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English as a Foreign Language (EFL) + Exam Preparation

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Oxford City Centre,
Oxpens Rd,
Oxford, OX1 1SA

Flexible start - enquire

New and returning learners:

Please note that due to special measures we have put in place to make our sites COVID safe, we are asking all learners to enrol with us online. If you are unable to do so we can support you over the phone, simply call 0800 612 6008. Please do not enter our college sites without a prior appointment as we are managing the number of people on site at any time to comply with social distancing measures.

See information about the measures we are taking to keep learners safe while on campus.

For English-language learners interested in taking exams, such as IELTS, SELT, Cambridge First, CAE and CPE.

These part-time courses can prepare you for exams such as:

  • Cambridge English First (CFE)
  • Cambridge English: Preliminary
  • Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
  • Cambridge Proficiency in English (CPE)
  • Trintiy College London Secure English Language Testing (SELT)
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

On this course, you will study English for at least two hours a week for 10 weeks to prepare for the exam of your choice.
Activate Learning is not a test centre, but we will help you book your exam at an official centre.

Exam costs are not included in this course’s fee. 

  • Up-to-date prices for Cambridge exams can be found here
  • Up-to-date prices for IELTS exams can be found here
  • Up-to-date prices for SELT exams can be found here

Details of exam dates and how to register for the exam are provided to you. Please contact Advice and Admissions for more information.

When you finish the course, you can:

  • take the exam of your choice. Good luck!
  • take this course again, if you need more preparation
  • apply to study another subject at college

The maximum class size is 25 students. 
To join this course, you must speak with a member of the teaching team first. They will check that this is the right course for you. 
To speak with us, complete the form here. You DO NOT need to complete a college application form.

Improve your English, make new friends, learn about British culture and enjoy yourself! 

*Please note: Course fees and exam entry fees may be subject to change. 
This course does not run during school holidays or bank holidays. 
See the timetable here.

What I'll learn

You will learn:

  • effective strategies for the exam of your choice
  • correct English pronunciation
  • accurate spoken English for formal and informal situations
  • English grammar  
  • vocabulary and phrases used by native speakers 
  • how to write reports, letters and articles
  • study skills

Also, all Activate Learning students can speak free of charge to our Student Support teams for advice and guidance on their course and student life in the UK. See here for details.


How I'll learn

You will:

  • take practice exams
  • improve your general English using authentic roleplays
  • work in pairs or small groups to improve your spoken fluency, accuracy and pronunciation
  • get scores and feedback from your teacher on your homework

You also get access to our leisure and learning facilities such as: 

  • Learning Centres and beauty salons
  • libraries
  • Virtual Learning Environments


How I'll be assessed

You will sit practice exams that will be scored.

You will also get feedback from your teacher on practice exam results and homework. 


If English is not your first language and you need to improve your English language skills so that you can study or find work, we can help you."

ESOL teacher

Entry Requirements

You must be 16 years old or over to study on this course.

You must be able to study in the college for at least two hours per week. 

The maximum class size is 25 students. 

To join this course, you must speak with a member of the teaching team first. They will check that this is the right course for you. 

When you first come to the college, you will need to bring:

  • your passport, EU ID card, valid visa or residency permit
  • your spouse’s/relative’s passport, if you entered the UK to join a spouse or relative
  • any proof of any benefits, such as Job Seeker’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance (if relevant to you). You may not need to pay fees  

There may be additional fees for this course, such as school trips, textbooks or exam costs. Textbooks are not provided and are not essential for the course but can be purchased by students should they wish. Please contact the college for further details.


How to Apply

Please see this page for details on how to apply.