English For Life

Build your confidence in English

Truly international classes

Learn inside and outside the classroom

Flexible start dates

The ideal course to develop your English language skills

This course is tailored to help international students develop their English grammar and vocabulary alongside their reading, writing, listening and speaking. Levels range from elementary to advanced, so whatever your current level, we have the right course for you. Our personalised language programme helps you make the maximum progress in the shortest possible time.

Key facts: English for Life

Age: 16+
Level: from elementary (CEF A1) to advanced (CEF C2)
Start Date: flexible
Length: 2 weeks+
Class size: maximum 12 
Lessons: 24 English Lessons (19.25 hours) are taught Mon – Fri 
Inclusive of three lessons available in the Open Learning Club.
Tuition Fees: Starting from £369 per week
Accommodation: choose between a college room or homestay
Course structure: View our sample timetable
Course content: Our teaching approach follows a Theme of the Week

Become more fluent and confident with English for Life

The key benefits include:

  • Small international classrooms
  • Oxford: our location in the famous academic city of Oxford will complement your study experience
  • Build confidence in reading, writing, listening and speaking for professional, academic or personal reasons
  • Flexible study programme: you can start at any time throughout the year at any level
  • Personal tutor: to support you on your individual learning goals
  • Varied activity programme
  • An international experience: develop life-long friendships and expand your networks with peers from over 20 countries
  • Academic experience: we are accredited by the British Council (BC) and the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) for the teaching of English
  • Quality teaching: we have experience in teaching English to non-native speakers for over 60 years
  • Only an hour from London by train: Oxford has a good geographic location
  • Innovative study programme: we take learning beyond the classroom with regular study visits to places of cultural and historic interest within Oxford. Our unique approach is based on a theme of the week will keep learning engaged and focused. 
Course Dates and Fees

Courses start on Sundays

6 January 3 February 3 March
21 April 19 May 16 June
23 June 7 July 21 July
28 July 4 August 18 August

Tuition Fees – 2019

Number of  Weeks Price
2-5 £419
6-11 £409
12-17 £399
18-23 £389
24-35 £379
36+ £369


10 Private lessons a week £570
15 Private lessons a week £855
25 Private lessons a week  £1,425


 Try our fees calculator to see how much the course will cost


Length of stay Tuition and twin standard Tuition and twin superior
2 weeks £1,314 £1,416
6 weeks £3,882 £4,188
12 weeks £7,644 £8,256
18 weeks £11,286 £12,204
24 weeks £14,808 £16,032
36 weeks  £21,852 £23,688
Length of stay Tuition and single standard Tuition and single superior
2 weeks £1,432 £1,590
6 weeks £4,296 £4,710
12 weeks £8,472 £9,300
18 weeks £12,528 £13,770
24 weeks £16,464 £18,120
36 weeks  £24,336 £26,820
Length of stay Tuition and homestay standard Tuition and homestay superior
2 weeks £1,314 £1,466
6 weeks £3,882 £4,338
12 weeks £7,644 £8,556
18 weeks £11,286 £12,654
24 weeks £14,808 £16,632
36 weeks  £21,852 £24,588

Standard room is: with shared bathroom
Superior room is: non-shared bathroom 

Meal Options:
Lunch at the college (Mon-Fri): 
£45 per week
Breakfast and dinner (every day): Included in homestay accommodation

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@stclares.ac.uk if you have any questions.

Have a question about the English For Life 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 For Life course.


Contact Manuela on:
+44 1865 517706
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Contact us

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

Manuela Williams

Admissions Registrar

Tel: +44 1865 517706


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