English Courses for Over 50s | 2016  Adult English Courses in York

Gold Courses 2018

Improve your English and enjoy a great city!

Dates 2018

Term Start Finish
Winter 21st January 18th February
Spring 25th March 29th April
Late Spring* 6th May 3rd June
Summer* 5th August 2nd September
 Autumn 30th September 4th November
Early Winter* 25th November 23rd December

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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 09:15-12:45, Monday to Friday, followed by an afternoon and evening programme. 3 classes of 60 minutes each day. Minimum age 40. Maximum class size 14.

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 at the following levels: pre-intermediate, intermediate and advanced for our Late Spring, Summer and Early Winter courses.

Afternoon Programme

The afternoon programme is designed with older students in mind. The visits are guided by a senior member of the College staff. The course finishes with a farewell dinner at York’s best restaurant, 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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Key points

  • 15 hours’ tuition per week plus a full afternoon programme
  • Maximum class size: 14
  • Average class size (2017): <6
  • Minimum age: 40
  • 40+ only classes on our Late Spring, Summer and Early Winter courses
  • Full afternoon programme
  • Meals with the teachers
  • Farewell Dinner

We offer up to three levels of Gold Course only classes during the Late Spring, Summer and Early Winter Courses.  For the remaining Gold Courses students share morning classes with other General English Students.

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Daily Timetable

Time Activity
09:15-10:15 Lesson 1
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-11:30 Lesson 2
11:30-11:45 Break
11:45-12:45 Lesson 3
14:00 onwards Afternoon Programme (see below)

Afternoon Programme May (Example)

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

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Course 1 week 2 weeks 3 weeks 4 weeks
Gold Course £601.50 £1,128.00 £1,654.50 £2,181.00

The fees include:

  • 15 hours of tuition per week
  • Tuition
  • Standard homestay accommodation
  • Full-afternoon activity programme
  • Visits and excursions
  • Booking fee

Please also see our Booking Conditions.

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We select host families with care to ensure homes with good conversation. We can also recommend hotels close to the College.

Homestay accommodation is included in the above fees.

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