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General English Course in the UK

A student of the General English Course in London, UK

English Course – London, UK

Duration: 1 to 52 weeks
Season: n/a
Program Start: Every Monday
Program Fee: From £73/wk (depends on length, intensity)
Age: 18+
Student Status: not required
Participants from: All countries (non-EU nationals welcome!)
When to apply: Min 6 weeks before start
Paid: n/a (certain nationals can work alongside the course)


The General English course is aimed at students who simply want to learn or improve their English. Focuses on speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, rather then on studying for an exam.
EU and EEA students can combine with paid work. Check the “Financial Guide” on the “How it works” tab.

On the first morning, all students take a language level placement test and assessment. You will join a class that’s going from your level up. No worthless repetition of what you already know!

Choice of duration
Only have 2 weeks to spare? Book 2 weeks.  Do you want to spend a year in England and speak like a native? Book the whole year. Anything between 1 and 52 weeks. The choice is yours!

Choice of pace
Select from the 15 hours per week Standard English Course, or the 23 hours per week Intensive English Course.

Paid job allowed
Are you an EU or EEA citizen? Feeling like you need a course, but can’t find all the money? Great news! Find yourself a job and help pay for the costs of your English course! EU and EEA citizens can work full-time. Most students work in cafes, fast-food and restaurants making about £6 per hour or more. Check our “Financial Guide” on the “How it works” tab.

Apply with a friend
This program allows you to easily apply with friend or even a group of friends. Simply book the same center and accommodation and you are done. If you want to save, you can book twin rooms to stay together, or if you are a group coming for a longer course, you can rent an apartment together.

How it works

How the program works
from application to arrival

EU and EEA citizens

After you are accepted for the program and paid the fees, you receive Confirmation of Acceptance. The accommodation department will also start arranging your accommodation. You will receive travel directions to your accommodation shortly after that. If you wish for a taxi to wait for you at the airport, you must supply your arrival details at least 2 weeks prior to your arrival. It is ideal to schedule your arrival for Saturday or Sunday around the noon time, or before. That way, even if your flight is delayed, which happens quite often, you reduce the likelihood of arriving late at night. On Monday morning at 9 am, you will start your course.

Non-EU citizens

There are only two differences. You can’t work. And you have to have the UK visa. You will receive your CAS (Certificate of Acceptance of Studies) after you have been accepted and paid the full fees. CAS is what you need to be able to apply for the Tier 4 General Student Visa or the Student Visitor Visa. Besides, the program sponsor is required by law to report your school attendance to the UK Border Agency every Friday, so make sure you follow all school rules. Otherwise, the procedure is the same as for the EU citizens above.

where you can go


The London centre is located in Lewisham, a lively area of southeast London, just minutes from the River Thames, where the cost of living is lower than central London. Just 10 minutes from London Bridge, 20 minutes from the excitement of Covent Garden and Oxford Street, and 5 minutes from historic Greenwich. It is connected to central London and the rest of the UK via trains and buses.


Another centre is located in Eastbourne, a tourist seaside town ideally placed near Brighton in the southeast of England. Large, elegant building with a huge garden, 90 minutes by train from the excitement and attractions of London, and within easy walking distance of beaches and a beautiful marina. Garden BBQs every Friday during the summer. British Council accredited and a member of EnglishUK.

Students who select Eastbourne as their course location, and fly into London, usually take a train to Eastbourne. You will receive travel directions after you are accepted for the course and your Program Fee has been paid.

which one to choose

Many people don’t realize that accommodation cost about the same,  if not more, than the program itself! This holds true in the UK, as well as in the USA and Australia and other places.  Choosing the right accommodation option is therefore quite important decision.

This program can offer you a wide range of accommodation from self-catering student residency to a full-board homestay with a British family. You are, of course, free to arrange your own accommodation too.

Home Stay – the best for learning

Home Stay with a local family is the best choice for learning the language! You will be talking with the family members in the morning as you get up, during breakfast and then in the evening. This is not like talking in a class at school! You will really practice your language skills, pick up new words and listen to the  correct accent.

