CESC is now accredited by the ABLS

Colchester English Study Centre is very pleased to announce we are now accredited by the Accreditation Body for Language Services. For further information please visit their website: www.ablsaccreditation.co.uk


English language evening courses

CESC is pleased to announce that part-time evening courses will be available from Monday 29 February 2016.

There will be two types of course available:

1) English for life in the UK:

Improve your English language after work, with our flexible evening lessons. Classes will focus on reading, writing, speaking, listening and grammar. Lessons will help you improve your language skills in a variety of everyday situations.

2) IELTS preparation top-up

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is an examination in academic English skills required by many universities, colleges and healthcare institutions. Additionally, applicants for Citizenship and certain types of visa are required to prove that their English is at a certain type of level and IELTS is a good way of doing this. This course helps you develop your English for all sections of the exam.



CESC showcases Colchester on recent English UK Inward Mission

Colchester English Study Centre (CESC),  participated in the English UK Spring Inward Mission on Tuesday, 19 May 2015.


The inward missions bring overseas educational travel agents to the UK so that they can gain direct experience of English language provision here and experience the local culture. Each mission focuses on a specific region of the UK and includes two workshops and at least five showcases. The East of England mission incudes workshops in London and Cambridge, and seven showcases in Bedford, Colchester, Bawdsey and Cambridge.

On Tuesday, representatives of English UK and agents from Azerbaijan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Tunisia, Turkey, Kazakhstan and Morocco, were welcomed to Colchester English Study Centre for a showcase on the English language courses provided at the Centre and to promote Colchester as a destination. The agents participated in a local history activity where they received a presentation on the revolt by Boudicca against the Roman invasion in 60AD. They could also view local archaeological artefacts, try on some historical costumes and network with students to gain an insight into their own experiences of studying English language at CESC.

The opportunity provided them with a unique experience of Britain’s oldest recorded town that will be remembered for time to come.


Guaranteed Entry to UK university now available!

We are delighted to announce our Guaranteed Entry progression pathway to Bangor University for International Foundation Year students.

Students who successfully complete the International Foundation Year (IFY) qualification at CESC and hold the necessary entry requirements – including those studying within the UK – are now guaranteed entry on to a selection of university courses at Bangor University.

The International Foundation Year (IFY) qualification at CESC covers English, Culture studies, Mathematics and units in Business and Economics. Upon successful completion, those students meeting the entry a requirements can gain access to courses including: Business, Accounting and Finance, Business and ICT, Marketing, Financial Economics and Business and Law.

The agreement with Bangor University comes as part of a set of agreements NCC Education holds with over 30 universities worldwide, including popular destinations such as Australia, Canada and USA. For a full list of NCC Education’s university agreements click here.

For more information on our September intake and other guaranteed progression routes, contact our admissions department via email info@cesc.co.uk 


Uni-Pay: Fast new student payment system now active!

We are delighted to advise that we have now fully implemented the Uni-Pay payment service for all students.

We recognise the high value of transfer fees that our students have been required to pay locally when sending international payments in GBP.  We are assured that this new system means additional charges should no longer be required by the banking services, meaning that our students will save money.

The Uni-Pay services has been integrated on our website and into our school management software to enable us to offer a simple and quick method of payment for English language course fees for both existing and new students.

How Uni-Pay works – in three simple steps

Uni-Pay is a recognised international payment and collection service for overseas student fees, that has been designed specifically for universities and language schools.
It uses a simple three step process;

1. Student books a course with CESC
2. Student receives payment request from CESC, or registers with Uni-Pay and makes payment using local banking/credit card network.
3. CESC receives funds from Uni-Pay via local banking system, support by full statement detail
4. CESC confirms the booking to the student




If you enrol for 9 consecutive weeks or more in any one calendar year, you will pay a low season price and also receive one week’s free tuition for every 9 weeks you pay for, but you must pay for all 9 weeks in advance.

Example: 10 weeks on MAIN COURSE costs £2115 (9 x £235), this being consecutive tuition in any one single calendar year.

