Our General English 25/30 at ELC Eastbourne

At ELC Eastbourne we offer an intensive course designed to quickly raise your levels of English language fluency, coupled with more specialised sessions that focus on different topics or prepare you for a number of exams.

  • Maximum students: 12
  • Minimum age: 16 (15)
  • Minimum duration: 2 weeks
  • CEFR entry level:
    1. A1
    2. A2
    3. B1
    4. B2
    5. C1
    6. C1+

* Minimum age: please see more information regarding levels of care and supervision for 16 and 17 year olds in international classes. We occasionally accept 15 year olds in international classes provided they are part of a group with a group leader.

We offer 25 (18.75 hours) or 30 lessons (22.5 hours) of General English per week . In addition to a core morning programme of 20 lessons, we offer the possibility to focus more specifically on your goals with 1 class (on GE25 programme) or 2 classes (on GE30 programme) per afternoon each week.

Afternoon electives include:

Speaking, pronunciation and listening

Develop your real-life conversation skills and fluency. Improve your pronunciation so that people will understand you better.

Reading, writing and vocabulary

Build your vocabulary and learn techniques to remember and use more words and phrases correctly. Practise vocabulary in context.

Academic English IELTS/EAP*

Preparation for the academic IELTS exam and for university study. Study all 4 IELTS papers, practise listening for lectures and giving presentations.

Cambridge exam preparation*

Training in exam techniques. Study reading, writing, speaking, listening and grammar in use for Cambridge First (FCE) and/or Advanced (CAE).

English for work*

Introduction to English used in work situations. Focus on making phone calls, language for presentations, meetings and negotiations.

TOEIC preparation*

Complete and thorough preparation for the listening and reading exam. Practise exam questions and learn exam techniques.

Please note that electives are subject to availability.

* You need to have an English level of between intermediate and advanced for Academic English IELTS/EAP, Cambridge exam preparation, English for work and TOEIC.

Course timetable
Course options Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
25/30 lessons

09:00-10:30 Core GE lessons

09:00-10:30 Core GE lessons

09:00-10:30 Core GE lessons

09:00-10:30 Core GE lessons

09:00-10:30 Core GE lessons

25/30 lessons Morning Break
25/30 lessons

11.00-12.30 Core GE lessons

11.00-12.30 Core GE lessons

11.00-12.30 Core GE lessons

11.00-12.30 Core GE lessons

11.00-12.30 Core GE lessons

25/30 lessons Lunch Break
25/30 lessons

13.30-14.30 GE lessons

13.30-14.25 GE lessons

13.30-14.25 GE lessons

13.30-14.25 GE lessons

Free time or supervised self-study
30 lessons

14:35-15:30 GE lessons

14:30-15:30 GE lessons

14:35-15:30 GE lessons

14:35-15:30 GE lessons

Free time or supervised self-study
25/30 lessons Free time or supervised self-study until school closes
1 ‘lesson’ = 45 minutes. Lessons are usually combined into larger units of time.

Course options

  • Tuition and registration: £685.00 for 2 weeks
    • 50 lessons over the course of 37.5 hours
    • Includes £95 registration fee
    • Choose your duration below
  • Course intensity

Next steps

Course features

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

Who is this course for?

Our General English 25/30 lessons course is perfect for students who wish to quickly and comprehensively improve their general English abilities, while also specialising in a broad range of subjects, or preparing to undertake an exam.

The course requires students to have CEFR ability between levels A1 to C1+. If you are not sure of your level, you can test your English level. Once you book your course, we’ll contact you with a more detailed test and an individual online interview so we can better assess your level and give you advice.

Frequently asked questions

Do I need a visa to study at ELC?

For stays up to 6 months, it depends which country you come from. For all EU and some other countries, you do not need to apply for a visa before you travel. For other countries, you should apply for a standard visitor visa for stays up to 6 months. You can check if you need to apply for a visa before travel. For stays of 6 to 11 months, you need to apply for a short-term study visa before you travel.

What should I bring with me on my first day?

On your first day of school please bring your passport, pen/pencil and a notebook/paper. You can also buy some stationery in the school office.

Can I book my course with a credit card?

Yes we accept payment with Mastercard or Visa.

Do I need travel insurance?

Yes, you should get travel insurance. ELC can provide travel insurance and you can add insurance when you book your course. Alternatively you can buy travel insurance in your own country through your local agent.

How long will it take me to move up a level?

All students learn in different ways and at different paces, so we are not able to give you a specific answer. Sometimes students expect that they will improve much faster than it is possible. On average it takes around 12 weeks for you to move up to the next level.

Do you accept complete beginners at ELC Eastbourne?

Our minimum level is normally elementary. We only take beginners for one-to-one classes.

I'm from Switzerland. Is a visa necessary or is a passport sufficient?

For stays up to 6 months in the UK, arrivals from Switzerland do not need to apply for a visa but you do need to travel with your passport - an ID card is not accepted.

I'm from the EU. Do I need a visa to study in England?

You can stay up to 6 months and study without applying for a visa. You will need a valid passport and you can use e-gates on arrival at a UK airport. If you wish to study English with us for between 6 and 11 months, you should apply for a short-term study visa. You will also need to pay a health surcharge.

How can I change level?

It usually takes about 12 weeks to progress to the next level. There are regular progress tests to check your level and if you do very well in a test, your teacher may recommend that you move up a level.

How much is a taxi from the airport to Eastbourne?

We can organise a taxi for you and the price (2024) is £115 each way for Gatwick and £160 each way for Heathrow.

How can I join the social programme?

You can sign up for social activities and weekend excusions at reception when you arrive at the school. Our full-time social organiser works at reception so you can ask them for more details.

I am an older student and I don't want to study with teenagers. What can you offer me?

We offer serious study programmes and often get students in their 30s, 40s, 50s and older who succesfully join our General English course. However, we do offer a 25+ course year round in Chester which is suitable for older learners who would like to study in small classes.

Is the school open on UK public holidays? Is the school open at Christmas?

We are open on every public holiday except for 2 weeks over Christmas when the school closes for lessons. However some of the administration team will check emails over the Christmas period.

Can I use contactless cards and digital wallets to pay for things in England?

Yes, you can. In the UK it’s very common to pay with contactless in shops, taxis, buses and at school.

Is the school wheelchair accessible?

The school has buildings built more than 100 years ago with many staircases so it is unfortunately not suitable for wheelchair access.

When do General English courses start?

Our General English courses start any Monday and finish any Friday. You can book a minimum of 2 weeks. Please note that the school is open year round except for 2 weeks around the Christmas period – usually the last 2 weeks for the calendar year.

Do I have to buy course books?

All study materials are included in your course fees. You can buy additional grammar books for self-study at home if you wish.

Is there a car park at school in Eastbourne?

No, we don’t have a student car park available. However, there is a public car park about 5 minutes’ walk from the school. The price is around £7 per day.

What is the maximum length of visa that I can get to study English?

To study English language, you can study for a maximum of 11 months. You need to apply for a Short-Term Study Visa

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 level Equivalent 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