Excel College Manchester

Introduction

Learn English at Excel College! We are a friendly language school offering high quality English courses in Manchester city centre.

We offer General English courses at every level from beginner to advanced. We are a specialist provider of IELTS preparation courses and also help students to prepare for FCE and CAE exams.

Our International Foundation Year course provides students with the skills they need to study at a UK university. Excel College is also a listed SELT course provider. Our experienced teachers create classes with a focus on communication. They use a wide range of material to improve your skills in all aspects of the English language. With additional One-to-One classes and Academic skills classes, we can tailor an English course to help you meet your objectives.

We also offer homestay and residence accommodation, a calendar of regular social events and the option to volunteer within the Manchester community. This means you will have lots of opportunity to make new friends and practise English outside of the classroom too.

Apply today! Or contact us to take a level test and try your first English class for free!

Social Activities

We understand how important it is to practise your English outside of the classroom.

We organise regular trips and activities in and around Manchester, including walking tours, football matches and trips to museums. We also tell you about all the wonderful things that happen in Manchester every week. Our activities are all advertised on our events calendar. You can also find information on the notice board in the college, on Facebook, Meetup and Twitter. And if you would like to help the local community while you practise your English, have a look at our volunteering page.

Weekly events

  • Coffee morning – free
  • Conversation Club – free
  • Table tennis – free
  • 5-a-side football – £4.50 (approximate)

Other events – Example prices

  • Trip to John Ryland Library – free
  • Trip to The Manchester Museum – free
  • Day trip to Peak District – £25
  • Old Trafford Tour – £16
  • Day trip to Liverpool – £23

Volunteering

Volunteering is a great way to practise your English, improve your CV and discover more about Manchester and the people who live here.

Excel College is in contact with a variety of volunteer organisations including community groups, youth centres, environment conservation organisations and a homeless charity. All of these organisations have a range of ever-changing volunteer opportunities on offer, some lasting for a few months to a year, some just for a day. You can take a look at current opportunities by visiting the Excel College blog.

If you are interested in volunteering, please let us know when you make your application. We will ask you to complete a form stating why you want to volunteer and what you hope to achieve. Whilst we cannot guarantee a volunteer role will be available for your course dates, we will do our best to find a suitable opportunity that matches your interests and fits around your studies.

All students from the EU can volunteer. Students who need a visa to study in the UK can volunteer as long as their visa allows it.

Other requirements

  • Upper intermediate level of English or higher
  • Studying a course of at least eight weeks

Homestay

  • Practise your English with native speakers
  • Experience British culture
  • All bills and breakfast and evening meals included

Living in our homestay accommodation is a great way to improve your English and get a taste of British culture. Our hosts are carefully chosen and checked to ensure that you are happy, safe and comfortable throughout your stay. All our homestay hosts speak English as their native language but it is important to remember that Britain is a multi-cultural country and our hosts have a range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

Our hosts live in different parts of Manchester. They usually live in residential areas, a bus ride away from the College, all between 20 and 50 minutes away from the College. Some of our hosts have young children, some are retired couples and some are single, working people. All of them enjoy hosting students and learning about different cultures.

Students have their own room and are treated as an additional member of the family. This means you may be expected to help with some household chores like washing dishes after a meal and keeping your room tidy. It also means that you get invaluable practice speaking English with native speakers and an experience of real life in the UK.

You can look at our newsletters for interviews with some of our host families.

Residence

  • Live in the city centre
  • Share a flat with other international students
  • Stay in your own room with en-suite bathroom

If you’re looking for self-catering accommodation in the city centre, the Excel College residence is an excellent option. Only 15 minutes’ walk from Excel College and the city centre, our student accommodation is very well placed for getting to class and exploring Manchester in your spare time. Each flat has six single bedrooms (all with en-suite bathrooms) and a shared kitchen and living area. There is a weekly cleaning service for communal areas but students are expected to wash dishes, clean their own bathroom and keep their bedroom tidy.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

