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

4.0/5

Rating: 4.0/5.0

What we like about the school

  • Located in a traditional village close to the student city of Oxford
  • Host families within walking distance

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 (see on map)
Tax registration ID: 517963

Accreditations and Quality seals

British councilEnglish UKIALC Preferential 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

  • Free after-class access to language learning software

  • 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

Our price includes

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

Course material:

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

Average number of students

  • Adult courses in summer: 80
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 30
  • Junior courses throughout the year: 25

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:
140 £ pick up
280 £ return (both ways)
London Gatwick Airport:
180 £ pick up
360 £ return (both ways)
Stansted Airport:
190 £ pick up
380 £ return (both ways)

Days without class

In 2020 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01 Jan. 2020, 10 Apr. 2020, 13 Apr. 2020, 08 May 2020, 25 May 2020, 31 Aug. 2020, 18 Dec. 2020 - 31 Dec. 2020.

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

General Language
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 6 8 13 24 25 36 Additional Week
Price in £ -- 590 561 885 841 1180 1121 1698 1614 2264 2151 3601 3421 6408 6088 6675 6342 9396 8927 261 248
Price in US$ -- 708 1061 1415 2036 2714 4317 7682 8002 11264 313
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 6 8 13 24 25 36 Additional Week
Price in £ -- 420 399 630 599 840 798 1194 1135 1592 1513 2509 2384 4512 4287 4700 4465 6516 6191 181 172
Price in US$ -- 504 756 1007 1432 1909 3008 5409 5635 7812 217
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 7 8 9 10 Additional Week
Price in £ -- 750 713 1125 1069 1500 1425 1820 1729 2184 2075 2548 2421 2912 2767 3276 3113 3640 3458 353 336
Price in US$ -- 900 1349 1799 2182 2619 3055 3491 3928 4364 424
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
Elementary (A2) or higher
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in £ -- 791 752 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Price in US$ -- 949 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Starting dates
2020: 18 May 2020, 01 Jun. 2020, 16 Nov. 2020, 30 Nov. 2020.
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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Free cancellation up to 14 days before the start of your course. Valid for bookings from April 2020.
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 24 36
Price in £ -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 4512 4287 6516 6191
Price in US$ -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 5409 7812
Approximately EUR 150 for return flight between UK and Ireland.
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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See availability »
FREE changes
Free cancellation up to 14 days before the start of your course. Valid for bookings from April 2020.
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 24 36
Price in £ -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 6408 6088 9396 8927
Price in US$ -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 7682 11264
Approximately EUR 150 for return flight between UK and Ireland.
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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Junior
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Additional Week
Price in £ -- 1851 1805 2667 2601 3341 3258 -- -- -- -- -- -- 835 815
Price in US$ -- 2278 3282 4111 -- -- -- -- -- -- 1028
Course price includes accommodation
Apartment - shared / Residence, Single room, Breakfast & lunch & dinner
Course ends 07 Aug.
Starting dates
2020: 22 Jun. 2020.
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: 9:00  - 12:30
Required minimum language level
Elementary (A2) or higher
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Free cancellation up to 14 days before the start of your course. Valid for bookings from April 2020.
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Additional Week
Price in £ -- 1495 1458 2203 2148 2920 2847 -- -- -- -- -- -- 730 712
Price in US$ -- 1840 2711 3593 -- -- -- -- -- -- 899
Course price includes accommodation
Homestay, Double room, Breakfast & lunch & dinner
Course ends 07 Aug. This course takes place in a different location than main address of the school:
Oxford
Starting dates
2020: 22 Jun. 2020.
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: 9:00  - 12:30
Required minimum language level
Elementary (A2) or higher
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Work & Study
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FREE changes
Free cancellation up to 14 days before the start of your course. Valid for bookings from April 2020.
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 8 10 12 24 36
Price in £ -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 3324 3158 6675 6342 9396 8927
Price in US$ -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 3985 8002 11264
Course length varies with start date. Dates as follows:
3 months: 06 April.
6 months: 06 Jan.
8 months: 05 Oct (minimum language level is elementary).
Starting dates
2020: 06 Jan. 2020, 06 Apr. 2020, 05 Oct. 2020.
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  - 16:00
Required minimum language level
Lower intermediate (B1) or higher
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Business
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Free cancellation up to 14 days before the start of your course. Valid for bookings from April 2020.
Weeks 1 2 3 4 6 8 13 24 25 36 Additional Week
Price in £ -- 590 561 885 841 1180 1121 1698 1614 2264 2151 3601 3421 6408 6088 6675 6342 9396 8927 261 248
Price in US$ -- 708 1061 1415 2036 2714 4317 7682 8002 11264 313
Starting dates
2020: 06 Apr. 2020, 13 Apr. 2020, 20 Apr. 2020, 27 Apr. 2020, 04 May 2020, 11 May 2020, 18 May 2020, 25 May 2020, 01 Jun. 2020, 08 Jun. 2020.
Required minimum language level
Lower intermediate (B1) or higher
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Exam Preparation
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in £ -- -- -- 1180 1121 -- -- -- 2264 2151 -- -- --
Price in US$ -- -- -- 1415 -- -- -- 2714 -- -- --
Course length varies with start date. Dates as follows:
4 weeks: 11 May, 03 Aug, 02 Nov.
8 weeks: 14 April, 06 July, 05 Oct.
Starting dates
2020: 14 Apr. 2020, 11 May 2020, 06 Jul. 2020, 03 Aug. 2020, 05 Oct. 2020, 02 Nov. 2020.
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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See availability »
FREE changes
Free cancellation up to 14 days before the start of your course. Valid for bookings from April 2020.
Weeks 1 2 3 4 6 8 13 24 25 36 Additional Week
Price in £ -- 590 561 885 841 1180 1121 1698 1614 2264 2151 3601 3421 6408 6088 6675 6342 9396 8927 261 248
Price in US$ -- 708 1061 1415 2036 2714 4317 7682 8002 11264 313
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
Lower intermediate (B1) 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 let us know.
Lesson duration: 45 minutes
School's administrative fee: 55.00 £
Individual classesSingle individual lessons of tuition can be reserved at 56 £. 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 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week One-time fee
(charged by school)
Price in £ -- 380 570 760 950 1140 1330 1520 1900 2280 190 60
Price in US$ 480 720 959 1199 1439 1679 1918 2398 2877 240 76
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
27 £ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
20 minutes by public transport
Includes:
TV, Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), Heating, Breakfast & 1 meal, Shared bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 16
Dates:
High season dates 01 Jul. 2020 - 31 Aug. 2020
High season:
High season supplement per week: 20 £
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week One-time fee
(charged by school)
Price in £ -- 336 504 672 840 1008 1176 1344 1680 2016 168 60
Price in US$ 424 636 848 1060 1272 1484 1696 2120 2544 212 76
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
24 £ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Double room.
Distance from school:
20 minutes by public transport
Includes:
TV, Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), Heating, Air conditioning, Breakfast & 1 meal, Shared bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 16
Dates:
High season dates 01 Jul. 2020 - 31 Aug. 2020
High season:
High season supplement per week: 20 £
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week One-time fee
(charged by school)
Price in £ -- 486 729 972 1215 1458 1701 1944 2430 2916 243 60
Price in US$ 614 920 1227 1534 1840 2147 2454 3067 3680 307 76
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
35 £ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
25 minutes walking
Includes:
TV, Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), Heating, Air conditioning, Breakfast & 1 meal, Shared bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 16
Dates:
High season dates 01 Jul. 2020 - 31 Aug. 2020
High season:
High season supplement per week: 20 £
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week One-time fee
(charged by school)
Price in £ -- 442 663 884 1105 1326 1547 1768 2210 2652 221 60
Price in US$ 558 837 1116 1395 1674 1953 2231 2789 3347 279 76
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
Price per person
Price extra night:
32 £ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Double room.
Distance from school:
25 minutes walking
Includes:
TV, Towels, Bedding/linen, Access to laundry service, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), Heating, Air conditioning, Breakfast & 1 meal, Shared bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 16
Dates:
High season dates 01 Jul. 2020 - 31 Aug. 2020
High season:
High season supplement per week: 20 £
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 which is 15 minutes away by bus while others are between the school and Oxford city centre which is about 15 minutes journey by bus.

