Study English in the UK

While today there are many ways you can develop your English, online for example, the most effective method is undoubtedly immersing yourself for a period of study at a school or Language Centre.

The UK has the best choice of English Language courses anywhere in the world. Around 600,000 people travel to the UK every year to learn English. It's home to the English language and offers a fantastic choice of study locations ranging from traditional study locations on the south coast such as Bournemouth and Brighton to great cities in the north like Manchester and Liverpool.

With nearly 20 years' experience of helping students choose the most suitable course and school for them in the UK, we know how important it is to take into account the different factors which will help you get the most from your studies and time spent in the UK.

UK Study Destinations:

London

Language Centre, University of the Arts London

The Language Centre offers English and English Plus courses to students from all over the world. It also supports the international full-time students at the University.

As a student at the Language Centre you can experience university life, even if you are studying for just a few weeks.

In addition to General or Academic English, English for Exam Preparation, you can choose one of the unique English Plus programmes which combine General English classes at the Language Centre with practical art, fashion, design or communication courses at one of the six prestigious UAL colleges.

Some English PLUS courses are available throughout the year while during the Summer months of July and August, the greatest number of options are available.

English Plus year-round courses:

English Plus Art & Design (Year Round)

Combine between four and 24 weeks of General or Academic English with practical art and design lessons at Chelsea College of Arts.

Key Facts:
Hours per week: 15 hours of General or Academic English at the Language Centre plus Seven hours of Art & Design.
College: Chelsea College of Arts
Level of English required: Pre-intermediate or above.
Start Dates: 4 January, 1 February, 29 February, 29 March, 11 April, 9 May, 6 June, 4 July, 1 August, 30 August, 26 September, 24 October, 21 November

Course content
This option provides a general art and design mix suitable for portfolio preparation or general interest and enjoyment. You will be given an introduction to various art and design subjects.
The programme consists of practical work in the studio, group work and visits to museums and galleries in order to gather research work for your projects. The emphasis of the course is on creativity, learning to express ideas on paper and also making art in three dimensions.
If you are preparing a portfolio we recommend taking 24 weeks of English Plus Art & Design.

Course aims
Experience a variety of art and design topics taught through interesting projects.
Create or develop your art and design portfolio which can be used for further study.
Contact claudia@languagepartners.co.uk to book your place on one of the courses and arrange your accommodation, flight, insurance and transfer.

English Plus Communication (Year Round)


Combine between four and 24 weeks of General or Academic English with communication studies at London College of Communication.

Key Facts:
Hours per week: 15 hours of General or Academic English at the Language Centre plus Seven hours of communication studies.
College: London College of Communication
Level of English required: Pre-intermediate or above.
Start Dates: 4 January, 1 February, 29 February, 29 March, 11 April, 9 May, 6 June, 4 July, 1 August, 30 August, 26 September, 24 October, 21 November

Course content:
This option provides a mix of communication subjects suitable for portfolio preparation or general interest and enjoyment. You will be given an introduction to various areas including advertising, design, photography and filmmaking. The programme consists of practical work in the studio, group work and visits to museums and organisations.
You will use a range of techniques including computers but you will also have the chance to make images using other processes using papers, glue, collage and film processing. Learning to create work using your hands helps you to think about the possibilities of design and the skills learned can translate well to thinking about your digital work.

Contact claudia@languagepartners.co.uk to book your place on one of the courses and arrange your accommodation, flight, insurance and transfer.

English Plus Fashion (Year Round)


Combine between four and 24 weeks of General English or Academic English with practical fashion lessons at London College of Fashion.

Key Facts:
Hours per week: 15 hours of General or Academic English at the Language Centre plus Seven hours of fashion
College: London College of Fashion.
Level of English required: Pre-intermediate or above.
Start Dates: 4 January, 1 February, 29 February, 29 March, 11 April, 9 May, 6 June, 4 July, 1 August, 30 August, 26 September, 24 October, 21 November

Course content:
This course covers seven topics, giving you the opportunity to try a different aspect of fashion every four weeks. If you attend for the full 24 weeks you will have an overview of the industry and an idea of where you might excel if you are considering further study.
Most topics are design or business based, except for Simple Garment Making where you will be using industrial sewing machines. The tutors on this course all teach at London College of Fashion, and many of them are combining teaching with working in the fashion industry.

Contact claudia@languagepartners.co.uk to book your place on one of the courses and arrange your accommodation, flight, insurance and transfer.

 

Summer English Plus Courses:

English Plus Summer Courses in Art & Design

English Plus City Photography

Start dates: 4 July, 1 August
Duration: 4 weeks
College: London College of Communication
Level of English required: Pre-intermediate or above
Hours per week: 15 English, 7 Plus City Photography

Overview
This course will take you out and about all over London with your camera. You will be taught the history and context for street photography as well as technical tips and tricks.
By the end of the course you will know what makes some photos so exceptional.

