English Language for International (Overseas) Students (Full-Time)

Colchester Institute has been offering English classes for over 40 years, recruiting students from all over the world and achieving pass rates of over 90% in the past 10 years.

Our classes have a mix of students from different backgrounds and ages, ensuring that the lessons are a multi-cultural learning experience.

Whether you want to study to improve your CV, boost  your job prospects, prepare for college or university or you just want to meet new people and share interests and hobbies from around the world, Colchester Institute has the English course for you.

Our staff are highly professional and, with outstanding individual student support and enrichment activities, our English courses offer excellent opportunities to improve your English and experience British culture, giving students the skills, knowledge and confidence to succeed. The English language department was named a Centre of Excellence by the ELGazette in 2013.

Students will also join exam classes, preparing for Cambridge English main suite qualifications (PET, FCE, CAE, CPE) and IELTS preparation classes. The Cambridge: Advanced (CAE) is now recognised as an entry qualification by 100% of UK universities for EU students and 90% of UK universities for students from outside the EU.

Course Content
How will I learn?

Students will have a personalised timetable, with a combination of ESOL and EFL classes totalling 16 hours per week.  They will receive guidance on all parts of the qualifications concerned.  They will develop all aspects of their English, including grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and the four skills (reading, writing, speaking, listening), working in pairs and small groups to develop fluency.  Students will have regular progress tests throughout their studies and will receive individual tutorials with their tutor to discuss their learning and development.  You will be expected to complete homework set by your teachers each week as this is an important part of your course. The maximum class size for the full-time English Language programme is 16 learners.

The minimum age for enrolment on the full-time English Language programme is 18 years old.

Fees include the cost of the course book(s) that you will use during your studies. You will be provided with the book(s) at the beginning of your course of study. The course also includes up to 12 FREE hours taught by teacher trainees.

Duration07/09/18 – 08/02/1907/09/18 – 24/06/1925/02/19 – 24/06/19
Course FeesSeptember – February
September – June
February – June
Attendance16 hours per week
Monday – Friday every morning plus one afternoon per week.
16 hours per week
Monday – Friday every morning plus one afternoon per week.
16 hours per week
Monday – Friday every morning plus one afternoon per week.

Course Levels

Full-time English Language Course Levels

Part-timeA0Pre-EntryComplete Beginner
Full-timeB1E3Pre-Intermediate → Intermediate
Full-timeB2L1Intermediate → Upper Intermediate
Full-timeC1L2Upper Intermediate → Advanced


Exams Costs and Availability

The cost of the ESOL Skills for Life examinations is included in the tuition fees, but there is an additional cost to students wanting to take the Cambridge main suite examinations and the IELTS examination (IELTS exams are offered at an external centre). You do not have to take any exams but they can be a good indicator of the progress you have made.

Exams available

Courses are offered from Elementary to Advanced level and the following, internationally recognised Cambridge English Language examinations are available:

EFL Cambridge Main Suite examinations and prices:

  • A1  –  Cambridge English: Key (subject to application numbers)
  • B1 – PET – Preliminary English Test: (approx. £47)
  • B2 – FCE – First Certificate in English: (approx. £85)
  • C1 – CAE – Certificate in Advanced English: (approx. £90)
  • C2 – CPE – Certificate of Proficiency in English: £86
  • IELTS – International English Language Testing System (exam off-campus £150)

Trinity College ESOL Skills for Life examinations:

  • A1 – Skills for Life Entry Level 1
  • A2 – Skills for Life Entry Level 2
  • B1 – Skills for Life Entry Level 3
  • B2 – Skills for Life Level 1
  • C1 – Skills for Life Level 2

Applying to University

Globally accepted exams and teaching qualifications

Cambridge English exams are accepted by over 20,000 universities, empolyers and governments in 130 countries. A full list of recognising organisations can be found here

Cambridge English exams for UK visas and immigration

In 2015, the UK government announced new requirements for secure English language testing for visa and immigration purposes. These requirements reduced the number of tests on the UK Home Office list of Secure English Language Tests (SELT).

