English for au pairsEnglish for Au Pairs

Part-time English course

Improve your English and meet other au pairs

English for Au Pairs is a part-time course for au pairs living in or near Beaconsfield in South Buckinghamshire. The course is suitable for au pairs who have a good or very good level of English and who want to improve their English skills further. 

The minimum age to register on the English for Au Pairs course is 18 years of age. The maximum group size is 12 students.

  • The Intermediate level (B1+-B2) classes are on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10.00am - 11.30am (3 hours per week)
  • The Advanced level (C1) classes are on Wednesday and Friday mornings from 10.00am - 11.30am (3 hours per week)

The minimum course length is 5 weeks. You can start any week during the course, if there is an available place.

English for Au Pairs Course Dates

Summer Term 2017  
Fully booked

Autumn Term 2017
13.5 weeks (CEFR B1/B2)  / 14 weeks (CEFR C1)

Intermediate Level (CEFR B1+/B2)
Tuesday, 05 September, 2017 - Tuesday, 17 October, 2017 (6.5 weeks)
Half term holiday: week beginning Monday, 23 October, 2017
Tuesday, 31 October, 2017 - Thursday, 14 December, 2017 (7 weeks)

Advanced Level (CEFR C1)
Wednesday, 06 September, 2017 - Friday, 20 October, 2017 (7 weeks)
Half term holiday: week beginning Monday, 23 October, 2017
Wednesday, 01 November, 2017 - Friday, 15 December, 2017 (7 weeks)

Spring Term 2018
10 weeks

Intermediate Level (CEFR B1+/B2)
Tuesday, 09 January, 2018 - Thursday, 08 February, 2018 (5 weeks)
Half term holiday: week beginning 12 February, 2018
Tuesday, 20 February, 2018 - Thursday, 22 March, 2018 (5 weeks)

Advanced Level (CEFR C1)
Wednesday, 10 January, 2018 - Friday, 09 February, 2018 (5 weeks)
Half term holiday: week beginning 12 February, 2018
Wednesday, 21 February, 2018 - Friday 23 March, 2018 (5 weeks)

Summer Term 2018
11 weeks

Intermediate Level (CEFR B1+/B2)
Tuesday, 17 April, 2018 - Thursday, 24 May, 2018 (6 weeks)
Half term holiday: week beginning 28 May, 2018
Tuesday, 05 June, 2018 - Thursday, 05 July, 2018 (5 weeks)

Advanced Level (CEFR C1)
Wednesday, 18 April, 2018 - Friday, 25 May, 2018 (6 weeks)
Half term holiday: week beginning 28 May, 2018
Wednesday, 06 June, 2018 - Friday, 06 July, 2018 (5 weeks)

Autumn Term 2018
13 weeks

Intermediate Level (CEFR B1/B2)
Tuesday, 11 September, 2018 - Thursday, 18 October, 2018 (6 weeks)
Half term holiday: week beginning Monday, 22 October, 2018
Tuesday, 30 October, 2018 - Thursday, 13 December, 2018 (7 weeks)

Advanced Level (CEFR C1)
Wednesday, 12 September, 2018 - Friday, 19 October, 2018 (6 weeks)
Half term holiday: week beginning Monday, 22 October, 2018
Wednesday, 31 October, 2018 - Friday, 14 December, 2018 (7 weeks)

Au Pairs Course fees

The course fees are £30 per week. There is a Registration Fee of £50, payable on your first course only. The course fees include a course book and all other course materials.

How to Enrol

It's quick and easy to enrol on the English for Au Pairs course:

  • click on 'Enrol' in the menu at the top of this page
  • complete the short Registration Form
  • pay the £50 course deposit securely by PayPal, credit card or debit card

When you enrol, we will ask you to complete our online English Test, if you haven't already done it. This is so we can assess your current level of English.

Au Pairs Course Information

English for Au Pairs is a general English course designed to help au pairs widen their knowledge and use of English. We study forms and functions, vocabulary and phrases, formal and informal English, idioms and colloquial English. The course also includes aspects of British culture and topics of current interest.

