The UK’s Number 1 School.*

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

Read the article which explains what makes ELC Bristol the number 1 ranked UK school.

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


Academic Counselling

Who do you talk to?

Step 1: Email your Educational Tour Operator

Your Educational Tour Operator (ETO) is the person or company in your country that arranged for you to come and study at ELC Bristol. Sometimes they will have specialist knowledge or advisors who can help you with UK university applications. If your ETO cannot help, or if you came to us directly or through an embassy, then go to step 2. 


Step 2: Talk to your Director of Studies at ELC

Use the chart below to check your current IELTS level. You generally need an IELTS score of 6.5 before going to University or 5.5 if you wish to take a foundation or pre-sessional course. Based on our students’ results, it takes around 12 weeks of full-time study to improve your IELTS score by 1 point. 


Your Director of Studies can advise you of the following:

  • If and when you can join the IELTS class
  • When and where you can take the exam

If you are ready to choose your university and course, your Director of Studies will set up a meeting for you with Neil at Pembroke House.


Step 3: Academic Counselling with SiUK

After your meeting with Neil at Pembroke House, he will arrange for a counsellor at SiUK to contact you. SiUK offer free* professional academic counselling and can help you with the following:

  • Choosing the best university and course to meet your needs
  • Writing your personal statement
  • Help completing university application forms
  • Advice on which offer to accept

*Advice for Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees is free but there will be a small charge for PhDs, due to the complexity of the application process.


Additional information

The Guardian University League Tables 2019

Here you will find information about all the UK universities and their current rankings.

UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service)

This website lists courses and entry requirements. UCAS is the organisation that manages undergraduate applications.