English as a Foreign Language

Start Date
Course Course
Maths and English
City Campus

About this Course

Whether you want to develop a basic knowledge of the English language, get familiar with everyday expressions or want to understand complex English text and abstract topics, this course has a lot to offer in order to help you develop your English. With English classes covering a variety of topics it is the perfect course to learn and improve English whilst discovering British culture. Please note this is a full fee course, with no fee remission; fees are payable in full before the start of the course.

Key Units

Elementary Level
  • Understand and use familiar everyday expressions and basic phrases
  • Introduce yourself and others
  • Ask and answer questions about personal details
  • Interact in a simple way
Exam preparation for KET, PET, FCE, CAE, IELTS, Trinity GESE*

Pre-Intermediate Level
  • Understand sentences and frequently used expressions for personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment
  • Describe daily routines
  • Describe your background
Exam preparation for KET, PET, FCE, CAE, IELTS, Trinity GESE*

Intermediate Level
  • Take part in a conversation about work, school, and leisure
  • Deal with situations when travelling
  • Talk about topics of personal interest
  • Describe experiences, events, hopes and ambitions
  • Give brief explanations for opinions and plans
Exam preparation for KET, PET, FCE, CAE, IELTS, Trinity GESE*

Upper Intermediate Level
  • Understand ideas in complex texts including technical discussions
  • Communicate with reasonable fluency
  • Produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of topics
  • Describe your view point giving advantages and disadvantages
Exam preparation for KET, PET, FCE, CAE, IELTS, Trinity GESE*

*Subject to ability and demand

Entry Requirements

Placement test for new students prior to enrolment covering skills as follows:
  • Speaking and listening
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Vocabulary and grammar
Please note students must be at least 16 years of age to undertake this course. 


  • Continuous assessment e.g. end of unit / end of term assessment
  • Optional external examination

Where does this Lead

Students will receive a certificate of attendance at the end of the course.

There are a lot of pathways available to students after completing the English as a Foreign Language course. Some students achieve a high IELTS score and go to universities, other students pass Cambridge or Trinity exams and return to their country to find work or continue their studies.

The Sheffield College can offer advice regarding study and work possibilities for international students after their study.

Future Opportunities

A good level of English is essential to study at University in the UK, as well as in other countries. Achieving a high level of English will also help students apply for work at international companies.

Tell Me More

These classes are mainly intended for students who normally live outside of the UK and speak a language other than English at home. These courses are suitable for students preparing for Higher Education, vocational courses in the UK, and/or those who wish to improve their general English skills (exams are optional).

Extra Costs

The pricing structure for this course varies depending on length of study. 

Full Time Course Costs

  • £275 per week (2-14 weeks study)
  • £255 per week (15-33 week study)

Fees are payable in full before the start of the course. Courses paid after the start date are charged with £300/week and suitable guarantees are required prior to the start date.

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