All our courses are three hours per day (including a 15 minute break), Monday to Friday (total study time : 13 hours 45 minutes ).We have classes from 09.00 to 12.00, from 12.30 to 15.30. If you want to study more intensively, you can book and follow two courses on the same day( total study time: 27 hours 30 minutes )
The maximum class size is 18 with a typical class size of 10-15. Please note that the minimum age to study with us is 16. Most students are aged 21 – 30.
Please note that part-time students will be enrolled as part of a full-time course ( total study time : 8 hours 15 minutes). Therefore they will not attend every lesson of that course. Teachers will provide the students with information on missed lessons.
All our teachers have a dedicated college email for student updates.
Our General English Courses in London run throughout the year (Except holidays) each class lasts for three hours per session, including a 15 minute break ( total study time : 13 hours 45 minutes )
Beginner (A1)At the end of the course, the student can understand a few simple expressions of simple functions in known situations and can produce some single words and set phrases in response.
The course includes speaking, listening, reading and writing. By the end of the course students will be able to speak and understand clear standard speech, and use it in simple social actions, such as shopping, banking, travelling, asking directions and making basic social arrangements. They will also be able to read texts with common words and basic grammar, and write short notes in simple sentences.
This course covers speaking, listening, reading and writing. By the end of the course students will be able to communicate in ordinary social situations and talk about simple ideas, experiences and opinions. They will be able to read easy factual texts and understand simple descriptions of feelings, and write simple texts about their personal interests and experience.
At the end of this level students will be able to understand and speak functional English in a range of situations, including everyday conversation, simple accounts of ideas and emotions, and work environments. In addition, they will be able to follow the main points in TV news programmes and in films on familiar topics. Their reading skills will include understanding the gist of current magazine articles and internet texts, and they will be able to write about familiar topics and give basic reasons for their opinions.
By the end of this course students will be able to use English effectively in many social situations. They will be able to deal with unexpected situations, initiate conversation and function even in noisy situations. They will also be able to follow TV, films and lectures with reasonable success. At the end of this level, students will be able to read reports and articles on current topics and understand the writers’ point of view, as well as write clear, detailed accounts of topics related to their interests.
Pre-Advanced (B2+)A student finishing a Pre-Advanced course will be ready to undertake an Advanced course. They can express themselves easily, handle communication independently and effectively in familiar situations.They can understand the main idea of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in their field of specialisation. They can interact with a degree of fluency with native speakers.
At this level students will have a good command of English in all four skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) and be able to use it effectively in most normal situations. They will be able to function effectively in work situations and communicate with fluency. In everyday conversation they will be able to communicate readily with few misunderstandings. They will be able to read and understand long texts with complex information and some literary features. They will also be able to write clear, well-structured text, explaining their ideas at some length and using well-organised information as well as concise, persuasive language.
Proficiency (C2)They can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. They can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. They can express themselves spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating nuances of meaning even in more complex situations.
Your First Day
You will be given a written and oral placement test on arrival at Princes College. This will check your grammar, vocabulary and spoken English, and will help to place you in the right class. At the moment we have 6 different levels: Elementary, Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate, Upper-Intermediate, First Certificate and Advanced, as well as Business and IELTS options. If you have never studied English before, we will advise you of a suitable starting date for your course. You will be given our welcome brochure.
English is now the international language and this is especially true in the field of business. As business becomes more global the English language has become the standard means of communication, allowing German car manufacturers to talk to suppliers in China and enabling Brazilian coffee growers to negotiate prices with their customers in Japan.
English language skills are now essential for all executives and senior managers, therefore in most companies the promotion and also the recruitment of staff depends increasingly on their knowledge of English.
Spending six months or a year in London improving one’s level of English can represent a future financial advantage and a broader range of career opportunities. In addition, a short educational period abroad demonstrates to potential employers that a candidate has a high degree of commitment and independence; such candidates are also more likely to be adaptable and confident.
The business class offers a varied syllabus and also a dynamic learning environment because business students are generally highly motivated and many of them will bring to the classroom their own professional experience.
The first and most important aim of the business class is to help students to develop effective communication skills. Some other essential skills that are taught include: writing letters and emails, negotiating, preparing a CV and attending job interviews.
Another objective of the class is for students to acquire an understanding of all the relevant vocabulary and specialised language, for example, the terms connected to banking, finance, marketing, management, import and export and corporate structure.
Finally, the business class provides an overview of the entire business sector. A typical 12-week course will cover topics such as management, production, retailing, marketing, banking and finance. The purpose of this overview is to allow students to demonstrate an awareness of matters that might be outside their own area of specialisation.
Business classes use the most up-to-date resources and make a lot of use of authentic materials. Lessons may look at case studies or involve role-playing exercises. Although many students have a business background there are also some students who have no work experience at all and are studying business English because they realise it will improve their employment prospects or simply because they appreciate the dynamic nature of the business class and the enthusiasm and motivation of the business English students.
Our General English courses can lead to Cambridge University Examinations such as;
• First Certificate in English (FCE) approximate cost £155
• Certificate in Advanced in English (CAE) approximate cost £155
• Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) approximate cost £165
We also prepare students for the IELTS examination (approximate cost £200)
To find out the prices check on the appropriate website or ask reception.
If you would like to take one of these exams we can book it for you in a local test centre.