About this course

Our General English courses are designed to improve every aspect of your English. Each lesson has clear objectives that contribute to your overall progress and moves you closer to achieving your language goals.

In every class, your teacher will provide you with structured learning tasks and monitor your progress, providing you with feedback, correction and guidance to help you  become better, more fluent and more confident when communicating in English.

Our courses can help you improve your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, and  whilst the focus is on using English naturally, grammar and vocabulary are developed as well.  

On this course you will:

  • Improve your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills 
  • Gain confidence in all aspects of English 
  • Progress towards your personal language goals

Why should you choose this course from the British Council?

Learn English with the world’s English experts and you will:

  • Be taught by highly qualified teachers
  • Enjoy lessons that use modern, communication-centred activities, teaching methods and materials.
  • Gain access to the LearnEnglish website featuring thousands of hints, tips, games and downloads
  • See your skills progress in all areas

The right level for you

We offer General English courses at every level. We have 7 levels of ability from  pre-elementary  for those with very basic English skills right up to  advanced level for those who have already mastered many aspects of  language. 

  • Pre-elementary
  • Elementary
  • Pre-intermediate
  • Intermediate
  • Upper-intermediate
  • Pre-advanced
  • Advanced

If you’re a new British Council student you’ll need to take a placement test to find out which is the right course level for you. These tests take place in our teaching centres in Agouza, Heliopolis and Alexandria. You can book your placement test online on here.

How will I be assessed? 

Each level (e.g. intermediate, advanced, etc) is divided into four courses. The courses are made up of 14 lessons that are 2.5 hours long and are held twice a week. At the end of the course you’ll receive a grade based on your progress in speaking, listening, reading and writing. 

There will be some assessed tasks during the course. If you pass, you’ll progress to the next level. If you are not successful,  you can repeat the course. 

You must attend at least 10 out of 14 lessons to pass.

Where is this course taught?

Additional information

What course materials do I need to buy?

You will need to buy a textbook in time for your first lesson. They’re available at the British Council bookshops in Agouza and Heliopolis. Students at our Alexandria centre will be able to buy textbooks during class time in the first week of term, from the bookshop at our partner premises. If you tell the clerk the course you’re taking, they’ll know which book to give you.

Bookshop opening times

  • Agouza is open Sunday to Thursday, 10.00–14.30 and 16.00–20.30. 
  • Heliopolis is open Saturday to Thursday, 09.00–19.00. For the first two weeks of term it will also open at these times on Friday.
  • Alexandria has a bookshop open in the first week of each term on our partner premises, the British School of Alexandria, where classes take place. 

Free online resources

Visit the LearnEnglish website for free resources to assist your learning.  

Can I get a refund?

Refunds are only available if the course is cancelled by the British Council or if you can prove that you’re unable to complete the course due to serious illness, a loss or bereavement, or another personal trauma.

If a refund is offered, you will be issued with a course credit. This credit must be used within six months. Read more about our refund policy.

Calendar and pricing

When are classes held?

Each level (e.g. intermediate, advanced, etc) is divided into four courses. The courses are made up of 14 lessons that are 2.5 hours long and held twice a week. We offer courses on the following days and times 

  • Saturday and Monday 
  • Sunday and Tuesday 
  • Sunday and Wednesday 
  • Monday and Wednesday
  • Tuesday and Thursday. 

Times offered

  • 10.30–13.00
  • 13.30–16.00
  • 16.30–19.00
  • 19.15–21.45

During the summer terms the General English courses will be run intensively, three times a week for 3 three hours per lesson. Please contact us for further details.

* Please note: Not every course is run on all the days and times listed above. When you register for your course you will be told which days and times are available. 

Where are classes held?

You can choose between our teaching centres in Agouza, Heliopolis, Nasr City or Alexandria. Visit our teaching centres page for more information about these locations. 

How much does the course cost?

  • Course

    – Morning classes (10.30 - 13.00) 1,895 LE

    – Standard classes (13.30 - 16.00) 1,800 LE

    – Peak time classes (16.30 - 19.15/19.30 - 21.45) 1,990 LE

  • Textbook – 245 – 330 LE
  • Placement test for new students – 110 LE


General English term dates 2016 - 2017

Term Dates 
Term 1 5 September - 1 November 2016
Term 2 2 November - 21 December 2016
Term 3 15 January - 6 March 2017
Term 4 12 March - 4 May 2017
Term 5              8 May - 25 June 2017
Term 6      9 July – 27 August 2017