English Courses for Over 40s | Adult English Courses in York

Gold Courses 2020

Improve your English and enjoy a great city!

We want our older students to share what we can offer and be able to share their thoughts and experiences through English.

Our Gold Course students love to share their views, experiences and impressions. We want you to be able to do this with confidence through English.

Key Points:

Dates 2020

Course Start Finish
Spring Gold Course 3rd May 28th June
Summer Gold Course 2nd August 30th August
Christmas Gold Course 22nd November 20th December

Gold only classes on these courses provided there are a minimum of 4 students per level

We also run three additional Family Gold Courses throughout the year.

Dates are Sundays as accommodation runs from Sunday to Sunday.

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The Gold Course is open to anyone over the age of 40 who wants to spend time in the company of like-minded adults. The Course offers a blend of English lessons, social activities, visits and excursions.

The course is a 15 hour General English course from 09:15-13:00, Monday to Friday, followed by an afternoon programme on three afternoons each week.

As one of Europe’s most historic cities, York, with its rich cultural life is an ideal location for courses for older students.

The traffic free centre has a huge choice of bars and restaurants; as well as one of the best selections of shops in the north of England.

“Gold-only” Classes

We know that students on 40+ courses prefer to be in a class with students of a similar age so we guarantee ‘Gold-only” classes provided there are a minimum number of 4 students per level.

Afternoon Programme

The afternoon programme is designed with older students in mind. The visits are guided by a senior member of the College staff.  For students attending the full course, the course finishes with a farewell lunch, a great way to end a memorable stay. The afternoon and evening programme ensures that participants see as much as possible of York and some of the surrounding area.

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Daily Timetable

Time Activity
09:15-10:00 Lesson 1
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-11:00 Lesson 2
11:00-11:15 Break
11:15-12:00 Lesson 3
12:00-12:15 Break
12:15-13:00 Lesson 4
13:00 Lunch
14:00 onwards Afternoon Programme (see below)

Afternoon Programme – (EXAMPLE ONLY)

Day Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4
Monday York City Walls York’s Snickelways Taste of Yorkshire Lunch Halls & Churches Tour
Tuesday York Minster Yorkshire Food Jorvik Viking Centre Yorkshire Drink
Wednesday Free Afternoon Free Afternoon Free Afternoon Free Afternoon
Thursday Harewood House or Durham White Horse & Afternoon Tea Castle Howard Harrogate
Friday Free Afternoon Free Afternoon White Horse & Afternoon Tea Farewell Lunch or
Friday Evening Dinner, Melton’s Restaurant
Saturday The Yorkshire Coast and Fish & Chips Malham & Grassington The Royal Armouries & Leeds Scarborough

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Tuition Fees

Course Tuition fee per week
Gold Course £385

See also our Booking Conditions and online Fees Calculator

The fees include:

  • 15 hours of tuition per week
  • Afternoon activity programme
  • Entrance fees to attractions
  • Saturday excursion

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We select host families with care to ensure homes with good conversation.

Accommodation Type Meals included Price per week
Standard Homestay Breakfast & Dinner (Lunch at the weekends) £164.50
Standard Homestay with Private Bathroom Breakfast & Dinner (Lunch at the weekends) £255.50
Bishop’s Residence (En-suite room with Self-Catering facilities) Breakfast £350*

* The price of Bishop’s depends on the length of stay. As well as single rooms, Bishop’s has a number of twins and double rooms so couples or friends can also stay – and take advantage of the second person discount!. Prices start at £50 per night (single person) for the first week and then reduce weekly. Please see a full table of prices here.

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