Summer Plus English language courses for teenagers in Eastbourne, England

With a reputation as the ‘sunniest town in the UK’ and miles of beaches, where better to take a summer English course in England than Eastbourne? Designed for young adults typically aged 16 to 22 looking for a language holiday, we offer intensive English study with an inclusive programme of social activities.

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.

  • Maximum students: 14
  • Minimum age: 16
  • Minimum duration: 2 weeks
  • CEFR entry level:
    1. A1
    2. A2
    3. B1
    4. B2
    5. C1
    6. C1+

The Summer Plus course (SP) is designed for young adults aged 16 to 22 who want to combine English language study with an inclusive programme of social activities. There is a structured programme of language study which covers the four skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing. The main emphasis is on developing your confidence and fluency to communicate outside the classroom.

The inclusive social programme consists of two afternoon activities and one half-day excursion per week.

  • 25 lessons (18.75 hours) of English per week
  • 2 afternoon activities per week
  • 1 half-day excursion per week

Activities and excursions take place on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon. In addition we offer optional full-day guided excursions at weekends and evening activities which you can join at extra cost. Simply book and pay for these when you arrive at school.

Here are some examples of Summer English course activities and excursions:


  • boat trip to Beachy Head
  • mini-golf on Eastbourne seafront
  • swimming at Sovereign Centre
  • cinema
  • football and volleyball
  • 10-pin bowling

Half-day excursions:

  • Hastings: Castle and Smugglers’ Caves
  • Beachy Head and Seven Sisters
  • Roman Pevensey Castle
  • Battle and Bodiam Castle
  • Brighton: shopping, tour of the Lanes
A professional photo of the red and white striped lighthouse just off the East Sussex coast by Eastbourne. Whilst the lighthouse is impressive, so too are the white chalk cliffs which take up a third of the photo as they disappear off into the distance to the left of the photo. The rest of the photo is of blue sky and blue sea.


ELC Eastbourne is located right in the centre of Eastbourne. The station, main shopping centre and beach are all within 5 minutes’ walk. A wide range of accommodation options (homestay, hotel, guest house, B&B) are within 30 minutes’, most within walking distance.

Living in homestay accommodation provides you with the perfect opportunity to experience English life and to practise using your English in everyday situations. Here are some facts about our homestay accommodation in Eastbourne:

  • single room, half-board, shared bathroom
  • carefully selected hosts offering a friendly, safe environment
  • only one person of the same nationality per home
  • within 30 minutes’ of school, average 20 minutes
  • twin rooms available for 2 people travelling together
  • under 18s normally placed in twin homestay with another student of the same sex and similar age

Whilst you’re booking your course, you’ll be able to choose your accommodation too, or tell us that you’re arranging your own.

Course options

  • Tuition and registration: £830.00 for 2 weeks
    • 50 lessons over the course of 37.5 hours
    • Includes £90 registration fee
    • Choose your duration below
  • Course intensity

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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.
  • End of course certificate with hours of study and final level.
  • 2 afternoon activities and 1 half-day excursion per week are included.

Who are these Summer English courses for?

Different from an English summer camp, this course is perfect for you if you’d like a little more independence during your summer English course. You’ll attend classes each day followed by a range of carefully organised and managed activities and excursions, and you’ll be living in local accommodation.

This could be for you if you’re looking to experience the adventure of living away from home and meeting new international friends whilst learning English, but where you also have a lot of safety and support from the staff at the school if you need it.

This might also be good for you if you’re travelling and staying with your parents or family, but you’d like to do activities and be in a class of students at the same age and level of English as you.

Reasons to contact us

You can contact us at any time, via the chat or contact form, and we’ll be happy to help you personally.

Here are some of the reasons why you might want to have a conversation with us:

  • You’re not sure if you’re ready for ELC Eastbourne’s Summer English course, and you’d like to be sure before you book
  • You want to check the course dates that are available before you book your flights
  • You want to know more about what, exactly, you’ll study on the course you choose, and what activities are available, so you’d like to speak with one of our academic advisors.

Let us know what questions you have, and we’ll be happy to help you personally.

Your questions answered

On excursions, will my son or daughter have free time to explore?

This is actually something you can decide with your son or daughter. Generally on each organised excursion, e.g. to Cambridge or London, there will be some free time during the trip where students are invited to go and explore (usually within a designated area of the city).

Are the activities safe?

All aspects of your child’s experience in the UK has been analysed in advance, and elements like the activities and excursions we offer are carefully risk-assessed. We have many years of practice in making sure activities and excursions in particular are very well organised. We have procedures and processes in place to ensure we anticipate and avoid problems before they arise, but also, if something does happen, we have agreed plans and actions to take to keep everyone as safe as possible.

What if my child has an accident whilst in the UK, or if there are activities we don’t want our child to participate in?

In the rare event that your child has an accident or is taken ill, we’ll use the information you provide in the Safeguarding Form to allow us to get emergency access (e.g. dental or medical and surgical treatment) as considered necessary by the medical authorities present. The same form also tells us which activities your son or daughter can or cannot take part in.

My child needs to take medication. Can you help with that?

Yes we can. You will need to sign a Safeguarding Form to allow us to give your child medication as necessary.

Does my child need to be back home after classes by a certain time?

Yes, they need to be home for dinner by 6pm, Mondays to Fridays.

What’s the closest airport to ELC in Eastbourne?

London Gatwick airport is the nearest airport to Eastbourne, then London Heathrow airport. From Gatwick there are direct trains to Eastbourne (about 55 minutes). From Heathrow the train takes about 2 hours 35 minutes and you will have to go into central London. Alternatively we can arrange taxi transfers. These take about 60 minutes from Gatwick to your accommodation and 90-105 minutes from Heathrow.

What happens if my child breaks the rules?

We will talk to your son/daughter on arrival and go through the policies we have so they know what rules we have. We will also inform their host of what has been agreed. If there is a problem with your child breaking any major rules or regularly not following the agreed terms, we will contact you so that you know and to discuss a solution.

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