General English Course (All locations)

Our aim is to develop students’ fluency skills and build their confidence in a friendly, supportive and stimulating environment. Our in-house syllabus is based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) and we can accommodate all levels from Beginners (A1) to Advanced (C2). 

Our General English course is available in all locations and includes:

  • 15 hours of General English language tuition per week (20 lessons per week. Each lesson is 45 minutes)
  • Ages 10 – 18
  • Maximum 15 students per class (except Hatfield *)
  • Oral and written placement test to select class level
  • In-house syllabus based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
  • 5 Levels from beginners (A1) to Advanced (C2)
  •  Notebook, folder, Activity Book and all course materials included
  • End-of-course report and certificate awarded upon completion of the course
  • Optional Enterprise English workshops (see below for more information)
  • Morning and afternoon teaching timetable operates in peak weeks. Students alternate weekly between morning classes and afternoon classes (except Hatfield *)
  • Class times are usually 09:00 – 12:30 and 14:00 – 17:30. Exact times of classes may vary dependent on campus 
  • Optional 3 hour Enterprise English Workshop per week (see below)
  • Start any Monday during available dates
  • Minimum course length 1 week, maximum course length 4 weeks

*Excluding Hatfield  where lessons are in the mornings only and there is a maximum of 18 students per class

Optional Enterprise English Workshops (All locations)

All students on our General English course have the option to do a weekly Enterprise English workshop. These workshops aim to equip students with practical skills that may be useful for students wishing to work in an English-speaking environment in the future.

  • An optional 3 hours Enterprise English Workshop per week (in addition to 15 hrs General English)
  • Skills based workshops focusing on the world of work and including interview skills, CV & cover letter writing & work based role plays
  • Available in all centres at no additional cost
  • Ages 16 – 18
  • Minimum level B1
  • Maximum 20 students per class
  • All learning materials included
  • Enterprise English workshops usually takes place instead of sports & activities on campus.  Class times are usually 09:00 – 12:30 and 14:00 – 17:30. Exact times of classes may vary dependent on campus. Some workshops may take place in the evening 
  • Work based visits  (Hull only)
  • Must be booked in writing before 1st May 2020
  • Included in the General English package price

Optional Trinity GESE Exam (All locations)

All students on our General English course have the option to take the Trinity GESE (Graded Exam in Spoken English) during their stay with us.

  • Supplement of £50 per student for Trinity Exam
  • Ages 10 – 18
  • Open to all levels from A1 – C2
  • Exam preparation, exam fee and certificate postage included in fee
  • Must be booked in writing before 1st May 2020
  • Successful candidates will receive an official Trinity College London certificate approximately 8 weeks after departure
Trinity GESE Exam information
  • The exam tests students’ ability in listening and speaking. It is a one-to-one oral exam with a native English-speaking examiner
  • There are 12 grades available from pre-A1 to C2 CEFR level, so there is a grade to suit every candidate. The exam lasts between 5 – 25 minutes depending on the grade
  • Trinity GESE is an internationally recognised certificate in English language competency.  It can support people wishing to develop their proficiency in English language speaking for personal goals, study, travel, employment, visa or resettlement

Inspiration English Course (Lincoln & Liverpool)

An innovative new 2 week course of 30 hours (15 hours per week) which students can choose instead of our General English course.

  • Start dates 28/06/2020 and 12/07/2020
  • Course length 2 weeks
  • Ages  14 – 18
  • Minimum English level B1
  • Maximum 15 students per class
  • All learning materials, notebook, folder and Activity Book
  • End-of-course report & certificate awarded upon completion of the course
  • Morning and afternoon teaching timetable operates in peak weeks. Students alternate weekly between morning classes and afternoon classes 
  • Class times are usually 09:00 – 12:30 and 14:00 – 17:30. Exact times of classes may vary dependent on campus 
  • This course is a journey of discovery with project-based learning for creative students who wish to improve their English, network with like-minded peers and work on their own original project (written or digital), while documenting their creative process. Students will gain a deeper understanding of English connected to culture and the arts and will create their own portfolio of work
  • Learning outcomes will vary but the concept of this course is for students to create their own digital portfolio. This can include their own series of original poems, a short story, a drama script, an art genre study, original artwork, photography or whatever creative genre they are interested in which is connected to the arts. Lessons will include language and terms focused on the topic
  • The course will be open to any individuals within a group meeting the entrance requirements. (The whole group does not have to opt for Inspiration English.)  Course participants can join the rest of their group for excursions and activities)
  • Trinity GESE Exam preparation is not included for students taking the Inspiration English course. However if students wish to take the exam at the end of the course preparation can be done in the students own time. A supplement fee of £50 will be applied for Trinity Exam to include Exam fee and certificate postage
  • Inspiration English must be booked before 1st May 2020 and is subject to availability. (A minimum of 10 students required to run this course.)

STEM Course (Hull only)

An exciting new 2 week course of 30 hours (15 hrs per week) which students can choose instead of our General English course.

  • Available in Hull only
  • Start dates 28/06/202, 05/07/2020, 12/07/202 and 19/07/20
  • Course length 2 weeks
  • Ages  11 – 18
  • Minimum English level B1 
  • Maximum 15 students per class
  • All learning materials, notebook, folder and Activity Book
  • End-of-course report & certificate awarded upon completion of the course
  • Morning and afternoon teaching timetable operates in peak weeks. Students alternate weekly between morning classes and afternoon classes 
  • Class times are usually 09:00 – 12:30 and 14:00 – 17:30. Exact times of classes may vary dependent on campus 
  • STEM is the common anachronism for Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics. The course will replace the standard General English course and will focus on STEM areas, with practical elements delivered by specialist STEM teachers in English
  • The course will comprise of classroom based language tuition and practical STEM elements with students engaged in fun, educational and practical projects & workshops. Projects may include Robotics, 3D printing, Rocket Building etc. Students will have the use of special laboratories and facilities on campus for this
  • The course will be open to any individuals within a group meeting the entrance requirements. (The whole group does not have to opt for STEM.) STEM course participants can join the rest of their group for excursions and activities.)
  • Trinity GESE Exam preparation is not included in the STEM course
  • The STEM course must be booked before 1st May 2020 and is subject to availability. (A minimum of 10 students required to run this course.)

Our Academic Team

All Target English teachers and other academic staff are recruited in line with British Council guidelines. Teachers are supported in each campus by the Director of Studies, who is responsible for managing the academic programme in their centre. The Director of Studies job includes managing testing & timetabling, offering support and guidance to teachers, managing the resources and ensuring the British Council criteria on teaching & learning are met.

Our Trinity Exam Coordinator (TEC) is responsible for the successful management and coordination of the Trinity Exam at their centre. The TEC works closely with the DoS to provide support and guidance for teachers & group leaders, and liaises with our Head Office Exam Coordinator and Trinity examiners to ensure the smooth running of the Trinity Exam.

Each Director of Studies and their team is supported by one of our Area Academic Managers who will make regular visits to the centre during the summer. The Area Academic Manager is responsible for working with the DOS in observing all teachers in the classroom and providing feedback and professional development as required.

Overseeing all of our centres and academic staff is our senior Academic Manager who is responsible for syllabus and material development and ensuring consistently high standards of provision across all of our centres.

In line with safer recruitment for roles involving responsibility for, or substantial access to, under 18s, all gaps in employment history must be explained, satisfactory references will be requested and followed up on, and all staff will undergo appropriate safeguarding and background checks (Enhanced DBS check or overseas equivalent).