Welcome to the Birmingham College website.

Thank you for visiting the Birmingham College ELT website.

We are a friendly college, and think of the students as our family.

Birmingham has many things to see and do, and it is near many popular tourist attractions. The city also has excellent railway links to all of the cities in the UK, including London.

The Birmingham College ELL courses are in the Birmingham Midland Institute building, which is in the city centre.Please see the course information section for more detail.

Since 2010 all our full-time English language students who want to study at university in the UK have gone on to higher education foundation, undergraduate or post graduate programmes. Many students stay in the area to study at local universities and visit us. They also recommend Birmingham College to their friends and relatives so we really are one big family.

I hope the College website answers your questions. If you need further information, please contact the College.

We hope to see you soon!

Rafael Salguero
Vice-principal

 

 
  • Birmingham College is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK
  • Birmingham College is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the
  • Students studying at the College need to be 18 or over
  • Non-EU students require a Student Study Visa (SVV) which they can apply for after having an offer letter from the College. (Non-EU students who are already in the UK on a dependent visa can also apply).
  • Courses are continuous enrolment, so new students can start any Monday
  • Classes are Mondays to Thursdays
  • The minimum length of study is two weeks
  • We have a maximum of 15 students per class, with an average class size of 5-7 students per class.
  • When you finish your course you will have a Certificate of Attendance with your CEFR level and a personal Progress Report.
  • Students who stay for three months or longer can work towards the Birmingham College English Language Certificate or Diploma
  • The College does not have courses for Beginner level students
  • The College does not have its own accommodation or host families
 

Accreditation

Birmingham College is accredited by the British Council for teaching English language courses in the UK.

 

Expertise

• Birmingham College’s course organiser has 40 years’ experience of teaching English language, and has taught IELTS preparation programmes since 1990.

• The Assistant Director of Studies has experience of teaching on university pre- sessional programmes and has designed courses for the College.

• The current team has experience of teaching and living in Spain, Greece, Germany, The UAE, Columbia, Russia, Iraq and China.

• Our team understand that it can be difficult for students when they come to live and study in a new country. So the teachers and administrators will support you in and out of the classroom.

• Our teachers are familiar with IELTS and the Cambridge main suite examination requirements

 
  • You do not need to buy any textbooks for classes. We loan you books and we supply additional study materials.
  • Flexibility: if there are several classes, you can study in the skills class that is more suitable for your level. For example, you could be in the Pre-Intermediate class for ‘Writing Skills’ but then be in the Intermediate class for ‘Speaking Skills’.
  • Variety: each class will have two or three teachers a day but most teachers will stay with you for the duration of your course for continuity. (Unless on one to one courses).
  • Every two weeks you will have an individual tutorial with a teacher so you can talk about your progress and plan your studies.
 

Option 1: General English Language Programme (16 hours per week):

Levels:

  • Elementary (A1)
  • Pre-intermediate (B1)
  • Intermediate (B1/B2)
  • Upper-intermediate/Advanced (C1+)

In class, you will often work with a partner or small groups, but you also need to complete homework and do self-study outside class.

 

Day 9.30 – 11.00am 11.15 – 12.30pm 1.30 – 3.00pm 3.15 – 4.15pm
Monday General English ‘Words & Meanings’ Presentations or ‘Reading Circles’ Grammar Workshop
Tuesday General English Listening & Speaking Skills X X
Wednesday General English Listening Skills X X
Thursday General English Speaking Skills Writing Skills News & Culture
 

Type of Student Type of Course Hours of Study Cost (1 week)
EU General English Language Programme 16 £250
International General English Language Programme 16 £290
 

General English:

• Practises and develops the grammar for your level.

• Uses different, interesting topics to teach grammar and vocabulary.bullet point

• Includes listening and reading activities.

• You will have regular progress checks so that you can see your progress or see if there are any problems with your language.

Grammar Workshop:

• Reviews the grammar from the General English classes.

Words and Meanings:

• Elementary: works on pronunciation of sounds, word stress and sentence stress. You will also build your vocabulary in topic areas.

• Pre-Intermediate or Intermediate: works on sounds, sentence stress and intonation. You will also study phrasal verbs, word formation and collocations.

