English Language Courses

At City and Islington College (CANDI) in central London, you can study English language courses that will help you to improve your English and develop your language skills to progress further.

These courses are for non-native English speakers who want to improve their English language skills. The courses are offered at Beginners, Elementary/Pre-intermediate, Intermediate and Upper Intermediate.

Each level is carefully structured to help you:

  • Improve your reading, writing, speaking & listening skills
  • Develop your confidence to communicate in English in different situations (e.g. work, study, life in London)

Our teachers are very experienced and they use the most up-to-date materials and a variety of approaches to make sure that your classes are interesting, motivating and effective. Classes include group, pair and project work as well as computer-based activities. Each centre also has a fully equipped Learning Resource Centre, which you are encouraged to use.

Class Size

You will learn with students from different nationalities who have the same level of English. At CANDI, our maximum class size is 24, but the average number of students is 18 and some classes are smaller.

Number of hours per week

Full-time English classes run up to 16 hours per week at our Regents Park Centre, in the heart of London. Part-time courses are also available. As we agree a timetable to suit your needs, you will usually have more than one teacher.


You will be assessed through regular homework during the course, as well as taking an end of course test. We are also able to offer an accredited ESOL Examination* (English Speaking Board or Trinity) in December, March/April and July, if required.

Entry requirements

You must be aged 18 years or older to take this course. When you arrive at the college, you will need to complete a short test so that we can assess your level of English to ensure that you join a class that is right for you. For students applying from abroad or outside London this test can be taken online by arrangement.

General English for International Students

We offer General English for International Students in both full-time and part-time options at our Regents Park Centre.

Start Dates
22/23 Academic Year: 20 February 2023, 17 April 2023

23/24 Academic Year: 4 September 2023, 30 October 2023, 3 January 2024, 19 February 2024

16 hours per week (minimum 4 weeks) – £170 per week
8 hours per week (minimum 4 weeks) – £95 per week

Tailor-Made Courses

We provide specialist English language and training programmes for groups throughout the year. The college is able to design and deliver bespoke courses to meet your specific requirements.

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