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General English

General English

Level of English required
Pre-intermediate or above

Learn General English for different purposes in our unique creative environment.

Clemence, France The Language Centre is absolutely amazing! I came to pass the IELTS exam and got more than the results I wanted. Moreover, the building facilities are great and the teachers really nice, they gave each and every one of us the attention we deserve (which is pretty rare). I totally recommend it. Clemence, France

Hours per week

Choose to study 15 or 20 hours of English classes per week.

Why choose our General English course?

General English at UAL Language Centre is ideal for you if:

  • You want to learn English for social, work or study reasons
  • You want to improve your everyday English language skills and be able to communicate effectively with different people in a variety of situations.
  • You are looking for a flexible English course which allows you to study additional language or creative skills at the same time.
  • You want to study in a British Council accredited school

You can choose to add arts, design, fashion, media or communication courses to your English studies when you take our English Plus Summer or English Plus Year-round courses.

Alternatively you can choose to to add 5 hours a week of  IELTS Preparation or Speaking Skills to your English course.

Key features

  • Balanced programme: speaking, listening, reading, writing, pronunciation, grammar, comprehensive language input
  • Varied delivery: pair and group work, student-led input, project work, private study
  • Focus on living and communicating in real-life situations in Britain: a wide range of general interest topics, communicative approach, cross-cultural communication and cultural visits
  • Regular progress tests and tutorials
  • Add 5 hours of IELTS Preparation or Speaking Skills
  • Add an English Plus Summer or English Plus Year-round course
  • Options for one-to-one classes (price available on request).

The General English at UAL Language Centre is taught within a creative context. Our teachers not only use standard General English materials but also additional authentic resources around art, design, fashion and communication, for discussions, projects and class excursions.


What is included?

  • 15 hours of General English classes each week
  • Regular tutorials and reviews
  • Free Wi-Fi access across all UAL sites
  • Independent study facilities
  • Certificate of attendance
  • Insurance.

How long is the programme?

Minimum enrolment length is 2 weeks. Maximum enrolment length is 48 weeks.

When can I start?

Every 2 weeks with a Monday start throughout the year (except national public and Language Centre holidays). See our dates and fees section.

What time are the classes?

15 hours per week: 9am - 12.20pm or 1.45pm - 5.15pm
20 hours per week: 9am - 1.30pm or 12.30pm - 5.15pm

Your class may be in the morning or the afternoon depending on your level. You will be given your course timetable on your first day of classes.

How many students in a class?

The average number is 12 - the maximum is 15.

What is the minimum age?


Level of English offered and CEFR equivalents

A2 = Pre-intermediate
B1 = Intermediate/Upper Intermediate
B2 = Upper Intermediate
C1 = Pre-advanced/Advanced

Not sure? Check your Language Level

Dates and fees

Start dates

General English classes start every 2 weeks on a Monday (except public holidays and over the Language Centre holiday periods) on the following days:


7 Sep, 21 Sep, 5 Oct, 19 Oct, 2 Nov, 16 Nov, 30 Nov


4 Jan, 18 Jan, 1 Feb, 15 Feb, 1 Mar, 15 Mar, 29 Mar, 12 Apr, 26 Apr, 10 May, 7 June, 21 June, 5 July, 19 July, 2 Aug, 16 Aug, 31 Aug, 13 Sept, 27 Sept, 11 Oct, 25 Oct, 8 Nov, 22 Nov, 6 Dec

The Language Centre holidays are:

14 December 2020 - 1 January 2021

24 May 2021 - 4 June 2021

Public holiday dates are:

2020: 1 January, 10 April, 23 April, 8 May, 25 May, 31 August, 25 December and 26 December

2021: 1 January, 2 April, 5 April, 3 May, 31 May, 30 August, 25 December, 26 December, 27 December, 28 December

Fees - General English (15 hours a week)

  • 2-4 weeks: £290 a week
  • 6-12 weeks: £280 a week
  • 14-22 weeks: £270 a week
  • 24-34 weeks: £260 a week
  • 36-48 weeks: £250 a week

Fees - General English with IELTS Preparation or Speaking Skills (20 hours a week)

  • 2-4 weeks: £385 a week
  • 6-12 weeks: £370 a week
  • 14-22 weeks: £355 a week
  • 24-34 weeks: £340 a week
  • 36-48 weeks: £325 a week

How to book your course

Read information about how to book and pay for your course.

Any questions?

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Coronavirus update

English and Arts classes are currently suspended. This is in line with social distancing and remote working guidance from the UK government. We hope to resume face-to-face teaching from 7 September 2020.

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