The best way to improve your understanding of the English language is to enroll in one of College of Birmingham's English language courses. The course is most suited to learners who are able to hold a basic conversation in English.

Course Overview

This course is most suited to individuals who are at least 16 years old looking to improve their level of English.

Students will also need to be capable of communicating in English to at least a basic level. As a rough guide, being able to read this page is a good indication that you have a minimum level of English to study this course!

Course Fees

The total cost of the course is £ 399
Students can make payment using one of the following methods:

  • Credit or Debit Card
  • Bank Transfer
  • Interest Free Monthly installments
  • Paypal
  • Western Union

The Course Fee includes

  • All Course Material, including online modules and written assignments.
  • Personal tutor support with 1-2-1 Skype sessions
  • Dedicated student support
  • Access to an online Social Learning forum
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • Free CV Writing help on completion of the course
Module Listing

The course is made up of 10 modules. Each module consists of 10 guided learning hours of material with an additional 5 hours worth of optional material comprised of recommended exercises, recommended readings, Internet resources, and self-testing exercises.

Home, family and daily life

  • Develop vocabulary regarding home/family life
  • Learn how to communicate about social trends
  • Develop listening skills in the context of explanations and presentations
  • Develop speaking/listening skills in the context of giving a talk
  • Understand the structure of a text presenting advantages and disadvantages

Politics and socio-cultural issues

  • Develop vocabulary regarding politics and socio-cultural issues
  • Learn how to find, access and understand news in newspapers and on the TV, radio, and internet

Work and professions

  • Develop vocabulary regarding topics relevant to work and professional subjects
  • Develop familiarity with communicating via email, leaving voicemails, and informal and informal language

Health and fitness

  • Develop vocabulary relating to health and fitness
  • Learn how to participles and follow the dialogue between multiple people

Citizenship and politics

  • Develop confidence with the ability to give views and opinions on local issues
  • Develop a vocabulary about citizenship and politics

Crime and punishment

  • Develop vocabulary regarding crime and punishment
  • Learn to listen to and follow discussions

The environment

  • Develop vocabulary regarding the environment and environmental issues
  • Develop letter and email reading and writing abilities


  • Listen to conversations among retailers and customers relating to the purchase of technological goods for the home
  • Listen to a conversation between teenagers about their social media habits

Science and education

  • Develop vocabulary relating to science and education
  • Practice listening to and following a discussion

The IELTS exam

  • Helps prepare learners for IELTS exam by explaining requirements
  • Covers some examples of the kinds of questions that will come up in the IELTS exam
  • Provides a list of helpful advice for the IELTS exam

Each of the first 9 modules will be made of a Listening and Speaking section and a Reading and Writing section and will help you to develop all aspects of your communications skills. The IELTS exam module will help provide some helpful tips and guidance for learners planning on attempting the IELTS exam.


Assessment at College of Birmingham is a very straightforward process:

  • After you have completed an online module, you will have an online assessment to complete. This assessment contains 30 multiple-choice questions. You will have one hour to complete these questions which are answered in sets of five so you will have plenty of time to review and edit your answers. After an hour the test will automatically time out.
  • After you have completed the test, your results will be displayed immediately. If you have passed, you will receive a Certificate of Completion. If you didn’t pass, you will receive a notification of a “refer’’ where you will be told how to retake a module assessment. You can complete these modules at your own pace, as there is no deadline to complete the course.
  • When the online modules have been completed, you will then be able to take the final written assignments, provided by College of Birmingham, that test your knowledge and understanding of the modules. After the successful completion of these eight assignments, you will receive your Diploma (from the Awarding Organization).
  • You will then be eligible to apply for progression onto a Top-up course through a recognized UK university on-campus or by distance learning