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The Essential English Centre, Manchester, England UK

Average student rating for this school was the best or in the top 20% among all schools in England UK

The Essential English Centre

The language school The Essential English Centre was founded in Manchester, England UK in 2012. The school is located in the city centre, just 2 minutes walk from all popular attractions. Students can expect a vibrant, professional and friendly school with excellent teaching standards and small class sizes ensure students progress quickly towards their goals. We offer a personal service to all of our students, who enjoy the warm atmosphere of our school. Students feel at home, and our staff provide excellent service both in teaching and all other aspects of their stay.

The school address is: 109 Portland Street, M1 6DN - Manchester, England UK (see on map)

Covid-19 Status: School currently open

Covid-19 related security measures that are taken by The Essential English Centre

Through specialist training and guidance, our team are ready to open our school with the lowest risk possible. We are working (and we will continue to work) with Manchester City Council and English UK to make sure we are always following the most up to date health and safety guidelines in order to keep everyone safe.

We will review our guidelines frequently and update where necessary to ensure, as far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and wellbeing of our students, employees and others.

Accreditations and Quality seals

British councilEnglish UKQEPreferential Terms in Case of Visa Refusal

School Size:

Facilities

  • Kitchen for student use

  • Microwave for student use

  • Fridge for student use

  • Drink vending machine

  • Free after-class access to language learning software

  • Movie room

  • Games room

  • Lounge

  • Student support desk

  • Copy machine

  • Printer for student use

  • Table tennis

  • Table soccer / football

  • Free water dispenser

  • Free WIFI

Classroom equipment

  • TV in some classrooms

  • Electronic whiteboard in some classrooms

  • Heating in all classrooms

  • Ample natural light in all classrooms

Number of classrooms:

8

Number of public PC workstations:

4

Our price includes

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

Course material:

Generally course material has to be purchased by the student. The costs of course material will be approximately 30 £ per course level.

Average number of students

  • Adult courses in summer: 120
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 50

Average age of students

Average number of levels

  • Adult courses in summer: 5
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 4

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
4
3
1
14
11
4
3
5
20
7
3
3

Optional airport transfer

Manchester Airport:
60 £ pick up
100 £ 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, 25 Dec. 2020, 26 Dec. 2020, 28 Dec. 2020.
School policy regarding bank holidays:Full number of lost classes are made up