The lessons take place in a convenient central location in Beaconsfield Old Town. The large and well-appointed classrooms are warm, comfortable and quiet. Free street car parking is available and local buses stop very close by. There are also convenience stores, shops and cafes nearby.

Cambridge English Exams

Au pairs in the English for Au Pairs class often plan to take a Cambridge English exam to prove their level of English. The English for Au Pairs course teacher is a highly experienced Cambridge English Examiner who has helped students prepare for Cambridge exams for many years. These include Cambridge First Certificate, Cambridge Advanced and IELTS. Your teacher will help you prepare for your exam by giving you relevant study materials, homework tasks and exam tips. Au pairs can take their Cambridge English exam in London and there are examination dates throughout the year.

Cambridge First - brief exam guide


Cambridge Advanced - brief exam guide


IELTS - information for candidates


IELTS 2017 Examination Dates


Cambridge 2017 Examination Dates


Au Pair Comments

au pairs Beaconsfield "Go on with your lessons, you have had a good idea with the Aupair class!" Maela Buckinghamshire au pair


English for aupair "I enjoyed my English for Au Pairs course. The teaching was excellent." Monika aupair English course


English for au pairs "I am writing to let you know that I passed my IELTS exam. You are a great teacher! Thank you very much!" Juulia English course for au pairs

"I can't believe that just a year ago I was in England looking for English classes! And fortunately I found Beaconsfield School of English! My teacher taught me English well, was easy to understand and answered my questions. I passed the Cambridge Advanced!" Silvia Buckinghamshire au pair

"Thank you for the nice time and the lessons, it was always very much fun! I really enjoyed it!" Ayla Aupairs in Bucks

"Thank you very much for everything I have learned for the last 4 months. I really feel that I have improved my English and for a big part of it because I was in your class." Clara English for Au pairs

"Great language course! I took part in lessons of the English for Au Pairs course for 4 months and passed the Cambridge Advanced Exam afterwards. And I also really enjoyed it to go there twice a week. It's the best opportunity to meet new people and learn English in a very friendly atmosphere. I can highly recommend it!" :) Mareike Aupair Beaconsfield

"It was great to find such a nice group. The lessons were interesting and entertaining. Also the teacher was cheerful and a great help. I had a wonderful time here and hope to go back soon to visit." María Buckinghamshire au pair

"I have really appreciated the quality of your classes, thank you for everything." Linda English for Au pairs

"Thank you for everything. Your help was so useful." Marío Buckinghamshire au pair

