English Language Preparation

Improve your English

Our English Language Preparation Programme is a fast and effective programme which focuses on improving your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills – enabling you to join our A Level, Foundation or International Year One programmes. This intensive course is available for one, two or three terms and can be booked when you apply to study our A Level, Foundation or International Year One course.

Taught by specialists

We have a long history of teaching students for whom English is a second or third language. We have designed our English Language Preparation Programme specifically for international students, to equip you with the communication skills and confidence you need to succeed during you studies at Bellerbys.

Our expert staff have helped thousands of students who need extra support with their written and spoken English before progression to our A Level, Foundation or International Year One course. We offer modern teaching, with a tailored approach to give you the personal attention you need.

Course structure

  • Choose between one and three terms before joining your academic programme with us
  • You'll also receive exam preparation and skill classes.

Benefits of studying our English Language Preparation programme

  • Arrive in the UK and join a supportive and welcoming community of students from around the world
  • Benefit from a dedicate course of study designed to compliment our A Level, Foundation and International Year One programmes
  • Choose your length of study to match your existing English language level to get the most out of your programme.

English Language Preparation key facts

Minimum age: 16
Course length 1, 2 or 3 terms followed by your chosen Bellerbys programme
Start dates: January, April, June and September. See term dates
Location: Brighton or London
Academic Programme
IELTS requirements
The course you are progressing to will determine your English Language Programme requirements, our admissions team can advise you further. IELTS Entry levels: A Level 5.5 (3 Term 6.0), Foundation 4.5 (Extended 4.0 and 5.0 for November and January starts), International Year One 5.5 (5.0 in writing).
Tuition fees: Visit our fees page for full details

January 2022 intake of English Language Preparation programme has been suspended (Brighton and London sites).

Mehrad from Iran

Bellerbys star student

"Bellerbys is the best place for overseas students to study. It has given me the opportunity to meet and learn different cultures. I also improved my English by chatting with different people with different nationalities."

Mehrad from Iran - Studied ELP and A Levels, now studying Computing Foundation

A Levels

Bellerbys Cambridge students in a Foundation Media class at the College

A Levels are British qualifications, accepted by all universities in the UK and recognised in the USA and Australia. Students who are with us for five or six terms will typically study up to four A Levels. This gives you a world of choice.


Bellerbys London Star Student Mark Lee

A one-year course for international students that builds specialist subject knowledge and language and study skills. It is more focussed than A Levels making it good preparation for university. It is recognised for entry onto a range of degree programmes at more than 100 universities in the UK.

Join us on campus

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Find out everything you need to know about your journey to the UK and what to expect when you arrive on campus. 

Join us virtually

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If you are unable to join us on campus for the start of your programme, you can either start virtually and join us in the UK later, or study full-time from home.