English in Chester offers a wide range of English language courses. Some are for different age groups, for example, teenagers, young adults, or mature students. Other courses are for people with specific needs, for example, professional people, students going on to university study in the UK or who need to take an internationally recognised exam. There are courses for everyone from the age of 13 to 80+. If you are unsure which course is best for you, try our course finder.

Frequently asked questions

Which course is right for me?

The right course for you depends on your age, how much time you have and what you want from the experience. We offer a range of very distinct courses. Try our course finder to find your ideal course, or contact us if you would like some advice.

When do the courses start?

Our General English, Study Year Programme and 25+ Courses start every Monday during the year. Other courses have fixed dates and you can find them in the Courses section of the website. There is some flexibility on fixed-date courses. Contact us to discuss your needs.

Are there are any part-time courses?

No. All courses at English in Chester are designed for full-time study and we do not accept part-time students.

How do you know what class to put me in when I arrive at the school?

On your first day we assess your level with a series of placement tests and place you in a class. You can also tell us before you come what level you think you are. You will still have to do the test though! On our 25+ Courses students outline their needs and preferences in a questionnaire completed before the course begins.

How do I move from one level to another?

We want students to make as much progress as possible and to be happy in their class. Students, teachers and the Academic Manager always discuss and negotiate level changes. We want what is best for the student.

Can I change my afternoon option classes on General English courses?

Yes, option classes are very flexible. If you change your mind you can talk to the Academic Manager or the Course Director and choose something else.

Can I take an examination at English in Chester?

Yes. English in Chester is a Cambridge exam centre. We regularly offer B2 First & C1 Advanced exams. We also offer General English with IELTS Preparation courses.

Can I take a course that will help me in my work?

Our 25+ Courses are a short intensive programme that is ideal for you. We also have Business English afternoon options on our General English Courses (age 16+).

Will I get a certificate at the end of my course?

All courses result in a certificate of attendance which shows the level you studied at and the dates of your study. In addition exam courses have their own certificates. Students on General English courses with less than 70% attendance do not receive a certificate.

Is there any homework?

On most courses regular homework assignments are given. Usually you will have a little every day, which can be some grammar or vocabulary exercises, a short piece of writing or an interview with your host family. Extra language practice is available on e-Chester.

I want to study at an English University - how long will it take to prepare?

The length of time it takes depends a lot on the level you are to start with. In our experience it takes approximately 6.5 weeks to progress 0.5 in your IELTS score. Most universities require IELTS 6.0 for undergraduate courses or IELTS 6.5 for postgraduate courses. Our IELTS courses will help you reach the required level. We are happy to assist you in your university application.

Is it possible to transfer from one course to another?

Yes - if places are available at the right language level. If the course fee is different it may be necessary to pay a supplement.

Jonas, Switzerland

I really liked the varying mixture of grammar, speaking, discussions, reading and listening. I find the system with two teachers and split topic in the morning amazing.