Grouped into three parts below is a selection of frequently asked questions (and answers) about our summer-term evening class programme.faqs image

FAQ tabs (summer)

Part A | General questions

When do the courses start and how long do they last?

The term dates for the 8-week summer term programme can be found here. We also run 20-week courses across the Autumn plus Spring terms. The term dates for those can be found here.

How big are the classes?

We have a limit of 20 students per class for languages and creative writing. The limit for the arts appreciation courses is 30 students per class. This is to ensure that there is ample opportunity for participation by all students.

Is there homework?

There may not be a set amount of homework for your course, however obviously students need to revise at home the work covered in class, especially with regards to language classes.

Do the courses lead to any academic qualification?

No, the evening classes are not part of any degree programme. However, if you attend at least 70% of the sessions you will receive a certificate of attendance in the last session.

As an IC undergraduate, can I take an evening class as part of my degree?

No. The evening classes are an informal way to brush up on existing skills or develop new ones, and so they cannot be taken as part of a degree course. The Imperial Horizons programme offers courses for Imperial College undergraduates to take as part credit towards their degree, as well as on a non-credit basis. Please see the Imperial Horizons website for more information.

Do external evening class students get access to other College facilities?

Unfortunately not. The evening classes are separate from the degree courses the College offers and therefore no College facility access or usage entitlements (Sports Centre, College Library, etc.) are linked with an evening class registration. Nor will you be able to obtain a Student Oyster card from us or TfL - our courses are part-time and therefore don't qualify.

Part B | Enrolment questions

What are the course fees? 

Course fees vary by course and rate category. Detailed information can be found here.

I neither work nor study at Imperial College. Can I still join a class?

Yes, absolutely! Our courses are open to all. However, the course fee is higher for external applicants.

How, when and where can I enrol?

We use online enrolment for our courses. This starts on 1 April and is handled via our website. Enrolment instructions can be found here. Please note we cannot reserve any places until the full fee has been paid.

Is there a deadline for enrolment?

No, but once a course is full (20 students is the limit for most courses) we will obviously stop enrolling for it. We do not recommend starting a language course more than one week into the programme.

Is there an under-age applicant policy?

Unfortunately the classes are not open to anyone under the age of 16 at the time of enrolment. Those who are 16 or 17 must have a parental consent form signed. The form can be found on our enrolment information page here.

I'm not sure what language course level I'm at - is there anyone I can contact before enrolling?

Yes. In the first instance please review our language course descriptions to try to identify the course level which should be most suitable for you. Especially if somewhat out of practice please be reasonably sure and realistic about your level of proficiency prior to proceeding with enrolment. Should you require further assistance please do contact the relevant language coordinator.

Part C | Further questions

Do I need to buy a book before the course starts?

No. Not all courses use a text book. Also, where applicable, the use of a particular textbook may vary from year to year depending on the teacher. You will be advised which book (if any) to buy during the first lesson.

Can I change classes if I find I'm on the wrong level?

Generally, if sufficient space is available in the class you want to change to, then you may transfer, subject to the agreement of the teacher of that class. The necessary arrangements are made by the Evening Classes Administrator who must be notified by anyone intending to change courses. Our student records must at all times be accurate.

Can I get a refund if my schedule changes?

No, we cannot give refunds for any reason (exceptions are cases of prolonged illness, longer periods of hospitalisation, etc.). Please do ensure before enrolling that you have the time to commit to an evening course.