Academic English


Program Description

Academic English

Level: B2 - C1

Duration: 1, 2, or 3 terms

City and Islington College is a government-funded Further Education college based in cosmopolitan Islington, right in the heart of London.

With our superb reputation, central London location and great facilities, there is every reason to study English with us. All of our English language courses are accredited by the British Council and we offer a range of course levels, start dates and course lengths, meaning you will be able to find your perfect course with us!

About the College

The College has five modern Centres that were created and renovated through a £64 million building programme - the largest in the history of UK Further Education. Our facilities combine cutting-edge technology, innovative classroom facilities, well-stocked libraries and relaxing cafés, making the College a fantastic place to study. Additionally, you can benefit from our own hair and beauty salon and become part of an active and vibrant Student Union.

Making sure that you enjoy your time at the College is very important to us: each Centre has its own student services team to support you during your studies, and our highly experienced International team will welcome you to the College personally, walk you through enrolment and provide advice on immigration and international student issues.

Course information

All our English language courses are taught by fully-qualified, experienced and friendly teachers. Thanks to the dedicated support our teachers provide, teamed with small class sizes (average 12 per class, maximum 20), our students not only achieve excellent results but are known as friendly, hard-working and motivated!

This full-time English language course is British Council accredited and designed for students over 16 years old wishing to improve their English skills for study, work or leisure.

You will study all four skills - Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening - and will also develop your ability to use English in everyday life.

The course is 15 hours per week and will provide preparation for both IELTS and Cambridge English language exams alongside your English language study.

Your timetable may be a mixture of morning and afternoon classes.

Entry requirements:

Applicants must have a minimum B1 level of English to apply (IELTS 4.0 or equivalent). This course is not suitable for applicants above C1 level (IELTS 7.0 or equivalent). Applicants without formal English language test results will be considered on a case by case basis.


  • 1 term £1,400
  • 2 terms £2,700
  • 3 terms £4,000

*Some courses may require you to purchase materials, for example course books - these costs are not included in the course fee.

Fees quoted are for 2014/15 and are subject to change in future academic years.


Our English language school is based in our Centre for Lifelong Learning. The Centre’s great location means that you will enjoy easy access to a fantastic range of local facilities, from shops, bars and restaurants to live music venues, leafy parks and street markets – not to mention being a close neighbour of Arsenal Football Club!

The nearest underground station is Finsbury Park on the Victoria and Piccadilly lines and is only a couple of minutes’ walk from the College. Many of London’s famous attractions are just a short tube journey away:

  • 10 minutes to Oxford Street
  • 20 minutes to the West End’s theatres
  • 22 minutes to the British Museum
  • 23 minutes to Buckingham Palace
  • 24 minutes to Harrods

NB Some teaching may take place at our Centre for Health, Social and Child Care located just down the road.

Last updated Feb 2018

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