Welcome to England in the summer!

ELC Brighton, ELC Eastbourne and ELC Chester offer a great selection of enjoyable and informative Summer English courses in a warm, friendly and professional environment. Each school has its own unique character but all of the staff at each of the three schools are passionate about providing comprehensive, practical courses and very personal service.

The group of three schools is ranked the No 1 group of English language schools in the UK by EL Gazette in its review of language school groups and chains. We have many years of experience teaching students of all ages, and welcome teenagers who are looking for fun, new friends and shared social activities during the summer.

About our summer English courses in England

Summer is a great time to study English in England. Days are long and the weather is generally very good, so ELC offers a selection of fun and rewarding summer courses that combine academic input, social activities and weekend excursions, and the opportunity to make a lot of new friends while enjoying the sun.

Our summer programmes give you the chance to boost your English language skills, meet people from around the world, and take part in lots of trips, activities and excursions.

If you’re in your teens and looking to meet like minded international students, learn English language skills, and take part in a whole host of social activities during the summer, ELC’s Summer English courses are the ideal choice for you. Depending on the school and course you choose, the minimum age requirement is 13, while having a CEFR level of at least A1 is required to stay with us.

A photo of a sunglasses carousel where a couple of people are picking out a pair of new sunglasses, down on Brighton seafront.

Course features

  • A selection of social & sporting and cultural excursions to add onto your course as you like.
  • All course books and materials are included.
  • Before arriving, you do an online test so your class is at the right level for you.
  • End of course certificate with hours of study and final level.
  • You’ll be in a multi-national group for your English classes.

Where to study Summer classes in England

Here you can see which courses are available at each of our locations.

If you know where you would like to study, you can choose your course and location here. If not, see our explore the courses below or learn about our locations.

Courses Brighton Chester Eastbourne
Summer English for teenagers 13-15
Summer English for teenagers 13-16
Summer English for teenagers 16-18
Summer English for teenagers 16-22

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 a summer English course right for me?

Our courses for teenagers in the summer offer many possibilities to improve your English whilst absorbing the culture and heritage of the UK. As well as our courses for teenagers, anyone aged 16 or older can take part in our year-round general English programmes and benefit from the activities and excursions which multiply when the warm weather comes.

Three women walk down the seafront, possibly in Brighton, eating ice creams. It's clearly a sunny day. The middle person is smiling whilst the other two are capture mid-way through licking their icecreams.
A photo of students sitting at picnic tables chatting together during a break in activities at Loxdale, which is the home to ELC Brighton's summer camp for teenagers. You can see the red brick building in the background and a white gazebo which has been erected on the lawn. The sun is shining.
A photo of Eastbourne pier where the most noticeable feature is the golden domes on top of the main building on the pier as well as some other smaller cupolas. You can see the wooden supports of the pier. The sea is calm and is a sage green colour in the shallows, and dark blue out on the horizon.
A shot of Brighton's seafront in which the focus is three deckchairs placed so as to look out to see. The fabric of the deck chairs is blue and white stripes. Two of the chairs are occupied with sunbathers. Out to sea a white sailing boat glides out of shot.
This photo shows the shiny glass, doughnut shaped observation pod of one of Brighton's most recent tourism additions - the i360, which is a 162 metre tall moving observation tower on Brighton seafront. The sky behind this structure is blue and is partly reflected in the glass.
ELC Students pose for the photo whilst on an excursion to North Wales. They are standing at the end of a wooden jetty, and behind them is a beautifully calm sea and an island in the distance on the horizon, just out of shot. This is a favourite excursion for our students attending English lessons in Chester.
A close up picture of a palm tree with multiple branches and spiky looking green fronds. It could be almost anywhere in the world, but we think it's in Eastbourne where ELC has it's English school. If you don't see this palm tree, you'll certainly see some like it.
A classic photo of red London buses queued up in both directions of what is possibly Regent Street in London. The buildings are pleasingly all in the same sandstone colour and look similar architecturally. There are sets of 5 union jack flags strung between the buildings, and these are repeated several times down the street and into the distance. You can also see a black London cab queuing behind the buses.
One of the most famous sights in England - Stone Henge. In the photos we see some of the ancient standing stones just as the sun is shining out from round the side of one of them. The grass is green but dowsed in yellow light from the rising sun.
A photo of some of the lakes which can be found high up in the mountains in Snowdonia, an area of outstanding natural beauty in north Wales. Students from ELC Chester can go on excursions to north Wales at weekends.
This photo shows some of the shop front above street level in Chester, set against a brilliant blue sky. The buildings have a tudor look to them, built from black timber beams filled with white plaster. The leaded windows are made up of hundreds of small rectangles of glass.

Cool places that are small enough to be friendly, big enough to be fun

We offer year-round English language courses in three English locations. All our schools are classic, historical buildings with up-to-date, modern language learning facilities, and a warm and friendly welcome.

Map of ELC’s locations in England at Brighton, Chester and Eastbourne, with indications of their distance from major cities, airports and national parks. Brighton and Eastbourne are on the south east coast next door to the South Downs National Park and not far from London Gatwick and London Heathrow airports. Chester just to the east of north Wales is close to Liverpool and Manchester airports and roughly half way between Snowdon National Park and the Peak District National Park. An overlaid scale of 50km helps to show that Brighton and Eastbourne are about 120km from central London, and that Chester is about 35km from central Liverpool and 65km from central Manchester.
A photo of the seafront at Brighton which shows an array of white buildings and the sand-coloured pebble beach. There is a large white ferris wheel in the foreground, and a scattering of people sitting looking out to sea.


Brighton and Hove is a lively, cosmopolitan seaside city of about 300,000 people with a vivid cultural life. It is about 85 km – 1 hour – south of central London and surrounded by the beautiful Sussex countryside. Learn more about Brighton

A photograph of the famous Eastgate clock in Chester which stands high above the road on a section of the Roman walls. The clock has a round white face with black roman numerals and hands, and lots of ornate black metalwork filled in with orange and gold panels. The letters VR are above it, visible against the turquoise dome roof, and the date 1897. This was erected in memory of Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee.


Chester is an English city with 2,000 years of heritage, excellent shopping and a lively nightlife. It is 30km from Liverpool and 60km from Manchester – major cities of around half a million people each. Learn more about Chester

A seafront photo of Eastbourne taken from the west side. The pier can be seen jutting out into the sea towards the top of the photo, as the beach extends round to the left and the emerald sea takes up most of the rest of the shot. The sun is shining and the white hotels on the seafront are very noticeable.


Eastbourne is a traditional seaside town that’s regularly the UK’s sunniest place. It is about 120 km from central London. The beautiful South Downs national park rises up directly from the western end of its seafront. Learn more about Eastbourne

General English courses you can also take in the summer (16+) with no upper age limit

We’re open throughout the summer and whether you come on a dedicated young learner summer programme, or you just want to learn English in the summer in England, we have something for you.