Full Time EFL - English as a Foreign Language - 15 Hours a week (18 years and above)

This very popular English course is for people who want to make rapid progress with their English studies while having some time free for other activities.  Students are taught by our team of dedicated teachers in the dynamic environment of Kingston College.  Students focus on developing accuracy and fluency in English; on leaving us, they progress with confidence to other courses or to employment.  We welcome students aged 18 years and above. There are many reasons students choose to study English at Kingston College: 

  • Flexible duration ranging from 4 to 35 weeks
  • We are an EL Gazette Centre of Excellence
  • We are accredited by the British Council
  • Kingston College is a UKVI Tier 4 Sponsor
  • Students requiring a visa will need to apply for a Short Term Study Visa
  • Many students also work towards achieving a higher English Language level and study for their SELT (Secure English Language Test) e.g. IELTS or Trinity
  • We have an excellent record of progression - most students completing this course go on to undergraduate or post-graduate studies
  • Our teachers are experienced and qualified. Many of our teachers have worked all over the world including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Japan, Italy, Spain, Germany, Brazil and Colombia
  • No more than 18 students per class. Average class size: 8
  • All our classes are classroom based; all the teaching is through qualified teachers and not through Distance Learning (CBT - computer based teaching)
  • Excellent leisure programme  - including free sports classes, a discounted gym membership and trips, including a tour of Kingston, Hampton Court, a trip on the River Thames, central London
  • Regular homework with constructive feedback
  • Regular one to one tutorial sessions with the tutor to discuss progress and set personalised learning targets specific to your needs
  • Support and guidance are available from when you apply until when you complete your course
  • Accommodation advice is available
  • A great opportunity to make new friends from all over the world
  • Kingston is one of the safest places to live in the UK and has been voted one of the 'happiest' places to live in the country
  • Central London, with all its attractions, is only 20 minutes away by train

Course objectives: Our General English courses will prepare you to communicate with confidence in real life situations - whether for work, study, travel or simply to talk to friends and family. Our enthusiastic and friendly teachers will use a variety of teaching methods, latest course books and materials, such as newspapers and the internet which will give you the skills and confidence to thrive. We have a student-centred approach where you are at the heart of what we do. Lessons are fun and challenging so you will make progress quickly and enjoy your time in the classroom!

"Working remotely had never been so intuitive, particularly when external circumstances dramatically impacted the way classes are taught. Over the last 3 months, I have experienced with my classmates, some living in another country, a new way of learning without (even) leaving the comfort of my house. It proved to work as efficiently!"(EFL Student)

"Our teacher offered a wide range of resources, topics and exercises to practise. Interestingly, we discussed a variety of topics: some related to the newspapers’ headlines, some others uplifting, to cheer us up in those tormented times. Youtube videos from previous events, newspaper articles, podcast on a topical issue, listening practice and exercises became our everyday food for thought. Advanced vocabulary had been covered as well as more technical expressions in an interesting and sometimes challenging way."(EFL Student)

"Little has changed from our previous lessons as working materials can be found easily on Moodle or are provided by our teacher thanks to the “sharing screen” tool on Zoom. Breakout rooms" have been useful for speaking and doing exercises where we can receive immediate feedback or by email when writing essays."(EFL Student)

Quality Assurance and Teaching Staff

We have been a British Council accredited College for our English Language courses since 2003.  For BC inspection report 2019

Entry Requirements

Students must be 18 years old or over. 

All students must take an initial assessment test before starting the English Language Course to ensure they are placed in the correct level class.  Dates for enrolment and testing are arranged with the student at the beginning of their programme.

Students must be prepared to pay the fees at enrolment unless they have already paid in advance.

All applications must be made either online or at the School Office (KHR 1.53), Kingston College, Kingston Hall Road, Kingston Upon Thames, United Kingdom KT1 2AQ.

Duration, Delivery and Fees

Full time courses are offered with flexible starting dates, so the student can choose the start date and course duration that suits them, although we do not start students towards the end of the term study period. The student will be given their individual timetable at enrolment. Once the student has had their initial assessment they will be given a timetable. Lessons are Monday to Friday: 12.30 - 15.45

Students will have the opportunity to study additional hours in the morning, by joining exam classes or extra General English classes (Subject to extra fee payment).

