General English

A flexible course designed to provide you with the English you need for life, work, socialising and travel.

Our teaching and support staff help you study English and experience British culture in the UK.

Year-round courses with flexible start dates and course lengths allow you to choose the best solution for you.

General English Intensive

Available in lengths of 2 to 23 weeks . Our standard General English course of 20 hours per week is divided into core language (10 hours per week) and either:

  • Academic English (10 hours per week)


  • Business English (10 hours per week)

In both cases, you'll be able to sit Cambridge examinations within the Centre towards the end of your course.

General English Year Abroad

Available in lengths of 24 to 48 weeks.

Why apply for this course?

  • Improve your general English skills with focus on listening, speaking, vocabulary, reading, writing and grammar
  • Start dates available every 2 weeks
  • Flexible course lengths, from 2 to 48 weeks
  • Experienced staff
  • Opportunity to progress to a university preparation programme at INTO London

What is special about this course?

  • Average class sizes of 10 students (maximum 16 students)
  • Take advantage of the support, study resources and facilities available to structure your own programme of study outside the classroom
  • Learn about British culture, values and behaviours
  • You can also take part in a range of activities and excursions - the ideal way to practice your English language in real-life situations

Ability levels

You'll be tested on arrival and assigned to a class that matches your ability. Teachers will monitor your progress regularly giving you the opportunity to move up levels as you improve.

Other General English courses

General English Summer courses

Weekly start dates during the summer.

Tailor-made and group courses

We can offer courses for groups based around our established courses or according to your group's specific requirements. Please contact us for further information.

What will I study?

This course focuses on developing your English language skills for everyday situations.

You will study:

  • speaking
  • listening
  • vocabulary
  • reading
  • writing
  • grammar

In addition, when taking the General English course at INTO London, you can choose between an Academic English or Business English focus.

You can also complete an internationally recognised Cambridge English Language Assessment at the end of the course.


The course consists of 20 hours* per week.

Class times are scheduled between 09.00 – 18.00 Monday to Friday. Thursday afternoons are free for social activities.

Activities and excursions

Using your language skills in real-life situations is the best way to improve. You can take part in a range of activites (costs vary) that help you socialise with students from all over the world and build on your language studies.

*Please note: lessons are 1 hour and include time for class changeover.

How do I qualify?

Entry level: Suitable for students from elementary (A1-A2) to upper intermediate
Age: 16 years and above

If you are an absolute beginner, you must take one-to-one lessons (at additional cost) before joining a group to prepare you.

When can I start?

Course length is flexible depending on your needs. Study from 2 weeks to 48 weeks.

There is a 2 week break Mon 18 Dec to Fri 29 Dec 2017.

Mon 16 Oct 2017 Mon 30 Oct 2017
Mon 13 Nov 2017 Mon 27 Nov 2017
Mon 11 Dec 2017 Mon 08 Jan 2018
Mon 22 Jan 2018 Mon 05 Feb 2018
Mon 19 Feb 2018 Mon 05 Mar 2018
Mon 19 Mar 2018 Mon 02 Apr 2018
Mon 16 Apr 2018 Mon 30 Apr 2018
Mon 14 May 2018 Mon 28 May 2018
Mon 11 Jun 2016 Mon 25 Jun 2018
Mon 02 Jul 2018 Mon 09 Jul 2018
Mon 16 Jul 2018 Mon 23 Jul 2018
Mon 30 Jul 2018 Mon 06 Aug 2018
Mon 13 Aug 2018 Mon 20 Aug 2018
Mon 03 Sep 2018 Mon 17 Sep 2018
Mon 01 Oct 2018 Mon 15 Oct 2018
Mon 29 Oct 2018 Mon 12 Nov 2018
Mon 26 Nov 2018 Mon 10 Dec 2018

Course breaks

If you're on a longer course, you may like to take a break to visit family or explore the city. This is optional. A 2-week holiday is available for 24 to 35 week courses and 4 weeks for courses of 36+ weeks. Breaks can be confirmed when you book, or once you arrive, providing you give 4-week notice and receive approval.


Course length Fees
2 - 7 weeks £309 per week
8 - 15 weeks £289 per week
16 - 23 weeks £269 per week
24 - 35 weeks £249 per week
36 - 48 weeks £229 per week

Enrolment fee of £50

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