English Combination

• a combination of small group classes

• individual lessons with your own teacher

• focus on what you want to achieve

• great exams or career development

English Combination — classes and private lessons

Age: 17+
Level: elementary to advanced CEF A1 to C2
Length: two weeks to 12 months+
Class: maximum 12 students in group classes and one student in private lessons
Lessons: 15 group + 5 one to one per week (13.75 + 4.6 hours)
Is this summer course for me?: Yes, if you want to focus on your specific language and professional needs plus have group lessons to improve your general English language skills

Course structure

The programme consists of 20 lessons per week:

  • 15 in small groups (max. 12) and
  • five in 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!

Contact the Department

Please do contact us with any questions you may have about the course, the accommodation, the college and what it will be like to be a student here. We will be happy to help you to apply for the course.
Tom Whitehouse
Sales Coordinator
+44 1865 517383
Manuela Williams
Admissions Registrar
+44 1865 517706
Bardwell Road Campus
St Clare’s Oxford – 18 Bardwell Road – Oxford – OX2 6SP – UK
Office hours: Monday – Friday 0900-1700 GMT

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The One-to-One lessons

With your personal tutor you will make the maximum English language progress in the shortest possible time.

Focus on your specific language needs
If you have just a week or two to spare, our 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, academic, and personal 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. 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)

3. 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 reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills
  • 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).

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
We have a wide panel of tutors with English language and life skills. You can be sure that the Director of Studies matches our expertise with your personal needs.

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Package prices


Tuition and Accommodation package price
Room type2 weeks3 weeks4 weeksExtra week
College accommodation
Twin Standard£1772£2658£3544 £886
Twin Superior£1870£2805£3740 £935
Single Standard£1904£2856£3808 £952
Single Superior£2038£3057£4076 £1019
Homestay includes breakfast and dinner everyday
Standard£1772£2658£3544 £886
Superior£1918£2877£3836 £959

Optional Extras:

  • College Meals – breakfast and dinner every day – £90 per week
  • Visa Support documents – £25
  • Airport Transfers

Try our Fees Calculator to see how much the course will cost

Activities and excursions

We have an exciting programme of sports and social activities to complement your academic studies — and we want you to get involved:

  • full-day excursions at the weekend
  • half-day excursions during the week
  • sporting and craft events
  • cultural and other fun activities

During the summer period (from mid-June to late August), the key features include:

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Airport transfers

St. Clare’s offers a private transfer service by car. We collect students from all the major London airports — Gatwick, Heathrow, Luton, Stansted, London City airport, and train or bus stations. Our airport transfer prices are given below.

Airport transfer one way
London Heathrow (LHR)£115
London Gatwick (LGW)£170
London Luton (LTN)£135
London Stansted (STN)£165
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
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

Choose this summer course today

This is a great opportunity to improve your English fast over the summer

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