Your Course FAQs

All your questions answered before you join us in Oxford
When may I start a course?

General, Business, IELTS and Individual tuition – start any Monday. For specialist courses and exam classes, see our dates and fees or contact us for details.

How long can I study for?
The minimum for lessons in a mixed nationality group (Course code A) is 2 weeks; you may study for as long as you want. We also have 1-1 and combination courses for one week only or more
What is the minimum age?
Students have to be 16+ when they start the course. In January, July and August, we accept students who are 14+, coming with their guardians or group leaders. The minimum age for our specialised courses (Business, Law and Medicine) is 20 and students need to have an intermediate level of English
How many students are there in each class?
For General English courses the maximum is 14 students per class. For exam preparation courses the maximum is 12. For Professional courses the maximum is 6 students per class.
I am going to study for a long time. What if I want to take a holiday during my course?
Please look at the Terms and Conditions for information about course holidays.
Will I get a certificate at the end of the course?
Yes! If your course attendance is at least 80 %, you receive a certificate.
How are students allocated to classes?

We will assess your ability in English when you arrive and assign you to the best class to develop your English.


What level of English do I need to study?

Our courses are based on the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR). The CEFR levels are: Basic User: A1 – A2; Independent User: B1 – B2 and Proficient User: C1 – C2. For some of our specialist courses we require a minimum level of English (see course descriptions).

If you are a complete beginner in English, we may not have a suitable group class for you. Please contact us to discuss. Similarly, if your level of English is very high (C2 and beyond) we may not have a group class at your level but are happy to discuss your needs and how we can meet them.

How many classes can I take?
For group lessons, you can take either 20 lessons or 30 lessons per week. For 1-1 lessons, please contact us to discuss the details.
If I need to be absent from the school, what should I do?
Your teacher will be worried if you are not in school without mentioning anything to us. Please let us know if you need to be absent from school by calling the office.
I am worried I cannot speak English very well. Will the Oxford English Centre accept me?
As long as your English is elementary level, you are always welcome. If you are a complete beginner, then please check if we have a beginner’s class available.
What is the timetable?
From September to June

Session 1 (Lessons 1 & 2) 09.30-11.00
Session 2 (Lessons 3 & 4) 11.30-13.00
Session 3 (Lessons 5 & 6) 14.00-15.30

In July and August: Check with the school as the timetable may change.

Contact us if you have any other questions.

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