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A city of many colours

CITY

More and more students are heading for London but there are many types of destination on offer. Melanie Butler explains the market segments

In 2017 London was one of the two-fastest growing destinations for English language learning in the UK, according to statistics from language school association English UK.

But, in terms of language school locations, London is not one destination but three very different ones spread around a city, which at 1,570 square kilometres is twice the size of the nation of Singapore.

First there is Central London, which sits north of the River Thames and covers the cultural commercial centre, known as the West End, and the financial centre, known confusingly as ‘the City’.

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A city of many colours

CITY

More and more students are heading for London but there are many types of destination on offer. Melanie Butler explains the market segments

In 2017 London was one of the two-fastest growing destinations for English language learning in the UK, according to statistics from language school association English UK.

But, in terms of language school locations, London is not one destination but three very different ones spread around a city, which at 1,570 square kilometres is twice the size of the nation of Singapore.

First there is Central London, which sits north of the River Thames and covers the cultural commercial centre, known as the West End, and the financial centre, known confusingly as ‘the City’.

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Put value at the centre

Graph centre

To calculate the best value schools, divide quality by price. Melanie Butler shows you how the Gazette did this for Central London

Language courses in London are generally cheaper than in other major British cities. The median price per hour of a short four-week course of between 15 and 20 hours a week is £14, according to our research.

Over a quarter of all accredited private language schools in the UK capital cost between £7 and £12 an hour, around the cost of a yoga class, and all but three cost less than £24 an hour.

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Secret London bargains

london bargains

Melanie Butler finds great value schools outside the city centre

Outside Central London there is a clear correlation between price and quality – though that doesn’t mean the most expensive schools are necessarily the best. It simply means that all the top value schools cost between £13 and £21 pounds an hour, a much narrower price range than in Central London.

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Flower of Scotland

Edinburgh is booming but there is still a lot of Scotland that remains to be discovered

There are only 25 accredited language centres in Scotland, the same number as accredited private language schools in London. This is perhaps not all that surprising, given that the population of Scotland is only 5.2 million compared to 8.63 million in Britain’s capital.

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