Our courses

We offer General English and exam preparation courses all year round with courses starting every Monday. Classes are available for anyone over 16 years old.

What to expect

We offer 15, 20 or 30-hour options and you can choose the one that suits your schedule and budget*

General English

Classes focus on developing your English language skills for everyday life situations. Teachers prepare lessons that are interesting, helpful and challenging for the students depending on the focus of the class. Every class uses a course book but the teacher will also use materials from other sources to keep the content relevant and up-to-date. Most importantly, there will be a lot of opportunity to practise speaking with other students and the teacher.
We want students to achieve the best they can and believe this happens when they are actively involved in their learning and they are challenged and motivated by their studies.
Once a month students have the opportunity to discuss their learning progress and needs with their teacher in a one-to-one tutorial.

Exam Preparation

Exam preparation classes at Insight Study focus on two aspects:
a) the language required for students to pass the exam successfully and
b) an in-depth understanding of the exam and learning useful exam strategies to take the exam with confidence.
It is important to understand that although all examinations test language every test does it in different ways. Consultation with the Academic Manager is strongly advised to discuss the choice of exam you would like to study towards as well as the academic requirements for this exam.

(*availability of classes may depend on student numbers)

What to expect as an adult learner at Insight Study Greenwich

When you make your booking you will need to complete a registration form and on the first day of school you will be asked to take a placement test. The test involves a multiple choice grammar and listening test. At the end of your test you will also have a short interview with one of our academic staff. This way we can make sure that you are placed in the correct level.

Our year-round adult courses are open to students aged 16 and above. There are part-time study options available and not all students in the class may attend on all days. Student welfare is very important to us and we do not mix junior students (under 16’s) with our adult students. Our young learners are taught off-site in a separate building using a syllabus designed specifically for young learners.

We use the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) for our courses and the table below gives an overview of English levels and student ability at each level.

Which exam is right for me?


The international English language testing system (IELTS) is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration, with over 2.9 million tests taken in the last year.

IELTS assesses all of your English skills — reading, writing, listening and speaking, and is designed to reflect how you will use English at study, at work, and at play, in your new life abroad.

To find out more about the IELTS exam, click here.

Cambridge English Exams

Cambridge English exams are widely recognised by employers and education institutions around the world. They are offered at a range of levels and develop real-life English skills.

The most popular exam choices at Insight Study are PET (B1), FCE (B2) and CAE (C1).

To find out more about Cambridge English exams, click here.

If you are not sure which exam to take, speak to our staff who will be happy to help you find out more
Level What students can do at the end of this level IELTS CEFR Level
Beginner/Elementary You can understand very basic, everyday phrases and may respond with short, simple answers. You can exchange basic personal information if the other person speaks slowly and clearly. 1.0 – 2.0 A1
Pre-Intermediate You can interact in a simple way on concrete everyday subjects, such as family information, shopping etc. You can communicate in simple and routine tasks on familiar subjects. You can converse in a fairly limited way on your background, the immediate environment and on matters of direct need. 2.5 – 3.5 A2
Intermediate You can understand and respond to the main points on familiar topics in work, school and free time. You can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and give brief reasons and explanations for opinions and plans. 4.0 - 5.0 B1
Upper-Intermediate You can understand the main ideas of complex written and spoken texts on both concrete and abstract topics. You can interact with reasonable fluency and accuracy on a fairly wide variety of topics. 5.5 - 6.5 B2
Advanced You can express yourself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. You can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. 7.0 - 8.0 C1
Proficiency You can understand virtually everything you hear or read with ease. You can interact very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations. 8.5 - 9.0 C2


15 or 20 hour AM Option

Lesson 1: 9.30 – 11.00

Lesson 2: 11.20 – 12.50

Lesson 3: 13.00 – 14.00 (20 hour option – depending on student numbers)

15 hour PM Option

Lesson 1: 14.00 – 15.30

Lesson 2: 15.45 – 17.15

30 hour option

This option is a combination of 15 hour AM + 15 hour PM

Morning Courses (AM)

Our most popular choice and best suited if you have commitments in the afternoon. Classes are from 9.30 to 12:50.

Afternoon Courses (PM)

This is a more cost-effective option. Classes are from 14:00 to 17:15.

Course offers: General English, Exam Preparation, Academic English, Specialised English, Business English*

*availability depending on student numbers

The maximum student number per adult class is 14.