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ELC English Language Centre Bristol

Bristol, England

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The School

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Established in 1969, ELC Bristol is a family-run English language school. We offer intensive General English courses and Examination Preparation courses for the IELTS and Cambridge exams. We are a member of TEN (the English Network), IALC (International Association of Language Centres), English UK and we are accredited by the British Council.  We are also a Tier 4 Sponsor, licensed by UK Visas and Immigration to enrol international students under Tier 4 of the Points Based System.

With the focus on teaching General English and preparing students successfully for internationally recognised examinations, we aim to provide high quality education in the English language by recruiting and retaining a team of highly experienced and qualified teachers and by being committed as a school to the progress and welfare of each individual student.

This school believes that progress in language learning is achieved by creating a stimulating, supportive and active learning environment in which the needs of each student can be met. The students are the most important people in the school and every member of staff is here to help you get the most out of your time in the UK.

Facilities at the language school include:

  • 2 common rooms, with snooker tables, drinks machines, comfortable chairs and widescreen TVs.
  • 2 multimedia centres with free internet access.
  • Free wi-fi access.
  • Guided e-learning.
  • We do not have our own café but there are many bars, cafés and shops located only a few minutes from the school. A man from a local sandwich shop visits the school every breaktime selling refreshments.
  • The University Students' Union is only 5 minutes' walk from Pembroke House.


English language courses
English Au pair program
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)
Cambridge English: First (FCE)
Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)
Intensive English Course
Standard English Course
English Diploma Courses
General English Courses
English Language Courses

The teachers

Our students frequently tell us that the teachers at ELC Bristol are 'amazing', ’the best they have ever known’. This is so important, because teachers are the most important people in a school.

We get to know all our students as individuals. Not only will we help you in the classroom but we will also interview you regularly and also plan an individual supervised self-study programme for you. Every single student is known by name and every student in the school is discussed in our weekly teachers' meetings.

All of our teachers are qualified native speakers, but maybe what is more important, is that they care a lot about our students. They also have many years experience teaching English (average: 20 years) and they have worked at ELC Bristol for a long time (average: 10 years).

Language Courses

What can you expect from your English Language Course?

  • All courses include a minimum of 28 English language lessons per week (21 hours) + daily homework. There are lessons every morning and on four afternoons a week.
  • There are 6 levels from Elementary (A2) to Advanced (C2), with several classes at each level.
  • On the first day, we test you so that we can place you in a language class at the right level.
  • Average class size: 10. Maximum 14.
  • Minimum age: 17 (16 during summer courses).  Average age 23. 
  • The school operates on a continuous enrolment basis so there may be students leaving or joining your class every week.
  • There is normally more than one class at each level and occasionally classes at the same level may merge.
  • As a part of your course, you can prepare for the Cambridge English: First (FCE), Advanced (CAE) and Proficiency (CPE) exams, the IELTS exam and BULATS (the Cambridge Business exam).

Included in your English language course:

  • Personal study programme with 4 hours' supervised self-study.
  • Guided e-learning from the moment you enrol until 3 months after your course has finished.
  • Access to the school's online Study Zone.
  • Course book, file, supplementary teaching materials and a certificate when you leave.
  • 2 hours of optional language activities including Conversation Club, Drama Club, Job Club and guest speakers.
  • Job Club. Once every 2 weeks. Aims to help students who are entitled to work in the UK find a job. Usually consists of 6 bi-weekly sessions, 5 times a year.
  • Film club - every Friday afternoon.
  • Wi-fi and two multimedia centres (3 in the summer) with free internet access.

Accommodation in Bristol

Almost all of our accommodation is within walking distance of the English Language Centre. In general, students won't normally need to take public transport.

The standard of accommodation in Bristol is high because:

  • Bristol is a relatively wealthy city and the English Language Centre is located in one of the best area of town.
  • There are only a few language schools in Bristol, so we don't have much competition finding accommodation.
  • The school is more than 45 years old and many of our accommodation providers have been with us for years.
  • 55% of our students live in homestays, 35% live in independent student houses and apartments and 10% find their own accommodation.

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ELC English Language Centre Bristol

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School Size M

Number of Students in School

Season avg. max.
all Year 165
July and August 225
Class Size

Number of Students in Class

Class Type avg. max.
All Year 10 14
High season 12 14

Number of Students

Age Mix

Age structure

Age group %
18 to 20 29
21 to 25 39
26 to 30 16
31 plus 16

ELC English Language Centre Bristol, Bristol, England

44 Pembroke Road, Clifton, BS8 3DT Bristol, England