Special diet supplement is GBP 20 per week.
Christmas holidays price for homestays is GBP 250 per week (from 28 December 2020 to 4 January 2021)

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

Reviews

4.0/5.0

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Location of the school

Rating: 3.5/5.0

3.5/5.0 
Organisation

Rating: 4.4/5.0

4.4/5.0 
Facilities

Rating: 4.4/5.0

4.4/5.0 
Social activities

Rating: 4.2/5.0

4.2/5.0 
Course quality / Progress in language

Rating: 4.2/5.0

4.2/5.0 
Value for money

Rating: 3.6/5.0

3.6/5.0 
Accommodation
Homestay

Rating: 4.2/5.0

4.2/5.0 
Shared Flat (apartment)
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Other
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Students liked about Centre of English Studies (CES), Oxford
Afternoon activities
Overall rating
4.0/5.0
Value for money
3.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
3.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0/5.0
School organization
4.0/5.0
Social activities
4.0/5.0
Accommodation
Homestay
2.0/5.0
Other
2.0/5.0
Shared Flat (apartment)
2.0/5.0
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss: The location of the school and courses is not located in the city of Oxford but in Weathley. A small hamlet, about 6-7 kilometers before Oxford, coming from Heathrow airport.
Other comments: The teachers are good and prepared but at an organizational level the relationship between the accommodation service and the families leaves something to be desired. My family had not been advised that I would be leaving on October 17th and not October 20th and the taxi to the airport had not been booked.
Good organisation, helpful staff, good teachers, well located compared to my homestay.
Overall rating
4.0/5.0
Value for money
4.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0/5.0
School organization
5.0/5.0
Social activities
4.0/5.0
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: A microwave would be appreciated! Nowhere to find a healthy meal...except at the SUN !!
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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    FAQ about Centre of English Studies (CES), Oxford

  • English courses at Centre of English Studies (CES) start at 179 £ for Multi Destination - Long Term 20 course with 20 lessons per week. When booking here you benefit from an exclusive discount.
  • The accommodation Homestay is the most popular among all our clients of Centre of English Studies (CES)
  • Yes. The school offers pickup from London Heathrow Airport (140 £), London Gatwick Airport (180 £), Stansted Airport (190 £)
  • Depending on the chosen course, the maximum number of students at Centre of English Studies (CES) varies from 9 students (Intensive General English) to 14 students (Standard General English)
  • 100% of teachers at Centre of English Studies (CES) hold a university degree. 100% hold a recognized language teaching certificate.
  • The highest Nationality percentage at Centre of English Studies (CES) comes from Spain with a 15% representation, followed by students from Italy (15%) and Japan (4%).
  • Yes, there is an exclusive discount that only applies when booking online here.
  • Centre of English Studies (CES) offers courses from 12 years (Junior English + Activity Programme - Residential , 15 lessons per week) to 99. Average age is 21 during the summer and 23 for the rest of the year.
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