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 Undergraduate Year 1 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 Undergraduate Year 1 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 Undergraduate Year 1 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
  • Receive 25 hours of teaching per week
  • You'll also receive exam preparation and skill classes.

If you need to improve your English language level in preparation for our GCSE programme you can take our Pre-GCSE programme.

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 Undergraduate Year 1 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: 15+
Course length 1, 2 or 3 terms followed by your chosen Bellerbys programme
Start dates: January, April, June and September. See term dates
Hours per week 25
Location: Brighton or London
Study plan: Once you complete the English Assessment Test our staff will advise how long your English Course needs to be before you start your chosen academic course.
Tuition fees per term: £6,642 (for a complete list of prices, please visit our fees page)

The June start in Brighton has been withdrawn. Our next intake will be September 2020

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 70 universities in the UK.

Find out more about starting your studies or check the latest COVID-19 information.