English Courses

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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 10 13 24 36 Additional Week
Price in £ 250 238 500 475 750 713 1000 950 1500 1425 1960 1862 2450 2328 3120 2964 5640 5358 8280 7866 230 219
Price in US$ 307 614 921 1228 1841 2406 3007 3829 6922 10161 283
Starting dates
Every Monday.
General course schedule
5 daily lessons of 60 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  - 12:15
Afternoon: 13:15  - 15:15
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
Special Offers
10.00 % discount: 10.00 % discount on tuition fees only, For enrolments of a minimum of 1 weeks. Only valid for bookings at this website before 25.09.2020. Only valid for courses starting before 22.02.2021.
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Weeks 1 2 3 4 6 8 13 24 36 44 Additional Week
Price in £ 175 167 350 333 525 499 700 665 1050 998 1360 1292 2145 2038 3840 3648 5580 5301 6820 6479 155 148
Price in US$ 215 430 645 860 1289 1669 2633 4713 6848 8370 191
Starting dates
Every Monday.
General course schedule
3 daily lessons of 60 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  - 12:15
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
Special Offers
10.00 % discount: 10.00 % discount on tuition fees only, For enrolments of a minimum of 1 weeks. Only valid for bookings at this website before 25.09.2020. Only valid for courses starting before 22.02.2021.
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Price in £ -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 5760 5472 8460 8037
Price in US$ -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 7069 10382
Starting dates
Every Monday.
General course schedule
5 daily lessons of 60 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  - 12:15
Afternoon: 13:15  - 15:15
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
Special Offers
10.00 % discount: 10.00 % discount on tuition fees only, For enrolments of a minimum of 1 weeks. Only valid for bookings at this website before 25.09.2020. Only valid for courses starting before 22.02.2021.
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Price in £ 260 247 520 494 780 741 1040 988 1560 1482 2040 1938 2550 2423 3250 3088 5880 5586 8640 8208 10560 10032
Price in US$ 320 639 958 1277 1915 2504 3130 3989 7216 10603 12959
Starting dates
Every Monday.
General course schedule
5 daily lessons of 60 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  - 12:15
Afternoon: 13:15  - 15:15
Required minimum language level
Upper intermediate (B2) or higher
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Exam Preparation
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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 10 13 24 36 44
Price in £ 260 247 520 494 780 741 1040 988 1560 1482 2040 1938 2550 2423 3250 3088 5880 5586 8640 8208 10560 10032
Price in US$ 320 639 958 1277 1915 2504 3130 3989 7216 10603 12959
Starting dates
Every Monday.
General course schedule
5 daily lessons of 60 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  - 12:15
Afternoon: 13:15  - 15:15
Required minimum language level
Upper intermediate (B2) or higher
Special Offers
10.00 % discount: 10.00 % discount on tuition fees only, For enrolments of a minimum of 1 weeks. Only valid for bookings at this website before 25.09.2020. Only valid for courses starting before 22.02.2021.
Exam fee
160 £
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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 10 13 24 36 44
Price in £ 260 247 520 494 780 741 1040 988 1560 1482 2040 1938 2550 2423 3205 3045 5880 5586 8640 8208 10560 10032
Price in US$ 320 639 958 1277 1915 2504 3130 3933 7216 10603 12959
Starting dates
Every Monday.
General course schedule
5 daily lessons of 60 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  - 12:15
Afternoon: 13:15  - 15:15
Required minimum language level
Advanced (C1) or higher
Special Offers
10.00 % discount: 10.00 % discount on tuition fees only, For enrolments of a minimum of 1 weeks. Only valid for bookings at this website before 25.09.2020. Only valid for courses starting before 22.02.2021.
Exam fee
160 £
Brochures
  (PDF)
Reserve this course »
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 10 13 24 36 44
Price in £ 260 247 520 494 780 741 1040 988 1560 1482 2040 1938 2550 2423 3250 3088 5880 5586 8640 8208 10560 10032
Price in US$ 320 639 958 1277 1915 2504 3130 3989 7216 10603 12959
Starting dates
Every Monday.
General course schedule
5 daily lessons of 60 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  - 12:15
Afternoon: 13:15  - 15:15
Required minimum language level
Lower intermediate (B1) or higher
Special Offers
10.00 % discount: 10.00 % discount on tuition fees only, For enrolments of a minimum of 1 weeks. Only valid for bookings at this website before 25.09.2020. Only valid for courses starting before 22.02.2021.
Exam fee
185 £
Brochures
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The Essential English Centre - Student Interviews (Video)
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Lesson duration: 60 minutes
School's administrative fee: 45.00 £
Comments about courses:One-to-One tuition:
- 1-10 lessons: GBP 40 (per hour).
- 11-20 lessons: GBP 36 (per hour).
- 21+ lessons: GBP 32 (per hour).

Student insurance: GBP 7 (per week)

Accommodation

weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week One-time fee
(charged by school)
Price in £ 145 290 435 580 725 870 1015 1160 1450 1740 145 50
Price in US$ 188 375 562 750 937 1124 1312 1499 1874 2248 188 65
Prices based on accommodation from Saturday to Saturday
Price per person
Homestay, The Essential English Centre, Manchester - 1
Homestay, The Essential English Centre, Manchester - 2
Price extra night:
24 £ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
46 minutes by public transport (average reported by 5 former students)
Includes:
TV, Daily cleaning, 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: 12
Dates:
High season dates 27 Jun. 2020 - 30 Aug. 2020
High season:
High season supplement per week: 20 £
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week
Price in £ 220 440 660 880 1100 1320 1540 1760 2200 2640 220
Price in US$ 285 569 853 1137 1421 1706 1990 2274 2842 3411 285
Prices based on accommodation from Saturday to Saturday
Price per person
Executive Homestay, The Essential English Centre, Manchester - 1
Executive Homestay, The Essential English Centre, Manchester - 2
Price extra night:
30 £ (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
35 minutes by public transport
Includes:
TV, Daily cleaning, Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Kitchen, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), Heating, Breakfast & 1 meal, Private bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 12
Dates:
High season dates 27 Jun. 2020 - 30 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 £ 145 290 435 580 725 870 1015 1160 1450 1740 145 50
Price in US$ 188 375 562 750 937 1124 1312 1499 1874 2248 188 65
Prices based on accommodation from Sunday to Saturday
No extra nights bookable.
Room Occupancy:
Twin room.
Includes:
TV, Daily cleaning, 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: 18
Dates:
High season dates 27 Jun. 2020 - 30 Aug. 2020
High season:
High season supplement per week: 20 £
Homestay special dietary requirements fee (halal meat, gluten free, etc.): GBP 25 per week.

