Academic Year Programme

Academic Year Programme

Course Information

Our Academic Year Programme (AYP) is ideal for students who wish to improve by more than 1 level and study on an intensive English course for a longer period of time (6 months or more).  Perhaps the main goal is to study at university on an English-speaking programme, or to significantly improve the use of English for everyday working life. With commitment from you, our team of professionals will help you to create a realistic learning plan which sets out to achieve your long term English language goals. On this course you will meet with the Director of Studies for a monthly tutorial to receive feedback, advice and to track your progress. If you wish to study at an English-speaking university after your programme, particularly in the UK, we will also help you with this process and can submit your application directly (via our dedicated partners) to over 70 UK universities.  Students can expect to receive an offer letter within 2 weeks of submitting the application. Assistance is also provided with CV-writing and the job application process.

Should you choose to take the Academic IELTS or Cambridge FCE or CAE exam in Manchester, the application service and exam fee is included as part of your course fees.

A choice of afternoon modules are available to suit your language learning goals.


Students below a B1 level must join General English and can only join an exam preparation course when they reach a level of B1.

General English, Academic IELTS preparation, Cambridge First: FCE or Cambridge Advanced: CAE.


You can change your module during your course.  It is very popular for students to begin their studies with General English and then change to IELTS when a B1 level is reached.


Course dates Start any Monday during the year
* See note below about school closure dates.
Class times

Monday to Friday
Lesson 1
9:00 – 12:15 ( includes a 15 minute break)
Lesson 2

Private study periods

8:30-9:00  and 15:15-16:30
The computer room is open for self-study access. 

Students are expected to do a considerable amount of self-study outside of the class times.  We recommend at least 6 hours per week in addition to any homework set by the teacher.            

Teacher-led hours per week 25
Non-teaching days/School closure dates The school is closed on Saturdays and Sundays

 In 2018, the school opens on Monday 8th January and will close on Friday 21st December.
The school is also closed for all public holidays. Public holidays are:
Friday 30th March
Monday 2nd April
Monday 7th May
Monday 28th May
Monday 27th August
Minimum enrolment age 16
Maximum class size 12 (September to June) 14 in summer (July and August).
Minimum course length Students must join for a minimum of 24 weeks ( 6 months)
Levels available A1-C1 (A0 level is subject to availability)
You will take a level assessment on your first day at school.  Following this, the Director of Studies will place you in the correct level class.

– Weekly progress test and a one-one tutorial every 6 weeks.
– If exam module is chosen, you will receive exam-specific practice exams every 6 weeks.  
– Continual assessment from your teacher based on homework and work produced in the lesson.
– Monthly one-one tutorial with the Director of Studies.

Certificate Yes. You will receive the school certificate at the end of your course if you achieve a minimum if 80% attendance.
Examination dates You do not have to take an exam at the end of your course, but if you choose to book and take the exam in Manchester you should read our Exam Fees and Dates page.
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