English As A Foreign Language Course


Program Description

International students will often need some help with their English. If embarking on an academic course is not possible without first showing an improvement in English, the pupil will be advised to begin with an intensive English course.

Carfax offers highly personalized English courses, with tuition targeted at those areas that need the most improvement. If the pupil aims to progress to an academic course, the teaching can be oriented towards the relevant subjects. If an individual course of study is being followed, the balance of the programme can be adjusted as the pupil advances, and lessons in academic subjects can be introduced as soon as the pupil reaches the appropriate level.

Pupils will sometimes benefit from continuing with additional English lessons while taking a full-time academic course. Carfax can assess the level of support that is needed and incorporate the additional lessons in the pupil’s timetable.

IELTS and other English qualifications

Pupils from overseas will generally need to provide proof of their English level when they apply to universities in the UK. For this reason, Carfax prepares pupils specifically for the IELTS qualification, which is accepted as evidence by universities. Courses are also offered to prepare for different Cambridge English exams and other English qualifications, for example, TOEFL and PTE.


Carfax College does not operate a selective admissions policy. Pupils of all levels are welcome to benefit from the very personal tuition and pastoral care. The College is equally suited to high-flyers and to those who have struggled academically. The levels of individual attention can also be of particular help to pupils with special educational needs.

The College has no formal age restrictions. The majority of GCSE pupils are between 14 and 16 years old, and most A-level pupils are between 16 and 19 years old. However, the College can offer

courses which are suitable for both younger and older pupils.

Group courses begin in September and January. Pupils on individual courses are encouraged to follow the normal pattern of the school year, but there is a great deal of flexibility in this and in principle, they can join at any time during the year. Short-term and part-time courses are also offered all year round, including weekends and holidays.

Next Steps

If you are interested in applying to take a course at Carfax College, or you would simply like to find out more, please don't hesitate to get in touch. You can submit an inquiry using the contact form or call 01865 200676 to speak to our friendly admissions team. An experienced member of staff will be happy to talk through your situation with you, to explore how Carfax should be able to help and to answer any questions you might have, all in total confidence. You are more than welcome to come in for a face-to-face meeting and look around the premises and facilities.

Should you wish to proceed and make an application, you will be asked to complete a Registration Form and to provide other information which may help to finalize the details of the course, such as reports and results from current or previous schools, as well as certificates or other evidence of qualifications already obtained.

Accommodation, sports, extra-curricular interests, and any other personal requirements will be discussed as part of this process. Once a course has been agreed upon, an invoice will be issued for the first installment of the course fees. The course can only begin once this first invoice has been settled. When new pupils arrive to begin a course, they are immediately welcomed into this small, friendly community. New pupils are given a full induction to help them feel at home at Carfax and in Oxford, as well as to make sure that all their needs are met.

International Pupils

Carfax welcomes pupils from overseas, some of whom will need a visa to study in the UK. The college offers comprehensive advice and support in all areas related to student visas, from preparing and submitting an application through to meeting important requirements after arrival in the UK. Carfax College is a UKVI-licensed Tier 4 Sponsor and can support pupils of all ages who require a Tier 4 visa to take long-term courses of study in the UK. The College can also support overseas pupils who need to obtain a Short-Term Study visa before coming for a shorter course (less than six months).

Unusually for an educational institution, Carfax has members of staff professionally qualified to provide immigration advice and services through being registered with the Office of Immigration Services Commissioner and thus can offer an understanding of all intricacies of visa application process as well as unprecedented visa turnaround times. In addition, Carfax enjoys good relations with all of the leading London and global immigration law firms and can make appropriate referrals where necessary.

Please do not hesitate to contact the admissions team with any questions you might have about student visas.

Adult Learners

Adult learners, whether university students or older, are welcome and are not an unusual sight at Carfax College.

Carfax regularly provides tuition to under- and post-graduates who want extra individual support with their course requirements or before university examinations. The tutors offered to them are often Oxford dons or university lecturers.

Adults occasionally request tuition to help satisfy their intellectual curiosity, often with renowned tutors, or to prepare for GCSE, A level and other formal qualifications that they may be lacking.

With the advent of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) offered by world-leading universities such as Harvard, Yale, MIT, or Edinburgh, increasing numbers of people request supplementary tuition to help them work towards obtaining certificates that these esteemed institutions offer. The ever-popular Open University courses can also be studied in conjunction with face-to-face tutorials.

Tuition and boarding fees

Please note that the fees below are only an illustration of the typical annual cost of a full academic year of tuition. Because of the highly personalized nature of the courses which Carfax offers, fees will vary depending on each pupil's requirements and the length of their programme. Sports and other extra-curricular activities are charged in addition to tuition fees. A definitive quote, applicable to your particular situation, can be provided after a discussion with the admissions team.


At Carfax College group tuition is still delivered through genuine tutorials, with no more than three pupils sharing a tutor's attention. The fees below are for one academic year of tritorial group tuition, based on three full terms. These tritorial courses can be combined with individual courses if required, with the appropriate adjustment to fees.

British & EU Pupils Non-EU Pupils
Tritorial Courses (Maximum of 3 Pupils) £18,900 per year £24,400 per year
Additional Individual Tuition from £65 per hour £78 per hour
Boarding Fee from £7,310 from £7,310
Mock and Public Examination Fees included in course fees included in course fees


Individual courses offer ultimate flexibility and infinite adaptability to each pupil's needs. The fees below are for an academic year of one-to-one tuition, based on three full terms. However, for individual tuition programmes, course start and end dates, as well as term and holiday periods, can be agreed to be set for any time in the year and the fees will vary accordingly. Tuition can be provided at different levels of intensity. A detailed quote can be provided based on the level of intensity and number of subjects required.

British & EU Pupils Non-EU Pupils
Standard Intensity Course £23,700 per year £35,500 per year
Flexible Individual Tuition from £65 per hour £78 per hour
Boarding Fee from £7,310 from £7,310
Mock and Public Examination Fees included in course fees included in course fees
Last updated May 2019

About the School

Carfax offers a structured learning environment and a friendly, responsive community. Here each pupil receives individual attention, support and encouragement, not only in pursuit of academic goals bu ... Read More

Carfax offers a structured learning environment and a friendly, responsive community. Here each pupil receives individual attention, support and encouragement, not only in pursuit of academic goals but also in terms of their personal well-being. Whether studying towards A-levels, GCSEs or other qualifications, revising for an exam or re-sitting one, pupils benefit from personalized programmes with teaching closely matched to their goals and needs, including specialized provision for those with special educational needs. Younger pupils follow an independent curriculum that has been expertly designed to prepare them for progression to leading senior schools. Read less