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The Essential English Centre, Manchester, England UK

Among the Top 20% most popular English schools in England UK in the last 12 monthsOrganized social activities were rated by students as the best or among the top 20% of all schools in England UKAverage student rating for this school was the best or in the top 20% among all schools in England UK
4.7/5

Rating: 4.7/5.0

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)

Accreditations and Quality seals

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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.
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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$ 293 586 879 1171 1757 2295 2869 3653 6603 9694 270
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
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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$ 205 410 615 820 1230 1593 2512 4496 6533 7985 182
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
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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
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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 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$ 305 609 914 1218 1827 2389 2986 3805 6884 10116 12363
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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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$ 305 609 914 1218 1827 2389 2986 3805 6884 10116 12363
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
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$ 305 609 914 1218 1827 2389 2986 3753 6884 10116 12363
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
Exam fee
160 £
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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 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$ 305 609 914 1218 1827 2389 2986 3805 6884 10116 12363
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
Exam fee
185 £
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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$ 179 358 537 715 894 1073 1251 1430 1787 2145 179 62
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$ 272 543 814 1085 1356 1627 1898 2169 2712 3254 272
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$ 179 358 537 715 894 1073 1251 1430 1787 2145 179 62
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

4.7/5.0

Rating: 4.7/5.0

City

Rating: 4.6/5.0

4.6/5.0 
Organisation

Rating: 4.5/5.0

4.5/5.0 
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: 4.8/5.0

4.8/5.0 
Value for money

Rating: 4.3/5.0

4.3/5.0 
Accommodation
Homestay

Rating: 3.6/5.0

3.6/5.0 
Shared Flat (apartment)
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Other

Rating: 5.0/5.0

5.0/5.0 
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
5.0/5.0
Value for money
5.0/5.0
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
5.0/5.0
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
5.0/5.0
Value for money
5.0/5.0
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
The integration
Overall rating
5.0/5.0
Value for money
1.0/5.0
Detailed review
City/place
3.0/5.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
3.0/5.0
School organization
4.0/5.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
4.0/5.0
Accommodation
Homestay
3.0/5.0
Other
3.0/5.0
Shared Flat (apartment)
3.0/5.0
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
5.0/5.0
Value for money
5.0/5.0
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

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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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