Short Courses

Short course, english course (Bespoke duration)


Bespoke start date


Tailor made programmes, designed to meet your chosen educational needs and provide an excellent opportunity to achieve targeted outcomes.

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Full description

Course Content

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Our bespoke courses can include a range of English language or academic skills and we can be flexibility on the number of hours included in the programme and how it is organised.

Examples of provision are as follows - please note these are only samples and other options are available:

English language skills:
  • Fluency focus - speak better
  • Reading, listening and writing skills - developing core skills
  • Pronunciation focus - improving performance and confidence
  • Contemporary vocabulary - expanding range and updating your knowledge
  • Grammar practice - using language accurately
Academic skills:
  • Research & critical thinking skills
  • Expanding Academic Vocabulary (with reference to the Academic Word List)
  • Academic writing formats
  • Writing abstracts, accurate referencing and bibliographies
  • Note-taking skills
Teacher development:
  • Approaches and methodologies refresher for primary, secondary and HE
  • Working with technology and blended learning
  • Teaching CLIL for primary, secondary and HE
  • Expertise in EAP provision
  • Assessment and testing
Cultural Topics:
  • British class systems
  • UK politics: before and after Brexit
  • British cuisine
  • Customs and celebrations
  • British media and newspapers

Additional provision (visits, observations, specific experiential learning) can be included. We can also include a social programme with full or half day excursions to enhance your cultural experience in the UK while you study.

These are by agreement but can include the following:

Day Trips:
  • London
  • Warwick
  • Stratford Upon Avon
  • Oxford
Half day visits
  • Traditional cream tea in Grantchester
  • Ely city visit
  • The Fitzwilliam Museum
  • Tour/Punting in Cambridge
  • English heritage site

Download: Sample timetable for Contemporary Language

Course Dates and Fees

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If you would like us to create a bespoke course for your organisation, please contact us at lsu_shortcourses to discuss your individual requirements.


We can include a certificate of attendance for all bespoke programmes. If you would also like formal assessment – formative or summative – or reports we can arrange this.

Where you will study

Your faculty

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Whether you aim to work in the creative industries or the social sciences, the legal profession or public service, the Faculty of Arts, Law & Social Sciences will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need for professional life.

Our lively, diverse community and ambitious academic environment will broaden your horizons and help you develop your full potential - many of our courses give you the chance to learn another language, study abroad or undertake work placements as you study.

If you’re interested in art, music, drama or film, check out our packed programme of events. Together with our partners in the creative and cultural industries, we’re always working to enrich the cultural life of the university and the wider community.

Our research is groundbreaking and internationally recognised, with real social impact. We support the Cultures of the Digital Economy Research Institute (CoDE), whose projects include interactive music apps and documenting lifesaving childbirth procedures, as well as nine international research clusters, such as the Centre for Children's Book Studies and the Labour History Research Unit.

In the Research Excellence Framework 2014, six of our subject areas were awarded world-leading status: Law; Art and Design; English Language and Literature, Communication, Cultural and Media Studies; History; Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts.

Where can I study?

Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

Explore our Cambridge campus

We usually offer our bespoke courses at Cambridge but can also provide courses at other campuses as requested.  The course fee usually includes campus accommodation and we can also arrange a number of social activities in the city.  We can also incorporate some free time into the course to allow you time to explore the beautiful and historic city of Cambridge.

How to apply

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If you would like more information on our bespoke courses please email us at Please can you put short course in the subject header so we can easily identify your request.

Entry requirements

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To attend a short course in the UK you may need to apply apply for a Short Term Study Visa. We can only accept participants aged 18 or over onto a short course.

We can organise bespoke courses throughout the year (this can include summer or winter programmes). We request a minimum of 10 participants per group and for courses to run for a minimum of 2 weeks.