English Combination

Focus on learning goals in one-to-one lessons

Learn with others in small groups

Make quick progress in a short time

Flexible start dates


English Classes with Private Lessons

Tailor your English language studies to suit your requirements using a combination of group english classes with private lessons. Whatever your current level and however you work best, our English Combination course enables you to take a mixture of small group and private classes. This option lets you learn at your own pace and gives you the freedom to develop your English language skills, focusing on exactly what you want.

English Classes with Private Lessons

The perfect course for students seeking extra progress

If you want to develop your English language abilities as much as possible, this course is perfect for you. Our English classes with private lessons will help you learn the four core language skills in small group classes, where you can practice reading, writing, listening and speaking with other students at similar levels. From this, you can focus on your specific interests in private One-to-One lessons with a personal tutor matched to your individual needs. Make the extra progress that will prepare you for future university or career opportunities.

Course information

Age: 17+
Level: elementary to advanced CEF A1 to C2
Length: two weeks to 12 months+
Class: maximum 12 students in group lessons and one in Private lessons
Lessons: 15 group + 5 one-to-one lessons per week (13.75 + 4.6 hours)

Course structure

The programme consists of 20 lessons per week:

  • 15 in small groups (max group size 12)
  • five private lessons (One to One)

Group classes focus on developing greater accuracy and greater fluency in the use of English. Lessons incorporate the four skills — reading, writing, listening and speaking — as well as the building-blocks of the language – grammar and vocabulary.

Private One-to-One lessons provide individual attention from your own Personal Language trainer. This is an excellent way to focus specifically on making that extra progress — it might just make the difference!

Sample Timetable

English Combination

09.00-11.00 Focus on Accuracy
11.15-12.15 Focus on Fluency
14.00-16.00 One-to-One lesson

Focus on exactly what you want and develop at your own rate

The benefits of this course include the following:

  • learn core English language skills in classes of small groups
  • have private lessons one to one with personal tutors
  • focus your studies on exactly what you want
  • improve your examination scores and career prospects

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Have a question about the English Combination course?

We always encourage students and parents to visit the college. Visits can be arrange at any time and we host two Open Mornings per year.

If you are not able to visit, please contact Manuela with any questions or enquiries you may have about St Clare’s or the English Combination course.


Contact Manuela on:
+44 1865 517706
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Private lessons one to one

Personal training
A personal trainer, in all walks of life, will motivate you by setting goals and providing feedback. In the same way, your one-to-one tutors at St Clare’s will help you to make the maximum English Language progress in the shortest possible time.

Focus on your specific language needs
Your One-to-One lessons allow you to focus directly on your personal English language development. Over the past year, for example, we have built the confidence and improved the performance of individuals from across the world and supported their professional, personal and academic language needs as follows:

1. Professional language — for business, finance, education, medicine, law

  • the language and strategies for good presentations and negotiations
  • cross-cultural sensitivity and awareness
  • drafting and re-drafting articles for professional journals

Recent trainees: a senior academic (the Netherlands), CEO media company (South Korea), legal adviser (Brazil)

2. Personal language — for confidence, examinations, travel and leisure

  • voice training: projection, intonation and stress, accent reduction
  • support for “false beginners” who have a mismatch of language skills reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • tips and practice for specific examinations — IELTS, Cambridge Exams, Business English Certificates (BEC)

Recent trainees: accountant (Qatar), retired businessman (Japan), fashion buyer (South Korea), property developer (Saudi Arabia), gap year student (Germany).

3. Academic language — for students, undergraduates and post-graduates

  • note-taking and report writing skills
  • presentations for seminars
  • SATs: academic reasoning training
  • linguistic support for dissertations

Recent trainees: postgraduate student (United Arab Emirates), pre-Masters student (China)

The Course Path involves a number of critical stages supported by a tutor from our experienced team:

  • self-evaluation (your “needs and wants”)
  • diagnosis (analysis and targets)
  • monitoring (progress checks and updates)
  • self-study (preparation and follow-up tasks)
  • feedback (continuous learning ideas)

Our one-to-one team

St Clare’s has a wide panel of tutors with English Language and life skills. The Director of Studies matches their expertise to your stated requirements.

Course dates and fees

Students can choose to learn English at all levels at St Clare’s. We offer short and long courses with regular start dates throughout the year, including the summer. Many students extend their studies or progress on to other courses, such as English plus Academic Subjects, or the University Foundation Course.

From September to May, English language course students live and socialise alongside native English speakers from American universities. Plan your studies and choose a date and a course to suit you.

Courses start on Sundays

2 September 30 September 28 October
18 November
6 January 3 February 3 March
21 April 19 May 16 June
23 June 7 July 21 July
28 July 4 August 18 August

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Price September 2018- August 2019

15 lessons in class per week plus
Five lessons
one to one
£631 £616 £601 £586 £571 £556

Minimum stay is two weeks
One lesson = 55 minutes

Book for more than five weeks and pay less!

Accommodation options
Self catering — per week
Twin Standard £238
Twin Superior £289
Single Standard £307
Single Superior £376
Homestay — per week
(includes breakfast and dinner every day)
Single Standard – with shared bathroom £238
Single Superior – with private bathroom £314
Add Meals
Lunch — Monday to Friday £44 per week


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Optional Extras

Personal Language Training
Students can add one-to-one English language lessons to their language classes. Lessons last 55 minutes and are charged at £57 per lesson.

Examination fees
Fees for the following examinations are currently between approximately
£150 -£210.


Cambridge examinations
B2 First (FCE)
C1 Advanced (CAE)
C2 Proficiency (CPE)

Other examinations

Optional college weekend trips / theatre visits / excursions, etc.
Day excursions at weekends — free to £40
Theatre tickets and transport — £25 to £45
Weekend trip with overnight stay (two nights) — £70 to £300
Additional sports and other activities — £10 to £15 per week

Other costs
Stationery/book purchase (loan of books is included in fees)
General spending money — allow a minimum of £80 per week
Bus travel: single trip from £2.00; 1 week £14.50; 4 week 49.00
St Clare’s sweatshirt £20

Please note: Prices are approximate please contact us at ic.enquiries@stc

Contact us

If you have any questions about our courses, please get in touch.

Manuela Williams

Admissions Registrar

Tel: +44 1865 517706



Choose the way you study English

This course offers the perfect combination of group classes and private lessons.

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