Home Stay accommodation is available as B&B or Bed & Breakfast, HB or HalfBoard, which includes both breakfast and dinner, and FB or FullBoard, which also includes lunch. For simplicity, we are only showing prices of B&B, but feel free to ask about the remaining options.

If you are applying together with a friend, you can save a few pounds a week by opting for Twin Room. Also consider the price difference between London and Eastbourne, if you want to save. Check the “Prices” tab.

Student Residence

Available in London as an alternative to homestay accommodation. Many students prefer to choose a residentia option as this allows some independence. Residences in east and southeast London offer budget, mid-range and premium accommodation within easy travelling distance of central London and the school. Single rooms arranged in self-contained flats, with shared kitchen, toilet and bathroom.

Self-Arranged Accommodation

You are free to arrange your own accommodation. Maybe you have friends or relatives who live in London with whom you can stay for free. Or perhaps you are applying as a group of friends and will rent a cheap apartment together.

A common strategy of students on budget is to pay for two or three weeks of the accommodation arranged by the program to have a place to stay after their arrival, and find a cheaper roomshare during this period. Roomshare may cost around £40 and £50 per week, depending on the location and the quality of the flat, making it an attractive option.

how to choose one

All participants are required to prove they have sufficient insurance coverage before they are accepted for the program. You will either select the sponsor-arranged insurance in your program application, or you will enclose a proof of your own insurance, including the coverage schedule – in English.

The advantage of the sponsor-arranged insurance is that it’s a British insurance and British medical facilities can easily contact the insurance company to verify your coverage. The advantage of an insurance arranged by yourself in your home country is that you can deal with your insurance company in your native language in case of problems. Buying your insurance while at home, but from a strong international insurance company with solid presence in Britain, gives you the best of both.

Many travel insurance policies don’t cover work. If you intend to work alongside the course, make absolutely sure that your insurance covers injuries sustained while working! Many travel policies also don’t cover sports! Or even riding a motorcycle or motorboat. Ask about these things before you buy.

APEX Foundation is not involved in arranging the insurance in any way and can not offer any kind of support regarding insurance whatsoever.

Paid Work
alongside the course

Many participants are interested in the opportunity to have paid work during the program. Partly to help cover their expenses, partly to practice their English, and partly to really feel like they are living in England.

If you are an EU or EEA citizen, paid work is allowed, but it is not a part of this program! You have to find it yourself.

Most students work in fast food, cafes, restaurants, and the like. These positions generally pay the UK Minimum wage per hour or a bit above it, with deductions for taxnational insurance, and any other services provided by the employer, for instance meals. If you get a position where you get tips, such as a waiter, you may make more money on the tips than what is your wage!

Financial Guide
how much it will all cost

This is not a promise! This is a guide intended to give you a general idea about some of the numbers. Your own experience may be different! We use the minimum wage in our calculations.

Let’s have a look at a few scenarios [numbers as of March 2011]:


Location: Eastbourne
Duration: 2 months, about 9 weeks
Course: Standard, 15 hr/wk @ £115/wk
Accommodation: Home Stay B&B @ £90/wk
Work: 30 hrs/wk @ £6.08/hr

Your weekly expenses will be: £115 + £90 = £205
Your income will be: £6.08 * 30 = £182
So 1 week will cost you just £27! And the whole 2 months just £243!

Comment: With the standard course, you only have morning classes. With the whole afternoon and evening free, you can easily work 6 hours per day, making it 30 hours per week. If you’d also work for one full day of the weekend, taking it to 38 hours per week, you’d make £225 which will pay for the whole course and accommodation!


Location: London
Duration: 6 months, about 25 weeks
Course: Standard, 15 hr/wk @ £110/wk
Accommodation 1: Student residency @ £110/wk for the first 3 weeks
Accommodation 2: A found roomshare @ £40 for the rest of the course
Work: 30 hrs/wk @ £6.08/hr

Your accommodation cost will be: (£110 * 3) + (£40 * 22) = £1,210
Your course cost will be: £110 *25 = £2,750
Your income will be: £6.08 * 30 hours * 25 weeks = £4,560
So in half of year in London, with accommodation and the course, you can still make an extra £600!