More Information

Additional costs for your studies

Students will need a pen, notebook and folder. Students will need to purchase an English learner dictionary (we recommend the Longman active study dictionary or the Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary; prices range from £15 – £20).

Social Programme

While studying with Colchester Institute students can take part in trips, visits and activities organised by the college. These may include ten pin bowling, ice skating, theatre productions – costs will be between £6 and £10.  There are also day trips to London, Cambridge or Brighton costing approximately £20 including travel.

Holidays and Vacations 2018-2019

If you study September – February:          

1 week holiday 22 October – 26 October

2 weeks holiday 20 December – 2 January

There will be no classes on Friday 19 October

If you study February – June:                    

1 week holiday 18 February – 22 February

2 weeks holiday 8-22 April

There will be no classes on Monday 6 May or Monday 27 May

 If you study September to June:          

1 week holiday 22 October – 26 October

2 weeks holiday 20 December – 2 January

1 week holiday 18 February – 22 February

2 weeks holiday 8-22  April

There will be no classes on Friday 19 October, Monday 6 May or Monday 27 May

For further information please contact Admissions:

Telephone: +44 (0) 1206 712705. Email efl@colchester.ac.uk

Information published is correct at the time of printing; Colchester Institute reserves the right to amend information as and when necessary. Colchester Institute will not take responsibility for any changes that may result in students having to cease their studies.

Information for Under 18’s

Many students at Colchester Institute are under 18. In the English Language department, we have a mixture: some students are under 18 and some are adults. You may be in a class with some adult students. They will welcome you and help you with your studies. Your teachers will also work hard to keep you safe.

Commitment to Safeguarding

Colchester Institute believes the health and safety of all our students is important. All of the English Language staff are trained to help keep students safe, happy and healthy in college.

Well-being and keeping safe

Bullying [using words or actions to make someone feel bad] is not allowed in the college. The College is committed to making our classes a place where all students are respected and where bullying is not allowed. If a student has a problem or complaint, we will listen to them and work to solve the problem quickly and fairly.

What should I do if I have a problem?

If a student has a problem or complaint they should speak to their teacher or the Student Services Welfare Team (B66a, Ground Floor, Main Building, Colchester Institute). At The College at Braintree, please go to Student Services A56. Student Services are very good at solving students’ problems.

We hope you will enjoy your studies with us and that you will always feel safe and happy to study here.


You need to arrange where you are going to live during your studies before you arrive in the UK. Colchester Institute is able to offer accommodation to students but it is limited depending on demand.

Accommodation offered by Colchester Institute

If you would like to arrange accommodation through Colchester Institute you will need to complete an Accommodation Request Form, you can email the Accommodation Officer to ask for this form once you have received your course offer.

Please contact:

UCC Operations

Tel: 0044 (0)1206 712613 Email: ucc.operations@colchester.ac.uk

UCC Operations
Colchester Institute
Sheepen Road
Colchester, Essex

Entry Requirements

Full-time English Language Entry Requirements and Fees

The minimum age for enrolment on the full-time English Language programme is 18 years old.

English Language for International (Overseas) Students (Full-Time)
DurationOne-year course
Study ModeFull-Time
CampusColchester Campus
Start DateContact us for dates
Fee(s)Course Fees: Variable. See course details for further information


All Fees and prices shown on this page are for courses starting in the 2020-21 academic year unless stated otherwise, and are correct at the time of entering/printing information, however these may be subject to change. The College cannot accept legal or financial liability as a result of any such changes.

The course information describes programmes offered by Colchester Institute. The College takes all reasonable steps to provide courses as described, but cannot guarantee provision. The information is for guidance and does not form any part of a contract.

The College reserves the right to update and amend information as and when necessary. Colchester Institute will do its best to provide the courses shown, but may have to modify or withdraw a course depending on customer demand and other factors.