English Language

Age range
15-21 years old
Course duration
2 weeks - 1 year
Visa requirements for international students
Visitor Visa
Education provider
Stamford Academy

International Football Academy has linked up with Stamford Academy, a specialist English language centre, to offer a General English course for players seeking to improve their English Language skills whilst studying towards an internationally-recognised Cambridge ESOL English Language exam.

Stamford Academy’s teaching is accredited by the British Council and the academy itself is certified as a Cambridge ESOL Exam Preparation Centre. The course is designed to focus on developing the four key language skills: Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening.


Before players begin the course students will sit an online Oxford University Press English Language test to determine their level of English and to help the academy’s teachers prepare and plan a suitable programme of study for each individual student.

The course has two main aims. The first is to provide a balanced programme of study, placing emphasis on traditional areas of learning such as grammar and pronunciation, whilst also focusing on contemporary, practical English which students in the UK will regularly encounter outside of the classroom.

The second is to help prepare players to sit one of four main English language exams provided by Cambridge ESOL – Key English Test (KET), Preliminary English Test (PET), Cambridge First (FCE) Cambridge Advanced (CAE).

The course uses material from a wide range of sources to keep the teaching interesting and varied. As part of their studies, players are provided with a course book and CD-ROM appropriate to their level of English. This course book is for the student to keep and helps to provide a useful, structured resource for learning both independently and inside the classroom.

Small class sizes are essential to optimising learning on an English language course. With this in mind, class sizes for the General English courses are currently capped at 12 students – so early registration is recommended.

Which class is right for me?

There are a range of class levels for students attending the 15-hour General English course, from Elementary through to Advanced.

Lessons will take place during the same time as other Academy students are studying the BTEC Sports Studies Course as well as some additional sessions during an evening or weekend.

There will be 5 lessons per week. Each lesson will be 3 hours in total with a 30 minute break.

Students on the course are given a short placement test and an informal interview to assess their level of English before being placed into the appropriate class.

Which exam will I sit and where is it recognised?

Students will be regularly tested in class to monitor their progress. The academy’s teachers will take class performance and test scores into account before advising each student which exam is appropriate for them to study towards before the end of their course.

Cambridge ESOL provides the world’s leading English Language qualifications. Cambridge exams are officially accepted by thousands of universities, employers and governments globally.

They can open doors to higher education, improve job prospects and, due to the internationally recognised status of Cambridge ESOL exams, international mobility is increased.