Welcome to the University of Liverpool English Language Centre

Whether you already know Liverpool or are coming to the UK for the first time, you can be sure that the English Language Centre (ELC) is a great place to be.
If you are looking to improve your English to study at university, or want to spend a few weeks improving your communication skills, we offer opportunities to learn in a quality institution with more than a hundred years of history.

All of our courses are designed around you, and give you the confidence and language skills to manage life in the UK: your academic study, your domestic life (household and everyday affairs), and your social and leisure activities.  You also get all the benefits and opportunities of studying at a prestigious Russell Group University, ranked in the top 200 of higher education institutions worldwide.  We are regularly inspected by the British Council and in our most recent inspection (August 2018) we were awarded areas of strength in 13 of the 15 categories.  This places us as the top University Language Centre with U18s in the El Gazette rankings of Centre of Excellence, and second overall in the university sector.  We also hold BALEAP accreditation.

The ELC offers a friendly and supportive learning environment and our team of tutors are committed to working with you to help you realise your full potential.  We have a dedicated Social and Welfare team to support you with life in the UK and our administrative team is on-hand from initial enquiry to course completion.

We are confident that your time at the English Language Centre will be enjoyable, inspiring and an experience you will value forever.  You will experience new things, make new friends, and learn new skills.  We look forward to welcoming you soon.

  • Our Mission



    Whatever your communicative purpose, we can provide you with the language, skills or training you need.


    We are committed to quality across all aspects of our service.


    Learning with us opens the door to the University, the city and the UK, and helps you to achieve your own personal or professional ambitions.

  • Our Vision


    By 2026, the ELC will be a UK-leading HEI English Language Centre, exemplified by an innovative portfolio of market driven and learner-centred English language teaching and learning programmes accessible across the University of Liverpool’s campuses and online, and through national recognition of teaching excellence, course design and quality assurance (e.g. British Council and EL Gazette Centre of Excellence rankings, BALEAP accreditation, number of teaching colleagues with HEA fellowship) and evidenced by ELC participation and engagement with relevant professional bodies and publications. The ELC will offer an exceptional student experience from initial enquiry to course completion, and be highly visible to both prospective students and alumni across the globe.