General information on courses

Courses at Oxford School of English are of the highest quality, but are offered at some of the lowest prices in England for the same level of academic content. Our school is accredited by the British Council. Our minimum age is 16.
General information on courses

Course terms

Students can join the school any Monday and can study for any period, from one week to one year or more. There are four terms in one year, with three terms timed to end with the Cambridge examinations. Students wishing to take a Cambridge examination can join one of our Cambridge Exam Preparation courses, which run between September and June every year (please ask at Reception or contact us for exact dates). We also run courses to prepare students for the IELTS and TOEFL tests and have Business English courses too.


Each level uses a different coursebook as a basis for the course, though these are supplemented by the teachers according to the collective and individual needs of the students. All students are required to have the correct coursebook for their classes: the first coursebook is provided for free as part of the registration process; all subsequent coursebooks must be bought (all our books, as well as a range of supplementary books, are available from the school).

General information on courses

Video and CD-ROM

Our teachers use a range of learning tools and materials in lessons, including video and DVD and the internet. Videos can help students understand English in environments outside the school. Most coursebooks include a CD-ROM for extra practice, and teachers often use computers as part of the lessons.


All our teachers are experienced professionals, highly valued by students and the school. They are friendly, helpful and genuinely interested in our students and their progress.

All our teachers hold a recognised teaching qualification - generally the Cambridge CELTA or Trinity Cert TESOL - and many of them hold additional qualifications, including the Cambridge DELTA, Trinity Dip TESOL and MSc Applied Linguistics.

Students are given the chance to hold regular meetings with their teachers and other members of the academic team to discuss their progress in English and to ask any questions they may have about the school and their learning.


There is a maximum of 15 students per class. Usually there are around 10 students per class, but in some cases it can be as low as five or six.

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  • Thanks for your request. We'll contact you as soon as possible via email.

    from Oxford, UK
  • Guest - Irene and Jesus

    Dear Sir or Madam,

    We are interested in taking a CAE exam preparation course for two weeks (specifically from July 25th to Aug 5th) and
    we would like to know some information in detail:

    1º Price for those two weeks
    2º Timetables
    3º Extra payments for the course books or so???

    Thanks in advance.

    Kind regards

    Irene and Jesus.

  • Guest - Cristina

    I'd like to join to your school. How much is the lessons? How many lessons per week are there?
    Thank you

    from Headington, Oxford, Oxford, UK
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  • Guest - Virginia

    I am planning to go to Oxford in spring in order to take the CPE in June. I would like to ask you if you offer programmes of exam preparation and working experience.
    Best regards,

    from Vitoria-Gasteiz, Álava, Spain
  • Hello,

    I would like to enroll general English course for 24 weeks. Please send me procedure for enrollment.

    Thank you,

  • Guest - Marina

    To whom it may concern:

    My name is Marina Tiribelli. I am 25 years old and I have an American passport but I live in Argentina.
    I have studied English my whole life. The last complete course I did was the CAE, but I never actually made the exam.
    I will be in the UK from the first days of June 2016. I will stay at least 3 months, maybe more.
    I understand I can stay there for up to 6 month without a visa, just as a tourist and that allows me as well to study English if I want, if Im not mistaken.
    It wouldn't need to be in any specify city. If you have any several branches it would be good as well and it the prices change from cities, I would like to know.

    I would like to know the following:

    1- Which kind of courses do you have for the Certificate of Proficiency in English(CPE)?
    2- If I actually take the exam at the end of it, how long would it take for me to prepare?
    3- In case of not doing the exam, do you have any courses to prepare towards it in the future, with less hs per week?
    4- Which are the costs of those courses in both cases?

    I would appreciate very much if you could answer this questions.

    Thank you very much,



  • Dear Marina
    Many thanks for your request for information!
    Perhaps the first point I should make is that we have some of the best Cambridge exam results in the UK, especially at Proficiency level – an amazing 97% pass rate. However, our school is in Oxford only and we don’t have branches in any other location – but the school is in the very centre of the city, surrounded by most of the Oxford sights and places of interest as well as shops and cafes and bus stops, so it’s a perfect spot.

    There is a problem, however: the CPE exam isn’t held in Oxford in the summer. There is a CPE exam in June (with the course starting 14 March) and another in December (with the course starting in September), but no CPE course between these. You can certainly take the CPE exam in August in other cities, but not Oxford.
    You could join our C2 General English course in the summer, which is the same level as CPE, but unfortunately it doesn’t lead to the exam.

    Would you consider changing your dates?

    Best regards


  • Guest - Zhixia Huang

    I am an English teacher in a secondary school in China and now working in London temporarily. I will have 10 days holiday from 22 May to 31 May and i am free every weekend until 30 June. I want to spend my spare time entering a course to improve my English and get a certificate from the course. what course is suitable for me?

    from London, UK

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