Comment: With the semi-intensive course, you only have morning classes and 4 hours of afternoon classes. This may make it necessary to work a bit less during the weekdays and a bit more during the weekend to reach the 30 hours per week. But you can take a top-quality language course in the very heart of England and make it pay for itself!

Try more scenarios and cost/income combinations yourself. All prices are shown on the “Prices” panel.

Key Points


  • 1 to 52 weeks, your choice

Start dates:

  • Every Monday, except on UK Public Holidays
  • UK Public Holidays 2013: Dec 25-26 2012, Jan 1, Mar 29, Apr 1, May 6, May 27, Aug 26, Dec 25-26 2013, Jan 1 2014
  • Please note that school will be closed between 23rd December 2013 and 2nd January 2014.

When to apply:

  • EU and EEA students at least 1.5 months prior to your desired program start date.
  • Non-EU students, please check with your local UK embassy how long it will take to get your Tier 4 General Student Visa or the Student Visitor Visa and add that period to the 1.5 months.


  • London
  • Eastbourne


  • Standard Course – 15 hrs/wk, morning and afternoon tuition
  • Intensive Course – 23 hrs/wk, morning tuition
  • VIP one-on-one classes
  • Combinations of  normal classes with one-on-one class

Class size:

  • In average 15 students

Paid work permission:

  • EU and EEA students can work alongside this course
  • It’s just a permission, you must find such job yourself
  • Job must not interfere with courses
  • For more details, check the “How it works” tab


  • Home Stay with British families
  • Student residencies (London only)
  • Your own-sourced accommodation
  • See the “How it works” tab for more details
  • See the “Prices” tab for the costs


  • You must be insured to participate
  • Buy the sponsor-arranged insurance
  • Or enclose a proof of your own, in English
  • Find more details on the “How it works” tab
  • APEX Foundation can not offer support with insurance

Important: Many insurance policies do not cover work. If you intend to work in the UK, make absolutely sure that your insurance covers any injuries sustained while working!


Age: Min 18
Student status: not required
Experience: n/a
Required languages: English
Required level: Elementary (CEFR Level A1) to Advanced IELTS level 2.5  (or equivalent)*
Nationality: Nationals of all countries are eligible
Type of visa: non-EU/EEA nationals need Tier 4 General Student Visa or Student Visitor Visa

*Language placement test and assessment, carried out on day one, ensures that all students are in the right class and improve quickly.


Application Processing Fee: $50
  • Processing your program application
  • Processing your payment to the program sponsor
  • Transferring materials and communication between you and your program sponsor until your departure for the UK
  • Responding to your email questions until your departure for the UK
  • Check APEX Foundation Terms & Conditions for more details
Program Fee:
prices in £ per week
No. of weeks: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Standard (morning) 15 hrs/wk 158 152 147 142 137 137 131 126 121 121 116 116
Standard (afternoon)* 15 hrs/wk 100 97 96 93 91 88 85 83 80 78 76 73
Intensive 23 hrs/wk 236 226 221 210 205 200 194 189 184 184 184 179

*London centre only. Upon request

Optional VIP one-on-one class, just you and your teacher, £50 per hour. Cost of combination of normal classes and one-on-one is below. One-on-one class is ideal for reducing your foreign-sounding accent.

Combo 5 15 group hrs + 5 one-on-one/wk 378 regardless of the number of weeks you book
Combo 10 15 group hrs + 10 one-on-one/wk 599 regardless of the number of weeks you book

Prices include:

  • Enrollment on the programme
  • Initial test, evaluation and class placement
  • Study material for the course
  • Tuition for the chosen course option and number of weeks
  • Monitoring and support throughout the placement (24-hour emergency student support)
Registration Fee: £50
non-refundable fee
  • Charged by the Admissions Department
CAS: £20
paid by non-EU students
  • CAS means Certificate of Acceptance of Studies
  • It is necessary for applying for your Tier 4 General Student Visa
  • Non-visa nationals, such as EU students, do not need it
prices in £ per week

Check the “How it works” tab for detailed explanation of accommodation options.

