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Centre of English Studies (CES), Oxford, England UK

Organized social activities were rated by students as the best or among the top 20% of all schools in England UK

What we like about the school

  • Located in a traditional village close to the student city of Oxford
  • Host families within walking distance
  • Homestay* accommodation very close to school
  • Top rated school facilities

Centre of English Studies (CES)

The language school Centre of English Studies (CES) was founded in Oxford, England UK in 1989. The school is located in the beautiful village of Wheatley, just nine kilometres from the centre of Oxford city, combining traditional village life with the excitement of great student nights out in the city.

The school address is: 67 High Street, Wheatley, OX33 1XT - Oxford (England UK).

Accreditations and Quality seals

British councilEnglish UKIALC Tier4Preferential Terms in Case of Visa Refusal

School Size:

Facilities

  • Kitchen for student use

  • Microwave for student use

  • Fridge for student use

  • Computer lab

  • Library

  • Movie rental

  • Games room

  • Lounge

  • Garden

  • Copy machine

  • Printer for student use

  • Video game console

  • Billiards

  • Table tennis

  • Free coffee

  • Free water dispenser

  • Free WIFI

  • Free parking

Classroom equipment

  • TV in most classrooms

  • Air conditioning in some classrooms

  • Heating in all classrooms

  • Ample natural light in all classrooms

Number of classrooms:

10

Number of public PC workstations:

10

Prices include

  • Organized activities
  • Internet access and use of school computers
  • Wireless LAN zone at school
  • Free certificate of course attendance
  • Language level placement test at first day of classes
  • Language level placement test before arrival
  • For adult courses: a minimum of one free organized leisure activity per week
  • Free assistance in applying to college/university programs by qualified consultant

Course material:

Generally course material has to be purchased by the student. The costs of course material will be approximately 35 £ per course.

Average number of students

  • Adult courses in summer: 80
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 30

Average age of students

Average number of levels

  • Adult courses in summer: 5
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 3
  • Junior courses in summer: 3
  • Junior courses throughout the year: 3

Minimum age of students

  • 16 years
  • 12 years for specific Junior courses

English teacher qualifications

  • 100 % hold a university degree
  • 100 % hold a recognised language teaching qualification

Languages spoken by school staff (cannot be guaranteed by school):

2
2
1
3
1
2
1
15
4
4
15
3
3

Optional airport transfer

Best arrival airport is London Heathrow (LHR).

London Heathrow Airport:
135 £ pick up
270 £ return (both ways)
London Gatwick Airport:
165 £ pick up
330 £ return (both ways)
Stansted Airport:
185 £ pick up
370 £ return (both ways)

Language school closed

In 2018 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01.Jan.2018, 30.Mar.2018, 02.Apr.2018, 07.May.2018, 28.May.2018, 27.Aug.2018, 21.Dec.2018 - 31.Dec.2018

If a bank holiday falls on a weekday there is no refund nor are classes recuperated. This is the case for the majority of language schools.

English Courses

Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 8 10 12 13 24
Price in £ -- 549 522 821 780 1081 1027 1310 1245 1572 1494 2096 1992 2620 2489 3144 2987 3328 3162 5976 5678
Price in US$ -- 689 1031 1357 1644 1973 2631 3288 3946 4177 7499
Standard course in the mornings. Afternoon classes (Tuesday - Thursday) concentrating on authentic spoken and written English.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
6 daily lessons of 45 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:30  - 13:00
Afternoon: 14:00  - 16:30
Required minimum language level
Elementary (A2) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 8 10 12 13 24
Price in £ -- 394 375 584 555 766 728 920 874 1104 1049 1472 1399 1840 1748 2208 2098 2314 2199 4152 3945
Price in US$ -- 495 733 962 1155 1386 1848 2309 2771 2904 5211
Divided into two parts: grammar & communication skills. Two teachers usually share the class.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
4 daily lessons of 45 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:30  - 13:00
Required minimum language level
Elementary (A2) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 8 10 12 24 36
Price in £ -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 3144 2987 5976 5678 8496 8072
Price in US$ -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 3946 7499 10662
You can take a 3, 6 or 9 month programme to reach IELTS 5 or 5.5 at the end of the course. Then you'll be ready to take a Foundation Year course at one of the school's partners.
Classes from Monday to Friday, 9:30 to 13 of General English and on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, classes in the afternoon from 14:00 to 16:30 of IELTS preparation.
Starting dates:
02.01: 6 months
26.03: 3 months
01.10: 9 months.
Starting dates
2018: 02.Jan.2018, 26.Mar.2018, 01.Oct.2018.
Required minimum language level
Lower intermediate (B1) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in £ -- 1288 1256 1906 1859 2513 2451 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Price in US$ -- 1659 2455 3237 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Course price includes accommodation
Homestay, Double room, Breakfast & lunch & dinner
It includes materials, full programme of sports and cultural visits, one Saturday full day excursion per week, one half-day excursion per week, four evening activities, student report and welcome pack.
Also available with residential accommodation (other fees apply).
Starting dates
2018: 25.Jun.2018, 02.Jul.2018, 09.Jul.2018, 16.Jul.2018, 23.Jul.2018, 30.Jul.2018, 06.Aug.2018.
General course schedule
3 daily lessons of 45 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:30  - 12:30
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in £ -- 695 661 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Price in US$ -- 873 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Cultural visits in the afternoon + 1 full day excursion.
Starting dates
2018: 29.May.2018, 11.Jun.2018, 24.Sep.2018, 15.Oct.2018.
General course schedule
4 daily lessons of 45 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:30  - 13:00
Required minimum language level
Elementary (A2) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 12
Price in £ -- 715 680 1055 1003 1385 1316 1726 1640 2067 1964 2408 2288 2749 2612 3090 2936 3431 3260 4113 3908
Price in US$ -- 898 1324 1738 2166 2594 3022 3450 3878 4306 5162
Students are asked to complete a Language Needs and Analysis form prior to arrival to better organise time spent in individual lessons.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
5 daily lessons of 45 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:30  - 13:00
Afternoon: 14:00  - 16:30
Required minimum language level
Lower intermediate (B1) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 12
Price in £ -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 2164 2056 -- 2886 2742
Price in US$ -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 2716 -- 3622
Fixed duration: 9 weeks (January & June start) or 12 weeks (March & September start).
Lessons in the morning from Monday to Friday + 3 afternoons, from Tuesday to Thursday.
Starting dates
2018: 08.Jan.2018, 19.Mar.2018, 25.Jun.2018, 10.Sep.2018.
General course schedule
6 daily lessons of 45 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:30  - 13:00
Afternoon: 14:00  - 16:30
Required minimum language level
Upper intermediate (B2) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 8 10 12 13 24
Price in £ -- 549 522 821 780 1081 1027 1310 1245 1572 1494 2096 1992 2620 2489 3144 2987 3328 3162 5976 5678
Price in US$ -- 689 1031 1357 1644 1973 2631 3288 3946 4177 7499
General English in the mornings + specialised IELTS classes from Tuesday to Thursday afternoons.
Exam every month.
Starting dates
Every Monday .
General course schedule
6 daily lessons of 45 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 9:30  - 13:00
Afternoon: 14:00  - 16:30
Required minimum language level
Upper intermediate (B2) or higher
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Note: All courses offered by Centre of English Studies (CES), Oxford can be reserved online with LanguageCourse.Net. In case a course is not listed above, just mention the course description in the comment field of the online registration form.
Lesson duration: 45 minutes
School's administrative fee: 40.00 £
Individual classesSingle individual lessons of tuition can be reserved at 55 £. The combination of group and individual lessons is highly recommended. Individual lessons will encourage you to actively speak the foreign language and will offer you the opportunity to discuss individual problems and weaknesses.

