Seven Sisters and the sea. We are only 5 minutes’ walk to the beach, the train station and the main shopping centre, and there are excellent transport links to London, several international airports and Eurostar.

Founded in 1936, ELC Eastbourne is one of the oldest English language schools in the UK, and ranked in the Top 5% of language schools in the UK. It is a medium-sized school with modern facilities, a beautiful garden, and its small, friendly atmosphere creates a welcoming learning environment for students.

About our English exam preparation courses

In Eastbourne 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 Eastbourne

Exam preparation course programmes range in length - some are intensive 4-week programmes while others last 10 or 12 weeks, depending on the time of year you choose.

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 more personal coaching you can add one-to-one lessons to your group classes.

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 our English exam preparation courses in Eastbourne right for you?

Our courses at ELC Eastbourne are designed to give you complete and careful preparation for all aspects of your chosen exam, from IELTS to the most advanced Cambridge qualification. If you are aged 16 or over and possess a minimum CEFR level of B2, we have just the course for you.

Our English examination preparation programmes are perfect for work, study and career development. Speaking English well and having good English language qualifications are vital in the modern world. ELC Eastbourne has many years of experience in successfully helping students achieve the results they need in a variety of English language examinations.

Many of our teachers are experienced at preparing students to successfully pass a range of examinations. Some teachers are also official Cambridge examiners.

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.

For stays of more than 24 weeks, exam preparation can be included in your overall course, so please see our Study Year Programme for more details.

An example of one of the classrooms in ELC Eastbourne. It's looking very tidy. The tops of the desks match the flooring and the tables are arranged into a horseshoe layout which is good for communication around the rooom. There is an interactive TV screen that the teacher and students can use in different ways to enhance their English language learning experience.