HomeStay Single room B&B Twin room B&B Single room HB Twin room HB
London 135 120 155 140
Eastbourne n/a n/a 120 110


Student Residency
Northwick Park (single, en-suite, self-catering) 155
Oval (single, self-catering studio apartment) 190
Belmont Hill, Lewisham (single or twin, shared facilities, self-catering) 140

£100 refundable damage deposit required with booking.

Arrival Transfer* £71-160
  • The price is simply the cost of a taxi ride from one of the four London airports at which you will arrive. Your price will depend on how far is that particular airport from the place of your accommodation in London.
  • Prices are per single journey in a car with maximum 3 people sharing a vehicle and travelling to the same school or location. Waiting charges apply where relevant.

*It is your responsibility to inform us of your arrival details minimum 14 working days prior to the transfer! Failing this, the transfer may not be provided as requested/paid. Arrival details include: arrival date, arrival airport, the airline, flight number and arrival time.

Cancellations & Refunds
if you have to cancel
  • The $150 Application Processing Fee  is not refundable
  • The £20 CAS Fee is not refundable

Cancellation, regardless of the reason:

  • More than 2 weeks notice: Program Fee less £100, accommodation and transfer is refunded
  • Less than 2 weeks notice: Program Fee less £100 and accommodation less one week is refunded


  • Cancellations are only accepted on a Cancellation Form supplied by the program sponsor. The date considered as the date of the cancellation is the date when this form, completed and signed by the program participant was delivered.
  • In the event a refund sent according to the applicant’s instructions is returned by a bank or the postal service as undeliverable or unclaimed, £15 administrative fee plus expenses are charged for each subsequent refund attempt.

How to Apply

The procedure:
  1. We email you a computer-fillable PDF application form with instructions.
  2. Fill it out, save and email back to us, we will check that it’s done correctly.
  3. If everything is done correctly, we will ask you to send us the hard copy by mail.
  4. Get a $150 check (Traveler’s Check) for the Application Processing Fee and send the entire package to us.
  5. Once your application is accepted you will get instructions for payment of the Program Fee.
  6. We send your materials and payment over to the program sponsor.
  7. If you need visa for the UK, you will receive your CAS (Certificate of Acceptance).
  8. Everybody receives Arrival Instructions.
  9. Next, you arrange your flight and give us your detailed arrival information.
  10. Ideal arrival day is Saturday, not too late in the case you’d need any kind of support.
  11. After arrival in London, you will travel to your accommodation.
  12. If your course is taking place in Eastbourne, you will travel there.
  13. On Monday morning at 9am, the course will start.

It’s best to apply at least 6 weeks prior to your planned departure. Visa nationals, check with your local UK embassy how long it will take you to get the UK Tier 4 General Student Visa or Student Visitor Visa.


Can I apply with a friend?

Yes. Even groups of friends are welcome!

Can I select a location for my course?

Yes. You can select between London and Eastbourne.

I am from – insert your country – can I participate?

Yes. The program is available to applicants from all countries.

I am an EU or EEA citizen, can I work in the UK alongside this course?

Yes. Any number of work hours, you just have to register for the National Insurance and taxes.

I am a non-EU citizen, can I work in the UK alongside this course?

No. These rules keep changing, but as of November 2013 you can’t.

I am not a student, can I participate?

Yes. This course is opened for everybody.

Can the program pay for itself?

Possibly. If you are an EU or EEA citizen, see “Financial Guide” on the “How it works” panel.



24 Responses to “General English Course in the UK”
  1. Nerci Ronita says:

    Dear there,

    Is this program still valid for 2012?

    • admin says:

      Hi Ronita, yes, this program remains available, no changes. If a season mentioned at some other programs (such as Work & Travel USA) confuses you, it’s because those programs actually have seasons. But most programs don’t. IMPORTANT: Our reply to your previous question was blocked by something called “boxbe”. Please, make sure our emails can reach you, otherwise you couldn’t participate. We generally recommend international students to use Gmail. Over years we observe the lowest number of problems with email delivery, especially when it comes to “spammy” topics like working abroad, which are often blocked.

