Frequently asked questions
Information about our English courses, Jersey and travel below
About the school
St Brelade’s College was established in 1978, so we have almost 40 years of experience in providing a range of quality English programmes. We provide small classes (maximum 9 students) and teaching staff most of whom have over 5 years English teaching experience.
St Brelade’s College is the only English language school in the Channel Islands accredited by the British Council. This means the school is regularly inspected across a wide range of criteria to ensure it meets the high standards required.
Our adult school has 12 classrooms plus a log cabin on site, housing a further two classrooms/function rooms, kitchenette and toilet. There are separate adult and teenage student lounges, as well as a large outdoor area with picnic tables. Free WiFi is available throughout the school. The nearby village of St Aubin has a supermarket, bank, post office, cafes, bars & restaurants. Please note that during busier periods we sometimes use extra classrooms of a similar standard to our own in the village of St Aubin.
Jersey is a beautiful island with a diverse landscape and miles of clean, sandy beaches. It also has a unique and interesting history with many cultural sites such Mont Orgueil Castle and the Jersey War Tunnels. Finally, Jersey has some excellent restaurants where you can sample the local cuisine – including the fresh seafood.
The busiest time of year – both at the school and in Jersey – is July and August. At this time of year, you will be able to take advantage of the best weather for watersports and sunbathing.
If you prefer a quieter environment, you should consider coming from April to June or September to October. At this time the weather is normally very pleasant so you can still take advantage of Jersey’s natural beauty.
Finally, if you are just looking to improve your English then we advise you come in winter when average class sizes are smaller.
The majority of our students are from Western Europe (Germany, France, Switzerland, Spain etc.) however, we also have students from all over the world, including Eastern Europe, Asia and Latin America.
We have students of all ages but if you are aged over 50 years old and want to be sure of being in class of other similarly aged students, we recommend you book our 50+ programme.
Throughout the year our adult school also provides courses for young learners (10 to 18 years). If you prefer to come when there are less young students in the school we recommend coming in winter (November to February) or while the 50+ programme is held.
We take all levels from elementary to advanced. For beginners and proficiency level students we recommend private lessons.
Once you have completed your course, you will be given a certificate of achievement. This will list your course, study duration, English level, progress & feedback.
No. We believe a variety of teaching styles can be beneficial, especially on short courses. Students will have two different teachers in the morning and for subsequent weeks may find they have new teachers. Our teachers work closely together to ensure continuity of the classes. For longer, examination courses, students will normally be taught by the same two teachers for the duration of their course.
Jersey is an ideal destination for families and we have designed our programmes to take families into account. Parents with younger children (10 to 13 years) can all come to our adult campus in the morning. A school bus then takes the children to our nearby junior school where they have English lessons and activities. After the activities the children return to the main school to meet the parents. We can also organize for your children to be brought back at lunchtime if you wish.
Teenagers (14 to 18) attend a separate campus in St Helier in the summer. If staying in homestay or the residence during this period, we provide free public bus travel. Outside of summer, all students attend the main school and can use our school bus service, if staying in homestay or the residence. On Friday evening, all the younger children (10 to 13) have a barbecue at the school while the adults can go for a pub dinner. At the end they can all meet up again before going back to their accommodation.
If you are staying in a homestay or in the student residence, your host will tell you where to wait for the school bus. When you get to school on the first morning you will be given a short multiple choice test to assess your English level, and an orientation session to explain everything you need to know about your stay. Your first class will begin at 11 am.
If you are staying in a guest house, you should make your own way to the school for 9am on your first day.
Homestay accommodation is intended to give you a taste of British life. You live with a local family and take part in their daily lives. In this way, you have an opportunity to practise English and learn about British culture. However, you should also consider that they may not live in the same way as you do. Their customs, routines and eating habits may be completely different to what you are used to.
Please note that we cannot guarantee a homestay near the school, nor with private bathroom, therefore if you need either of these you should choose our adult residence or one of our recommended guest houses & hotels.
For adults who would like more independence, a cost effective alternative to a homestay is our adult residence where you can live with other students and cook your own meals. We recommend the residence for young adults and long stay, examination students who prefer more freedom than a traditional homestay environment allows.
Unless specifically requested, all adults have a single room, but there may be other students staying with the hosts. However, we never place students of the same nationality in the same house.
Unfortunately we do not have many homestay providers with homes large enough to accept families. For this reason we generally recommend private accommodation for families. There are a number of hotels near the school which makes it ideal for families with younger students (10 to 13) as they can all walk to and from the main campus each day
Transport & arrival
You can fly to Jersey from most UK airports as well as directly from some European cities. For information about how to fly to Jersey see our travel tips.
You can also come to Jersey by ferry from St Malo and Granville. If you want to bring your car we recommend you take the ferry from St Malo.
If you have chosen homestay accommodation, you should try to organise your travel to arrive on Sunday and depart on Saturday. If a Sunday arrival is not possible, you can arrive on Saturday, but we regret that Sunday departures are normally not possible. If you are unable to depart on a Saturday, you may have to spend a night in a guest house or consider a Friday departure.
If you have booked homestay accommodation, your family will meet you at the harbour or airport. It is therefore important that you provide us with your arrival details at least four weeks before your start your course. Your host will be holding an arrival card with your name and the name of the school so that you easily recognise them. If you are staying in a hotel, guest house or residence then you need to find your own transport. A taxi to St Aubin or St Helier should cost around £10 – £15.
Visas are not required for students visiting from Europe. Students from other countries may require a visa. We recommend that you visit the UK Borders Agency for more details about which countries require visas and the visa application process.
Because Jersey is not part of the UK Border Agency control, our school is not registered as a Tier 4 sponsor. However you can still apply for a student visa to attend our school in the normal way. For assistance with the visa application process please contact the school office.