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The Essential English CentreManchester, England UK

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4.4

Rating: 4.4/5.0

Overall school rating of The Essential English Centre, Manchester
Ranked #5 of 15 English schools in Manchester
School
Location of the school
4.7 

Rating: 4.7/5.0

Facilities
4.1 

Rating: 4.1/5.0

Social activities
3.5 

Rating: 3.5/5.0

Organisation
4.0 

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Course
Quality of teaching
4.3 

Rating: 4.3/5.0

Value for money
3.9 

Rating: 3.9/5.0

Accommodation
Homestay
3.6 

Rating: 3.6/5.0

Shared Flat (apartment)
5.0 

Rating: 5.0/5.0

Other
5.0 

Rating: 5.0/5.0

Overall school rating by student age group
Students < 18 years
4.6 

Rating: 4.6/5.0

(5)
Students 18-30 years
4.4 

Rating: 4.4/5.0

(8)
Students 31-49 years
3.5 

Rating: 3.5/5.0

(2)
Students 50+ years
5.0 

Rating: 5.0/5.0

(1)
What we like about the school
  • The first and only Quality English licensed school in Manchester.
  • Free assistance in applying to college/university programmes by a qualified consultant.
What we dislike about the school
  • Lessons are 45 minutes long, which is shorter than in other schools.
How we create the points regarding what we like/dislike about a school

Location:
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 to ensure that students progress quickly towards their goals. The school offers a personal service to all of the students, who enjoy the warm atmosphere of the school. Students feel at home, and the staff provide excellent service both in teaching and all other aspects of their stay.
  • The language school The Essential English Centre was founded in Manchester, England UK in 2012.
  • Legal name / parent company: The Essential English Centre Ltd
  • Tax registration ID: 8515835

English Courses

General Language
Business
Exam PreparationWhy exam preparation courses are excellent for optimum progress

Information for all courses offered by The Essential English Centre

Comments about courses

One-to-One tuition:

  • 1-20 lessons: GBP 42 (per hour).

  • 21+ lessons: GBP 38 (per hour). <br


    Student insurance: GBP 10 (per week)
Lesson duration
45 minutes
School's administrative fee
45.00 £
Course material
Generally course material has to be purchased by the student. The costs of course material will be approximately 35 £ per course level.
Individual classes
Single individual lessons of tuition can be reserved at 42 £. 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.
Days without class
In 2024 (including national and regional bank holidays):
01 Jan 2024, 29 Mar 2024, 01 Apr 2024, 06 May 2024, 27 May 2024, 26 Aug 2024, 25 Dec 2024, 26 Dec 2024.
If a bank holiday falls on a weekday there is no refund nor are missed lessons recuperated. This is the case for the majority of language schools.
Level test
A test to assess your exact language level takes place at the school on the first day of the course.

Lessons needed per English language level

Level (CEFR) LESSONS needed per level WEEKS needed
(20 lessons per week)
A1 Beginner A1 to A2 80 4
A2 Elementary A2 to B1 160 8
B1 Intermediate B1 to B2 180 9
B2 Higher Intermediate B2 to C1 200 10
C1 Advanced C1 to C2 220 11
C2 Proficiency
Data above gives some guidance. For more details consult our page How long does it take to learn a language or reach a specific level.

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
Note: All courses offered by The Essential English Centre, Manchester can be reserved online with LanguageCourse.Net at a lower price than what you pay when booking directly at the school or at the school's website. In case a course is not listed above, just let us know.

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The Essential English Centre

Accreditations and Quality seals
British councilEnglish UKPreferential Terms in Case of Visa RefusalTrinity, Cambridge
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)
First day of course
Written and oral level test is performed. Students should arrive at 9:30
Student gender mix
50% male / 50% female
Offer for returning students
You will be refunded/waived the school's administration fee If you already attended previously a course at The Essential English Centre and you book here.
Payment methods accepted for payments made directly to the school
Visa - logoMastercard - logoBank Transfer - logo

General school 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

  • Video game console

  • Table tennis

  • Table soccer / football

  • Free water dispenser

  • Free WIFI

  • Smoking zones (outdoors)

  • Tourist information

  • Assistance with entrance ticket purchases

  • Assistance with reservations for restaurants, bars, clubs

  • Assistance with organizing transportation

  • Career guidance service (free)

  • Internship placement guidance service (free)

  • Job placement guidance service (free)

  • Facilities for islamic students

    • Available area to pray at the school

    • Facilities to wash feet before praying

    • Halal food offered at the school

    • Homestay option that can prepare halal food

    • Homestay option for female islamic students where no men are living in household and that prepare halal food

    • Arabic homestays available

  • Classroom equipment

    • TV in all classrooms

    • Heating in all classrooms

    • Ample natural light in all classrooms

    Number of classrooms: 9
    Number of public PC workstations: 4

Student Age / Nationality

Average number of students
Adult courses - In summer: 120
Adult courses - Throughout the year: 80
Junior courses - In summer: 10
Junior courses - Throughout the year: 5
Minimum age of students
16 years
12 years for specific Junior courses
Average number of levels
Adult courses In summer: 5
Adult courses Throughout the year: 5
Junior courses In summer: 5
Junior courses Throughout the year: 5
Average age of students
In summer: 20 years
Throughout the year: 24 years

Top student nationalities

Age of students

Airport transfer

Manchester Airport:
65 £ one way
110 £ return (both ways)
More information about airports around Manchester and how to get from the airport to Manchester on your own here on our Manchester page.