• Intermediate, Upper-Intermediate and Advanced: studies all of the above, as well as the use of idioms.

Listening & Speaking Skills / Reading & Speaking Skills:

• Develops reading and listening comprehension skills.

• You will communicate with your classmates in speaking and language games.

Writing Skills:

• Practising different kinds of writing, for example:

• formal and informal e-mails,

• reports,

• magazine articles,

• film or restaurant reviews for other students to read.

•Practising paragraphing, use of conjunctions (and/or/but/because) and punctuation.

Presentations/ Reading Circles:

• Autumn term: you present a PowerPoint presentation every two weeks on a different topic.

• Spring and Summer terms: you will sometimes bring an article which you have read and discuss it with your classmates.

• These lessons help to develop your skills in speaking and increase the number of words in your vocabulary. In this class, you are the teacher.

News & Culture:

• Focuses on places of interest in the area, and UK festivals and celebrations.(Bonfire Night, Burns’ Night, St George’s Day, St Patrick’s Day, etc).

• Sometimes you will do projects and research work in small groups to show others in the Presentation class.

 

Option 2: General English Language Programme with IELTS (21 hours per week)

Birmingham College does five hours per week of IELTS classes.

These classes focus on ways to study that will help you with the IELTS exam.

IELTS for Intermediate Level

In IELTS classes, if you are Intermediate or above, you will study on the IELTS preparation course.

IELTS for Pre-Intermediate Level

If you are pre-Intermediate when you start classes, you will have classes to introduce you to IELTS.

IELTS for Elementary Level

At Elementary level, you can have a 21-hour study programme, but you will work on academic topics and not IELTS.

You might need IELTS to show your English language level is high enough to get a place at a UK University.

 

Day 9.30 –
11.00am
11.15 – 12.30pm 1.30 – 3.00pm 3.15 – 4.15pm
Monday General English ‘Words & Meanings’ Presentations or ‘Reading Circles’ Grammar Workshop
Tuesday General English Listening & Speaking
Skills
IELTS Writing Skills IELTS Writing Skills
Wednesday General English Reading & Speaking
Skills
IELTS Reading &
Listening Skills
IELTS Reading &
Listening Skills
Thursday General English Speaking Skills Writing Skills News & Culture
 

Type of
Student
Type of Course Hours of
Study
Cost (1 week)
EU General English Language Programme + IELTS 21 £328
International General English Language Programme + IELTS 21 £380
 

Option 3: IELTS Programme (16/ 21 hours per week) – groups only

This is an intensive IELTS crash course that is run on request for groups.

Please contact hl@bcol.co.uk to discuss your requirements.


Type of Student Type of Course Hours of Study Cost (1 week)
EU / International IELTS 16 £320
EU / International IELTS 21 £420
 

Option 4: One-to-One Programme

This course is suitable for students who have sat the IELTS exam a number of times and still haven’t reached their target score.

The 1-1 classes focus on ways to study for the IELTS exam, focusing on just your own individual needs. The English Language included in these classes is there to help increase your IELTS level.

• 1-1 classes

• £40 per hour Fee

• These classes are only open to those who are living in the UK already.

 

Option 5: Tailor-Made English for Specific Purposes

This type of programme is useful for international professionals who are working in UK companies, but need to prepare for an important presentation or conference.

The ELT team have experience of Business and Technical English (in the automobile, aerospace, steel, oil and IT industries) and have also taught and prepared short courses in Medical English, Legal English, Aviation English and the tourism industry.

• Our teachers can makeindividual courses for groups.

• Our teachers can also provide 1-1 classes if asked by individuals or companies.

• 1-1 classes are £40 each.

• These sessions can be made to suit yourschedule, but remember that visa restrictions do apply.

In order to be sure the course is helpful, the teachers would like to talk with you before you start classes at Birmingham College to learn about what you need so we can prepare the programme.

Please be aware that we cannot tell you prices until we know your needs.

Please contact hl@bcol.co.uk to discuss your requirements.