Leisure activities

activity possibledistance from school
Dancing1 km
Diving100 km
Football (soccer)4 km
Golf8 km
Horse riding8 km
Ice Hockey4 km
Mountainbiking20 km
Music1 km
Rugby4 km
Sailing 
Skiing8 km
Squash4 km
Swimming2 km
Table Tennis1 km
Tennis8 km
Yoga1 km
Leisure programme for adults (sample):
 Sample of activities for adults (PDF)

Reviews

4.7

Rating: 4.7/5.0

Location of the school

Rating: 4.9/5.0

4.9
Organisation

Rating: 4.5/5.0

4.5
Facilities

Rating: 4.4/5.0

4.4
Social activities

Rating: 4.2/5.0

4.2
Course quality / Progress in language

Rating: 4.8/5.0

4.8
Value for money

Rating: 4.3/5.0

4.3
Accommodation
Homestay

Rating: 3.6/5.0

3.6
Shared Flat (apartment)
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Other

Rating: 5.0/5.0

5.0
What students liked about The Essential English Centre, Manchester
Hello, I’m Kawá from the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. I highly recommend the Essential English Language Centre where I studied for five weeks. As it was my first time outside of the rainforest, I was quite nervous about studying English, especially in England, but from the moment I stepped through the door, the kind welcome from the staff and teachers melted away my fear. The teachers at the EELC are committed to building confidence in their students and providing them with the skills to flow in the English language. I am extremely grateful to the EELC team, especially, the directors of the school, Jo and Bairb, for the support and encouragement they extend to all their students. Thank you - it’s a five star language centre!
Overall rating
5.0
Value for money
5.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0
School organization
5.0
Social activities
5.0
Accommodation
Additional information
Insider tips about what future students should not miss:: Don't be shy, you're in safe space at EELC.
Other comments:: Hello, I’m Kawá from the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. I highly recommend the the Essential English Language Centre where I studied for five weeks. As it was my first time outside of the rainforest, I was quite nervous about studying English, especially in England, but from the moment I stepped through the door, the kind welcome from the staff and teachers melted away my fear. The teachers at the EELC are committed to building confidence in their students and providing them with the skills to flow in the English language. I am extremely grateful to the EELC team, especially, the directors of the school, Jo and Bairb, for the support and encouragement they extend to all their students. Thank you - it’s a five star language centre!
My calls, the teachers and the supportive staff. I also liked the table tennis and football as it strengthened the relationship between students.
Overall rating
5.0
Value for money
5.0
Detailed review
City/place
4.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0
School organization
5.0
Social activities
5.0
Accommodation
Homestay
5.0
Other
5.0
Shared Flat (apartment)
5.0
The integration
Overall rating
5.0
Value for money
1.0
Detailed review
City/place
3.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
3.0
School organization
4.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0
Accommodation
Homestay
3.0
Other
3.0
Shared Flat (apartment)
3.0
Teachers were very helpful and friendly. They cared about all students and did their best to teach us something new. The school supervisor Gaelle helped me a lot with everything I needed.
Overall rating
5.0
Value for money
5.0
Detailed review
City/place
5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0
School organization
5.0
Social activities
4.0
Accommodation
Homestay
5.0
Other
5.0
Shared Flat (apartment)
5.0

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    Activities room5/25
  • Student lounge
    Student lounge6/25
  • Manchester building
    Manchester building 7/25
  • Lounge area
    Lounge area 8/25
  • Learning
    Learning9/25
  • Manchester, Englang UK
    Manchester, Englang UK10/25
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    The Essential English Centre hallway11/25
  • lounge
    lounge12/25
  • Seeing Manchester
    Seeing Manchester 13/25
  • Sports game
    Sports game14/25
  • Studying
    Studying 15/25
  • Exploring Manchester
    Exploring Manchester 16/25
  • Exploring
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  • Siteseeing
    Siteseeing 18/25
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    Studying together19/25
  • Reading
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  • Teacher
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  • The Essential English Centre
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  • Students chatting
    Students chatting24/25
  • Socialising
    Socialising 25/25

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    FAQ about The Essential English Centre, Manchester

  • English courses at The Essential English Centre start at 167 £ for General Course course with 15 lessons per week. When booking here you benefit from an exclusive discount.
  • The accommodation Homestay is the most popular among all our clients of The Essential English Centre
  • Yes. The school offers pickup from Manchester Airport (60 £)
  • Depending on the chosen course, the maximum number of students at The Essential English Centre varies from 8 students (General English + Business English) to 12 students (Intensive Course )
  • 100% of teachers at The Essential English Centre hold a university degree. 100% hold a recognized language teaching certificate.
  • The highest Nationality percentage at The Essential English Centre comes from Spain with a 20% representation, followed by students from Saudi Arabia (14%) and Italy (11%).
  • Yes, there is an exclusive discount that only applies when booking online here.
  • The Essential English Centre offers courses from 16 years to 99. Average age is 19 during the summer and 22 for the rest of the year.
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