Learn English in Birmingham

Matt Connelly

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March 27, 2019

Come to Birmingham and learn English. Unlike London and Manchester that are awash with English language schools, Birmingham has just a select few. In this article we look at the leading British Council accredited English Language Schools in Birmingham and the courses they offer students coming to live, study and work in the city.

Edskills Language School

A little gem of a school located in the city’s creative quarter, Digbeth. Edskills is a friendly, independent school with a family atmosphere. It has some of the smallest class sizes in Birmingham with an average of 8 students per class. Students come from all over the world to Edskills and there's a good mix of nationalities creating a relaxed, engaging and dynamic language learning environment.

Edskills Language School located in Digbeth Business Court

There are General English courses that run in the mornings and afternoons plus a 15-hour IELTS preparation programme that is becoming increasingly popular with students aiming to enter Higher Education in the UK. There are experienced staff on hand who will guide and support students through the University application process too.

Happy students at Edskills Language School

The school also caters for 16 and 17 year old students especially during the summer months and attracts groups of students who require tailor-made courses along with activities and excursions that suit their needs.

South and City College Birmingham

SCCB is one of the largest Further Education colleges in the UK and comprises a range of campuses across the city. English language courses are delivered at the Digbeth Campus, just down the road from Edskills and a little closer to the city centre.

General English courses are a mainstay at South and City but the college also offer a pre-sessional course which is a kind of IELTS alternative for those students who want to improve their English language and study skills in order to get onto a degree programme. Once the course is completed there are pathways to higher education with some of the college’s partner Universities.

Students visiting Blenheim Palace, summer 2018

South and City College combine English language courses with other subjects such as Tourism, Music, Media and Business Studies. Tailor-made short courses with organised activities and excursions can be arranged too. Each year groups of international students and their teachers travel to Birmingham and enjoy English language studies combined with their chosen vocational subjects and visit places of interest whilst staying with a British family. They get the chance to experience British culture first-hand and practice and improve their English language skills.

Both British Council accredited schools work in partnership with Warm Welcome to provide English Language courses, homestay living accommodation, social activities and education/leisure trips.

Matt Connelly

Sales Director of Warm Welcome Homestays - passionate about Birmingham and a long track record of working with students.

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