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English Language
Compact Course

Key information

Start dates:
Every Monday 2 January – 10 December 2018, 7 January – 9 December 2019, except Beginners.
Beginner start dates: first Monday of each month*
Course length:
Minimum 2 weeks (no maximum)
Maximum class size:
14 (UK), 15 (USA)
20 lessons (15 hours) per week, plus 4 lessons (3 hours) of guided study in USA locations.

Entry requirements

Kings Level 1 (Beginner)
Minimum age:

*If a Beginner level group is not available to join, students will be offered 8 hours of one-to-one lessons until they can join a suitable class.

Typical timetable for the Compact Course

Compact Course sample weekly timetable

The course

This course is designed for students who wish to improve their overall English language level, yet still have plenty of free time to explore their surroundings and practise their English outside of class.

What is included in the price

  • 20 lessons per week (15 hours)
  • Welcome Information Pack
  • Placement test on arrival, weekly assignments, group participation, and progress tests
  • Course materials
  • Use of Computer Learning Centre
  • Access to ClassMate, the Kings online learning platform
  • WiFi internet in College
  • Optional weekly lecture programme
  • Two free social activities per week
  • End-of-course certificate (90% or higher attendance required)

From Kings Life

Compact Course student Linda inside Kings Brighton.

Linda fom Italy took the Compact Course at Kings Brighton, and tells us what she thought.

Read the full blog post

Course structure and content

20 lessons per week (15 hours), plus 4 lessons (3 hours) of guided study in the US (required by US visa).

These are usually every morning from Monday to Friday.

During the summer high season you might have lessons in the mornings, afternoons or a combination of both.

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