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Language Academy

We offer a range of academic and professional English courses for non-native speakers of English. We also offer training for those seeking to teach English to speakers of other languages.

All courses are designed and delivered by our team of experienced English language specialists to support the development of all learners. The courses are designed for adult learners and students must be 18 years or older prior to the start of any course.

"It’s really fantastic that we can learn and practice English with British people in the UK. Studying at the Language Academy will be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life."

Pre-sessional student, now studying for a PhD

English language support services

If English is not your first language and you are looking to improve your English language skills, the Language Academy offers two year-long modules. These modules are also open to members of the public for a fee, and students can take a module as a credit-bearing elective, or as an additional class for a discounted fee. Whichever option you choose there is no difference in the course content.

Year-long modules are available in Upper-Intermediate English (CEFR Level B2) and Advanced English (CEFR Level C1).

English language testing

We have designed and facilitated quality language tests for the University as well as for external organisations, including Ofqual-recognised organisations.

Tests include:

  • General English at levels A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2 of the CEFR);
  • English for Academic Purposes: UCLan B1,
  • Test of English Language (TELL) B2 and C1

We can also provide language tests for students who hold an offer with the University that may be subject to meeting a certain English language requirement.

These results are officially recognised and accepted by the University's Home and International Admissions teams. The language test is used to measure candidates' abilities in listening, reading, writing and speaking. Tests normally last around 3 hours.

For more information, including the latest test fees, please email: languageacademy@uclan.ac.uk.

How to apply

Candidates can register and purchase a test via the online store.

Test of English Language Level - eTELL

The Test of English Language Level (eTELL) is a comprehensive language exam which can be taken by students as a way of fulfilling the English Language Entry Requirements to UCLan. Available at three levels, B1, B2, and C1*, this exam can be used to fulfil the requirements to most UCLan courses.

As this is an online test, you can take this either in a computer-lab at one of our many partner institutions, or in your own home.

*B1 and C1 levels are currently in production and are expected to be available in Spring 2022

Commercial testing

We have extensive experience of working with external organisations to develop bespoke English languages tests; whether you need placement testing, achievement, proficiency or progress tests, we can develop a test for you. As well as expertise in large-scale assessment, we can also provide practice-based assessments for specific purposes.

We can also provide bespoke training in language assessment development. As an institution we use a range of innovative assessment methods on different language programmes and degree programmes (including presentations, seminars and simulations) so we have a great deal of expertise of large and small-scale assessment. Our trainers are experienced TESOL practitioners who ensure that sessions are both informative and very interactional with participants learning by doing and we have the facility to follow-up programmes with online support in the form of guided tasks. We can provide courses on assessing language skills, assessment for teacher trainees and introductory courses to the area of language assessment.

Contact us

T: +44 (0)1772 894248

E: languageacademy@uclan.ac.uk