English courses in Manchester

Known as the birthplace of the industrial revolution, Manchester is one of the most dynamic and cosmopolitan cities in the UK. It welcomes you with its cultural, musical and sporting traditions and its many events. Its charm is expressed through its fascinating history, interactive attractions, magnificent architecture and, above all, the spirit of its people.

Our EC partner school is located right in the centre of Manchester, a stone’s throw from Manchester Piccadilly train station, the shops and all the city’s cultural attractions and just 10 minutes by train from the prestigious Old Trafford.

Accreditations: British Council, Private Further Education

The school offers :

  • 15 classrooms
  • Interactive whiteboards
  • 1 computer room with 17 computers
  • Free Wi-Fi connection
  • A well-stocked library
  • A relaxation area
  • A study room

VIP service – The Orange Carpet Experience

EC rolls out the orange carpet to welcome you

  • Even before your arrival: a connection to the EC-Online platform to prepare all aspects of your stay
  • A warm welcome on arrival at the airport or station
  • A warm welcome at your residence (an EC manager on site) or with your host family
  • A welcome activity on Sunday to start getting to know the other students
  • On the 1st day of the course: a VIP reception at the school
  • Introduction of all team members and welcome drink

You’re now ready to learn!

English course: general information

  • Length of lesson: 45 minutes
  • Number of students per class: maximum 15 (average 12)
  • Timetable: lessons take place in the morning and/or afternoon, every other day
  • Placement test: on the first day of the course
  • Certificate of attendance at the end of the course
  • Free access to the EC-Online platform up to 12 weeks after the end of the course
  • Regular progress assessment (oral test every week, written test every 6 weeks)
  • Teachers are qualified to teach their mother tongue to foreigners

20 lessons of general English per week

4 lessons per day during which you will improve the 4 fundamental skills of written and oral expression, listening comprehension and reading. You will also develop your ability to use practical English in everyday life. Teachers use dynamic interaction techniques such as role play and group work to maximise participation and confidence in English.

Levels offered: beginner to advanced

30 lessons of general English per week

The ideal programme for rapid progress. The course includes thestandard General English module of 20 lessons per week and 10 lessons of a module to choose from, such as

  • Writing
  • Media Studies
  • Language of music
  • Film analysis
  • Debates on globalisation
  • Comparative study of cultural differences and communication
  • Contemporary writing
  • Academic English (note-taking, essay writing, presentations, etc.)
  • Oral expression, etc.

Levels offered: beginner to advanced

IELTS: 20 lessons per week
Session length: 4 or 8 weeks If you want to go to an English-speaking university, an IELTS preparation course is the first step towards success. Teachers meet each student individually to assess their level and objectives. Tests and mock exams help you to familiarise yourself andacquire the specific techniques needed to succeed.

Minimum level required: intermediate

The school has developed teaching methods based on the practice of English used and spoken in everyday situations. The four skills of speaking, writing, reading and listening are covered, and particular attention is paid to conversation, grammar, vocabulary, idiomatic forms and pronunciation.

The aim is to teach you the English language of today so that you can communicate and be understood by everyone at the end of your language course. Each lesson is based on a specific theme or subject.

The teaching resources used are specially designed by EC, supplemented by other materials such as press reviews, videos or other audio documents.

The teachers provide advice and encouragement throughout the stay, while ensuring that learning goes hand in hand with good humour. It is important to establish a pleasant atmosphere and mutual trust in the classroom. As practising the language is the best way to make progress, you will be asked to do a lot during the lessons.

Every week, the school organises cultural activities in the afternoons and evenings, in which you are free to participate or not. These activities may be free or at cost and their frequency varies according to the time of year. The schedule is available on the EC-Online platform.

Example of possible activities:

  • Welcome drink
  • Outings to the pub
  • Cinema
  • Football evenings
  • Bowling
  • Excursions

Single room, shared bathroom and breakfast.