There are no exceptions to all the conditions included in this rule. Any alterations during the 10 week period will result in the loss of the free week.

Course extensions on this offer for up to 8 weeks receive a 5% discount on published pricing.

Email us for more information or to enrol now: info@cesc.co.uk or telephone our Admissions office on: +44 (0) 1206 840299.

Please quote “9+1(2015)” when you contact us.


IELTS 6.5: A Student Success Story


Osama Abdullah Hasan joined CESC on 23 January 2015 to study IELTS preparation. His goal was to achieve a score of 6.5 so that he could apply to the University of Essex in the UK to continue his academic career in Biology and Pharmacology.

Osama is overjoyed at having achieved this objective in a relatively short time-frame with the support of the teaching staff and specialised study programme at CESC. Right from the beginning, Osama was positive about the need to work really hard and learn as much English as possible.

Osama writes of his experience;  “Two months ago, or a little more when I started studying at CESC, I was just able to answer two questions fluently; What is your name? and How old are you?! Honestly, at the time I had no quick nor proper answers for any further questions. However, today I probably can clearly express a written or spoken opinion about various subjects I might face, and happily get the IELTS score I need which is 6.5. Does anybody think it is impossible in this short period? Frankly, I had no magic wand to do that, instead I had a clear goal, it was to get the score and to improve my English and I have worked very hard to achieve it. Undoubtedly, I was well-organised and goal-oriented and knew exactly what I was looking for and I am proud to mention this.”

When Osama joined CESC, he was placed in a B1 level class, which is the equivalent of 4.5-5.5 on the IELTS scale. Our IELTS lessons specialise in helping students develop the necessary skills and techniques for success at the point of examination and Osama worked very hard to achieve his goal. We wish him every success in the future.

For more information on our IELTS Preparation Course, click here >>

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German Bildungsurlaub Recognitions for English language courses at CESC

We are happy to announce that we have Bildungsurlaub recognition for any German students who would like to spend their Bildungsurlaub abroad and improve their English language skills with us.

The official Bildungsurlaub recognition of our school guarantees high quality language courses for students from all over the world. It is a way of proving that our courses have been officially checked to meet the standards of professional teaching which is valued by clients of all nationalities.

If you are working in one of the following federal states of Germany, we would love to welcome you to Colchester English Study Centre under the Bildungsurlaub scheme:

• Berlin
• Brandenburg
• Bremen
• Hamburg
• Hesse
• Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
• Lower Saxony
• Rhineland-Palatinate
• Saarland
• Saxony-Anhalt
• Schleswig-Holstein

If you would like more information please do not hesitate to contact us.


Tailored Teacher Training – Saxony Anhalt Case Study

In Spring 2015, we welcomed a group of teachers from Saxony-Anhalt on an Alumni Programme, following a successful tender application to the British Council, Germany.

The course was tailored specifically to the needs of the group in coordination with the British Council and the State Institute for School Quality and Teacher Training in Saxony-Anhalt. It comprised a cultural experience, new teaching ideas and language improvement for 42 German English language teachers working in Primary and Secondary Schools in Saxony-Anhalt.

“We have come back from Colchester highly motivated, full of enthusiasm and with best impressions. We enjoyed every part of the programme: the warm welcome, the perfect organization, the school visits, the guided tours of Colchester and the castle, the trip to Cambridge with Ian and the host families – perfectly chosen. We have learned more daily English, idioms, and could experience new teaching methods ourselves. We enjoyed Sally´s and Fiona´s lessons, the lunch at school every day or in the pub in Cambridge , you and your staff´s friendliness, flexibility, motivation, engagement;  the pleasant atmosphere at school without stress, equipment and facilities at your school, …. And a real highlight was the farewell lunch at the Old Siege House, great, yummie, a good atmosphere.“ Ines Klausch – Course Coordinator (State Institute for School Quality and Teacher Training in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany)



Guaranteed Entry for International Foundation Year

A new agreement between NCC Education and two British Higher Education Institutions universities will provide guaranteed university places for international students from September.

