New College Group

New College Group

New College Group is a specialist college providing English as a Second Language courses. NCG is located in two of the UK’s best student cities, Manchester and Liverpool, as well as having a school in Dublin, the Irish capital and has developed a strong reputation among international students for high quality teaching, friendly staff and state of the art facilities.

We Have Qualified Teachers
Your teachers are certified to teach the English language, which is why they are able to develop you to your full potential as a confident user of English.
We Monitor Your Progress
Throughout your English course, you will have tutorials with your teacher and weekly tests, and your progress will be monitored and recorded so that we can ensure that you are continuously improving.

We Think About Your Learning Needs
We use a wide range of methodologies, technologies, and materials; including ‘real English’ materials, and resources to provide interesting and exciting lessons that meet your needs.

We Focus on Pronunciation
At NCG we specialise in 3D teaching; meaning we not only focus on grammar and vocabulary, but also on pronunciation. By teaching pronunciation as it naturally happens in class this allows you to produce British sounds.

Our aim is to make you feel like you are part of one big family. Join NCG and meet students from all over the world and enjoy a true British experience. From your first day at our English language school, our team will be there to attend to your needs and ensure that you take back great memories from studying at New College Group.


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Manchester, Liverpool

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from £210 per week


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We offer the follow program types at our schools:

  • Courses that suit your goals
  • Business English
  • General English
  • IELTS Preparation
  • Corporate Training

General and IELTS English

General English

Our General English courses aim to improve your ability to use English by developing your core language skills – speaking, listening, writing and reading, and increasing your knowledge of English grammar and vocabulary. They also develop your English skills for international communication, and include lots of natural, (British) English, drawing on the local area and British culture.
A large part of language development is confidence; this is why we designed our lessons to build your confidence and provide you with lots of opportunities to use the English you are learning.

Choose how many hours a week you would like to study depending on the intensity that you would like to study at.
General English Course – 15 hours
Intensive English Course – 20 hours
Super Intensive English Course – 25 hours

A quick glance: 

Level Beginner (CEFR A1) to Advanced (CEFR C1)
Class Hours 15 hours per week, Monday to Friday
Time Morning or Afternoon
Course Duration 2 – 45 weeks
Start Date Any Monday (Tuesday on Public Holidays)
Minimum Age 16
Class Size Min 6 – Max 15

Why study General English?
·         Your level is between beginner – to advanced
·         You want to be able to communicate confidently in all contexts
·         You want to be able to communicate with people from all countries and cultures
Your progress is assessed weekly by your class teacher. You will also have a tutorial every 5 weeks, when you can discuss your progress one-to-one with your teacher.
When you are ready, you will progress to the next level that is appropriate for you. We usually expect you to spend 10-12 weeks in one level, but it depends on the individual.
Will I get a certificate?
You will get a New College Group Certificate at the end of your course (provided your attendance is 80% or above).

Business English

Studying the Business English Course at New College Group will equip you with the skills needed to function effectively in international business situations. This course will help you boost your employability, enabling you to get the English language skills you need to access the best jobs. This course will improve your Business English terminology and grammar, and provide you with reading, writing, listening and speaking practice of this in a business context.
This is a specialist program. Subject to demand.
Why Study Business English?
·         You want to communicate effectively at a managerial and professional level
·         You want to participate with confidence in workplace meetings and presentations
·         You want to express yourself with a high level of fluency

A quick glance: 

Level Upper-Intermediate English
Class Hours 20 hours per week, Monday to Friday
Time Morning or Afternoon*
Course Duration 4 – 8 weeks
Minimum Age 18
Class Size Min 6 – Max 15

Key Business Themes
Some of the key topics of the course are:
·         Customer Relationships
·         Presenting in Meetings
·         Advertising and Marketing
·         Sales Pitches

IELTS Preparation

The IELTS course at NCG is ideal for people who want to apply to a UK university and need to achieve their desired score in the IELTS test.
Our intensive IELTS course is designed to help you get the score that you need for entry to your dream University. Students participate in practice tests in class, on a regular basis, which provides students with time to develop their IELTS skills prior to their official exam. The IELTS teachers at NCG have extensive exam experience and valuable understanding to help develop the skills and knowledge of students on our IELTS courses.
As well as practice tests, we’ll help you to develop your exam techniques so that you know how to approach the tasks, what the examiners are looking for and how to prepare effectively. You will also be provided with extensive examples of good and bad answers to ensure that you fully understand all the dos and don’ts of the IELTS exam.
In addition to IELTS test practice and skills development, NCG students will gain exclusive access to our free IELTS online platform, MyNCG, where there are over 60 hours’ worth of IELTS test and skills practice.
NCG students who study IELTS at the college will be provided with guidance and support when they need to book their external exam in the UK.
Why study IELTS?
·         You want to apply to a UK or English speaking University
·         You want to obtain an international qualification that proves your level of English
·         You want to increase your employment opportunities
·         You want to develop your academic skills

