Imperial English UK Imperial English UK

  • Affiliation
  • Expertise
  • Course Options
  • Entry Requirements
  • £ Fees
  • Assessment, Progress & Support
  • Award
  • Trips & Excursions
  • Term Dates
  • Timetable & Enrolments

Imperial English UK Study Centre is a partner English language school of Birmingham College ( Birmingham College is accredited by the British Council.

A word from the Director of Studies
Welcome to Imperial English UK Study Centre’s website. Our ELT Team has been selected for their supportive and holistic approach as we are aware of the pressure students can face when coming to a new country.

Imperial English UK Study Centre’s course organiser has over 35 years’ experience of ELT and has been involved with IELTS preparation programmes since their introduction in 1989. He has also been involved with Summer Schools, Foundation Programmes, Young Learners’ Courses and English for Specific Purposes.

The Director of Studies has curriculum leader experience at a government funded Further Education Centre as well as teaching at several universities, meaning all our teachers are familiar with the Cambridge KET, PET, FCE and CAE examination requirements. Our teachers all have the opportunity to develop their skills by teaching short courses with our partner institutes overseas.

This combination of skills means that the Centre can combine the best of the traditional and latest developments in language learning.

Our strength is that we work closely together and are always happy to support you inside as well as outside the classroom. Whatever your question, query or problem, don’t hesitate to ask us. Our teachers will provide you with any individual guidance that you might need.

I hope that the website answers all your questions and provides the necessary information you need to make the right decision to study or work with us.

Should you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact the Centre.

R Salguero
Director of Studies

General English

  • 16 hours per week
  • Continuous enrolment programme (following Cambridge ESOL KET, PET, FCE & CAE requirements, as appropriate)
General English with IELTS Preparation / Business English / Conversational English options two afternoons a week.
  • 21 hours per week
  • Continuous enrolment programme (following Cambridge ESOL KET, PET, FCE & CAE requirements, as appropriate)
Cambridge FCE and CAE
  • 3 hours per week
  • 12 weeks duration
IELTS Preparation Workshops
  • Part-time continuous enrolment
  • Two afternoons per week 1.30 – 4.30 pm & two evenings a week 7.00 – 8.30 pm
Bespoke Courses (IELTS & ESP)
  • for 1-1 or 2 students per session
Bespoke in-house Business English & ESP training at local companies

Class Sizes
  • The maximum class size is 15 students per class.
  • Average class sizes at Imperial English UK are considerably smaller, between 5-7 students, to ensure we can support the specific needs of students on an individual basis.

Students must be over the age of 16 to join any course at Imperial English UK.

All courses start at a minimum duration of 2 weeks to ensure that you have a realistic opportunity to develop and use your skills.

We do not accept absolute beginners – please contact the Centre if you would like to discuss this further:

Placement Test
The placement test is a £40 charge, this helps us to establish at what level you are working at as a learner prior to joining classes. The test is formed of 3 sections; Grammar, Writing and Speaking.

1-1 sessions focus on IELTS examination strategies and techniques and are charged at a £40 per hour basis.

The majority of students at Imperial English UK are working towards IELTS. To view upcoming IELTS Examination dates click here The only UKVI IELTS Test Centre in Birmingham is the Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form Centre.

Other test Centres in the West Midlands are:
Rugby (Warwickshire Centre), Burton-on-Trent (Burton & South Derbyshire Centre), Leicester (Leicester Centre). The IELTS examination fee is £200, however exam fees may vary depending on the Centre. Imperial English UK administrators can advise you on test dates and help with your application.

For more details click here:

If you are planning to take a Cambridge ESOL examination click here :

Initial Assessment
All students will be required to sit an Initial Assessment Test before joining classes. This test will assess your ability in writing, grammar and speaking in order to identify strengths and weaknesses, and place you in a suitable class.

At Imperial English UK we not only like to ensure that you are studying in the right ability groups but also to ensure you know WHAT you are studying, WHY you are studying it and HOW you can study effectively. This helps to establish your study plan.

After completing the Initial Assessment Test, you will be given the opportunity for feedback. Students benefit greatly from the feedback sessions as they are able to identify their strengths and weaknesses and areas for improvement. This also gives you a clear direction towards setting your targets or, for some, revaluating your targets. It forms a strong foundation for your academic plan and provides a clear focus.

Progress Monitoring
There are regular progress checks through homework and review tests as well as the formative and summative assessment procedures that are followed. This includes weekly checks, plus regular individual and group presentations, discussion activities, project work and homework. All these measure your progress and identify any difficulties that you may be having. You are also encouraged to say how you feel about your progress when you have a tutorial or write your 'Learner Journal'.

The progress tests are not only used to measure your learning but, more importantly, we use this as a mechanism to provide support to you. It allows tutors to identify students that may be academically struggling and who require additional support.

Student Support
Imperial English UK promotes learner independence and respects learner voice. All students on full-time courses;

  • Have an Individual Learning Plan (ILP)
  • Keep a Learner Journal to develop self-reflection
  • Are entitled to a weekly individual tutorial

The procedures we have in place for English language diagnostic assessment on your arrival enable us to identify and support your Learning Styles and establish your aims and objectives. We also conduct regular progress checks and self-assessment questionnaires, to ensure you stay focused and to encourage you to progress throughout the programme.

