ELC Bristol: #1 Ranked UK School

A family-run school, offering intensive General English and examination preparation courses in Bristol, a lively university city in the South West of England.

Read the EL Gazette article where John explains what makes ELC Bristol the number 1 ranked UK school.

John & Margaret Duncan


The school is open from 2 January – 21 December 

Main course starting dates 2018:

  • 2 January 
  • 19 March
  • 11 June 
  • 2 July 
  • 30 July
  • 28 August 
  • 17 September

Elementary level students must start their course on a main course starting date.

Alternative starting dates: Students who are Pre-Intermediate level or higher can start any Monday.

No total beginners. 

Minimum period of enrolment: 2 weeks

Public Holidays 2018:

  • 1 January
  • 30 March
  • 2 April
  • 7 May
  • 28 May
  • 27 August

The school is closed on public holidays. However, a free social programme activity is arranged on these days. 


Deposit: £300.00   This is not an extra charge.  It is deducted from the total fees.

Registration Fee: £50.00
Materials fee: £50.00  The materials fee includes guided e-learning and a course book every 12 weeks.


2-3 weeks  £275.00 per week
4-10 weeks £270.00 per week
11-19 weeks  £260.00 per week
20-29 weeks £250.00 per week
30+ weeks £240.00 per week

+ £15.00 per week summer supplement 2 July - 17 August 2018

Private Tuition:

Can be arranged in advance (£60.00 per hour) or on arrival at the school.

General Student Visa:

If you require a General Student Visa, you will need a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies).

Cost of issue: £21.00

Changes to bookings: £15.00 administration fee



Adults (Half-board) £165.00 per week

U18 (Half-board)    £175.00 per week

Includes bed (single room), breakfast and evening meal.

Student Houses & Flats (self-catering): £165.00 per week
£150.00 refundable deposit required for stays at St John's House, Granby Hill, St Paul's Road, Wellington Park, Mortimer Road and Clyde Cottage. 

Goldney Hall University Residence (self-catering): £165.00 per week

Late Arrival
Please try to arrive in your accommodation by 22.30.  Arrivals after this time will incur a late arrival fee of £20.00.

Extra Nights' accommodation£30.00 per night (on request).


For arrivals from the following airports:

Bristol Airport £40.00
Heathrow £220.00
Gatwick £260.00

LONDON MEET & GREET SERVICE 2018: £40.00 (on arrival) - FOR STUDENTS UNDER 18

Students under 18 must have an airport transfer on arrival and departure. Alternatively, we can arrange a meet and greet service at Heathrow or Gatwick airport. The meet and greet service will be arranged through Airport Angels.

Available on arrivals from Heathrow and Gatwick. An airport representative meets you as you come through customs and escorts you to the bus station and makes sure you get on the bus to Bristol. They will then call your accommodation provider to let them know when you will arrive in Bristol. The cost does not include the cost of the return bus ticket which you can buy in advance online at National Express

The student will either be collected at the Bristol Coach Station by their host family or we will arrange a taxi for them. If the family are unable to collect the student, there will be no extra cost for the taxi.


2018 Cambridge Exam Preparation Dates


2 January – 16 March (11 weeks)

19 March – 8 June (12 weeks)

11 June – 24 August (11 weeks)

17 September – 7 December (12 weeks)


2 January – 16 March (11 weeks)

19 March – 8 June (12 weeks)

11 June – 24 August (11 weeks)

17 September – 7 December (12 weeks)


 2 January – 16 March (11 weeks) 

19 March – 8 June (12 weeks)

17 September – 7 December (12 weeks)

* In June, the Cambridge English exams are held in the week after the end of the course, so students should book an extra week's accommodation (if required).

Cambridge English exam preparation courses are not 'closed', which means that students can join the course at a later date if they are not able to attend for the full period (minimum period of enrolment: 4 weeks).  For more information about the Cambridge English Language exam courses, please click here.