Sussex Centre for Language Studies

Intensive English

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - changes to 2021 English course provision

In response to the global coronavirus outbreak, for the 2020-21 academic year, SCLS are running several online Pre-sessional courses - applications are closed for the summer courses, but you can still enrol on our 8-week Autumn online Pre-sessional course (4 October to 26 November 2021).

On-campus teaching is planned to begin again in January 2022.

If you are interested in a short English course, please email

Apply for the Autumn online Pre-sessional course

Who are the courses for?

Any adult student aged 18 years or over, whose language level is pre-intermediate (CEFR B1) or above and who is serious about learning English will find these courses suitable. Shorter stays are possible, but most of our students enrol for six months or more. Many of them are planning to go to college or university or work in the UK.

Course description

Classes take place during the autumn (12 weeks), spring (12 weeks) and summer (six weeks) terms. You can choose either 15 or 21 hours of tuition per week. There are six components in the course:

  1. Grammar
  2. Reading and vocabulary development
  3. Writing skills
  4. Listening and speaking skills
  5. Supervised personal study programme
  6. Research project

Course aims

The course aims to help you understand spoken and written English, and to improve your communication skills in speaking and writing. You will also work on your grammar and on increasing your vocabulary. In addition, you will receive training and guidance in the following key skills:

  • study skills
  • cross-cultural communication
  • effective use of Information Technology (IT) in language learning
  • research and presentation skills
  • setting and achieving your own personal language learning targets.

Sample timetable

09.00-10.30 Listening and speaking Grammar workshop Reading and vocabulary Grammar workshop Listening and speaking
11.00-12.30 Reading and vocabulary Supervised personal study Listening and speaking Writing skills Research project
2.00 - 4.00
(21-hours option only)
Listening and speaking   Reading and writing Listening and speaking  

What else?

Your fee includes a free course-book. The Language Learning Centre offers you superb digital, multimedia classroom and self-access facilities with free internet access, satellite TV, together with a wide range of video and audio materials for personal use outside class hours.

Note: Intensive English is accredited by the University of Sussex and can, for example, be taken as part of a Visiting and Exchange Undergraduate Programme. Please note that no resit modes are available for these courses.