English Courses UK

British Council Accredited English Courses

At BLS we run a year round adult centre and two seasonal junior centres. We accept students from the age of 10+ at various times of the year both as individuals and as groups. For dates of school holidays please scroll to the bottom of the page.

Perhaps you have a particular reason for studying? You may have an exam you would like to sit now or in the future? Let us know and we will do our best to help. We aim to support and advise you from start to finish.

Before you arrive or on your first day in school you will be sent an English language test which will help us to choose your class to make the most of every minute.

You will have daily homework and weekly progress tests so we can check your progress and help you achieve your goals.

We want you to be happy and the BLS Team will do everything we can to make this experience as positive as possible.

Adult Brochure – New 2020(PDF 1.3 MB)

Junior Brochure – New 2020(PDF 1049 KB)

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General English

English Immersion courses of 16, 20 or 24 hours per week for students who want to quickly improve their level of English as part of a small, mixed nationality group. You will use the latest course books and learn through interesting discussions and traditional grammar approaches. Pronunciation is also an important component of the course. We will test you on arrival to check your level and choose your class.
Adult Fees 2021

Intensive English with IELTS

This option consists of 32 lessons / 24 hours per week and is an extremely intensive programme that combines 15 hours of General English classes with 8 hours of classes focusing on IELTS exam skills and technique to help maximise your IELTS score for university, your career or any other reason. At the end of the week you will also have one hour self-study or a practice test and receive feedback on your performance. We will polish your grammar, look at exam technique and ensure you have the key vocabulary to boost your essay writing and spoken interview performance. The academic content of this course helps to prepare for life at university. Adult Fees 2021

Intensive English with Exam Preparation

To help prepare you for your exam, BLS English will provide the grammar, vocabulary and skills essential for most English language exams. You will study 23 hours per week, combining 15 hours of General English classes with 8 hours of Exam focused classes each week. We can give you advice on which exam is best for you and offer additional practice for home. Adult Fees 2021

Part-Time English Courses

Part-time courses are a great option for people already living locally and need a flexible course to fit around work or family commitments. There are morning or afternoon classes available. Part Time Adults 2020

Passion For Courses

Learn through a subject that you love. Classic cars, horses or perhaps football? Share your passion in English!

Passion for Cars 2021

Passion for Horses Fees and Details

Passion for Football Fees and Details

Summer Adult English Courses

Intensive courses for success. Sign up and pay as you go on the evening activities and weekend cultural and historical excursions. Choose local English host accommodation for total immersion. Exams and certificates are an option. Our adult fees do not increase in summer.
Adult SUMMER Fees 2021

One-to-One English

Extremely intensive one-to-one programmes for your chosen area of business or to achieve your personal goals. You will be carefully assessed and interviewed on arrival and your learning targets planned out. This course aims to get the most out of any individual in the shortest possible time. One to One Course Fees 2020

Teacher Training

A course for teachers or group leaders who work with young learners in their home country. This course is designed with professional development in mind. It allows you the opportunity to practise and improve your English language knowledge and share ideas with teachers from other schools and other countries.Teacher Training August 2020

Summer Junior English and Activities

Intensive courses for success. Weekend cultural and historical activities and excursions. Local English host accommodation for total immersion. Exams and certificates. Summer Junior Individuals 2021

Ages and BLS Learning Centres

Student Age2020 DatesCourse OptionsCentre
50+6th May, 20th May, 10th June and 16th SeptemberPassion for Classic CarsKings Road Adult
18+8th June to 28th AugustSummer AdultKings Road Adult
16+6th January to 5th JuneGeneral / Intensive EnglishKings Road Adult
16+1st September to 18th DecemberGeneral / IntensiveKings Road Adult
16-178th June to 28th AugustSummer JuniorKings Road Adult
10-178th June to 28th AugustSummer JuniorSpringfield or Angel Hill Junior
10-176th January to 5th JuneLow Season Closed GroupSpringfield or Angel Hill
10-171st September to 18th DecemberLow Season Closed GroupSpringfield or Angel Hill

Course dates

The English courses at BLS English are very flexible so that you can start your course most Mondays in the year. BLS runs a “rolling registration” system with students able to join nearly any week of the year.

Your English Level

Adult students will be tested before arrival wherever possible. You will also have a chat with the Director of Studies on your first day. We want to be sure of your English level and understand your learning objectives. There is also the option of sitting a grammar and listening test on your first morning if time allows. Robert White (BLS Director of Studies) will monitor all students’ performance and progress in discussions with the teaching team and from weekly class tests. The aim of this is to make sure students are in the best class possible.

Your First Day

On your first day, you will be shown around your BLS centre (adult or junior) and the town. New adult students will speak with the Director of Studies (Robert White) to see how you feel about your class level and any other issues. You can also discuss your exam options and work experience or paid work options for those who are eligible. The BLS welfare team will speak to you during the early part of your course to check you are settling in and to help with any problems.


The activity programme is a very important aspect of your course. You can sign your name against any activity you would like to try. You will be able to visit London, Cambridge, Colchester, Norwich, Ipswich and Newmarket. You will also explore the local restaurants and night life. The idea is that you pay as you go. The activities will help you settle in and meet other students from different countries. They will also support your English learning in a more relaxed setting. We suggest you sign up for as many as possible. Some are free!

The BLS Team is here to help

We are here to help. Our Team are professional and sensitive to student needs. Our aim is for all students to feel comfortable enough to maximise their learning experience at BLS.

Public & School Holidays (Adult school is closed):

Good Friday 2nd 2021
Easter Monday 5th April 2021
Early May Bank Holiday 3rd May 2021
Spring Bank Holiday 31st May 2021
Summer Bank Holiday 30th August 2021

School Closed – 20th to 31st December