 

Option 6: ELL Pre-Sessional and Academic Skills- Groups Only

  • This course is for students who have not received the IELTS bands they need for a degree or Masters course at a UK university.
  • It is also suitable for groups who would like to develop their academic study skills before starting a higher education course that is taught in English.
  • The course follows an academic programme which focuses on many skills and language areas.
  • The teachers will also focus on developing your critical thinking skills and learner independence.
  • The pre-sessional and academic skills classes last from 6 – 16 weeks depending on the students’ level of English.
  • If the student has not reached IELTS 5.5 (B1), the 16-week programme is recommended
 

Type of Student Type of Teacher Hours of Study Cost (1 week)
EU
& International
Pre-sessional & Academic Skill Programme 16 £320
EU
& International
Pre-sessional & Academic Skill Programme 21 £420

Please contact hl@bcol.co.uk to discuss your requirements.

Option7:General English Language Programme with IELTS – Female Only, Groups Only

  • This course option is only available for groups of 12 or more.
  • This course teaches speaking, listening, reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation skills.
  • We can include IELTS preparation classes and seminar and presentation skills from Pre-Intermediate level.
  • Students will give presentations, work on group projects and make posters.
 

Type of Student Type of Teacher Hours of Study Cost (1 week)
EU & International General English Programme 16 £290
EU & International General English with IELTS Programme 21 £380

Please contact hl@bcol.co.uk to discuss your requirements.

Option 8: IELTS Mock Exam

For those of you who have sat the IELTS exam a number of times but still haven’t achieved the target score, we advice you book this option.

  • The fee for the IELTS Mock Exam is£75.
  • Mock tests take around 4 hours – including consultation.
  • The mock will enable the teachers to asses your approximate level of IELTS. Please note that the tutor cannot give an exact IELTS band score but is able to highlight your strengths and weaknesses.
  • The full IELTS Mock includes feedback from an experienced IELTS tutor.

Please contact hl@bcol.co.uk or telephone the college to discuss your requirements.

 

Option 9: Placement Test

Everyone will take a Placement Test before starting classes so we can see your current level of English.

The CEFR levels range from:

  • Elementary
  • Pre-Intermediate
  • Intermediate
  • Upper-Intermediate
  • Advanced

The test results will help tutors to make an individual timetable that suits your needs. The fee for placement test is£45.

  • Mock tests take around 1.5 hours.
  • The test will see if you are ready for the IELTS examination and tell you your level of English.
 

Initial Assessment

All students must take an Initial Assessment before starting classes.

This assessment will test:

  • Grammar
  • Writing
  • Speaking/Listening

The test helps you and the teachers see your level, your strengths and weaknesses, and decide which class will be best for you.

At Birmingham College we like you to know:

  • WHAT you are studying
  • WHY you are studying it
  • HOW you can study effectively.

This helps to establish your study plans. After completing the Initial Assessment Test, you can have feedback. Students benefit greatly from the feedback sessions as they are able to identify their strengths and weaknesses and areas for improvement. This helps you set targets.

 

Progress Monitoring

  • There are regular progress checks through homework and review tests.
  • In class assessment includes weekly checks, individual and group presentations, discussion activities and project work.
  • All these show your progress and identify any difficulties that you may have.
  • You can also say how you feel about your progress when you have a tutorial or write your 'Learner Journal'.
 

The Portfolio Assessment

Students who stay three months or longer can work towards a Birmingham College English Language Certificate or Diploma by keeping a portfolio of writing, presentations, projects and other work.

 

Student Support

All students on full-time courses:

  • Have an Individual Learning Plan (ILP).
  • Keep a Learner Journal to mark their own progress.
  • Can have a 1-1 tutorial every two weeks.

We understand that you cannot study well if you are worried about bank accounts and accommodation or you are feeling homesick. The administration staff are friendly and supportive and are always willing to help with registrations, applications and other personal paperwork queries.

Please note that the College does not provide accommodation for students, however we can advise and assist you with making appointments and communicating with agents and landlords.

 

Students must be aged 18 or over to join any course at Birmingham College.

The shortest course we offer at Birmingham College starts at 2 weeks to make sure that you have enough time to develop and use your skills.

