General English

Designed to improve your English language skills for use in everyday situations, our General English course is suitable for all levels.

Why apply for this course?

  • Improve your English language skills for everyday use
  • Accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK
  • Flexible start dates and course lengths
  • Opportunities to progress to a university preparation programme at INTO Manchester

What is special about this course?

  • Average class sizes of 10 students (maximum class size of 16 students)
  • Supportive teaching staff
  • Take advantage of study resources and facilities available to structure your own programme of study outside the classroom
  • Learn about British culture
  • Take part in a range of activities and excursions 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

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.

General English Summer Courses

INTO Manchester also offers General English Summer Courses. Please contact us for further information.

What will I study?

Improve your confidence communicating in everyday situations.

You will study:

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

The course consists of 20 hours* per week.

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 elementary (A1-A2) to upper intermediate English language levels

16 years and above

All students commencing courses on a published September start date must be 17 years old by 31 December of that calendar year.

For all other start dates, students must be 17 years old by 31 December of the preceding calendar year. 

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

When can I start?

Courses are flexible depending on your needs, and you can choose up to 48 weeks.

2017 start dates

Mon 06 Nov 2017 Mon 20 Nov 2017
Mon 04 Dec 2017

2018 start dates

Mon 08 Jan 2018 Mon 05 Feb 2018
Mon 05 Mar 2018 Mon 02 Apr 2018
Mon 30 Apr 2018 Mon 28 May 2018
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 27 Aug 2018
Mon 10 Sep 2018 Mon 24 Sep 2018
Mon 08 Oct 2018 Mon 22 Oct 2018
Mon 05 Nov 2018 Mon 19 Nov 2018
Mon 03 Dec 2018

Course breaks

If you're on a longer course, you may like to take an optional break. 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 Cost
2 - 7 weeks £265 per week
8 - 15 weeks £245 per week
16 - 23 weeks £230 per week
24 - 35 weeks £215 per week
36 - 48 weeks £200 per week

The above prices do not include an enrolment fee of £50, IELTS examination fees or social programme (costs for some excursions and activities are in addition to fees paid).

Is accommodation included in the fees?

Accommodation is not included in the fees. View our accommodation options.

How do I pay?

You can pay by bank transfer or by credit card. Please contact us for bank transfer details.

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