Writtle University College and ARU have merged. Writtle’s full range of college, degree, postgraduate and short courses will still be delivered on the Writtle campus. See our guide to finding Writtle information on this site.

Special courses for groups

English course english language courses (Bespoke duration)


Bespoke start date


Our bespoke English language courses are tailored to your needs, and help you to achieve targeted outcomes. Focus on English language skills, language teaching, academic skills and more.

Full description

Course content

Our bespoke courses can include a range of English language or academic skills. We can be flexible on the number of hours included in your course and how it's organised.

Your course could include some of the following topics. Please note these are only examples and other options are available.

English language skills
  • Fluency focus – speak better
  • Reading, listening and writing skills – developing core skills
  • Pronunciation focus - improving performance and confidence
  • Contemporary vocabulary – expanding range and updating your knowledge
  • Grammar practice – using language accurately
Academic skills
  • Research and critical thinking skills
  • Expanding Academic Vocabulary (with reference to the Academic Word List)
  • Academic writing formats
  • Writing abstracts, accurate referencing and bibliographies
  • Note-taking skills
Teacher development
  • Approaches and methodologies refresher for primary, secondary and higher education
  • Working with technology and blended learning
  • Teaching CLIL for primary, secondary and higher education
  • Expertise in EAP provision
  • Assessment and testing
Cultural topics
  • British class systems
  • UK politics: before and after Brexit
  • British cuisine
  • Customs and celebrations
  • British media and newspapers

We can also include, as needed, visits, observations, specific experiential learning, and social programmes. Social programmes feature full- or half-day excursions to enhance your cultural experience in the UK while you study. These are by agreement but can include the following.

Day trips
  • London
  • Warwick
  • Stratford Upon Avon
  • Oxford
Half-day visits
  • Traditional cream tea in Grantchester
  • Ely city visit
  • The Fitzwilliam Museum
  • City tour/punting in Cambridge
  • Historic English Heritage site

Download a sample timetable for Contemporary Language

Course dates and fees

If you would like us to create a bespoke English language course for your organisation, please email [email protected] to discuss your requirements.

We can organise bespoke courses at any time during the year (including summer or winter programmes). The course fee usually includes campus or homestay accommodation, depending on your needs and availability. Our homestay accommodation provider meets the standards for registration with the British Council as a provider of homestay and student house accommodation for adults (18+) in Cambridge .

We usually offer our bespoke courses at Cambridge, but can also organise courses at other ARU campuses as requested.


We can include a certificate of attendance for all bespoke language courses.

If you would like formal assessment – formative or summative – or reports, we can also arrange this.

Where you will study

Your department and faculty

Our Language Centre is here to support your academic success.

We offer a wide range of English courses, including academic and general English, as well as providing English language support for ARU students during their courses. We can also offer summer programmes, English language assessment and bespoke courses for groups.  

You'll find a friendly, supportive teaching environment here with highly experienced and qualified teaching staff who are dedicated to helping you pursue your ambitions.

Where can I study?

Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

Explore our Cambridge campus

How to apply

If you would like more information on our bespoke courses, please email [email protected].

Entry requirements

To attend a short course in the UK you may need to apply apply for a Short Term Study Visa.

We can only accept participants aged 18 or over onto these courses.

Apply now