We do not accept absolute beginners. All students must have some English before they start the course – please contact the College if you would like to discuss this further: hl@bcol.co.uk

Award

Certificate of Attendance

After you complete your course, you will receive a Certificate of Attendance which will include:

  • Your Full Name.
  • Course Title.
  • Start and End Date.
  • CEFR level.
  • Individual Certificate Number.

You will also receive a Progress Report which outlines your performance and gives you advice

 

English Language Certificate / Diploma (specified hours)

Students who stay three months or longer can work towards a Birmingham College English Language Certificate or Diploma if they choose.

The diploma will be made up of writing, presentations, projects and other work from class

 

Learning Outcomes

At the end of your English Language course you will have a Certificate of Attendance with your CEFR level and a personal Progress Report. The report is to help you and teachers who work with you in the future.

The General English course aims to make you more confident and accurate in the way you use and understand English. To do this, activities in and outside classroom include:

  • Helping you to learn independently, without the help of a teacher.
  • Helping you use critical thinking skills to explain problems and solve problems
  • Developing your reading and listening comprehension skills
  • Developing your speaking skills
  • Developing your writing skills
  • Developing your knowledge and accuracy in grammar and vocabulary

The IELTS classes aim to show you and give you practice in:

  • Possible Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking questions and topics for the exam and how you can study for them.
  • The types of Task 1 and Task 2 Writing questions and how to meet the examination marking criteria for the IELTS bands you need
  • The skills you need for the Speaking Interview and how to meet the speaking marking criteria for the IELTS bands you need
  • The types of questions in the Reading test and the strategies and techniques that can help you
  • The types of questions in the Listening test and the strategies and techniques that can help you
 

Enrolment and Timetable

Registrations take place every Monday, and you can start classes on any Monday after you have completed your Initial Assessment. (See the Assessment, Monitoring and Support section for more details).

Registrations take place every Monday.

Class Sizes

The maximum class size is 15 students per class, although it is usual for classes to be smaller, with 6-7 students

This means that teachers can better focus on individual students’ needs and progress.

Birmingham College Term Dates for the Academic Year 2018-2019



Christmas Holiday 20/12/2017 – 07/01/2018
Good Friday 19/04/2019
Easter Monday 22/04/2019
Early May Bank Holiday 06/05/2019
Spring Bank Holiday 27/05/2019
Summer Bank Holiday 26/08/2019

Term 1 – Trip Oxford Exact date to be continued
Term 2 – Trip Warwick & Stratford –Upon – Avon Exact date to be continued
Term 3 – Trip Alton Towers Exact date to be continued

Please note additional Religious Holidays will be granted dependant on the day of the week they fall on.

Trips, Excursions and Outings

We want to provide you with cultural, educational and enjoyable experiences during your stay in the UK.

There is one free full-day trip each term, usually near the end of the term. This is included in your fees if you are on a full-time course with Birmingham College.

In the Spring and Summer terms, as part of the “News and Culture” class, teachers will take you to

places of local interest, such as museums, the Birmingham Back to Backs, SeaLife Centre, BBC

Possible full-day excursions include:

  • Cadbury World Chocolate Factory
  • Warwick Castle
  • Alton Towers Theme Park
  • Ironbridge and Blists Hill Victorian Town
  • Coventry Transport Museum
  • Black Country Living Museum
  • Drayton Manor Theme Park
  • Severn Valley Railway
  • Malvern Hills and British Camp
  • Stratford-Upon-Avon
  • Oxford and Bicester Village
  • Dudley Zoological Gardens

*Trip choice may change dependant on weather etc.

Course Fees

All course fees. Please see the table at the end of the Course Options section for weekly college fees.

Please click HERE to see a full breakdown of our fees.

Placement Test

The Placement Test is £40; this helps us to seeat what level you are as a learner before you start classes.

One-to-One

1-1 sessions are £40 per session.

Examinations

Most of the students at Birmingham College are working towards IELTS. Please note that each IELTS exam costs £250. HERE

To view future IELTS Examination dates click HERE Tel: +44 (0)161 957 7755

IELTS UKVI Testing in Birmingham is provided by the following organisations:

British Council Birmingham

South & City College Birmingham

Hall Green Campus

Cole Bank Rd

Birmingham B28 8ES

Email: UK_BirminghamGBS06@britishcouncil.org

 

    

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