The course will include:

  • candid images using hidden or unobtrusive cameras.
  • abstract images - images from the environment, its surfaces, textures and colours.
  • photo essays and portrait techniques, taking pictures of people to tell a story.
  • adjusting pictures in Photoshop such as retouching and creating a distinctive style.
  • editing and presenting images efficiently and effectively to present your work.

English Plus Architecture

Start dates: 4 July, 1 August
Duration: 4 weeks
College: Central Saint Martins
Level of English required: Intermediate or above
Hours per week: 15 English, 15 Plus Architecture

Overview:
London is a diverse city with a mixture of historical and modern architecture from every period and style. This course will start with a visual history of architecture in London, where you will explore and identify themes that shape the city's landscape from the past, present and future.
You will discuss form, function, process and materials and develop your own critical view of architecture. Following this introduction you will work on a range of practical design projects. By the end of the course you will have an understanding of architecture in a London context, and a range of completed and part-completed projects to begin a portfolio.

This course will include:

  • Architecture: form, function, process and materials.
  • How to develop your own critical view of architecture.
  • Drawing architecture.
  • Model-making and presentation techniques.

English Plus Interior Design: Advanced

Start dates: 1 August
Duration: 4 weeks
College: Chelsea College of Arts
Level of English required: Pre-intermediate or above
Hours per week: 15 English, 7 Plus Interior Design

Overview:
This advanced course is ideal for you if you have previous experience of studying interior design or architecture or are working as an interior design professional.

The course will include:

  • Off-site visits and lectures.
  • Exploration of the British design process.
  • An independent Project.
  • Presentation to the class.
  • Discussions to share experiences and ideas.

English Plus Digital Photography

Start dates: 4 July
Duration: 4 weeks
College: Wimbledon College of Arts
Level of English required: Pre-intermediate or above
Hours per week: 15 English, 7 Plus Digital Photography

Overview:
This course will introduce digital cameras and the digital workflow, giving you the chance to learn some basics about image capture through to correction and final output.
The programme will consist of a combination of theoretical lectures and practical workshops, group discussions plus visits to outside locations in London for photo shoots.

The course will include:

  • Use and control of a digital camera.
  • Pixels, resolution and file formats.
  • Effective image composition.
  • Introduction to the different genres of photography, e.g. reportage and documentary, portraiture, urban landscape.
  • Getting started in Photoshop.

English Plus Interior Design: Introduction

Start dates: 4 July, 1 August
Duration: 4 weeks
College: Chelsea College of Arts
Level of English required: Pre-intermediate or above
Hours per week: 15 English, 7 Plus Interior Design

Overview:
This project-based course is an ideal introduction to interior design. You will learn the processes behind successful interior design while based in the studios of Chelsea College of Arts.

This course will include:

  • How to take a brief from a client.
  • Learning basic drawing skills; measuring, scale, plans and sections.
  • Raising awareness of essential methods, procedures and techniques.
  • Essential vocabulary of the industry.
  • Studying form and space by producing a scale model of your design.
  • Practical exercises and studio talks.

English Plus Product Design

Start dates: 4 July
Duration: 4 weeks
College: Chelsea College of Arts
Level of English required: Intermediate or above
Hours per week: 15 English, 7 Plus Product Design

Overview:
This product design course will teach you how to develop ideas for a new product, based on research and an understanding of the form and function of materials. The course will guide you through the design process from initial brief to an idea for a finished product.

The course will include:

  • Introduction to product design.
  • Ideas generation.
  • Creativity through playing with materials.
  • Three dimensional sketch model making as part of design development.
  • Problem solving.
  • Presentation drawing.
  • Design sheets.

English Plus Summer Courses in Communication

English Plus Film-Making

Start dates: 4 July
Duration: 4 weeks
College: Wimbledon College of Arts
Level of English required: Pre-intermediate or above
Hours per week: 15 English, 7 Plus Film-making

Overview:
You will explore animation and make a series of short experimental videos, shooting video with a range of equipment such as smart phones, Flip cameras, digital cameras and HD cameras.
You will be shown how to edit and enhance videos using Apple Mac computers with Adobe Premiere Pro. There will also be an opportunity to look at the work of contemporary artists and directors who use an experimental approach to video making.

This course will include:

  • Basic stop frame animation methods using still cameras.
  • Develop ideas for a simple animation sequence.
  • Develop editing skills using Adobe Premiere Pro.
  • Learn how to add audio.
  • Transfer files to DVD using Adobe Encore Pro.

English Plus Marketing & Communication

Start dates: 4 July, 1 August, 30 August
Duration: 4 weeks
College: Chelsea College of Arts
Level of English required: Intermediate or above
Hours per week: 15 English, 7 Plus Marketing and Communication

Overview:
This course will give you an introduction to the UK's approach to marketing, advertising and public relations through an accessible series of talks, fun group discussions and exciting guided visits to places of interest.