English for Au Pair Questions

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How much is the course?
The price is £30 per week, for 3 hours of lessons per week. The fees include a course book and other course materials. There is a £50 Registration Fee, payable on your first course only.
Can I pay the course fees weekly?
No, you must pay all your course fees before your course starts or on the first day of your course. However, if you register for 10 weeks or more, you can pay your fees in two instalments per term.
Can I extend my course?
Yes, if there are places available in the group. The minimum course extension is 2 weeks.
Can I register for just 1 or 2 weeks?
No, because the minimum course length is 5 weeks.
I have just arrived in Beaconsfield. When can I join the course?
You can join the English for Au Pairs class any week during the term, if there is a place available in the group. We recommend you register for your course as far in advance as possible to secure your place in the group.
Can I just attend one day a week?
No, you normally need to attend the lesson on both days each week.
What course book will I have?
The course book is published by Oxford University Press (OUP). If you want to take a Cambridge exam, your book and supplementary course materials will be relevant to your exam preparation.
Do you just use the course book during the lessons?
No, your teacher may use practice exercise sheets, worksheets and other study resources during the lessons.
Will I be given homework?
Yes, your teacher will normally give homework. This is an integral part of the course. It is expected that au pairs study for a minimum 7 hours per week outside class. Homework tasks are varied and may include written compositions, exercises from the course book, worksheet exercises and online resources linked to the course book.
Does the School organise day trips or excursions?
No, the School does not organise a social activities and excursions programme. The au pairs often meet together socially and also organise trips by themselves, for example to London, Bath or Oxford. They even go on weekend trips to Scotland or other parts of the UK. The School can provide information and advice about the trips the au pairs are planning.
What can I do if the class is full?
You will need to wait until a place becomes available. You can register for your course starting on the next available date to secure your place.
I am planning to drive to the lessons. Where can I park?
There is free parking in the area around the teaching venue. On Thusdays there is a street market nearby so if you have a lesson on that day it may take you longer to find a parking space.
My English is very good already - I am quite proficient in the language. Is the course suitable for me?
No, the course is not suitable for au pairs who already have a very advanced level of English, for example, au pairs with a Cambridge Advanced / IELTS 7.0 qualification or higher.
I am not an au pair. Can I still join the group?
No, the course is only for au pairs.
Can I see someone from the School to discuss the course?
Yes, but first you need to call the School during Office Hours to make an appointment.
Where do the lessons take place?
The lessons take place at the Fitzwilliams Centre in Windsor End, Beaconsfield. The Centre is next to St Mary and All Saints Church in Beaconsfield Old Town.
I am staying here for 10 months, how long can I study for?
There are 3 English for Au Pairs course terms each year: Autumn, Spring and Summer. The term times match the school holidays for children in Buckinghamshire state primary schools.
Does the course include Cambridge exam preparation?
Yes; the course includes language skills and activities which are relevant to Cambridge exam preparation. The course teacher is very experienced in helping students prepare for Cambridge exams. He has been a Cambridge Examiner for the Writing and Speaking papers at B2, C1 and C2 levels.
Are exam fees included in the fees?
No, examination fees are not included in the course fees. You will need to pay these yourself when you register for your exam. Cambridge First costs around £125. Cambridge Advanced costs around £130. Cambridge Proficiency costs around £145. IELTS costs around £155.
I don't want to take an English exam, I just want to improve my English. Is the course suitable for me?
Yes, because it is a General English class, not an exam class.
I am planning to apply to study at a university in the UK. Can the School help me?
Yes, we can offer information about English Language qualifications and UK Higher Education qualifications. We can also advise you about quality assurance in the UK education system. We can provide an academic reference in connection with your university or college application. However, we cannot help with student visa or finance loan applications, or opening a UK bank account.
Will I get a Certificate when I finish my course?

Students who request a Certificate receive a course completion Certificate from the School. The Certificate indicates the course and dates, the English level achieved and recommendations for further study.

Living in the UK

If it's your first visit to the UK, you may be interested in some advice about personal safety. The UK is a relatively safe place for international visitors, but to help with any concerns students and parents might have, the British Council has prepared a guide for visitors to staying safe in the UK. You can download their Safety First Guide


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English for Au Pairs course students

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The English for Au Pairs classes take place at The Fitzwilliams Centre, Windsor End, Old Town, Beaconsfield, Bucks, HP9 2JW.


Getting to Beaconsfield


Learning English as an Au Pair

For many au pairs coming to England, the main reason is to improve their English skills. They may want to take a formal language test such as a Cambridge English exam - Cambridge First, Cambridge Advanced or IELTS . A qualification will prove their level of English to educational establishments around the world  and to potential employers. More generally, a qualification in English can enhance their future career plans and prospects. Good English skills can help give candidates the edge in a crowded, international jobs market.

An au pair job provides the chance to earn and study at the same time. However, balancing work and study can sometimes be tricky. It helps to take a structured approach to studying, and this is where an English course for au pairs fits in. Invariably it will be a part-time course, timetabled around the requirements of the au pair’s childcare responsibilities. A structured English course can provide the motivation and encouragement to help au pairs focus on their English language studies.

Studying with like-minded au pairs from different countries, a taught course also offers the opportunity to enhance the cultural experience of living  in the UK. At Beaconsfield School of English, there may be au pairs from as many as 7 or 8 different countries in the English for Au Pairs class. Au pairs from different countries all add their own cultural perspective to the dynamics of the group.

Having something in common helps au pairs forge new friendships. Many au pairs meet up outside class and plan outings and trips together. They can practise their English in social situations during their time off work. London is close by, but English for Au Pair students also plan trips together to other places such as Oxford, Brighton, Bath and Edinburgh.

Combining an English course with English at work / in the community is an effective strategy to improve your English quickly.


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