A quick glance: 

Level Intermediate (CEFR B2) to Advanced (CEFR C1)
Class Hours 20 hours per week
Time Morning or Afternoon
Course Duration 2 – 45 weeks
Start Date Any Monday (Tuesday when Monday is a Public Holiday)
Minimum Age 16
Class Size Min 6 – Max 12
IELTS Exam Technique

You will learn many important tips such as:
·         How to approach the tasks / questions
·         What the examiners are looking for
·         What to do (& what not to do!)
·         How to prepare for the writing tasks
·         How to manage your time in the exam
·         Examples of good and bad answers

IELTS Specialists
Our teachers have years of experience in preparing students for the IELTS exam, therefore they are able to ensure that you have all of the skills and techniques needed to get the highest possible score
Exam technique
An important part of the IELTS exam is technique. You will take many practice tests to familiarise yourself with the style of the questions on the IELTS test how to use your time effectively to maximise your IELTS score!
What is the IELTS test?
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an internationally recognised qualification and entry requirement for Universities in the Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, established over 20 years ago. It is also widely used by governments as a language proficiency guide when issuing work visas and is recognised by professional organizations.

Corporate Training

Due to our extensive relationships with experts throughout many industries we are able to tailor our corporate training courses to meet your specific training needs.
Our Corporate Training Portfolio falls under three categories:
Marketing and Media | Management | English for Specific Purposes
1.Marketing and Media management
English for Media Production
English for Marketing management

2.Executive Management Programme

3.English for Specific purposes
English for Oil & Gas
English for Aviation
English for Military
International Legal English
English for Finance
Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT)
English for Construction

English for Aviation
Achieve the ICAO requirements needed to be an International Pilot or Air Traffic Controller

English for Construction
Develop the English skills needed for a successful career in the UK construction industry.

English for Finance
Achieve the efficiency needed for an international career in finance.

English for Marketing
Gain the marketing terminology needed to pursue an international career in marketing.

English for Media Production
Develop the English language skills needed for an international career in Media Production.

English for Military
Develop the English language skills needed for an international career in International Military.

English for Oil & Gas
Equip yourself with the key language skills needed to operate in an international environment.

Executive Management Program
Equip yourself with the business expertise and global perspective to take your career and your organization to a new level of success

International Legal English
Gain the English language skills needed to be an International Legal Professional.

Teaching Knowledge Test
Improve your confidence as a teacher and gain the specialist knowledge needed to help you develop your career!

Junior Summer School 2017 at Queen Ethelburga's College

Experience an amazing summer full of activities whilst learning English in a magnificent location.
The NCG Junior Summer school takes place at Queen Ethelburga’s College, one of the UK’s most prestigious and outstanding residential colleges, which offers a truly unique British learning-experience.
Students can expect a full daily programme of English language studies, together with a wide range of social activities and excursions, whilst at all times being under the care and supervision of our highly-trained team of NCG teachers and activity co-ordinators.
What’s included?
·         15 hours’ English lessons per week
·         1 full day and 1 half day excursion
·         Afternoon and evening activities
·         Study material
·         Course completion certificate
·         En-suite residential accommodation
·         All meals included.

A quick glance:

Venue Queen Ethelburga’s College, York
Age range Nov-17
Course length 2 weeks minimum and up to 6 weeks
Course dates 2nd July – 13th August 2017
Class hours 15 hours per week
Group size 15 students with one free leader
Age groups 11-14 and 15-17

·         Colour coded lanyard system. Yellow for staff, pink for students and purple for group leaders
·         Displayed Health and Safety posters
·         Staff board displaying names and job roles so that students know who to go to if they experience any problems
·         Noticeboards displaying information regarding weekly activities and excursions
·         Designated Safeguarding and Welfare officers living on site
·         Qualified first aid trained staff living on site
·         All staff are DBS checked
·         All staff undergo Safeguarding and Health and Safety training
·         Sign in/out register for students leaving the site with family or friends

Essential information
·         Arrival day: Sunday
·         Departure day: Sunday
·         Flights, travel and medical insurance will not be included
·         Airport transfer available, please ask for further details
·         Individuals and groups welcome

Example half day excursions: York Chocolate Story, Jorvik Viking Centre, Knaresorough and Mother Shipton’s Cave.
Example full day excursions: Manchester city with tour, Liverpool city with tour, Leeds excursion with Royal Armouries tour.