Language competence is important in settling and participating in life in N Ireland. There are many opportunities to learn and improve English skills for people who do not speak English as their first language.  A downloadable list of those currently being run in different parts of Northern Ireland is available below.
English Language Classes September 2017

If you know of any other classes which are not listed, please send the details to our office
For EMBRACE resources to support learning English see our toolkit.



English proficiency tests and certification


The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a recognised English language test for higher education and global migration, designed to assess the language ability of candidates who want to study or work where English is the language of communication. IELTS scores are accepted by over 8,000 organisations worldwide, including universities, employers, immigration authorities and professional bodies.

IELTS providers in Northern Ireland:

SERC Bangor Campus
Castle Park Road, Bangor, Co Down, BT20 4TD
See for next test date and details.

SERC Lisburn Campus
Castle Street, Lisburn, County Antrim, BT27 4SU
Contact: Natalie Le Seelleur, IELTS Test Centre Manager, tel: 07761 124692, email:

Queen’s University, Belfast
IELTS Administrator, The Language Centre, The McClay Library, 10 College Park, Belfast, BT7 1LP
See  for details