The UK’s Number 1 School.*

*According to the EL Gazette rankings based on
British Council inspectors’ publishable statements.

Read the EL Gazette article where John explains what makes ELC Bristol their number 1 ranked UK school.

ELC Bristol is family-run school, offering intensive General English and examination preparation courses in Bristol, a lively university city in the South West of England.


Where is Bristol?

Bristol is 100 miles (160 km) west of London, 90 minutes by car or 2 hours by bus from Heathrow airport. Have a look at the map.  You can also have a look at the Google Street Map.  Enter 44 Pemboke Road, BS8 3DT in the box.


How do I get there?

From Heathrow or Gatwick, an easy - and certainly the cheapest - way to get to Bristol is by bus.

From Bristol airport, you can take a public taxi. It takes 20 minutes and costs approximately £25.00.

We also offer a transfer service.  For more information, click here.


What about the courses?

All courses are full-time. They include 28 lessons (21 hours in class) + daily homework + 4 hours' optional supervised self study + 2 hours of optional language activities including Conversation Club, Job Club, Friday Film Club and guest speakers.


Your teacher will interview you on a regular basis to check that everything is going well. If you wish, you can also arrange additional private lessons.


For full information about courses, click here.


How much does it cost?

There is the cost of the course (tuition fees) and the cost of your accommodation.  There is also a registration fee and a materials fee. For details, please click here.

Of course, don’t forget your pocket money. We suggest £70.00 a week if you are staying in a homestay or £100.00 if you are in self-catering accommodation. Of course if you like shopping, bring more!


Which exams can I take?

The most popular exams are the IELTS and Cambridge exams. There are also some other exams which you can prepare for during the supervised self-study periods.  Please click here for more information.


How do I enrol?

Have a look at the enrolment procedure, then complete the enrolment form online and send it to the school together with your deposit of £300.00. If you would like one of our local agents to help you, just let us know and we will put you in touch with them.


What if I cancel?

If you cancel your booking before your course starts, your £300.00 deposit is non-refundable.

If you stop your course early, the school will not refund your tuition fees. However, the school will refund your accommodation fees in full, provided you give 2 full weeks' notice. Click here for full information.


Can I take a holiday during my course?

You can take a holiday if you are enrolled on a course of 20 weeks or more and if you have been in the school for at least 10 weeks. Only one holiday is permitted every 12 weeks. If you want to take a holiday you must give us two full weeks’ notice. It is not possible to refund tuition fees, however, the holiday period can be added to the end of your course, if this is convenient with the school.  For full information, please click here.


Is there anything I should know before I go?

We give a pre-arrival information sheet to all students who are enrolled in the school. This will give you lots of useful information. Additional advice is provided in a special booklet created by the British Council.


What's so special about Bristol?

Bristol is a lively university city and the second largest city in the South after London. It is well-known for its theatres, shopping, music scene and street art. It has also topped several polls in recent years and was the European Green Capital in 2015.


Bristol is a relatively wealthy city and has the highest employment rate amongst the UK’s core cities.ELC runs a free Job Club giving advice and the language needed to help you find casual and part-time employment.


Bristol International Airport has flights to 110 cities in 34 countries. As well as making it easy to get here, it offers a great opportunity for you to visit other European destinations.  


Have a look at some photos and the Bristol video.


Why choose ELC Bristol?

Ten good reasons to choose ELC Bristol

Established in 1969, ELC Bristol is a family-run school and a Centre of Excellence, with experienced staff and teachers who will do everything they can to take care of you.  


We have been inspected by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI), accredited by the British Council and we are licensed by UK Visas & Immigration to enrol international students under Tier 4 of the Points Based System.


Where will I stay?

Most of our accommodation is located within walking distance of the school, so usually, you will not have to take public transport.

We offer homestay with half board or student houses or flats where you cook for yourself. During the summer, you can also stay in the Goldney Hall University Residence (self-catering).

Of course, if you wish, you can make your own arrangements.  Click here for more information.


Do I have to pay extra for books?

No, you don’t. The cost of a course book and materials is included in the materials fee. You get one free course book every 12 weeks, supplementary teaching materials, a leaving certficate and access to Guided e-Learning from the moment you enrol and for 3 months after you leave the school.


How about the other students?

There is an average of 172 students in the school from 25 different countries. The average age of the students is 23. Last year, 15% of our students were over 30. The school has a ‘university type’ atmosphere. It is not a business centre.
We do not accept large groups, under 16s or part-time students.


How do I pay?

You can pay by bank transfer, credit card, bank draft, Sterling travellers’ cheques or in cash.  See here for details.


What about insurance?

We strongly recommend that you take out Student Travel Insurance  before you come to the UK.  Insurance should cover the loss of your fees and flights in case of cancellation or curtailment (shortening your course), medical expenses, personal injury, personal liability, overseas legal expenses and the loss of personal belongings and money.


If you do not have your own insurance, we can provide you with insurance under our Studentguard+ Student Travel Insurance Policy. The cost is £5.90 per week including Insurance Premium Tax. You must ask for insurance at the time you book your course as cover is not available once you arrive in the UK.  


Do I need a visa?

The UK government website provides this link: Check if you need a UK visa


For more information about visas, click here.