General English

General English 2018/19

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As well as attending the English classes, you’ll have plenty of opportunity for more English study after your formal classes have finished for the day. Our teaching is located on the main campus, with easy access to all our student services and facilities. It's also right in the centre of the historic city of Canterbury, and our library is open every evening and at the weekend.

Canterbury Christ Church University is renowned for academic excellence, a warm welcoming atmosphere and a strong community spirit. During the academic year you’ll be able to participate in Canterbury Christ Church Student Union activities and clubs and can join sports clubs or (for a small membership fee) join the new university gym. Canterbury and the surrounding area have lots to offer you too – and you’ll be less than an hour from London, and all it has to offer. There are excellent travel links to Europe too, with easy access to Paris, Amsterdam and the rest of continent via Eurostar or ferry.

"The number of strengths identified by the inspectors shows the high level of staff commitment to quality, innovation and a positive student experience, and puts us solidly in the ranks of the UK’s best EFL (English as a Foreign Language) providers. To have received such a good report and positive feedback from the British Council confirms both the high quality of our provision and that we are going from strength to strength in many areas."

Richard Cullen, former Head of School, Language Studies and Applied Linguistics

General English Course

(Morning sessions: 15 hours and afternoon session: 6 hours) This course combines developing accuracy with fluency. It focuses on the structures of English (grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary) as well as the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Topic based development is encouraged to improve fluency and confidence.

The six hours in the afternoon on General English provide an intense skills-focused study programme. There are four classes a week plus one self-study session. The classes focus on individual language skills often using authentic media, and focusing on current affairs.

Maximum class size is 16 students.

General English with IELTS Preparation

(Morning sessions: 15 hours and afternoon session: 6 hours) As the General English course in the morning, but with the six hours of classes in the afternoon focusing on the four separate exam sections and providing exam preparation skills and exam practice. There are four classes a week plus one self-study session.

IELTS exams can be taken in Canterbury or London and fees start at £153.00. Tests run regularly (several times a month). 

Find out where you can take your IELTS test.

Maximum class size is 16 students

General English Summer School

For 12 weeks in the summer both of the courses above are available.

Canterbury Christ Church University offers a range of accommodation to students studying English language courses. Our accommodation is priced to suit a range of budgets according to its size, location and facilities. The price per week for all rooms includes internet and all utility bills.

What are your choices?


Living with families in Homestay accommodation is very popular for International students, who would like to improve their English and learn more about British culture. It is also the ideal type of accommodation for students enrolled on short study courses at the University. Families are regularly visited by our Accommodation staff to ensure they meet the requirements set by the University and British Council regulations. Prices for Homestay accommodation vary according to the meal plan you select which can be:

  • Breakfast only
  • Half-board (breakfast and dinner)
  • Half-board with use of kitchen
  • Half-board with weekend lunch

Find out more

University Accommodation

During the Academic year which runs from September to July, we do sometimes have limited availability in University residences – once again there are a number of pricing options to suit your budget. Unfortunately, during this period, University accommodation cannot be guaranteed but we will always do our best to help you. If you are joining us for a summer course, University Accommodation is readily available from the 2nd week of July to the 3rd week of September.

Our accommodation portfolio includes our fantastic state-of-the-art St Georges Centre which boasts over 200 en-suite rooms and is a flagship venue for students, within easy walking distance of Augustine House, North Holmes Campus and the city centre with all its amenities. Students joining us for a short course will be given details of all accommodation types and prices and can liaise direct with our Accommodation Office or the International Office for assistance with booking.

If you have any special needs for your accommodation, we do have specially adapted accommodation with disabled facilities, subject to availability at the time of your course. We think you will agree that the prices and choices are so varied that there is the right accommodation for everyone!

Find out more

The Centre is open all year for English courses except for short winter, spring and summer breaks. Enrolment is continuous which means you can start on any Monday, except Bank Holidays (2017 - 2018 Bank Holidays are:  2 May, 28 May, 27 August. These are non-teaching days.) To join one of our English programmes you must be 17 years old or over – most of our students studying English are in their mid-twenties. The average length of stay is 25 weeks, with some students studying English for a full year in order to continue onto degree courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

General English Programme


Monday 24th September – Friday 14th December 2018 (12 weeks)

Monday 7th January – Friday 5th April 2019 (13 weeks)

Tuesday 23rd April – Friday 14th June 2019 (8 weeks)

 EFL Summer Programme


Monday 1st July 2019 – Friday 20th September (12 weeks)

The General English Programme gives you the opportunity to take your studies further. Depending on your level, you can progress to either the Pre-Sessional Course in Academic English or the International Foundation Year. Through these routes you can progress to either an undergraduate degree or, where appropriate, a postgraduate degree.

There are two ways to apply for these classes:

Apply now by completing the application form.

Apply online now

You will be taught in groups depending on your current English language level. The classes include core language development which focuses on language structure, and topic-based sessions which involve using language in context or for specific purposes. Emphasis in the language skills sessions is on reading, writing, listening and speaking. IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam preparation is also offered on the General English Programme. You can be sure of plenty of variety and interest in your programme. Your study programme will also include individual tutorials with a personal tutor.


The 2018/19 fees for this course are:

  • £290.00 per week for 1st 12 weeks dropping to £260.00 thereafter for full-time and £207.00 per week for 1st 12 weeks dropping to £185.00 per week thereafter for part-time.

Please contact the International Office for more details.  

Further information

Fact file

UCAS course code

  • Not applicable

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 21 hours a week of class time

Entry requirements

  • Minimum English language level, or equivalent Council of European Framework (CEFR) Level A2 IELTS 3.5

    Minimum age: 18




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