Visa Documents

Nationals from United Kingdom do not require a visa for travelling to England UK and attending a language course.
Check visa requirements for nationals from other countries.
Nationals from countries that require a visa will receive documents from the school, related to booking confirmation, which is required for the visa application.
Full payment of all fees required before school dispatches documents required for visa application
No
Express shipment fee (via courier)
30 £
Preferential cancellation terms in case of visa refusal
School agreed that students booking online on this site will benefit from preferential cancellation fees in case of visa refusal, and in this case will never exceed EUR 180.

Leisure activities

activity possibledistance from school
Dancing1 km
Diving-100 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

Examples of leisure activities organized by the school

Adults - Free activities

Conversation club, international food parties, table quizzes, walking tours, museum and art gallery trips.

Adults - Paid activities

Bowling £8, ice skating £10, trampolining £10, football £6.

Accommodation

Ratings of The Essential English Centre compared to ratings of all schools in England UK

 The Essential English Centre ManchesterAverage of all other schools in England UK
Overall school rating4.4

Rating: 4.4/5.0

4.2

Rating: 4.2/5.0

Location of the school4.7

Rating: 4.7/5.0

4.6

Rating: 4.6/5.0

Facilities4.1

Rating: 4.1/5.0

3.9

Rating: 3.9/5.0

Social activities3.5

Rating: 3.5/5.0

3.8

Rating: 3.8/5.0

Organisation4.0

Rating: 4.0/5.0

4.2

Rating: 4.2/5.0

Quality of teaching4.3

Rating: 4.3/5.0

4.3

Rating: 4.3/5.0

Value for money3.9

Rating: 3.9/5.0

3.9

Rating: 3.9/5.0

Homestay4.0

Rating: 4.0/5.0

4.1

Rating: 4.1/5.0

Shared flat4.0

Rating: 4.0/5.0

4.0

Rating: 4.0/5.0

Student opinions about The Essential English Centre, Manchester

Verified reviews only, uncensored. All student opinions from students who booked a course at the school with LanguageCourse.net.
Liked
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!
Insider tips about what future students should not miss Don't be shy, you're in safe space at EELC.
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

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!
Course: Intensive Course  - 2 weeks
1. Feb. 2019
Liked
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

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Homestay (18+)
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Course: General English 25 hours - 3 weeks
11. Sep. 2017
Liked
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

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

City/place
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

School organization
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Social activities
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Course: General English 25 hours [English] - 12 weeks
7. Jan. 2019
Liked
The teachers, specially Billie and Vikki.
Disliked
IELTS lessons could be more productive.
Overall rating
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

City/place
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

School organization
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Social activities
1.0

Rating: 1/5.0

Homestay (18+)
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress: They should take more care of the accommodation.
Course: General Course + IELTS Exam Preparation [English] - 8 weeks
28. Nov. 2022
Liked
The courses are not linear or repetitive
Disliked
Activities often designed for adults
Overall rating
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

City/place
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

School organization
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Course: General Course - 4 weeks
30. Aug. 2023
Liked
Teachers, staff
Disliked
Everything was nice!
Insider tips about what future students should not miss Don't miss the class
Overall rating
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Value for money
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

City/place
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

School organization
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Social activities
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress: Good
Other comments Very good school
Course: General Course - 4 weeks
30. Aug. 2023
Liked
The integration
Overall rating
5.0

Rating: 5/5.0

Value for money
1.0

Rating: 1/5.0

City/place
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Facilities (library, classrooms)
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

School organization
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0

Rating: 4/5.0

Homestay (18+)
3.0

Rating: 3/5.0

Course: General English 15 hours - 2 weeks
4. Sep. 2018

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109 Portland Street - M1 6DN Manchester
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Questions and answers about The Essential English Centre

  • Group courses have a fixed timetable and cannot be adapted to individual needs. If you cannot attend group lessons due to working hours, the best option would be to book private lessons. Private courses are tailored to the individual needs of the student.
    Gosia Mazur, LanguageCourse.Net - Apr 21, 2023

FAQ about The Essential English Centre, Manchester

  • From the airport there are a lot of public buses that students can take. You can pay by contactless cards directly on the bus. All buses leave from the Airport bus station.
    Madly Simba, Language Travel Consultant from LanguageCourse.Net - May 08, 2024
  • The accommodation Homestay (18+) is the most popular among all our clients of Essential English Centre
  • Yes. The school offers pickup from Manchester Airport (65 £)
  • Depending on the chosen course, the maximum number of students at Essential English Centre varies from 14 students (Intensive Course) to 14 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 20 during the summer and 24 for the rest of the year.

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