Journey time to school: between 25 and 45 minutes by public transport

Practical information :

  • Bed linen provided
  • Possibility of doing your own washing (the family usually provides a washing machine once a week or tells you which day to do your laundry)

Options at extra cost:

  • Private bathroom
  • Half board

Features :

  • Single room
  • Private bathroom
  • No meals included
  • Journey time to school: 25 minutes on foot
  • Location: close to the city centre, 10 minutes by bus
  • Deposit of £250 to be paid on arrival, refundable by the school at the end of your stay if no damage is found

Facilities / Services available :

  • Bed linen and towels provided on arrival
  • Free WI-FI connection
  • Fully equipped communal kitchen
  • Large communal relaxation area
  • Lift
  • Car park
  • Laundry (chargeable)
  • The communal areas are cleaned once a week. The rest of the time, students are responsible for keeping the common areas and kitchen clean. Students are responsible for cleaning their own rooms.

Features :

  • Individual studio
  • Private bathroom
  • No meals included
  • Journey time to school: 15 minutes on foot
  • Location: close to the centre, in the heart of a student district
  • Deposit to be paid on site, refundable by the school at the end of your stay if no damage is found: credit card to be provided on site

Facilities / Services available :

  • Bed linen and towels provided on arrival
  • Free WI-FI connection
  • Fully equipped communal kitchen
  • Large communal relaxation area
  • Air conditioning
  • Lift
  • Sports hall
  • Cinema room
  • Study room
  • 24/7 security
  • Laundry (at an additional cost)
  • The common areas are cleaned once a week and the bedrooms once every 2 weeks. At other times, students are responsible for keeping the common areas and kitchen clean.


Day of arrival: Saturday (from 3pm for Lambert and Faifiled House)

Day of departure: Saturday (before 10am for Lambert and Faifiled House)


  • Arrival station: Piccadilly Train Station
  • Airport of arrival: Manchester, London (Heathrow and Gatwick)

Transfer available on request (chargeable, see price table)

Note: do not book your ticket until we have confirmed your stay.

Visa information

Autorisation de sortie de territoire pour les mineurs

The authorization to leave the country is mandatory for unaccompanied minors by a person holding parental authority. It must be presented by minors at the borders along with their identification documents (passport or identity card) and a photocopy of one of their parent’s identity card.

Belgian underage travelers

When a minor child travels abroad alone or with someone other than their parents, it is necessary to obtain a “parental authorization” confirming the parents’ consent for the specific trip.

This document can be obtained from your municipality.

French underage travelers

The authorization for a minor to leave the country (AST) unaccompanied by a person holding parental authority has been reinstated since January 15, 2017. AST forms are available on the Service Public website.

More information: Service public.

The unaccompanied minor must therefore present the following three documents:

  • Minor’s identification document: ID card or passport
  • AST signed by one of the parents holding parental authority
  • Photocopy of the identity document of the signing parent

Starting from late 2024

(date not confirmed by the United Kingdom at this time)

An AVE is an Electronic Travel Authorization that allows travel to the United Kingdom and applies to travelers who do not require a visa for short stays.

An AVE costs £10 per applicant and is valid for two years, as long as the associated passport is still valid. A new passport will require a new AVE application.

AVEs can be used for multiple visits to the UK by using ePassport gates or by a Border Force officer, although they do not guarantee entry into the country.

Applicants can easily complete an AVE application on the UK ETA app or online on the government’s official website. Confirmation of the AVE is received within 3 business days.

Travelers whose application has been approved will receive confirmation via email, and the AVE will be electronically linked to the passport used for the application, which will also be required for travel.

Conditions d’entrée pour un séjour inférieur à 6 mois

Jusqu’à fin 2024

(date non confirmée par le Royaume-Uni à ce jour)

Les citoyens de l’Union européenne peuvent voyager sans visa au Royaume-Uni si leur séjour n’excède pas 6 mois. Ils doivent se munir de leur passeport valide pour la durée du séjour.

À partir de fin 2024

(date non confirmée par le Royaume-Uni à ce jour)

Une AVE est une autorisation de voyage électronique qui permet de voyager au Royaume-Uni et qui s’applique aux voyageurs qui n’ont pas besoin de visa pour les séjours de courte durée et qui n’ont pas d’autre statut d’immigrant au Royaume-Uni avant leur voyage.

Liées électroniquement aux passeports des demandeurs, les AVE sont obligatoires pour :

  • se rendre au Royaume-Uni pour une durée maximale de 6 mois à des fins touristiques, pour rendre visite à ses proches, pour raison professionnelle ou pour les études ;
  • se rendre au Royaume-Uni pour une durée maximale de 3 mois dans le cadre du visa créatif ;
  • transiter par le Royaume-Uni, y compris sans passer par les contrôles frontaliers britanniques.

