Forty Plus Course

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Forty Plus Course (40+)


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Level: Pre-Intermediate to Advanced

Forty Plus course

Course Description




Whether you want to study English for your job, holidays, learn about British culture or generally to improve your confidence in English, Loxdale’s has a course for you.  For over 15 years we have been offering short, cost effective courses especially for students who are aged 40+.  You will be able to learn new skills and enhance your appreciation of the English language and culture in the company of like-minded people on both courses.  On our courses you will enjoy a lively programme of lessons, lectures and cultural visits which are designed to ensure you get the most enriching study experience during your time at Loxdale.

It’s a wonderful opportunity to gain confidence and strengthen your language skills by practising everyday English in a relaxed and friendly environment.  We recognise that some students are interested in improving their English in a more academic environment, whilst others want to learn more about British Culture and British life. At Loxdale you can choose from two tailor made courses which are available to students of all levels, from pre-intermediate to proficiency.



General English Course 

This course is for our more mature students who want to work more on their English skills with a little British culture too.  Students can study for 1, 2, 3 or 4 weeks.  Students will be tested and put into the appropriate English class, sometimes together with our other younger students. You will have 16 English level-tested lessons per week. 

You will also have 10 classes which are only for the students aged 40+. These focus more on topics such as British art, history, politics, gardens etc. There are also optional cultural visits to places of interest.

This gives you the benefit of working at your own English level but still gives you time to spend with students of your age who are interested in British culture and life.


40+ Cultural Course 

Our cultural course is a lively programme of lectures, lessons and educational visits. It is open to mature students who have at least a pre-intermediate level of English and you can choose to study for either 1 or 2 weeks.

Originally this course developed in response to some of our students who have been returning to Loxdale each year for more than 10 times.  They still wanted to continue coming but didn’t want a language based course. So this 40+ course is for those who prefer to learn only with others in that age group.  More than just English, this course is interactive and looks in more detail at aspects of British life and culture. This is the perfect course if you are looking to improve your skills in English whilst learning more about British culture and history.  Lectures and lessons vary with each group of students but past subjects have included homelessness, Shakespeare, the National Health system, British history, geography, British scientists, gardening and many more.

This course has 25 lessons, lectures or talks and one cultural course visit.


What Brighton has to offer to make your stay unforgettable?

We encourage our students to visit cultural places of interest in this area as well as those in the centre of Brighton.  You can get the most fantastic views of the whole area by visiting one of only 2 remaining Camera Obscuras at Foredown Tower, only a 14 minute walk from our language school. Or visit the second oldest church in Brighton & Hove, St. Nicholas followed by a cream tea at the local garden centre or a rummage through the charity shop at Emmaus, all within a 10 minute walk from school.


Courses and nearby homestays offers convenience of learning

Loxdale English Centre is in the residential suburb of Portslade, only a 25 minute bus journey to the centre and 14 minute walk to the countryside. All our lovely homestay hosts (previously called host families) live within a 26 minute walk to school which is so convenient for our students.  The friendly hosts are also one of the reason why many of our 40+ students keep coming back and stay in touch with the local residence.

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Sample Course Programme

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*Half-Board Lunch, Half-Board Dinner and Full Board also include breakfast and dinner at weekends.
Please find more information about accommodation here.

-We cater for vegetarians and allergies -No extra charge

-We also cater for gluten free, dairy free, low fat diets, halal & vegan at extra cost of £20 per week


-Booking fee (£90)

-Course materials (£30 per 10 weeks)


One way airport transfer: Heathrow (£125), Gatwick (£90), Stansted (£170)

Insurance (£5.79 per week)

Cambridge or IELTS exam (between £142 and £170)

LanguageCert exam £45 per paper (speaking or writing)

Please visit our School Policies page to find out more about our Terms and Conditions.

Accommodation Options: 

Accomodation OptionsBreakfast with hostsLunch at schoolDinner with hostsDinner at weekends
Bed and Breakfast £94 per weekyesnonono
Half board lunch £116 per weekyesyesnoyes
Half board dinner £116 per weekyesnoyesyes
Full board £145 per weekyesyesyesyes

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*Half-Board Lunch, Half-Board Dinner and Full Board also include breakfast and dinner at weekends.
Please find more information about accommodation here.

All of the above options cater for vegetarians, low fat diets & allergies.


40 Plus Cultural Social Programme

The School is open until 17:00. You can stay at school to use the garden, computer room, self-study room or classrooms to continue your studies or just to socialise with your friends.

The school Pavilion is open from 17:30 to 21:00, Mondays and Thursdays, for our adult students. Amongst other things, here you can listen to music, watch a film, play pool, table tennis, board games or computer games, do your homework, play piano, use the wi-fi or just relax and chat to your friends in ENGLISH!

Course Dates 2021 :  40+ English | 2 Weeks Course 10 and 17 May start dates

Max classroom size : 14

Difficulty : Pre intermediate (B1) to proficiency

20 lessons p/w (15 hours p/w)

25 lessons p/w = 18.75 hours p/w

Adults age 40+, all nationalities

British Culture Visits

End of course certificate

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School Holidays 2021

These are the dates when the school will be closed

Week of 29th March Easter Holiday 

Friday 5th April Easter Monday

Monday 3rd May Bank holiday 

Monday 31st May Bank holiday 

Monday 30th August Bank holiday 

Monday 8th November  Holiday 

Monday 20 to 31 December Christmas 

These are the dates when the school will be closed

Friday 29th April Good Friday 

Week of 5th April Easter holiday 

Monday 3rd May Bank holiday 

Monday 31st May Bank holiday 

Monday 30th August Bank holiday 

Monday 8th November  Holiday 

Monday 20 to 31 December Christmas 

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