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English Club 50+ courses, Torquay
Our English Club 50+ courses in Torquay take place at our general language school just outside the main town centre. Dubbed the ‘English Riviera’ for its mild climate and rolling hills, this enchanting town offers something for everyone. It boasts delightful natural scenery, famous archaeological sites, a variety of eateries, and a wide selection of shops of all shapes and sizes. Our English centre here is a large private facility with 20 modern classrooms and its own traditional English garden, complete with a sheltered sun terrace. It has a student lounge with a television and a study centre, both of which you can make use of during your time here. Those looking for nearby lodging can benefit from the school’s student residence, which is located just across the road.
This area of the UK is known for its spectacular beaches, picturesque villages, bustling harbours, rocky coves, and beautiful coastal walks. Just 5-minutes’ drive from the school are key attractions such as the Kents Cavern cave system - in which the oldest remains of modern man have been found - and Torre Abbey Museum, which is close to two lovely public parks overlooking the sea: King’s Gardens and Abbey Park. The international marina offers a wide variety of harbour-side seafood restaurants, where you can wine and dine to your heart’s content - be sure not to miss out on a portion of traditional fish ‘n’ chips! If that weren’t enough, the town has a long list of cultural events and year-round festivities catering for all interests. Annual favourites include maritime events and regular regattas, as well as markets, live music shows, and Red Arrow displays.
Our Torquay language school is a renowned facility that boasts accreditation from the British Council for the Teaching of English in the UK. It’s also a member of the following worldwide quality-control organisations: the International Association of Language Centres (IALC), the Association of Language Travel Organisations (ALTO), English UK, Eaquals, and the English Network. These highly prized credentials mean that we can guarantee a consistently high level of language tuition here. What’s more, this famous seaside town - which was once referred to as the ‘Montpellier of England’ and has been frequented by such names as Benjamin Disraeli, Napoleon III, Oscar Wilde, Charles Darwin, and Elizabeth Barrett Browning - is a lovely scenic location which enjoys a mild climate all year round, making for the ideal study destination!
Courses in Torquay
The Club 50+ package offered by this school consists of 15 English lessons each week (3 classes per weekday) in groups of no more than 6. Lessons take place between 08:45 and 12:10 and are followed by a selection of social/cultural activities designed with mature students in mind. Tuition is suitable for students with A2 or higher ability, and is therefore not appropriate for complete beginners. Language lessons follow the same format as the standard Intensive programme, with the exception that students must be aged 50 or over to be eligible.
The Club 50+ course can be taken for 2 weeks at a time and has specific start dates throughout the year.
- 15 English lessons per week
- Small class sizes that benefit mature students
- Free course materials
- Daily activities (excludes Sundays)
Accommodation is not included in the Club 50+ programme as standard but can be added to your tuition package.
For maximum language immersion, we recommend that you select homestay lodging. You’ll stay with a native English speaker, allowing you to practice your language skills with them and carry on learning even outside the classroom. Hosts live up 30 minutes’ walk from the school and offer private single or twin* bedrooms and 2 meals per day as part of the accommodation package (breakfast and dinner; includes a light lunch at weekends). As standard, you’ll share the living and bathroom facilities with your host(s) and any other students living in the home; if you prefer a private bathroom, we have executive hosts who can offer this (incurs a supplement). Bed linens and towels are included and changed weekly; your host(s) will also provide one laundry load per week for you. Wi-Fi access is available in all homes. You will have your own key to come and go as you please, though you must respect house rules and schedules.
If you prefer to stay with fellow students, you can select to stay in the school’s student residence. This option combines the comfort of a hotel with the social aspect of residential lodging, since only pupils of our language school can book rooms here. The residence is highly recommended for mature students thanks to its facilities: it boasts a student lounge, a licenced bar, and a private carpark, in addition to well-decorated bedrooms* with en-suite bathrooms. Located just across the road from the school and only 5 minutes from the town centre, you’ll be ideally placed to make the most out of your English language experience if you select this option! All rooms have a television and Wi-Fi access and are available on a breakfast-included basis. Bed linens and towels are provided and changed weekly; a laundry service is available on-site for an additional fee.
For total privacy and independence, you can book one of the school’s private apartments. These apartments are located around 25 minutes’ walk from the school and can accommodate up to 4 people, though they can be booked by single students or couples. These stylish apartments offer sea views and a high standard of comfort. You’ll have a private bedroom, a lounge with a television and Wi-Fi access, and one or more private bathrooms; apartments also have fully equipped kitchens, giving you the freedom to cook for yourself during your stay. Bed linens and towels are provided, and laundry facilities are available on-site. Utilities are included, and you can make use of the available off-road parking if needed. Please note that availability for these apartments is very limited - you should contact us as soon as possible if you’d like to explore this option.
*Twin rooms are only available to students travelling together.
Accommodation is available from the Sunday before the start of your course until the Saturday after your course finishes. Check-in and check-out times are usually very flexible.
The Club 50+ package includes a selection of social and cultural activities designed to complement your English tuition and give you the best possible experience in Torquay. You’re guaranteed to have 15 hours of activities each week; available activities may include:
- Guided tours of the town
- Themed activities relating to Agatha Christie, including a visit to her summer home
- Group meals at a local café/restaurant (Monday - Thursday)
- English film screenings
- Visits to local attractions such as Coleton Fishacre and Sharpham Vineyard
- Boat trips along the coast
- Jazz or folk nights at a local establishment
- Half- and full-day excursions to locations such as Dartmouth, Burgh Island, and Exeter
You are also welcome to attend the sessions offered to all students on the general activity programme if you wish. Optional extra activities are also available for an additional fee.
This programme is ideal for mature students wanting to study English with other international learners of a similar age. Torquay is a classic English seaside town and an ideal destination for anyone looking for a deeper insight into English culture. Tuition is suitable for students with A2 or higher ability, and is therefore not appropriate for complete beginners.
Please contact us if you are unsure if this programme would be suitable for you; we will be happy to advise you.
How to get there
Torquay does not have its own airport, though it’s within a few hours’ drive of various international airports. The closest major airports are: Exeter Airport (41 km), Bristol Airport (139 km), London Heathrow Airport (283 km), London Gatwick Airport (323 km), London Luton Airport (336 km), and London Stansted Airport (381 km).
From one of these airports, you can either take public transport to your accommodation or we can add an airport transfer service to your booking for an additional charge. If you select this service, a driver will be waiting for you at your chosen airport when you land and will take you directly to your lodging. If you select this service on departure as well, you will be collected from your accommodation on your last day and taken back to your chosen airport in time for your departing flight. A complimentary transfer service at Torquay train station or bus station is also available.
You should arrange to arrive in Torquay on the Sunday before the course starts and depart on the Saturday after the course finishes. We may be able to arrange extra nights on arrival and/or departure for you if needed.
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