This course will include:

  • Essential marketing and communication principles and how they are employed within a business environment.
  • The history of advertising practice in the UK.
  • The UK advertising industry today: agencies, organisations and clients.
  • How to create a print advertisement and storyboard.
  • A visit to a central London advertising or marketing agency.
  • An introduction to public relations practice and the media in the UK.
  • How to write a press release.

English Plus Summer Courses in Fashion

English Plus Cool Hunting

Start dates: 4 July, 1 August
Duration: 4 weeks
College: Central Saint Martins
Level of English required: Intermediate or above
Hours per week: 15 English, 9 Plus Cool Hunting

Overview:
Cool Hunting is about understanding and predicting future fashion styles. It is becoming a crucial process for creative companies, helping them stay relevant and able to forecast emerging trends.
On this course you will learn about London's role in influencing worldwide trends and why it is considered to be the fashion capital of the world. You will also discover where Cool Hunters seek out new and underground styles, guided by a CSM tutor in the know, who will also give presentations and lead on group discussions.

The course will include:

  • Fashion cycles
  • The British fashion industry
  • An introduction to new fashion designers from London
  • Trend forecasting
  • Emerging trends.

English Plus Fashion Business

Start dates: 4 July
Duration: 4 weeks
College: London College of Fashion
Level of English required: Intermediate or above
Hours per week: 15 English, 7 Plus Fashion Business

Overview:
This course provides an overview of the fashion industry from a British and European perspective. You will explore the structure of the industry and introduce the various business activities and opportunities that the fashion industry has to offer.

The course will include:
Fashion design and development.
Different types of retailers.
Buying and manufacturing methods.
Marketing and PR.
Career and business opportunities available in the industry.

English Plus Fashion: Buying and Merchandising

Start dates: 4 July
Duration: 4 weeks
College: London College of Fashion
Level of English required: Intermediate or above
Hours per week: 15 English, 7 Plus Buying and Merchandising

Overview:
Buying and merchandising are essential roles within the retail industry. The buyer is responsible for choosing, developing, sampling and creating the product, and the merchandiser is responsible for the delivery, allocation and sales performance of the product. These roles will be explored and the potential career opportunities discussed.

The course will include:

  • Industry structure.
  • Market research.
  • Customer identification.
  • Product selection and mix.
  • The roles of the merchandiser and the buyer.
  • The buying calendar.
  • Stock management.
  • Purchasing budgets.
  • Profit margins.
  • Range planning.
  • Sourcing and product development.
  • Pricing.

English Plus Fashion Design (LCF)

Start dates: 4 July, 30 August
Duration: 4 weeks
College: London College of Fashion
Level of English required: Pre-intermediate or above
Hours per week: 15 English, 7 Plus Fashion Design

Overview:
This course will help you to develop your fashion design ideas, through the use of research and the creative process. Your finished designs will show a good understanding of the fashion industry and current designers in the UK.
You will develop a fashion vocabulary through analysing collections, build confidence when researching new ideas through short projects and be able to present your designs.

The course will include:

  • Presenting design ideas through the use of different media.
  • Analysing figures and proportions.
  • Research.
  • Drawing/Illustration skills.
  • Visit to a major fashion exhibition or gallery, such as the Victoria & Albert Museum or Design Museum.
  • Presentation skills.

English Plus Fashion Styling

Start dates: 1 August
Duration: 4 weeks
College: London College of Fashion
Level of English required: Intermediate or above
Hours per week: 15 English, 7 Plus Fashion Styling

Overview:
This course will provide you with an insight into the working life of the fashion stylist and offers the opportunity to work towards the creation of a styled image. You will interpret current fashion trends and current designer collections to create your own styled image.
You will learn how and where to find inspiration, before interpreting a style brief and spending your last day mocking up a studio shoot.

The course will include:

  • The role of the stylist.
  • Style tribes and trends.
  • Designer collections.
  • Magazine styling.
  • Fashion PR.

English Plus Fashion: Visual Merchandising

Start dates: 1 August
Duration: 4 weeks
College: London College of Fashion
Level of English required: Intermediate or above
Hours per week: 15 English, 7 Plus Visual Merchandising

Overview:
This course will introduce you to all the different display techniques and theories that are used in retail today. Visual merchandising is about displaying products in the best way to increase sales in a store environment.
Exercises and lectures will help you to understand the importance of visual merchandising to create exciting displays, improve sales and build brands.

The course will include:

  • Brand communication.
  • The role of the visual merchandiser.
  • Store layout.
  • Display and presentation techniques.
  • Merchandising techniques.
  • Developing concepts.
  • Window displays.

 

Malvern House London

Language Partners has worked for a number of years with Malvern House School London. The school offers students the chance to study in a central London location and choose from a very good range of programs at accessible prices.

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