The UK’s Number 1 School.*

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

Read the interview and article which explain 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.


What can you expect?

  • All courses include 21 full hours in class + daily homework. There are lessons every morning and on four afternoons a week - Friday afternoons are free.
  • Average class size: 10. Maximum: 14.
  • An average of 175 students from 27 different countries (2018). The largest majority was no more than 12% from any language group over the year. Please note that students from certain countries may arrive at similar levels so although there may be no more than 12% in the school, the percentages in classes can be higher. Most students come as individuals, however, we occasionally accept small groups. 
  • Minimum age: 16. Average age 23. No maximum age.
  • The school operates on a continuous enrolment basis so there may be students leaving or joining your class every week.
  • Students come for between 2 weeks and 1 year. The average stay is 8 weeks.
  • You can start your course any Monday, apart from elementary students who must start their course on a main starting date.
  • There are 7 main starting dates each year.
  • The year is divided into 4 periods, the summer courses (14 weeks) and 3 other terms which last between 10 and 14 weeks depending on the examination dates.  By the end of each of these periods, a course book will have been completed.
  • On the first day, we test you so that we can place you in a class at the right level.
  • There are 7 possible levels with more than 1 class at several levels.  We don't run a beginners' class.
  • The levels are Elementary (A2), pre-intermediate (A2), Intermediate (B1), Upper-intermediate (B2), Pre-Advanced (C1), Advanced (C1) and Advanced+/Proficiency (C2) and students can generally expect to progress by one level approximately every 3 months.
  • As there is often more than one class at each level, occasionally classes at the same level may merge.
  • As a part of your course, you can prepare for the Cambridge English: First, Advanced, and Proficiency exams, the IELTS exam and BULATS (the Cambridge Business exam).

What is included?

  • Personal study programme.
  • 4 hours per week of optional supervised self-study.
  • ELC Bristol e-learning from the moment you enrol until 3 months after your course has finished.
  • Access to the school's online Study Zone.
  • Course book, file, supplementary teaching materials and a certificate when you leave.
  • 2 hours of optional additional language activities each week from Conversation Club, Job Club, Friday Film Club, GleELC Choir Club and guest speakers.
  • Job Club (optional). On Wednesdays for 1 hour after school - runs in 3-week cycles with a one week gap between each cycle. Aims to help students who are entitled to work in the UK find a job. We also offer some 1:1 support to help students with CVs and cover letters.
  • Wi-fi and two multimedia centres with free internet access.



Click here to see our Attendance and Lateness policy. Click here to see the see the school's Curriculum policy.



The school is located in two old buildings which do not have lifts so unfortunately it is not suitable for wheelchair access. However, we remain committed to equal opportunities for all and will make any reasonable special arrangements within our capabilities in order to be able to accommodate and support students who inform us of a disability or a learning difficulty.   See Special Educational needs and Disabilities Policy.

Private Lessons

Private Lessons can be arranged in advance (£65.00 per hour) or on arrival at the school.