Brighton is located on England’s beautiful southern coast and has long been known as one of Britain’s top seaside resorts. Instantly recognisable are its pebbly beach and historic pier, jutting out into the English Channel. Also iconic is Brighton’s spectacular Royal Pavilion, which serves as a reminder of the ties between Brighton and the British Royal Family.
A cosmopolitan city with a vibrant cultural heritage that includes art, literature, music and theatre, Brighton is also a shopper’s paradise. In particular, the atmospheric ‘Lanes’, which are home to some fantastic independent shops and boutiques, are not to be missed.
One major advantage to learning English in Brighton is its accessibility. Conveniently close to London, most students fly into Heathrow or Gatwick, which are well served by international flights. It also means that many of the UK’s top attractions are relatively close by!
If you want to learn English in central Brighton then our school will be perfect for you. During Easter, lessons take place at our main school in Brighton, which is located between the Royal Pavilion and Brighton Pier. In summer, lessons take place in university buildings close to the main school.
All students will take a level test on arrival at the school, to make sure that they are placed in the most suitable group for them. Students taking the course at Easter will have 20 lessons per week in groups of a maximum of 16 students. English lessons are normally in the morning at this time of year, with afternoon activities taking place every day from Monday to Friday. Each lesson lasts 45 minutes.
During the summer, students can choose between the ‘Intensive’ course of 20 group lessons per week and the ‘Super-Intensive’ course of 32 lessons per week.
The ‘Intensive’ course is the more popular of the two options as, similarly to the Easter course, students will have 4 lessons plus activities every day from Monday to Friday. Unlike the Easter course, lessons can either take place in the mornings or in the afternoons.
Students who need to make as much progress as possible may prefer to take the ‘Super-Intensive’ course of 32 lessons per week. As this is a much more intensive course, students taking this course do not have as much time to participate in activities and so normally have three evening activities per week instead.
This course really does offer full immersion in the English language, as all students stay with host families. Students normally share a room with another international student of a different mother tongue, to try to encourage students to use English as their common language. Host families provide both breakfast and the evening meal and you will have lunch at the school.
Host families can be made up of parents and children, older couples or single ladies. Our colleagues at the school select the host families that they work with very carefully, to ensure that students are being welcomed into safe, suitable environments in which they will be encouraged to practice speaking English on a daily basis with native speakers. Host families do live in various different areas of the city, although Brighton has a very efficient public transport system, which does make it very easy to get around. The maximum journey time to the school is 30 minutes on foot or via public transport.
Students taking the ‘Intensive’ course of 20 group lessons per week will have afternoon activities every day. Students who take the ‘Super-Intensive’ course of 32 lessons per week will usually have three afternoon activities per week. All students will take part in a full-day excursion at the weekend (usually on Saturdays).
The activities offered do vary week by week, but generally include things such as sea kayaking, bike riding, beach activities, discos, film evenings, barbecues and excursions to other places such as London, Leeds Castle and Stonehenge!
As this course is specifically designed for teenagers, there is a high level of supervision included. Students will, of course, be supervised at all times when they are at the school, on activities and in their accommodation. Students will need to make their own way between the school and their accommodation, although the easiness of the journey is something that the school do take into consideration when they select host families.
Most students fly into Gatwick Airport (which is approximately 40 minutes from Brighton) or Heathrow (which is about 1 hour 15 minutes from Brighton). Airport transfers are not included in the course price, but certainly can be arranged.
For students arriving and departing on a Sunday, we can arrange a shared transfer from either of these two airports (please note that time restrictions do apply, please contact us for further information). As this is a shared transfer, you may need to wait at the airport for up to 4 hours.
We can also arrange private transfers if required.