Conversation Club – students can join a lunchtime once a week Conversation Club (free of charge)! For more information please visit the School Office or speak to your teacher.  

Term Dates for the academic year 2020/21

Autumn Term – 14th September – 18th December 2020   (Half-term break 26th - 30th October 2020)
23rd October and 17th December – College Staff Improvement Day – no lessons
Christmas holidays 21st December 2020 – 4th January 2021


Spring Term – 5th January – 1st April 2021 (Half-term break 15th - 19th February 2021)
12th February – College Staff Improvement Day – no lessons
Easter holidays 2nd – 16th April 2021


Summer Term – 19th April – 2nd July 2021 (Half-term break 31st May – 4th June 2021)


Public holidays and general College term dates.

Course fees have been built taking into account the ‘non-teaching days’ which are the College Staff Improvement Days and national Bank Holidays (see dates above). Therefore we will no longer offer refunds or ‘make up’ classes for FTE and EFL classes which fall on CPD days and bank holidays.

Please use the grid below to estimate your fees as a guide: courses cost 180 GBP per week.  Fees may be reduced if the student studies over a longer period.  All tuition fees quoted may be subject to change.

Course materials are not included in the tuition fee. Course book is £35.

Tuition Fees 2020/21

Number of Weeks (minimum 4) Hours of Study Cost Cost per Hour
4 (one month) 60 £720 £12
8 120 £1400 £11.70
12 - 1 term (3 months - minimum time recommended to advance one band in IELTS) 180 £2700 *£15
24 - 2 terms (6 months) 360 £4400 *£12.20
35 - 3 terms (9 months) 525 £5700 *£10.90

All Fees must be paid in advance before starting the course or at enrolment.  Students wishing to pay in advance must have applied through this website and use their Student Identification Number when making payment.

All quotes are based on number of weeks studied as terms vary from 12 to 13 weeks.  All quotes are tailored for individual student requirements for those starting and leaving mid-term.

The tuition fee, once paid, is non-refundable and non-transferable.This means that if you decide to leave your course for whatever reason, you will not receive a refund.  The exception to this is if the College cancels or curtails your course in which case a full or partial fee refund will be made.   

Fees for students who are financially sponsored through their Embassy will be charged at a higher rate to cover extra administration costs (£250 approx).

*Students requiring a Short Term Study Visa may have their visa refused for the Full Time English course if their course duration is less than one term (three months)

*Students requiring a Short Term Study Visa must apply for their visa from their home country

Students who arrive on a Visitor/Tourist visa are only able to study for a total of 30 days (one month)

Students using a tourist visa will not be given confirmation of study letters to enter the UK and must apply for at least three months study (one term) under a Short Term Study Visa



Students can hope to improve by 0.5 on the IELTS scale for every term of full time study. Students completing our English Language programmes may progress onto different courses at Kingston College or university courses. Most students work towards improving their scores for a SELT (Secure English Language Test e.g. IELTS - International English Language Test).  Students can continue on to another year of Full Time English as a Foreign Language course if required.

We can provide a Kingston College certificate stating the level that the student has been assessed at (this is not an internationally recognised English Language Certificate); there are no final examinations for this course. 

Student reports and references are available upon request.  


Additional Information

Our fantastic leisure programme specially tailored to our EFL students includes reasonably priced trips. In the past these have included day trips to Hampton Court, the Houses of Parliament, Stonehenge and Hever Castle. (A small fee may be charged - between £10 and £25; transport is generally free of charge!) Residential trips are also available to places of interest in the UK, including the Isle of Wight and the Peak District (costs depending on length of stay).

We can also help find local host family accommodation if required. Host family accommodation prices are from £155 per week. Local student accommodation information is also available through this link: 
These accommodation providers do not work for Kingston College and are for private residential accommodation.

For further information if you are a student moving to the UK or from the EEA (European Economic Area) please use the following link for further information about living and studying in the UK http://kingston-college.ac.uk/international/student-advice.

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