Center of English Studies

CES (Centre of English Studies) – Harrotage

Founded in 1979, CES has over 40 years of experience teaching the English language to students from all over the world. CES is one of Europe’s most respected language schools. He received the Star Language School of Europe and Language Travel Magazine awards for 5 years in a row.

The English school boasts excellent learning facilities. CES Harrogate is small and friendly.


  • 8 bright, modern and cozy classrooms
  • Maximum class size of 9
  • Average class size of 6
  • Modern study centre with computers for study and internet use
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the building
  • Guided E-Learning pre / during and post-course / CES online and on-the-go
  • Study centre and library with graded readers and a large DVD collection
  • Dynamic teaching staff and caring and experienced administration staff
  • 24-hour emergency phone facility
  • Comfortable student common room with large TV and a selection of board games
  • Full-time Accommodation and Safeguarding Officer to look after students’ welfare and deal with any concerns that students may have
  • Excellent cafes and restaurants within 5 minutes’ walk of the school
  • In peak sessions, we may use external classrooms at Harrogate Ladies College and The Crown Hotel
Standard English Course
This is the most popular course in all CES schools. The Standard General English Course takes place every morning from Monday to Friday, leaving you free to join the Social Programme or study on our CES Online e-learning platform and in our Self- Access facilities every afternoon. Your morning lessons are divided into two parts, usually taught by two different teachers. Lessons concentrate on building your knowledge of the language, focusing primarily on helping you increase your vocabulary and improving your grammar so that you attain the levels of accuracy you require. Lessons also work on improving your overall communicative proficiency and fluency, focusing on the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. In addition to this, you will work on specific pronunciation difficulties and expand the range of language you use in real-life situations.
Combination Course
On our Combination Course, you will follow the Standard Course in the mornings and have two afternoons of private individual lessons. These are designed to meet your individual requirements and give you the perfect opportunity to work on specific language areas of your choice with your own teacher. In advance of your course or during your first individual lesson, you will complete a Needs Analysis form with your teacher, in which you can identify particular areas to work on. This helps your teacher to plan your programme according to your learning needs and ensures you get the maximum benefit from your lessons.
General English with Business
This option is designed for students who wish to improve their communicative proficiency in a business environment. Students follow the same programme as the Standard Course in the mornings. You will also have afternoon classes focussing primarily on the specialized language of Business English in the following areas:
  • Meetings and negotiations
  • Socializing and travel
  • Oral and written presentations
  • Analyzing figures and describing trends
  • Sales/Marketing/Advertising
  • Understanding cultural differences
  • Written communication
Multi-Destination Course
Experience more than one of our fantastic locations? CES gives you the unique opportunity to study in different countries and in any of our centres. This course gives you the opportunity to live in both the UK and Ireland and learn more about the culture, history and social life of these fantastic locations. Come and study in our Wimbledon school and experience one of the greatest cities in the world, London. Then come over to our Dublin centre for the next part of your programme to enjoy the famous Irish hospitality and visit some of the most breath-taking natural attractions in the world. Or why not start in Worthing on the sunny south coast of England and then make your way to the city in the heart of northern England, Leeds? You can also take in the University City of Oxford, the beautiful Spa Town of Harrogate and the culturally rich city of Edinburgh. You can divide your stay as you wish and can start your course in either England, Scotland or Ireland – the choice is yours! Students can take the Standard or Intensive course or even a mixture of both.
Intensive English Course
On the Intensive English Course, you will follow the same programme as the Standard Course in the mornings. You will also have afternoon classes, in which you will have the opportunity to improve your communicative proficiency through discussions, role-plays and topical debates. Our modern teaching methods and use of supplementary materials give you the best opportunity to build your language skills and maximize the benefits of the time you spend with us.
Cambridge Examination Preparation Courses
Cambridge English Language Assessment provides a number of internationally recognized examinations for people who need formal certification of their English language proficiency. Cambridge Examination Courses at CES are designed to prepare students for one of the following Cambridge Examinations:
  • First Certificate in English - FCE (B2 First)
  • Certificate in Advanced English - CAE (C1 Advanced)
The Cambridge Examinations usually take place four times per year, mid-March, mid-June, mid-August, and mid-December. Our courses are planned to finish on the week before the exam will take place. Students planning to take the FCE course should be at minimum level B2 (upper-intermediate) and for the CAE at C1 (advanced) level. We cannot accept a student for any examination course until CES has confirmed the student is at the appropriate level for their chosen examination.
Standard Course + IELTS preparation
The General English and IELTS Preparation Course takes place all year round, from Monday to Friday. Morning lessons follow the same programme as the Standard Course. There are three afternoons a week of IELTS preparation lessons. This course focuses on improving students’ English, as well as on developing their exam techniques. At the end of each week, students will be given a progress test. They will also have the opportunity to sit an IELTS exam during the last week of the course (exam must be booked separately.)
English and Culture 50's+ Programme
Based in our beautiful centres of Harrogate and Oxford these two centres are considered by many to be located in the real heart of England, small and unspoilt yet hugely popular with tourists. This is a programme specifically focused on these who are young of heart and eager to take on new challenges and experiences. The programme is based on the timetable of our Standard Course (09.30-13.00 Monday to Friday) and will focus on the improvement of the participant's general day-to-day use of the English language whilst touching on areas of English life, its history, culture and food. All areas of the English language, linguistic knowledge, vocabulary and communication will be improved through various grammar exercises. There is a social programme included as part of this course that offers various tours and cultural experiences as well as full day tours on the Saturday mid-course that will combine to make this an unmissable opportunity!
English for Professionals (One to One)
CES has vast experience in delivering courses for professionals and managers across a broad range of business contexts. You will receive one-to-one tuition in language suitable to your profession and the social interaction you will encounter, giving you the confidence and vocabulary necessary for clear communication in the modern business world. Executive Courses Our Executive Courses are designed for business people, managers and professionals who wish to make the maximum amount of progress in the shortest possible time. Each course is designed to meet the specific needs and objectives of the participants. Clients return a completed Language Needs Analysis questionnaire to CES in advance to help us prepare the most effective course for your requirements. Your teacher will discuss the details of your course with you again and you will have the opportunity to change the emphasis and content as you progress. These courses are available for both individuals and groups. Please contact [email protected] to discuss your programme or requirements. Medical Personnel Topics include: attending international conferences, delivering speeches or medical papers to a conference, meetings and interviews and specific vocabulary and phrases for doctors and nurses. Aviation Personnel For a profession that requires correct terminology and clear communication at all times, CES can provide vocabulary and speaking lessons for air traffic controllers, pilots and airport managers.

Homestay Accommodation

All our homestays have experience in hosting overseas students. The majority of our homestays are within walking distance of the school or close to public transport links. Homestay accommodation includes breakfast and dinner, Monday to Friday, and on weekends students also receive their lunch.

There will be a maximum of 4 students per family at any one time.