En résumé

  • Une AVE coûte 10 livres sterling par demandeur
  • Les AVE reste valable pendant deux ans, tant que le passeport associé est encore valide
  • Les AVE peuvent être utilisées pour effectuer plusieurs visites au Royaume-Uni
  • Les AVE ne garantissent pas l’entrée sur le territoire
  • Les demandeurs peuvent facilement remplir une demande d’AVE sur l’application UK ETA ou en ligne sur le site officiel du gouvernement
  • La confirmation de l’AVE est reçue sous 3 jours ouvrables par courrier électronique
  • Le passeport reste requis pour voyager

Conditions d’entrée pour un séjour supérieur à 6 mois

Tous les séjours de plus de 6 mois nécessitent l’obtention d’un visa. Les conditions d’obtention varient selon que vous effectuez un programme scolaire en école secondaire (“College”) ou un séjour linguistique en école de langue.

Conditions d’obtention du visa (tous programmes) :

  • Fournir une Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS), transmise par notre école partenaire
  • Être en mesure de prouver que vous aurez suffisamment de fonds pour couvrir vos dépenses pendant votre séjour au Royaume-Uni


Pour les étudiants effectuant un programme scolaire en college :

  • Avoir le niveau d’anglais B1 minimum requis. Un test officiel sera nécessaire pour en attester
  • Si vous êtes mineur : avoir le consentement de votre parent ou tuteur légal pour étudier au Royaume-Uni. Une autorisation de sortie de territoire officielle vous sera demandée.
  • Coût approximatif du visa Etudes (sujet à modification) : 348£

Pour les étudiants âgés de plus de 16 ans effectuant un séjour linguistique en école de langue :

  • Si vous êtes mineur : avoir le consentement de votre parent ou tuteur légal pour étudier au Royaume-Uni. Une autorisation de sortie de territoire officielle vous sera demandée.
  • Coût approximatif du visa Séjour linguistique en école de langue (sujet à modification) : 186 £

Plus d’information : veuillez consulter les liens suivants



Veuillez consulter le site officiel du gouvernement britannique et sélectionner votre nationalité.

Dates 2023

Start dates : The majority of courses start on Mondays throughout the year, unless otherwise stated below. If the Monday is a public holiday, the course starts on the Tuesday.

Public holidays (no lessons will be given on these dates, nor made up later; no compensation will be given): 02/01, 07/04, 10/04, 01/05, 29/05, 28/08, 25/12, 26/12

IELTS: Please contact us

Prices 2023

All taxes and registration fees included

WPCS 42.0.3
Cours & logement chez l'habitant, chambre individuelle, sans repas
Durée20 leçons30 leçons
1 semaine 760 880
2 semaines 1.380 1.615
3 semaines 1.910 2.370
4 semaines 2.505 3.120
6 semaines 3.705 4.625
8 semaines 4.285 6.055
12 semaines 7.185 7.925
16 semaines 9.545 10.525
18 semaines 10.725 11.830
20 semaines 11.905 13.130
24 semaines 12.640 14.850
32 semaines 16.815 19.765
36 semaines 18.905 22.220
Semaine suppl. 530 620
Supplément Haute saison cours (12/06 - 08/09) (par semaine)
De 1 à 12 semaine(s) uniquement 25
Suppléments logement - Par semaine
Petit déjeuner chez l'habitant 25
Demi-pension chez l'habitant 55
Salle de brain privative chez l'habitant 85
Standard Riverside House Residence 125
Superior Vita Residence 195
Famille pour mineur 25
Régime spécial 55
Suppléments Haute saison logement (10/06 - 09/09) (par semaine)
Logement chez l'habitant 10
Logement en résidence 25
Transferts - Par trajet
Manchester Piccadilly 85
Manchester Airport 135
Heathrow 665
Gatwick 775

The above prices include:

  • The chosen course programme
  • Accommodation with a host family, including breakfast
  • Single room, shared bathroom
  • Teaching materials
  • Welcome activity
  • Access to the school’s e-learning site up to 12 weeks after the end of the course
  • All school taxes and administrative costs

Not included:

  • Travel and transfers
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Local transport
  • Deposit, if applicable (to be paid on site)
  • Exam fees, if applicable (IELTS)
  • Optional insurance

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