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English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

This course is the perfect option for anyone looking to learn English as a second language whilst also experiencing British culture.

English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

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About the 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. These classes are mainly intended for students who normally live outside of the UK and speak a language other than English at home.

Based on the results of their placement test, students will study at one of the following levels:

Elementary Level
You will develop basic knowledge of the language, familiar everyday expressions and simple phrases.
Pre-Intermediate Level
You will develop your skills to become familiar with frequently used expressions and conversation on routine matters.
Intermediate Level
You will learn to understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure etc.
Upper Intermediate Level
You will be able to understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in your field of specialisation.


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Entry Requirements

Enrolment for this course runs every term.

Students can expect to study 4 days per week.

All new students are required to take a placement test 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. 



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

  • £275 per week (1-14 weeks study)
  • £255 per week (15-33 week study)

Fees are payable in full before the start of the course.

Please note that course fees do not include the costs of examinations with Trinity, Cambridge or IELTS - these must be booked by the student. Please note that examination fees may vary from £100-£200 depending on the awarding body.



What can I do after I finish this course?

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.

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.