English language summer school

Every year, at the end of July and the beginning of August, we host a two-week English Language Summer School. In a relaxed and friendly environment you can improve your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.

Learning takes place through an assortment of activities including whole group, small group and individual learning, in addition to role play and interactive online exercises. Included in the cost of the Summer School are chances to taste UK culture through trips and activities outside the classroom which include visits in Bedford and other nearby historic towns.

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Entry requirements

You must be a minimum of 18 years of age, or 16 years of age if you are staying with or accompanied by a parent/guardian. Your language skills will be assessed on entry in order to ensure that you are placed in a group that is working at the level you require.

What skills will I acquire?

The course focuses on a variety of everyday living, study and work situations and will help you to develop your English language skills in the following areas:

  • Listening and speaking
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Grammar and structure
  • Pronunciation
  • Vocabulary

What qualifications will I earn?

On completion of the two-week course you will gain a Bedford College Certificate of Attendance.

What activities could I take part in?

Possible activities include:

  • Whole group, small group, individual learning activities; role play and interactive online activities.
  • Getting a taste of the local culture through visits and activities outside the classroom for two afternoons or one full day per week, including trips to Oxford and Cambridge.
  • Discovering local culture through visits and activities outside the classroom for two afternoons or one full day per week, including trips to Oxford and Cambridge, visiting The Higgins Bedford Museum and the Mayor’s Parlour.

See English Language Teaching - Bedford College on Facebook for photos and comments from previous activities.


On completion of the Summer School course, you may want to enrol on a more substantial English language course that will prepare you for one of the Cambridge English Language Assessment main suite examinations (KET, PET, FCE, CAE, CPE).

Dates, timetable and fees

   Start date End date   Duration
 Summer school  Monday 13 July 2015 Friday 24 July 2015 2 weeks
 Mornings  9.30am - 11.00am 1.5 hours   
 (Monday to Thursday)  11.00am - 11.15am 15 min break   
   11.15am - 12:45pm 1.5 hours   
 Afternoons 2.00pm–5.00pm for two afternoons a week (1.00pm–5.00pm for visits outside of Bedford) Please note that visits may be arranged for a full day (morning and afternoon) outside of Bedford. These visits will include English learning activities and arrangements will be made in advance with you.  

Guided learning hours (GLHS): 15 hours a week for two weeks = 30 hours
Note: some of these hours of learning activities are carried out while on study trips.
Course tuition fees: £450 (including all trips)
Accommodation: please enquire by email: info@bedford.ac.uk

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