General English

Our General English classes are in the morning, from 9.15 to 12.30. You can study 6, 9 or 15 hours per week, or add afternoon classes to make a more intensive course.

  • Free placement test
  • Weekly assessments
  • Regular tutorials with your teacher
  • Start any day, Monday to Friday (see our calendar)
  • Maximum 15 students in a class
  • Minimum age: 16

Our General English courses are designed to help you develop your language skills in interesting and stimulating ways. This will include the use of multimedia, role-plays and discussions as well as covering all the vocabulary and grammar appropriate to your level of study. Each week you can expect to cover all four skills; reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Students studying at Upper Intermediate or Advanced level will get the opportunity to practise for the Cambridge FCE, CAE or CPE exams. If you are interested in taking a Cambridge exam, please speak to us.

Doing an English course in Manchester city centre means that you are surrounded by lots of things to see and do. Visits to museums and other cultural locations are an important part of learning. They allow you to use your English outside of the classroom whilst also learning about the UK’s exciting history and geography. Trips are organised by your teacher every term and are fully integrated into the syllabus.

Course LevelsCEFRIELTSCambridge
Pre-IntermediateA2below 4.0KET
IntermediateB14.0 - 5.0PET
Upper IntermediateB25.0 - 6.5FCE
AdvancedC1 to C26.5 and aboveCAE/CPE

To book your Cambridge exam, please go to
The exam fees depend on the test centre, and are approximately £135.

Apply for this course

Simply complete an application form and email with a copy of your passport to Excel College

Do you need accommodation?

We have both Homestay and Residence accommodation.

Free UKEC Educational Counselling for Excel students
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Don’t forget!

If you’re thinking about going to university, UKEC, our sister company, gives university and college application advice and services FREE to Excel College students!

Simply ask for an appointment on your application form or ask us when you arrive and we will arrange an appointment for you at a time to suit you.

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