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50 Years (1970 - 2020)

About Us

Hilderstone College – A quality English language school

Based in the UK, Hilderstone College is a state college specialising in high quality English language courses for adult students and teachers from all over the world.

Established in 1970, Hilderstone has an international reputation for running top quality English language courses and works closely with companies and government agencies in the UK and worldwide. As a non-funded state further education college, its mission is to provide quality English language training for students and teachers of English from around the world.


We aim to provide you with the highest quality in all aspects of your course - in the classroom, your homestay accommodation, in the College itself and outside the College during social activities. We have a rigorous system of quality assurance and do everything we can to ensure that you enjoy and benefit from your time at the College.


The College is accredited by the British Council, is a member of English UK and the International Association of Language Centres (IALC).

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Centre of Excellence

The College was named an EL Gazette Centre of Excellence in 2019, for the 9th year in a row.

Student Feedback

Over the last 3 years (2017 - 2019) 96% of students said our language school was 'good' or 'very good' (based on responses to the end-of-course questionnaires all students complete).

The College

An established English language school with an international reputation since 1970.

An ethos of quality and individual attention to every student's needs.

Listed as a Centre of Excellence for eight years in a row by the EL Gazette since 2011.

Very high student satisfaction over many years.

The Courses

A wide range of courses designed for adult learners: intensive English, exam preparation, pre-university, teacher development and one-to-one.

Small classes with a maximum of 12 and an average of 8 students on our adult courses.

A team of experienced and qualified tutors motivated to help students reach their full potential fast and effectively.

All course materials included.

The Location

Located in the lovely seaside town of Broadstairs in south-east England.

Situated in the town centre, 900 metres from the beach.

Broadstairs has a modern shopping centre, cinemas, cafes, restaurants and bars and a range of sporting opportunities.

In a small, friendly town where the cost of living is much cheaper than in bigger cities.

High speed rail links to London and Paris.

A home away from home

Carefully selected, caring homestay hosts.

Within easy walking distance.

Your own room.

Emergency welfare support and assistance available 24 hours.

Social programme

A full social programme of sports, talks and evening activities.

Half-day trips every Friday, e.g. Canterbury, Dover Castle, etc.

Full-day trips every Saturday, e.g. London, Oxford, Cambridge, etc.

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College Facilities

Our superb multimedia Learning Centre is an important part of the teaching programme and is popular for self-access study after class. It is open every day and some evenings. There will always be a member of staff to help you with anything you need.

Computer workstations

Students have free access to our computers, including internet and email. You can use them for computer-based learning, homework or to keep in touch with your family and friends at home.

Listening stations

Our touch-screen listening stations are a wonderful way to help you improve your everyday communication and to practise your listening skills for exam preparation.

Exam preparation and practice

If you plan to take an English language examination during your course, the Learning Centre has all the essential materials you will need and is a quiet place to study after class.

Study materials and resources

The Learning Centre has a wide range of study materials to help you improve your grammar, vocabulary, business English, reading and writing. There are also dictionaries, newspapers, magazines, DVDs and library books at different levels that you can borrow. There is a teachers' library for those enrolled on a teacher development course.

Other College facilities for students:

  • Cafeteria offering freshly prepared lunches as well as hot and cold drinks and snacks
  • Free Wi-Fi internet access throughout the College
  • Free Google for Education account, for use when you are here and when you have returned home
  • Common Room open throughout the day and evening with newspapers and drinks machines
  • Lower Common Room with TV, DVD player and pool table
  • Table tennis
  • Prayer Room
  • Use of hall and theatre
  • Room 3: a quiet, comfortable place for self study open weekdays from early morning to late evening
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