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English as a Foreign Language (EFL) at Reading College

Course description

Improve your English, make new friends, learn about British culture and enjoy yourself! Reading is a lively, energetic city with lots of students. Reading College provides a truly multicultural setting where you will make new friends from all over the world.

Cambridge English and IELTS exam preparation (subject to your level)

Course content

You will study for 16 hours per week of general and academic English (subject to your level) including one hour of individual/group tutorial. You will study English Language, literature and culture.

Entry requirements

Tier 4 Student Visa – Your English will need to be at B1 (IELTS 4.0 or equivalent in each discipline) and you will need evidence of your English level to satisfy the UKBA.

Student Visitor/Extended Student Visitor Visa – You can join the full time English programme even if your level of English is below IELTS 4.0.

The Extended Student visa currently permits students to come and study for a full academic year (max 11 months for English only)

Future opportunities

Many students complete their English course and then join our A-Levels or International Foundation Programme for University. Others go on to study for a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree at a British university. You will be given good support to move on. We have excellent links with university and we are an Associate college partner to Oxford Brookes and Bucks New University.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Reading College directly.

Last updated date: 12 September 2016
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    • BY RAIL

      Reading train station is a 20 minute walk from the College.

      Travelling from surrounding areas: there are direct lines from many local stations including: Didcot, Slough, Maidenhead, Wokingham, Basingstoke, Newbury, Pangbourne, Twyford and Earley.

      Travelling from London: there are regular trains from London Paddington to Reading taking 25-30 minutes.

      BY BUS

      There are regular bus services that stop along Kings Road:

      Reading Buses - routes 13, 14, 17
      Please Note: Reading buses require the exact fare.

      Arriva - routes 800, 850
      First Group - route 190
      Thames Travel - routes 126, 127

      In partnership with Reading Buses, students can get a weekly Travelcard at a reduced rate by showing the driver their student ID card.

      The Green Bus will be operating two new bus services from September 2014 for Reading College students.

      Service RC1 and RC2 will run once daily according to an agreed timetable on 175 days of each academic year connecting the college with Slough, Maidenhead and the areas in between.