  2. Kazim Adet says:

    Dear Sir
    I am interested in the “General English Course in the UK” 23 hours per week Course. Maximum 6 weeks.
    I have a 5 years visit visa. Can I do this or students visa is must? and please let me know what is the total cost of 6 weeks + Admission and if any other charges like books, certificate etc. What are the daily timings


    Kazim Adet

    • admin says:

      Dear Kazim, thank you very much for your interest in our services! Before we begin, let me ask you two questions please: 1. What country you are a citizen of (what country issued your passport)?
      2. What country you are currently residing in? As for the fees, scroll up and click on the “Prices” tab. It shows you all the fees that you are asking about. As it is said there, the tuition already covers study materials and other direct expenses, have a look. This means that your course will cost you 6 times £190 = £1,140 plus $150 Registration Fee. You will of course make only one payment. If you’d also like to order an accommodation or airport pickup, the fees are shown on the “Prices” tab too. We are checking if you need the student visa. If you do, you’ll also have to pay the £15 for the CAS letter that you’ll take to the UK embassy. We will be very happy to guide you through the application process.

  3. Ramzi says:

    hello, i m from algeria , i want to apply for 1 week general english courses full time, my question is what type of visa i need? thank you for answering me .

    • admin says:

      Dear Ramzi, will be happy to help. If you are coming for a short time, you will get the Student Visitor visa. However 1 week doesn’t make much sense. With the Student Visitor visa, you must leave on the day your course end – this visa can not be extended or switched over to any other category. This, in practice, mean coming to the UK for 5 days. Is this really what you want to do??

  4. kristin says:

    hello I’m interested in General English course for two month, or at least 1 month . please would you tell me the price of this course , including food and living room. or only room. thank you

    • admin says:

      Hello Kristin, scroll up and click on the “Prices” tab. You’ll find all the fees shown there. I.e. not just the tuition, but also accommodation.

  5. Bouhssine Ben says:

    Dear Kristin,

    I am interested about this program, however i would love to apply for six months. Is that possible?


    • Misa says:

      Hi Ben,
      Unfortunately we don’t know any Kristin, but there’s no reason why you couldn’t apply for 6 months if you want to :-) The maximum length of the course can be 52 weeks and the only condition is to apply at least 6 weeks before you plan to start your course.

  6. Natalia says:


    Im a student, my citizenship is Ukraine. i would like to join this program. Could u tell me if work option is availablable for this course?

    Thanks in adavance!

    • admin says:

      Hello Natalia, as the program description shows, both in the brief outline next to the picture and in the “Eligibility” panel, this program is available for citizens of all countries.

  7. Yasmine Malek MENASRIA says:

    Is it possible to schedule a skype interview for this program??
    THANKS for answering

  8. bs rathore says:

    Dear sir ,

    I am interested about this program, however i would love to apply for 12 months. Is that possible? along with paid hotels work exp.programme ?i am from india pls send me visa detail and fee structure


  9. Ahmadali says:

    Dear Sir,
    Hi, I’m from Uzbekistan, and I want to apply for this course but I have some questions to ask you. So, first of all, Is the program valid for 2013? How much does it cost for two month totally?

    • admin says:

      Hello Ahmadali, this depends on which variant of the course you’d like to take and what type of accommodation you choose. Take a look at the “Prices” panel in the program description and decide. In the event you don’t understand something in the program description, just ask.

  10. Yvonne Davis says:

    I am asking my questions on behalf of a friend who would like to come to London to learn English. He is Egyptian by nationality but holds EU citizenship. Does he still require a student Visa or is he free to come to London to take courses with your organization? He is married. If his wife were to come with him (also an EU citizen – born in Hungary), would she need any type of visa in order to stay in London while he takes your courses? She would not be taking the courses. Thank you.

    • admin says:

      Hi Yvonne, please tell your friend to contact us directly himself. There’s no reason to communicate through a third person.

  11. winnie says:

    I am aTanzanian Citizen, i want to take intensive English Course in NY, so can you send the application form for me please in my email address? I am looking forward to hera back from you.

    • admin says:

      Hi Winnie, you’re commenting under a UK program about an American program. Please, get back to us via email and let us know which one you really mean to book.

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