Centre of English Studies

The Centre of English Studies (CES) is a family run private language school established in Dublin in 1979 as a registered limited company. The school’s primary objective is to educate in a caring, safe and professional environment. The aim is to achieve excellent quality across every aspect of educational provision, with the ultimate goal being the success of every student.

Our Wimbledon Language School is only 20 minutes from the centre of London by underground or main line train. Our new school, Nelson House, is located close to Wimbledon centre, and 10 minutes walk from Wimbledon Broadway and London Transport links.

Learn English in Wimbledon and enjoy the experience of learning in this famous and fashionable London suburb. Our school has 11 bright and comfortable classrooms, a modern student lounge with widescreen TV and room to relax, a listening centre and computer room with FREE broadband internet with email access.

The school is friendly and personal as our aim is to look after your every need. Not only will you learn English, but you will also be able to experience the culture and history of Wimbledon and London.

What Makes Us Different?

Why choose CES?

  • Over 33 years experience
  • Award winning school – Language Travel Magazine Star School
  • EAQUALS & ACELS accredited in Ireland
  • British Council & English U.K in England
  • Free Wi-Fi in all centres
  • Students from over 55 countries worldwide
  • Modern bright classrooms
  • Experienced teaching staff
  • Exciting and varied cultural and social programme throughout the year
  • Wonderful homestay accommodation
  • Year round self-catering accommodation – Dublin, Wimbledon, Leeds and Oxford

Our Services for Students

Your first day

When you arrive at CES on your first day, a member of staff will help you to register. You will then be given a multiple-choice and writing test to help us determine your exact level of English followed be a short oral test with our Director of Studies. A senior member of staff will give you an introductory talk about studying at CES and outline the Social Programme for you. You will receive a welcome letter, information pack and student card, before joining your class after the mid-morning break. Regular meetings with your teacher and our Director of Studies will keep you focused on the areas you need to work on.


CES staff know that self-study is an important part of your progress. All schools have a computer centre with broadband internet and e-mail access. All schools are WiFi enabled. The most up-to-date video, DVD and CD materials are available in our self-access centre, where our centre co-ordinator can help you choose the right materials. There are also listening stations and a self-study library, to guide you through to a higher level.

CES 24/7 Emergency Number

CES offices are open form 09.00 – 17.00 Monday to Friday.

Outside of these hours our 24/7 emergency number is 0044 208 5435150

General Course Information

CES Wimbledon has a wonderful range of Adult English Language Courses available:

Standard General English Course

The Standard General English Course takes place every morning from Monday to Friday, leaving you free every afternoon to join the Social Programme or study in our Self-Access facilities.

Intensive General English Course

This course is suitable for students who want to maximise on work carried out in the Standard Course.

Combination Course

On our Combination Course, you will follow the Standard Course in the mornings and you will also have two afternoons of individual lessons.

English for Professionals

CES is a dynamic centre of learning in today's ever changing world. Our course designers are very aware of the time constraints of our professional clients. They help the client to tailor a course that will cater for their social and business needs.

Multi-Destination Course

Why not let your clients experience more than one destination. CES and Swandean/CES give Agents a unique opportunity to offer clients a chance to study in two countries.

Cambridge Examination Preparation Courses

In today's competitive world it is necessary for job seekers to have the highest qualifications possible. Our examination courses are designed to prepare students for these examinations and allow them to achieve the best possible results.

IELTS Preperation Course

If you plan to go to university in either Ireland or the UK then you need to take the IELTS examination. CES will help you achieve your goal.

General Accommodation Information

Home Stay Accommodation

One of the best ways to learn more about the people of Ireland and England is to choose homestay accommodation. Family life is informal and the people are welcoming, friendly and talkative, so you will have plenty of opportunities to practise your English.

Our homestays are carefully chosen by our Accommodation Officers and all homestays have been visited and approved by us. You will live in a house with a garden in a pleasant suburb close to good public transport. Students travel to and from school by bus or train.

Having chosen a homestay suitable for you, details will be sent and we would suggest you make contact with them to confirm your arrival time. You will have a light breakfast and evening meal in your homestay.

Dinner usually takes place between 6pm and 7pm which allows you to join our evening programme or take part in some of our activities during the long summer evenings.

In CES Wimbledon accommodation is on half board basis.

Enrolment Details

Admissions Policy

All students, irrespective of nationality, race, gender, sexual orientation, and political beliefs are welcomed to Centre of English Studies. All applications are dealt with on a case by case basis and there may be some very rare circumstances when we feel it is not in the student’s interest to be offered a place in the school. This is extremely rare however. Such circumstances are outlined below. Applications are accepted via post, email, the school website, or in person. All students must complete an application form which includes full personal information, course requested, and any allergies or special requests for the attention of the Accommodation Officer if accommodation is requested. Information regarding nationality and visa status is required from the student. Students with financial sponsorship are required to send proof of sponsorship for an English language course before we can issue enrolment documentation. Any students without financial sponsorship are required to pay a deposit of £100. If a student requests documents to be sent via DHL, a deposit of £165 will be required. The school may decline to accept a student if:  we feel we cannot meet the needs of the student on medical or disability grounds, although every attempt will be made to do so.  we feel there is a suspicion that the student will not comply with the requirements of their visa status.  we feel that a student may pose a risk to the integrity of the UK border.  we fell that false documentation has been submitted in support of an application. The above list represents a sample of the reasons why admission may be denied and is not exhaustive.

Terms and Conditions

  1. There is no refund made for a cancellation made within 7 days of the commencement of the student’s course or if a student fails to complete the programme. There is no refund of the deposit.
  2. Tuition fees are non-refundable.
  3. There will be no refund for students who change from Intensive to Standard Course.
  4. Registration will be confirmed for each student only upon receipt of completed Registration Form and full payment of fees.
  5. We do not accept responsibility for costs incurred due to flight delays, i.e. accommodation etc.
  6. Visas: If a student does not acquire a visa on time the above cancellation policy applies.
  7. We do not take responsibility for loss or theft of belongings.
  8. Students are expected to have appropriate medical and baggage insurance.
  9. Non EU students must take out private medical insurance.
  10. There is no refund of fees for days missed during the Course or for late arrival or early departure or for Public Holidays.
  11. During peak times classes can be held at additional premises.

Note: If a student wishes to return to their home country or take holidays elsewhere during the term of their English Language Programme they are free to do so, but no credit will be given for missed study time.

Fees include: • Tuition. • Assessment test at the beginning of the course. • Individual Report • Use of Listening Centre/Multimedia Centre for private study. • Self-Access, Listening and Interactive Technology Centre. E-mail Facilities.

Payment Terms

Full payment of fees is due 2 weeks prior to the starting date.

Additional Information

If you have Special Dietary Requirements

CES reserves the right to impose a surcharge where requests for special dietary requirements are made. Counselling And Welfare CES have a full-time Accommodation Officer in all our schools to look after students' welfare and deal with any problems or worries that you may have.

School Holidays

The school is open throughout the year, with the exception of two weeks at Christmas. Please see our price list for course dates and national holidays.

The school will be closed on the following days: 2nd January, 6th and 9th April, 7th May, 4th and 5th June, 27th August. Class finishes 21st December. Office closed 21st December 2012 – 2nd January 2013.

Accreditations and Memberships

Accredited by: British Council, ALTO - Association of Language Travel Organisations, Private Further Education, EAQUALS

Member of: English UK, EAQUALS - full membership, ALTO, International Association of Language Centres (IALC)

UK Border Agency licensed sponsor under Tier 4 of the points-based system: Highly Trusted Sponsor (HTS)