Welcome to sunny Eastbourne

Eastbourne is a lovely, relaxed and easy-going seaside town along the coast from Brighton. The beach and the stunning coastal landscape which surrounds the town are within walking distance. Eastbourne is also apparently the sunniest place in the UK, with 1,892 hours of sunshine annually.

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 General English courses

At ELC Eastbourne we offer a comprehensive core General English programme for international students, with a range of course lengths and lessons designed to make sure you achieve your English language learning goals.

Follow your passions

We want you to create the perfect study plan for your needs, so have a look at some of the options we offer in Eastbourne:

English plus activity programmes

Look out for our combined English and activity programmes below which make the best use of the weather here! There are five fun options to choose from.

Private tuition

Additional one-to-one lessons can be added to your group programme, so you can receive English tuition that is tailored to your personal needs. You can request these when you’re booking your general English course, or you can opt purely for one-to-one lessons if you prefer.

Over 50s

If you’re lucky enough to be 50 years old or over, there’s a dedicated programme just for you with a social and excursion programme where you are accompanied by your teacher. It doesn’t get much better than that.

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 Eastbourne

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?

If you are an international student, aged 16 or over and want to improve your every day English ability, then our General English programme could be a good choice for you.

ELC Eastbourne is a great place if you’re travelling to the UK on your own, because within a couple of hours of arriving in school you’ll be chatting to people your age from around the world, making new friends and planning your next activity together.

Four English students walk along the pavement just outside the English language centre in Eastbourne it suggests they may have just finished their classes and they may be walking into town to get some lunch, go shopping, or visit the beach which is very close by.