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Diploma of English

Key information

Start dates:
Every Monday (2 January – 10 December 2018), except Beginners.
Beginners start dates: first Monday of each month.
Course length:
Minimum 24 weeks
Class size range:
14 (UK), 15 (USA)
28 lessons (21 hours) per week

Entry requirements

Kings Level 1 (Beginner)
Minimum age:

Please note that students need to be 17 years old to start at Kings New Jersey. We can only accept applications from under 17s starting on/after Monday 11 June and finishing by Friday 1 September 2017.

Sample timetable for the Diploma of English

Diploma of English timetable

The course

This long-term course is the best value way to achieve real fluency, gain specialist subject knowledge and enjoy a memorable college year or semester abroad.

What is included in the price

  • 28 lessons per week
  • Welcome Information Pack
  • Placement test on arrival, weekly progress tests and regular homework
  • Learning materials and grammar book
  • Use of Computer Learning Centre
  • Access to ClassMate online learning
  • Wifi in College
  • Optional weekly lecture programme
  • Two free social activities per week
  • End-of-course certificate

Your 10-part Extra Value Pack

  1. Kings Learning Guarantee: If you don't achieve the result we've agreed with you in advance, you can study for free until you do
  2. Walk to class Guarantee: You will be offered accommodation within no more than 30 minutes' walking distance of the school for the whole of your course
  3. Up to 4 free guided independent study sessions per week, including 1.5 hours of teacher led sessions and activities (except July and August)
  4. Personalised study plan
  5. Free grammar book
  6. One-to-one interview with a senior teacher (typically every 8–12 weeks)
  7. University Placement: Guidance from specialist university advisors/counsellors if you have plans to go to university in the UK or USA
  8. Access to Wavy Gate student residence at Kings Oxford
  9. One exam fee waived (TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge)
  10. Regular written progress reports: Benefits apply to students attending all classes and completing all assignments

Course structure and content

28 lessons per week, mornings and afternoons.


  • 20 lessons per week of General English
  • 8 lessons per week in Special Interest Groups, which offer a range of more specialist English language topics to suit students' needs and interests
  • Up to 4 guided/facilitated self-study sessions each week

General English classes

During the General English component of the course, students can expect to cover:

English Language:

  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar
  • Pronunciation

Language skills:

  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Writing

Study Skills:

  • Note taking
  • Research skills
  • Time management
  • Dictionary work
  • Learner autonomy

Cultural and personal development:

  • Understanding cultural difference and similarity
  • Working with others
  • Presenting an argument

Special Interest Groups

The Diploma of English includes your choice of Special Interest Groups (SIGs). These are lessons to develop specialist skills in English, or give you experience of additional subjects according to the specific outcome you need. SIGs are grouped along the four core outcomes:

Fluency and experience

  • Speaking and pronunciation
  • Reading and writing
  • Film and drama
  • Communicating effectively in English
  • Current affairs and understanding the news
  • Survival English
  • Language out loud!
  • American culture
  • British culture and history
  • Global citizenship
  • Accent reduction
  • Hashtag English
  • Improv and acting
  • Advanced language skills
  • English for socialising and travel
  • Conversation skills
  • Email English
  • Essential English

Professional success

  • Art and Design
  • Global leadership
  • Tricks of the Trade
  • Résumé writing
  • Business fluency
  • English for work
  • Legal English
  • English of Wall Street
  • English for tourism
  • English for career development
  • Diplomacy and negotiation
  • Sales, marketing and retail
  • English for meetings and presentations
  • Networking in English
  • Business and Finance

Exam success

  • Pre-IELTS
  • Pre-TOEFL
  • TOEFL preparation
  • Cambridge FCE/CAE
  • Cambridge KET
  • Cambridge PET
  • Exam skills and strategies

University success

  • Academic reading and writing
  • Graduate preparation
  • GMAT
  • Personal statements
  • Online English
  • Discussion skills
  • Speak your mind
  • University preparation skills
  • Academic study skills
  • EAP skills for success
  • Contemporary topics

University or professional success

You can also combine your course with a semester or two on one of our exciting Foundation courses — the Foundation in Tourism and Hospitality Management or the International Business Foundation. It's a great path to university or to fast track your professional success.

Exam preparation

The Diploma of English is also a great way to prepare for formal exams — IELTS, Cambridge or TOEFL — recognised by universities and employers worldwide.

Your Diploma and end-of-course report

You'll receive a Diploma Certificate unique to the course as well as a detailed End-of-Course Report outlining your progress and achievements.

From Kings Life

Portrait of Shu-Yun (Sophia) Chang, from Taiwan, outside Kings Brighton.

Shu-Yun (Sophia) from Taiwan is taking the Diploma of English at Kings Brighton, and shares her impressions of the school and the city.

Read the full blog post