Course overview

International English for Adults City of Bristol College

Our International English courses are for international students and working people (such as au pairs) who have come to England to improve their English.

Studying International English can help you to find a better job, progress in your career or to study at a UK university.

There are a variety of morning and evening courses of 12 or 16 weeks duration to suit your needs. These consist of either 2.5 hours or 5 hours taught classes per week. Depending on the route you chose, you will work towards a College Certificate or prepare for a Cambridge exam. We offer exam preparation for the Cambridge PET, FCE, CAE and CPE exams as well as the IELTS exam.

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Additional information

Who is this course for?

This course is for people who want to improve their confidence in the English language for studying and living in the UK.

If you need English to help you to find a better job, progress in your career or to study at University, our International English for Adults courses can help you achieve your goal.

What you'll learn

Our English language courses are taught by highly-experienced and well-qualified teachers.

What you will learn will depend on your level of study. You will:

  • Study grammar and vocabulary
  • Improve your communication skills
  • Develop your reading and writing
  • Learn good study and exam skills
  • Understand better British culture and customs
  • Make use of free access to International English online resources (Moodle)

Course entry requirements

You do not need any formal qualifications to join one of our International English for Adults courses. However, you will need to have an initial assessment to establish your level of English.

After you complete the initial assessment, you will talk with a member of our International English for Adults team to determine which course will help you achieve your potential.

How is the course delivered and assessed?

You will be taught by our specialist teaching team throughout the duration of your studies. Your teacher will set homework after each class in order for you to progress at your own level.

General English courses are held two days per week in the morning and start twice a year in September and January for Elementary, Pre-Intermediate and Mid to Upper Intermediate levels. A college certificate is issued at the end of the course and there is also the option take the Cambridge PET exam for Pre-Intermediate and First Certificate for Upper Intermediate students.

Cambridge exam courses (PET, FCE, CAE, CPE) run twice a year (Sept and Jan, mornings and evenings). We offer discounted Cambridge exam prices when you take your exam at College.

Evening courses:

Course Time
PET (B1)/FCE (B2) Tuesday 6.15-8.45pm
CPE (C2) Wednesday 6.15-8.45pm
CAE (C2)/IELTS (B2-C2) Thursdays 6.15-8.45pm


Morning courses:

Course Time
Elementary (A1)  Monday/Wednesday 9.30am – noon
Pre Intermediate (A2-B1) Tuesday/Thursday 9.30am – noon
Mid to Upper Intermediate (B1-B2)  Tuesday/Thursday 9.30am – noon


Future career and study opportunities

Students who pass can progress to other International English and vocational courses in the College.  Your tutor will support and help you make your next decision.

Additional costs

Cambridge exam costs are not included in the course fee. You will need to pay extra if you wish to sit a Cambridge exam.

Your course book and online study materials are included in the course fee. All students also receive a College student card giving you discounts across the city.

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