English as a Foreign Language and English Plus

We run many courses during the year, including ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) and EFL (English as a Foreign Language).

We can help you improve your English-language skills!

If you are not a British citizen or want to extend your visa, we can also help you to prepare for UK Visa Extension and ‘Life in the UK’ exams with our citizenship courses. 

See below for details, then register your interest to arrange a free assessment of your language abilities and learn more about what course would be right for you.

Refugee and asylum seeker offers

Because of the high demand for English language lessons, we have made a range of courses that will support the large number of asylum seekers who are hoping to enrol onto our courses at our colleges.

We are working with local authorities and charities to help refugees and asylum seekers get the essential skills that they need to transition into life and work in the United Kingdom.

Please call us on 0800 612 6008 or email us for more details.

English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

These courses will help you gain English skills to prepare you for university or work.

Courses are full-time (16 hours per week) or part-time. You will be learning in a class of up to 20 students. 

You will study general and academic English, which includes a one-hour tutorial:

  • study all four skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking)
  • revise and extend your knowledge of English grammar
  • improve your pronunciation and vocabulary
  • study with students from all over the world!

Activate Learning is not a test centre, but we will help you book your exam at an official centre. Exam costs are not included in this course’s fee.

Prices for Cambridge exams can be found on their website.

Contact us now to book a course or find out more!

English Plus

This course offers you the opportunity to learn English and—at the same time—study another subject of interest.

We offer Plus programmes in a wide variety of subject areas including golf, equine, hairdressing, beauty and travel and tourism and we can also design Plus programmes to suit your own specific needs.

We are very flexible and will try to design a Plus programme that is specifically suited for your needs: your level of English, your education in your home country, and your experience in the areas you would like to study.

Whatever you want to achieve, we may have a Plus course to help you! Contact us now and start building your dream course!

Exam preparation


A good IELTS score will help you enter university, Access to HE courses, or employment. If you want to prepare for the IELTS exam or improve your score, then this is the course for you!

You will attend once per week and learn in a class of up to 20 students. To enrol, you should have an intermediate (or above) level of English, and be aged 16+.

Activate Learning is not a test centre, but we will help you book your exam at an official centre. Exam costs are not included in this course’s fee. You can see the prices for IELTS exams here.


We offer short courses to help you prepare for a Secure English Language Test (SELT) or Graded English Speaking Exam (GESE) that you can take at a Trinity College London test centre.

These tests are usually accepted for citizenship applications.


Preparation for UK Visas, Citizenship and Settlement: Are you looking to become a British citizen? Do you want to extend your UK visa? We can help prepare you for the UK Visa Extension and ‘Life in the UK’ exams.

Our courses are accredited by the British Council.

Contact us now to find out more!

General English Language: Full-Time Course

We are a British Council Accredited English Language Centre for the teaching of English as a foreign language. All of our English teachers are dedicated and trained professionals. We offer five levels of English classes:

  • elementary
  • pre-intermediate
  • intermediate
  • upper intermediate
  • advanced

Whether you just want to improve your English for personal reasons or you need to get the right IELTS grade for further study, our English classes will enable you to improve your skills in grammar, speaking, listening, reading and writing, and increase your vocabulary.

It is also possible to take your Cambridge exam at Guildford College; so you could also consider taking KET, PET, FCE, CAE and CPE. Course books are not included in the tuition fee.

Contact us now to book a course or find out more!