Intensive English Course

*PLEASE NOTE* For the safety of our students during the current outbreak of COVID-19, as of Tuesday 17th March 2020 all BLC courses will be taught online until at least Friday 10th April 2020.

Our virtual classrooms are fully interactive and lessons will be taught by our experienced, certified teachers.  You will have the opportunity to join a class with students from all over the world and progress your language level as if you were in a real classroom. 

Full-time, online courses are available to book as normal via our online form, please contact us if you have any questions. 

Improve your English language skills for everyday situations

This course is the most efficient way to improve your English if you have limited time or need to improve your language as quickly as possible in order to progress to an examination course, or for business.

This course will enable you to quickly improve your English language skills and help you reach your goals.  On average Intensive English students improve up to 50% quicker than students on the General English course, making this our best value course.

The Intensive English course gives you an extra 7.5 hours per week targetted English language tuition and access to Friday afternoon electives. Popular electives include pronunciation, English for work, presentation skills, discussions and debating and academic English.  BLC teachers decide which topics to run each week based on the interests and needs of the students in the school.

Who is it for?

This class is a full time English language course (mornings and afternoons).  This course is suitable for Elementary to Advanced level students aged 16 and above.

At the start of your course you will be placed in a class, according to your level.  You can join the course at any time during term time* and study for the length of time you need.   

*We recommend that low level students start their course at the beginning of term.

How will I improve?

This course is the fastest way to develop your English language skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. Your afternoon lessons will include additional skills work in areas of interest to the group, so you can use this time to focus on the language areas most beneficial to you.

Our aim is to make sure that your language improves as quickly as possible and that you have mastered the skills required to progress to the next level.  To see how quickly you could progress, see our guide to English language levels where you can also take our online test.

What next?

On successful completion of this course you will be able to read, write, speak and listen to English language with more confidence.  You can progress to the next level, or take one of our examination courses, such as FCE, CAE, or IELTS

Course Timetable

Intensive English courses are made up of 30 lessons of 45 minutes per week( a total of 22.5 hours per week.

Lessons 1 and 2 (9.15 – 10.45)

Using a course book, the lesson will focus on grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. Track your progress with Friday’s short test, which is based on the work covered during the week’s classes. You will have a weekly individual tutorial.

Lessons 3 and 4 (11.00 – 12.30)

After the break, make the best of a skills lesson with the opportunity to practise speaking, listening, reading and writing. Benefit from flexible content based around the group’s needs and requests. You can let the teacher know which topics and language points you would like to study.

Lessons 5 and 6 (13.45- 15.15)

Your afternoon lessons will include additional General English skills work in areas of interest to the group, or you can opt to prepare for an exam, study Academic English with IELTS or Professional English. On Friday afternoons, all Intensive students can choose to attend the Friday elective class which best suits their needs and interests.

Friday afternoon electives

These 90-minute Friday afternoon classes give you a choice of sessions to make your course as specific and useful to you as possible. The topics are chosen based on the interests and needs of the students; you are encouraged to make suggestions. The electives let you try different exam classes without being registered for a specific exam course and allow you to study practical English to help you with your goals.

Popular topics include:

  • Pronunciation
  • English for work (CV writing, interview tips, job-related vocabulary and role playing)
  • Presentation skills
  • Phrasal verbs for everyday life
  • Real English for life in the UK
  • Discussions and debating in English
  • Academic English

Course dates

Start any Monday in term time.


During the current outbreak of COVID-19, all classes will take place online and are available at the reduced price of £195 per week

Standard pricing once normal operations have resumed is as follows:

Cost per week
1-7 weeks 8-12 weeks 13-23 weeks 24+ weeks
£285 £275 £265 £255

Please note there is also a £15/week summer supplement for all courses throughout July and August

Course Pricing & Booking


  • Elementary to advanced levels
  • Virtual classes, live-streamed
  • Course length as required
  • Minimum length: 1 week
  • Start any Monday during term time
  • 30 lessons per week  (45 mins each, 22.5 hours in total)  (see Sample timetable)
  • Maximum class size: 14 (average class size: 10)
  • Students aged 16 and above

The teachers were able to develop good rapport with students, topics for discussion were thoroughly chosen, and students were encouraged to express their opinions

Natalya Volvenko, Ukrainian, aged 30


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