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. 

You can start your course any week if there is an available space in the group. The minimum course is 5 weeks. The maximum group size is 12 students. The minimum age to register for the English for Au Pairs course is 18 years of age.

  • The Advanced level (C1) classes are on Wednesday and Friday mornings from 10am - 11.30am until 06 July, 2018
  • The next Upper-Intermediate level (B2) course on Tuesday and Thursday mornings starts on 11 September, 2018

English for Au Pairs Course Dates

Summer Term 2018  - 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

Upper-Intermediate Level (CEFR 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. You can take our free English Test here.

Au Pairs Course Information

The English for Au Pairs course helps au pairs widen their knowledge and use of English. We study grammar and functions, vocabulary and phrases, formal and informal English, idioms and colloquial English. The course includes aspects of British culture and topics of current interest. The course is also designed to help students prepare for the Cambridge First or Cambridge Advanced exams.

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

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

Cambridge English Exams

Many of the au pairs in the English for Au Pairs classes take a Cambridge English exam during their stay in England to prove their level of English. The English for Au Pairs course teacher is a Cambridge Examiner and has helped hundreds of students prepare for Cambridge exams. Your teacher will help you prepare for your exam with Cambridge exam practice exercises and homework, practice speaking tests and exam tips. Au pairs can take their Cambridge English exam in London any time of year.

Cambridge First - brief exam guide

Cambridge Advanced - brief exam guide

Cambridge 2018 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 "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 BSE! 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 can I pay for the course?
You can pay the course fees in cash or by bank transfer from a UK bank account. You can pay the £50 course deposit by PayPal, debit card or credit card.
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 need to able to attend both days each week.
What course book will I have?
Your course book will be a publication from Cambridge University Press (CUP) or Oxford University Press (OUP).
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. Many of the handouts are related to Cambridge exam preparation.
Will I be given homework?
Yes, your teacher will normally give homework. Homework tasks are varied and may include Cambridge exam practice or exercises from the course book.
Does BSE organise day trips or excursions?
No, we do 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. We 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 unrestricted free car parking in the area around the teaching centre.
My English level is very high already. Is the course suitable for me?
No, the course is not suitable for you if you already have a Cambridge Advanced, Cambridge Proficiency or similar high level certificate.
I am not an au pair. Can I still join the group?
No, the course is only for au pairs.
How can I check my English level?
You can take our free multiple-choice English Test on this website.
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 lessons from September to July. There are 3 terms a year: Autumn, Spring and Summer. The term dates match the school holidays for children in local state primary schools.
Does the course cover all aspects of Cambridge exam preparation?
Yes; the course includes language skills and activities which cover all four papers in the Cambridge exams.
Are Cambridge 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.
I don't want to take a Cambridge English exam, I just want to improve my general English. Is the course suitable for me?
Yes, because Cambridge First and Cambridge Advanced are general English exams.
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 provide an academic reference in connection with your university application. 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?
Yes; students who request a Certificate receive a course completion Certificate. The Certificate indicates the course name, your course dates and the English level of the class.

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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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 BSE Beaconsfield, 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. London is close by, but English for Au Pair students also go to other places too such as Oxford, Liverpool, Brighton, Bath and Edinburgh.

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