Academic & Pre-Sessional courses are designed to give students the study skills in English that they will need to go on to full-time university or other college courses. Courses cover reading, writing, speaking and listening and are often run by universities as 'pre-sessional' courses attached to the main campus. The IELTS exam is usually used as a measure of level of attainment.
Adult Vacation Courses are General courses for developing mainly speaking and listening skills in a non-pressured environment. Courses try to achieve a good balance of classroom learning and social activities relevant to the students' interests during summer holidays. Students are often more mature and are looking for a rewarding way of spending their vacations.
Business English is the specialised language needed in specific business situations such as taking part in meetings, giving presentations, selling, negotiating or social networking. Students are usually already working in business so they have the skills to do their job, but they may not have the language to do it well in English. Some students want to prepare for a particular event such as a forthcoming presentation or chairing an important meeting.
Exam Courses are General English courses with a section specifically focused on exam technique and practice in order to achieve as high a score as possible in English exams - typically the 'Cambridge' suite. Students are given support and advice on how to maximise their exam grades. Courses may or may not conclude with the exam itself, depending on the needs of the student.
General English is everyday English used in a variety of situations ranging from shopping, travel and leisure to reading newspapers, watching TV or interacting with people in the big wide world. Courses usually include developing all four skill areas (reading, writing, speaking and listening). Students have a common thread in wanting to improve their confidence and fluency in communicating.
Junior Courses are typically for students aged 13-18 and comprise a lively programme of communicative language teaching and activities to stimulate English language learning combined with an exciting, well-organised sports, cultural and leisure programme. Junior courses offer a high level of welfare provision and have all inclusive prices to include excursions and other key components.
Teacher Training comprises two areas: initial teacher training and teacher development. Initial teacher training is focused on someone who has not been a teacher before, i.e. someone who has not taught EFL or ESOL. Teacher development is focused on someone who has had this initial training and some teaching practice within the areas of EFL or ESOL and then requires further career development.
Vocational Courses are courses offered outside the field of English language training. Students normally study long-term programmes with the aim of going on to further academic study or of gaining a qualification for employment. These include GCSEs, A Levels, International Foundation Programmes, Diplomas, HNDs, Foundation Degrees and full Undergraduate/Postgraduate qualifications, as well as a range of industry-specific courses.