General & Intensive English Course

Homestay & Residential

16+ • From £235.00

Small school, very good general atmosphere, small classes, very good teachers

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Our English and IELTS students

Key Information

Age: 16+
Class size: Maximum 12
Classes: Classes start every Monday.
Transfers: Airport transfers available at extra cost
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General & Intensive English Courses in Cambridge

Study and learn General English in Cambridge

Your progress matters to us and it is because of this that we have small class sizes on all of our courses, including year-round General English. Teachers also conduct tutorials with students to assess their progress and give tips and help on how they may improve. Our general English courses are based at our main school in Cambridge just 10 minutes’ walk from the city centre.

Classes start every Monday and run all year. The maximum class size is 12

Course Details:

  • Content: all levels have an ongoing twelve-week syllabus and progress is monitored throughout the course with weekly progress tests and tutorials.
  • Levels: we have Elementary to Advanced levels from September to June. Each student undergoes a level test on the morning of their first day – writing and speaking components – before joining their class.
  • Teachers: we have a dynamic and enthusiastic core teaching team who all hold recognised teaching qualifications and have years of experience in teaching English courses across the world as well as here in Cambridge. They know what it takes to improve and pass international exams, and will be with you every step of the way during the course.
  • Objectives: you will learn how English is used in real-life, focussing on the use of the four key skills (speaking, listening, writing and reading). In addition to modern textbooks and resources, teachers regularly use a mix of media and sources for stimulating classroom use.
  • Atmosphere: we encourage you to actively participate in lessons. Our classes have a relaxed and supportive yet hard-working atmosphere and we aim to make your course with us fun, enjoyable and productive.

To view the accommodation options available with this course, click the below links:

Homestay Accommodation

Residential Accommodation (age 18+) – Year-round

Residential Accommodation (age 18+) – Summer



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Teaching & Lessons

  • Small groups
  • Subject specific courses
  • Exam preparation
  • End of course report and certificate stating skills learnt

 Key Info

  • You’ll be taught in a small group. We have a maximum of 12 students in a class; the average class size is 7 – 8
  • You will meet students from all over the world and have the chance to socialize with them on the activities programme
  • You will be taught by professional English language teachers
  • Classes are learner-centred and communicative
  • You will work in pairs and small groups and use English throughout the lesson
  • Classes are fun and enjoyable
  • You will increase your confidence in using English
  • You will develop your fluency and accuracy

General & Intensive English Lessons

  • You will expand your range of vocabulary
  • You will practise and develop your knowledge of English grammar
  • You will improve your pronunciation of English
  • You will use a course book, which you can borrow from the school.
  • You will have two different teachers so you can experience a range of accents and teaching styles
  • Your Progress
  • You will be given a written test, grammar and vocabulary test and short interview on your first day so we can accurately assess your level and place you in the right class
  • You will discuss your goals for the course with the Director of Studies and be given advice on how fast you can expect to progress
  • You will be given weekly progress tests so you can see how much you have learned each week
  • You will have a one to one meeting with your teacher once a fortnight to discuss your progress and set short-term goals
  • There is an end-of-level test every 12 weeks; if you are progressing quickly, you have the chance to take the test earlier and move up to the next level
  • You will be given a report on your progress and certificate at the end of the course

Care of Under 18s


  • Students are given safety advice as part of their pre-arrival information and first day induction. This can be downloaded from our website


  • This course is for students aged 16 and over. Students aged 16 and 17 will be in classes and share communal areas with students over 18
  • Activities are offered on this course but are not compulsory. You must sign up if you wish to take part in an activity. Students aged 16 and 17 will be offered the same activities as students who are over 18.
  • Staff/student ratios on activities and trips will generally be 1:20. However, ratios will be determined by the risk assessment carried out for each activity
  • The Director of Studies will visit each classroom after the start of the first lesson each day to check attendance. Student under 18 who are not present in class will be contacted by phone in order to explain their absence


  • The accommodation offered with this course is homestay. In most cases we aim to keep students under 18 separate from over 18s in homestays. However, we realise that there will be cases where friends of different ages may travel together and wish to be accommodated together. In such cases, a request must be made in writing by the agent or parents of the students concerned.