We understand that you cannot study well if you are worried about bank accounts and accommodation or you are feeling homesick. The administration staff are friendly and supportive and are always willing to help with registrations, applications and other personal paperwork queries.

Please note that the Centre does not provide accommodation for students, however we can advise and assist you.

Certification & Report
After successful completion of your chosen course, you will receive a Certificate of Attendance which will include;

  • Your Full Name
  • Course Title
  • Start and End Date
  • CEFR level
  • Individual Certificate Number

You will also receive an Individual Report which outlines your performance and gives you advice for future study.

Trips, Excursions and Outings
We want to provide you with cultural, educational and enjoyable experiences during your stay in the UK.

To help complete this package we organise one full day excursion per term, which is included in your fees if you are enrolled on a full-time course with Imperial English UK.

The teachers at Imperial English UK also take you on many afternoon excursions around Birmingham City Centre, these help to support the topics that you are taught during your classes.

There are many options available and at the beginning of each term students vote which excursion they would like to do.

Possible Excursions :

  • Cadbury World Chocolate Factory
  • Warwick Castle
  • Birmingham Sealife Centre
  • Ironbridge and Blists Hill Victorian Town
  • Coventry Transport Museum
  • Black Country Living Museum
  • Drayton Manor Theme Park
  • Severn Valley Railway and Arley Arboretum
  • Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
  • Malvern Hills and British Camp
  • Stratford-Upon-Avon
  • Oxford and Bicester Village
  • Dudley Zoological Gardens

*Excursion choice is subject to change dependant on weather etc.

Imperial English UK Term Dates for the Academic Year 2017-2018

Summer Bank Holiday 28/08/2017
Christmas Holiday 22/12/2017 – 02/01/2018
Good Friday 30/03/2018
Easter Monday 02/04/2018
Easter Holiday 24/03/2018 – 03/04/2018
May Bank Holiday 07/05/2018
Spring Bank Holiday 28/05/2018
Summer Bank Holiday 27/08/2018

Please note additional Religious Holidays will be granted dependant on the day of the week they fall on.

Enrolment and Timetable
All programmes have been designed as continuous enrolment, so you can join your chosen course at Imperial English UK throughout the academic year.

Registrations take place every Monday.


English Language Learning


  • Application
  • Step 1: Choose the right course
  • Step 2: Applying
  • Step 3: Conditional Offer
  • Step 4: Fee Payment
  • Step 5: Unconditional Offer

We are happy that you have taken the first step towards studying at Imperial English UK. We hope you find all the information you need to make an application on this page.

However, if you need any further assistance or wish to speak to someone then please contact the Centre on:
+44 (0) 121 212 0444 or send an e-mail to

We advise all students under the age of 18 to consult your parents, guardians and the admission team before making an application, to make sure that you are enrolling on the right course.

Questions to ask yourself before choosing a course:

  • Do I really want to study this course, will I enjoy it?
  • Do I meet the course requirements?
  • How will this course help me to improve my academic skills?
  • How will this course help me in my future goals?
  • What will I do after completing this course?

And then when you’re ready you can apply!

Once you have decided which course you want to apply for, you need to submit the Application Form to the Centre with the following documents:

  • Passport Copy
  • Qualification Record
  • Reference

Terms and Conditions of Application

Once we have all the documents you will receive :

Confirmation email
Receipt of Application
If you do not receive an email one week after submitting your Application Form, please contact the Centre immediately.

After successfully submitting the application form and meeting the requirements you will receive a Conditional Offer Letter.

The letter confirms the applicants details, course applied for, duration and fee. Applicants under 18 must also return the following three forms to the Centre:

  • U18 Form- detailing the student’s accommodation and transfer arrangements, medical information and emergency contact details.
  • Parental Consent form- detailing Centre information regarding safeguarding and agreement to Centre requests.
  • Guardianship form- students aged 16-18 are required to have an English-speaking appointed guardian (over the age of 21) based in the UK. This guardian should be appointed by the parents or person legally responsible for the student.

These forms can be downloaded above and scanned to or they will be emailed to you at the time of application.

If you have received the Conditional Offer Letter and have returned all the relevant documents you are now ready to pay the Centre fees.

For government sponsored students you will be required to submit a Financial Guarantee Letter.

For self - financed students you need to return the following form to the Centre:

  • Passport Copy
  • Qualification Record
  • Reference


Please read the Centre Refund Policy to see if you are eligible for a refund, you can view this by clicking here. To claim your refund you will need to submit the following documents:

After we receive confirmation of payment you will receive the following documents from Centre:

  • Unconditional Offer Letter
  • Fee Receipt

Congratulations you have now secured an Unconditional place to study at Imperial English UK and are ready to process your visa application!


Campus Tour: We welcome learners from all over the globe to come and join us at Imperial English UK. Imperial English UK is based at the prestigious BMI located in the heart of the city centre. Typical classrooms are Room 21, Room 16 and the Woodward Room, which can be seen on the 'campus tour'. Students also have the opportunity to use the John Lee Theatre or Lyttleton Theatre for presentation sessions.


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