Accommodation

weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week One-time fee
(charged by school)
Price in £ -- 306 459 612 -- 55
Price in US$ 405 607 809 73
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
21 £ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Double room.
Distance from school:
15 minutes by public transport
Includes:
TV, Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), Heating, Air conditioning, Breakfast & 1 meal, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 16
weeks 1 2 3 4 Additional Week One-time fee
(charged by school)
Price in £ -- 350 525 700 -- 55
Price in US$ 463 694 925 73
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
25 £ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
15 minutes by public transport
Includes:
TV, Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), Heating, Breakfast & 1 meal, Shared bathroom.
Age of students
Minimum age of students: 16
  • Homestays are located in 3 possible areas: some are within walking distance of the school in Wheatley; some are in the beautiful market town of Thame, 15 minutes away by bus; while others are between the school and Oxford city centre, about 15 minutes journey by bus.
    Special diet supplement (coeliac, gluten free, lactose free, vegan): GBP 20 per week.
    Christmas holidays homestay accommodation fee (21st December 2018 – 2nd January 2019): GBP 250 per week.
  • Max. 1 student of each nationality possible? yes

Leisure activities

activity possibledistance from school
Ballet 
Baseball1 km
Basketball1 km
Cooking 
Cricket1 km
Dancing 
Field Hockey1 km
Football (soccer)0.5 km
Golf 
Horse riding 
Ice Hockey5 km
Music 
Rugby1 km
Squash1 km
Swimming3 km
Table Tennis 
Tennis1 km
Volleyball1 km
Yoga1 km
Leisure programme for adults (sample):
 Sample of activities for adults (PDF)
Leisure programme for adults (sample):
 Sample of activities for adults (PDF)
Leisure programme for adults (sample):
 Sample of activities for adults (PDF)
Leisure programme for adults (sample):
 Sample of activities for adults (PDF)

Reviews

City
3.7/5.0 
Organisation
4.3/5.0 
Facilities
4.3/5.0 
Social activities
4.3/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language
4.0/5.0 
Value for money
3.7/5.0 
Accommodation
Homestay
4.7/5.0 
Shared Flat (apartment)
4.7/5.0 
Other
4.7/5.0 
Students liked about Centre of English Studies (CES), Oxford
Good teachers and friendly classmates
Overall rating
5.0/5.0
Value for money
4.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
4.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0/5.0
School organization
5.0/5.0
Social activities
5.0/5.0
Accommodation
Homestay
5.0/5.0
Other
5.0/5.0
Shared Flat (apartment)
5.0/5.0
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: Public transport is very efficient.
The distance between a teacher and students is very close and we speak very friendly. As it's a small group, we can make friends with every students in a class. There's a kitchen and I was very happy to prepare the Japanese food not only for myself but also other students.
Overall rating
4.0/5.0
Value for money
4.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
4.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0/5.0
School organization
5.0/5.0
Social activities
4.0/5.0
Accommodation
Homestay
4.0/5.0
Other
4.0/5.0
Shared Flat (apartment)
4.0/5.0
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: I think it's important to speak without being very timid not only to improve English but also make friends there.

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 Junior Program (PDF)

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