Academic Year Programme


The Academic Year Programme is an intensive study programme leading to the Diploma of English Achievement that combines General English lessons each morning with specialist ‘Selectives’ studies. We have created a structured syllabus that will ensure that your progress in all skill areas is solid and steady throughout the study period. The wide variety of subjects offered in our ‘selective’ lessons is designed to maintain a high level of motivation among our learners.

The Course

The course is available as a 6 or 9 month full time programme that is divided into semesters of approximately 12 weeks each. You will have 23 hours classroom tuition per week. And will also be able to make full use of the school’s study centre and IT suite for periods of self-study.

There are three start dates which allow you the flexibility of choice and enable you to select the timetable that suits you best.

Course Details

Level: Elementary or Pre–Intermediate (CEFR Level A2 or B1) to Advanced
Course duration: 24 weeks or 36 weeks tuition
Lessons per week: 23 hours per week, including 8 hours of elective lessons
Courses start: 4 January, 12 April, 27 September
Maximum class size: 15
Available at: English Centre London

What Options Do I Have?

Over the academic year students undertake three set options (see list below) and in additionchoose three other available options. options are divided into 12 week modules four afternoons per week. options are classroom based, but also have teacher mentored
excursions, where appropriate to learning.Options may include:

  • English for Travel & Tourism
  • English in practice
  • Academic writing & study skills
  • Art, Architecture & Art History
  • Script/Creative writing
  • English for Business & Employment Skills (CV writing/Interview Skills/Presenting in English/Telephoning)
  • IT & Computing
  • IELTS and Exam practice
  • Drama & Film Studies
  • Maths/Economics/Science
  • Business Studies
  • Cambridge (FCE/CAE/CPE) Exam preparation

Why Are We Different?

You will be assigned your own personal tutor who will monitor your progress and assist you
with your own individual study plan. During monthly tutorial meetings you can talk about
your progress with your tutor and any other issues you feel you wish to discuss.When it is
agreed that you have reached an appropriate English level you may wish to focus on one
specific study pathway. This may be business or it could be academic. You can count on our
help to ensure the decision you make is the right one for you.

Additional Service

Throughout your study you will have free access to our unique Job Club and University
Placement Service if you want to go onto University.

Free Time

The school has a full social activity and excursion programme which we encourage you to
take part in. This is a great opportunity to make new friends, practice and improve English
conversation skills, as well as have a good time.We offer a diverse programme of events,
including the Football League, sightseeing tours, group picnics, BBQ’s, bowling, salsa dancing,
international food fairs and many more.

What Result Can I Expect At the End of the Year?

  • Upon successful completion of your Study Year you will receive the Diploma of English Achievement as well as a detailed assessment of your progress during the year.
  • You will be able to communicate fluently and effectively in English.
  • You will be confident in the way you express yourself, making full use of a very wide range of vocabulary.
  • You will understand colloquial English spoken with a wide variety of accents and spoken at varying speeds.