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General English

We offer a range of General English programmes at Kings: the Compact Course, Intensive Course, Intensive 25+ and Diploma of Intensive English. If you take our Intensive, Intensive 25+ or Diploma of Intensive English courses, you have the option to join Special Interest Groups which focus on areas such as Fluency and Discussion, Academic Reading and Writing, IELTS Preparation, and Business English.

By having such a wide range of options available, we can help you find a course that perfectly matches both your level and your aims.

One-to-one lessons

If you take a General English course, you have the option to take additional one-to-one lessons to improve specific areas such as vocabulary, idioms or pronunciation practice.  

One-to-one lessons are ideal just before an examination, job interview or university interview.

We offer one-to-one lessons in areas including:

  • Business English
  • Grammar
  • Conversation
  • Exam Preparation
  • Academic Study Skills

One-to-one lessons in more specialised areas such as English for law or accountancy are available by special arrangement.

Please note that one-to-one lessons cannot be booked on their own, but can be requested in addition to one of our main courses. 

Language level comparison chart

Kings LevelLanguage competenceKings scale rangeCEFR (leading to)Cambridge examTypical TOEFL iBTTypical IELTSCaMLA Score (Form D)
8 Advanced:
Fluency, accuracy and appropriacy approaching that of a native speaker. Can understand and use complex and idiomatic language.
124 – 136+ C2 Proficiency 110+ 7.5 – 8.5 76 – 80
7 Pre-advanced:
Fluent and accurate in most situations. Occasional mistakes with appropriacy and when attempting more complex expressions.
105 – 123 C1+ Advanced 93 – 109 6.5 – 7.5 69 – 75
6 Upper Intermediate:
Confident and effective communicator in a wide range of situations. Noticeable lapses in fluency and accuracy with complex structures or ideas.
85 – 104 C1 First 59 – 93 5.5 – 6.5 61 – 68
5 Intermediate:
Can communicate independently and effectively on familiar topics. Frequent lapses in accuracy and fluency in more demanding situations.
70 – 84 B2 Preliminary and First 45 – 59 5.0 – 5.5 51 – 60
4 Lower Intermediate:
Can appear confident and fluent when communicating in familiar and non-pressuring situations. Regular lapses in accuracy, fluency, and appropriacy.
62 – 69 B1+ Preliminary 35 – 45 4.5 – 5.0 41 – 50
3 Pre-intermediate:
Can communicate and understand in a fair range of familiar situations. Sustained communication restricted by problems with fluency and accuracy.
46 – 61 B1 Preliminary and Key 25 – 35 3.5 – 4.5 27 – 40
2 Elementary:
Can answer basic questions and communicate some information slowly. Vocabulary and understanding limited to everyday situations.
26 – 45 A2 15 – 25 Below 3.5 14 – 26
1 Beginner:
Very little or no previous knowledge of English. Can use and understand simple vocabulary and phrases. Considerable assistance needed to communicate.
0 – 25 A1+ 0 – 14 Below 3.5 0 – 13

Please note: typical test score upon completion of the level. Individual scores may vary based on experience with and knowledge of each exam.

Learning Progress Guarantee

We are so confident of the quality of our courses and teaching that we make this simple promise to you:

If you are on an Intensive Course for 12 weeks or more we guarantee you will reach the level we have agreed with you. If you don’t, you can study for free until you do.

You must have attended all classes and completed all assignments.