By gaining the NCC Education’s International Foundation Year (IFY) qualification at their local centre students worldwide – including those studying within the UK – are guaranteed entry to a selection of university courses at Birmingham City University or on to courses validated by the University of Sussex and delivered at the University Centre Croydon.

The International Foundation Year (IFY) qualification covers English, Culture Studies, Mathematics and optional units in either Business or Computing. Upon successful completion, those students meeting the entry requirements can gain access to courses including Business, Finance, Computing, Games Design, Engineering, Law and Filmmaking.

NCC Education’s Managing Director, Dawn Postans, believes the agreement will allow international students to plan more securely for their university future: “With guaranteed progression routes students have peace of mind that their place at a UK university is assured”.

Recent market research has highlighted the demand, particularly in Asia, for qualifications with guaranteed university progression routes. The agreements with Birmingham and Croydon come as part of a set of agreements NCC Education has with over 40 universities worldwide, including popular destinations such as Australia, Canada and USA, which recognise a number of NCC Education Level 4 and Level 5 Business and IT qualifications as well as the International Foundation Year.

In addition to the guaranteed entry agreements with Birmingham City University and University Centre Croydon, NCC Education’s progression routes extend to a large network of institutions which recognise their qualifications. With many advanced standing agreements in place, students can enter directly onto the second and final years of undergraduate study and where eligible can apply for Master’s study with Birmingham University.

The NCC Education International Foundation Year at CESC, commences in September 2015, with an Intensive Course running from January 2016.


IELTS NEWS: UKVI legislation for citizenship in the UK is changing

UKVI legislation for citizenship in the UK is changing from 6 April 2015. If you require an IELTS exam result for your UK citizenship application, the last available exam at CESC will be held on Saturday 28 March 2015. Applications to take the exam are still open.

We will continue to offer IELTS examinations as an accredited test centre for academic progression and for migration applications to Canada, Australia and New Zealand. For more information on the UKVI changes, please view this article: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2015/02/prweb12535518.htm


Meet our new Managing Director

We are delighted to announce that Ian Pack has joined the CESC team as Managing Director.

Ian brings a wealth of experience from a successful background in general management, business development, sales and marketing. He has worked in a variety of sectors including manufacturing, skills & training together with education and qualifications.

Prior to coming to CESC, Ian was General Manager of an awarding body, Confederation for Tourism & Hospitality, developing qualifications, learning and assessment materials for one of the largest employment sectors in the world. He led the team to achieve Ofqual approval and recognition and delivered successful new business projects in China and India.

Ian is delighted to join CESC and relishes the opportunities afforded with such a well-respected and established business, leading our dynamic and innovative team to ensure that CESC is meeting your expectations as a provider.


CESC to launch NCC Education International Foundation Year Courses from September 2015

Colchester, UK [October 30, 2014] – We are pleased to announce that we have recently received full accreditation certification from NCC Education as an Accredited Partner Centre. We will be running an International Foundation Year course from September 2015.

The International Foundation Year (IFY) is a one year pre-university qualification, including a significant degree of English language teaching. The qualification is designed to provide candidates with an entry route to UK university courses or progression onto the NCC Education Level 4 Diplomas in Computing, Business and Business IT.

The IFY aims to improve learners general and academic English language ability, enhance study skills and cultural understanding and introduce candidates to academic study in English in the fields of computing and/or business at a suitable level.

The International Foundation Year syllabus and assessment is suitable for students aged 16-19 as well as adult learners.
For more information or to register your interest, contact: info@cesc.co.uk


Saxony-Anhalt Teacher Training (CLIL programme)

We are delighted to confirm that we have been awarded a contract to train German teachers from Saxony-Anhalt on our CLIL programme next spring.

The contract was awarded on the strength of our experience in the field: we have had twenty years of EFL teacher training here at CESC.

The course programme will cover:

• developing communicative competence
• enhancing sociolinguistic and intercultural competence
• elements of phonology and intonation
• didactic and methodological professional development
• the use of technology

The course includes visits to local secondary schools and class observations.

For more information on our range of teacher training courses or contact us to request a quotation.

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