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Courses

IELTS Preparation

Campus Part time 6 - 15 hours August 2017 United Kingdom Manchester

Students will need to have an intermediate level of General English before joining an IELTS foundation class. This course will continue to improve your general English language skills and expand your vocabulary on key IELTS topics. You will become familiar with all parts of the test and develop strategies to improve test skills. [+]

IELTS preparation courses at Excel College are run by experienced IELTS teachers. You can study for 6, 9 or 15 hours a week in the afternoon from 1.30 p.m. to 4.45 p.m. Free placement test Weekly assessments Regular tutorials with your teacher No registration fees Start any day, Monday to Friday Maximum 15 students in a class Minimum age: 16 Course Levels General English Level IELTS Band Score Foundation B1-B2 4.5-5.5 Advanced C1-C2 6.0+ Foundation level Students will need to have an intermediate level of General English before joining an IELTS foundation class. This course will continue to improve your general English language skills and expand your vocabulary on key IELTS topics. You will become familiar with all parts of the test and develop strategies to improve test skills. This course is designed to bring students up to a 5.5 in all band scores. Advanced level At Advanced level, you will continue to improve your use of grammatical structures and key vocabulary across all parts of the test. You will receive intensive support in all skills during lessons and be encouraged to practice these extensively outside of class. You will have regular practice tests, many under exam conditions and be given approximate band scores to assess your progress. This course is designed for students who already have an overall IELTS level of around 5.5 and who need to achieve 6.5 or higher. Apply for this course Simply complete an application form and email with a copy of your passport to Excel College You will need to book your test either through your nearest test centre or online, depending on local arrangements. To book your test go to http://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/ IELTS test – £155 IELTS for UKVI – £200 Do you need accommodation? We have both Homestay and Residence accommodation. 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. [-]

Intensive English

Campus Full time 21 - 30 hours August 2017 United Kingdom Manchester

You can study an Intensive English course for 21, 24 and 30 hours a week. There are many different course options for students studying an intensive course. Have a look at the timetables below to see the different types of courses we offer. If you book an intensive course, we will discuss with you the courses that will best fit your study plan and help you to design your time table. [+]

You can study an Intensive English course for 21, 24 and 30 hours a week. There are many different course options for students studying an intensive course. Have a look at the timetables below to see the different types of courses we offer. If you book an intensive course, we will discuss with you the courses that will best fit your study plan and help you to design your time table. Intensive English Example timetables Mix and match courses to design your own English course, take extra skills lessons or modules on top of a full-time course and add extra hours whenever you want. (Please check with us what options are available as these can change every term) 21 Hour Course Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday AM General English General English General English General English General English PM Academic Skills Academic Skills Academic Skills Academic Skills - 24 Hour Course Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday AM General English General English General English General English General English PM IELTS Preparation IELTS Preparation IELTS Preparation - - 30 Hour Course Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday AM General English General English General English General English General English PM IELTS Preparation IELTS Preparation IELTS Preparation IELTS Preparation IELTS Preparation For information about levels, please see the individual course descriptions. Free placement test Weekly assessments Regular tutorials with your teacher No registration fees Start any day, Monday to Friday Maximum 15 students in a class Minimum age: 16 Academic Skills Our Academic Skills classes help students gain confidence in each of the four skills; Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. Many of our students go on to higher education in the UK or need to use English at work. The Academic Skills classes will help you prepare for university study and your future career, as well as helping to raise your general English level. Lessons each week are based on a particular topic, and each day you will focus on developing a different skill. You will read and listen to real-life texts, practise writing and speaking skills in different communicative contexts, and improve your critical thinking and study skills. 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. 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. [-]

Certificate

General English

Campus Full time Part time 6 - 30 hours August 2017 United Kingdom Manchester + 1 more

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. [+]

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 No registration fees Start any day, Monday to Friday 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 or CAE 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 Levels CEFR IELTS Cambridge Elementary A1 2.0-2.5 - Pre-Intermediate A2 3.0-3.5 KET Intermediate B1 4.0-4.5 PET Upper Intermediate B2 5.0-5.5 FCE Advanced C1 6.0-7.0 CAE To book your FCE/CAE exam, please go to http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/ The price depends on the test centre but it costs 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. 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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