WELCOME to Northumbria School of English, a small friendly school on the North East coast of England near Newcastle upon Tyne.

We hope you enjoy our website.

LEARN ENGLISH in the historic Northumbrian countryside at Northumbria School of English, Whitley Bay, near Newcastle upon Tyne.


Courses for Adults

General English - all levels
IELTS Preparation
English Plus Work Experience
Cambridge Exam Preparation
Adult Group Courses (English Plus)

Junior Group Courses

Summer Schools for Teenagers and Young Learners
Cambridge Exam Preparation
Tailor-made Group Programmes

Specialist Group Courses

(suitable for teenagers and adults):

English Plus Football Skills (with Newcastle United Foundation)
English Plus Surfing
English Plus Film-making
English Plus Drama & Theatre Skills


In Search of Harry Potter
English Plus TV Presenter Skills
English Plus Junior Reporter Skills

Course Information

Course Aims

Beginner Level/A1
By the end of this level, you will be able to understand and use familiar everyday vocabulary and expressions. You will be able to introduce yourself and give and understand personal details and ask questions about where people live, their hobbies, their families, homes and jobs. You will be able to communicate in simple sentences and understand people if they talk slowly and clearly and are sympathetic speakers and listeners.

Elementary Level/A2
By the end of this level you will be able to understand and use sentences and common expressions relating to everyday situations. You will be able to talk about your town and your country and you will be able to speak about present, future and past events using simple phrases and sentences.

Level/ B1
By the end of this level you will understand and speak about familiar situations that regularly occur in everyday life. You will be able to speak and write connected text about familiar topics and situations. You will be able to describe experiences, events, hopes and dreams and you will be able to express your opinions as well as give reasons and explanations for them.

Intermediate Level B1/B2
By the end of this level you should be able to understand the main ideas of complex texts and interact with others with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that enables satisfactory interaction with native speakers. You will be able to produce longer text on a wide range of subjects, using more complex sentences, and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options. You will be able to understand speech spoken at a normal rate.

Upper-Intermediate B2/C1 Level
By the end of this level you will be able to understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts. You will be able to express yourself fluently and spontaneously without much hesitation. You will use the language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. You will write clear, well-structured, detailed texts on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices. You will be able to understand lectures and discussions.

By the end of this level, you will be able to understand with ease virtually everything you hear or read. You will be able to express yourself spontaneously, fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations. You will be able to write summaries, reports and accounts and present arguments coherently in essay format.

General Information

All teaching and learning materials are included in your course fee. Long-term students are given a complimentary copy of the coursebook when you start your course.

You can download a sample timetable here as well as our application form and terms and conditions.

Our General English courses run throughout the year and students can enrol on any Monday or Wednesday. If you need to arrive on any other day, let us know and we can be flexible.

The school closes for Easter and Christmas holidays and holiday dates in 2016 – 17 are:

Friday 23rd December 2016 – Monday 2nd January 2017
Friday 14th April – Tuesday 18th April 2017

christine goodwin principalA very warm welcome from the Northumbria School of English, located on the beautiful coastline of North East England. We offer quality English Language teaching combined with excellent student welfare services and an exciting social programme. We look forward to seeing you soon.


Thank you for everything. I have got a wonderful time. I don’t forget it forever! Hiroki, Japan
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