  • 15-16 years old – 2230 hours
  • 17 years old 2300 hours
  • 18 years old + 2330 hours / 18 and over may have extensions up to 01.00 hours on Friday and Saturday nights and one other evening during the week (as long as it does not affect lessons the next day). Students must let their homestay host know by 7pm prior to leaving the house

A Day at Select:

09:00 – 09:45 Lesson 1 │ General English
09:45 – 10:30 Lesson 2 │ General English
10:30 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 11:30 Lesson 3 │ General English
11:30 – 12:15 Lesson 4 │ General English
12:15 – 13:15 Lunch Break
13:15 – 14:00 Lesson 5 │ IELTS Preparation (No lesson on Fridays)
14:00 – 14:45 Lesson 6 │ IELTS Preparation (No lesson on Fridays)
14:45 – 15:00 Break
15:00 – 15:45 Lesson 7 │ IELTS Preparation (No lesson on Fridays)
During the summer school, it’s possible to take the 21 hour course without IELTS (i.e. General English lessons all day). The 24 hour course always includes IELTS. On some occasions students aged under 16 who are studying on Pre-A Level courses with our sister school St Andrew’s College, or pre-sessional English courses to prepare for a course with St Andrew's, may be placed in the English classes. You can view the courses available at St Andrew's College here.  

Social Programme

We offer a variety of leisure activities for our students. There may be an extra cost for these which is usually £5-10 per activity.


Join our sports coach for weekly basketball sessions. We play matches against other schools in Cambridge. (Only available during the academic year)


The school has a football team that competes in the Cambridge University League. All students are welcome to join the weekly training sessions and to try out for the team. (Only available during the academic year).


Join one of the excursions each weekend to cities all over the UK, with local company Travelsights (extra costs apply).

Social Activities

We offer optional social activities every week. These could be a visit to a museum, the famous tea rooms at Grantchester or punting on the river. During the summer school (late June to mid-August) we offer 1-2 activities every weekday. During the academic year, we offer 2-3 activities per week.
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Prices Monday 6th  January -  Friday 20th December 2020

Prices apply per week
2-4 weeks 5-8 weeks 9-15 weeks 16-29 weeks 30+ weeks
20 Lessons (15 Hours) £235 £230 £220 £210 £200
28 Lessons (21 Hours) £325 £310 £295 £280 £260
32 Lessons (24 Hours) £340 £325 £310 £300 £285
There is a £40 supplement on tuition fees from 28th June - 22nd August 2020  

Cambridge Accommodation Fees 2020

Homestay single room, half-board £185 per week
Homestay Single Room Summer (28th June - 22nd August) £220 per week
Residential single room en-suite (room only) £265 per week (only available in summer )


We can arrange a private taxi transfer for you at extra cost. Please contact us on to organise it. Prices for a one way transfer are below
Heathrow £150
Gatwick £165
Stansted £95
Luton £105
If you are over 18 years old and you would like to make your own way to Cambridge, you can do so either by train or by coach.

Taking the coach to Cambridge

You can take a coach direct from the airport to the centre of Cambridge. The coach company is called National Express and you can book tickets online here Once you arrive in Cambridge, you will need to take a taxi to your accommodation. There is a taxi rank next to the coach station or you can call a taxi on 0044 (0) 1223 715715. The company is called Panther. You can expect the journey to cost around £10 depending on the location of your accommodation.

Taking a train to Cambridge

There are trains available from Stansted, Heathrow, Gatwick, City, and Luton airports. All trains go via London King's Cross train station and will involve a journey on the London Underground. We would not recommend travelling by train from Luton as the journey time is significantly longer than the National Express coach option. You can buy tickets here Once you arrive in Cambridge, you will need to take a taxi to your accommodation. There is a taxi rank outside the train station or you can call a taxi on 0044 (0) 1223 715715. The company is called Panther. You can expect the journey to cost around £10 depending on the location of your accommodation.