Why choose SWEC?

Our strength is our passion to teach languages!


Our services

SWEC offers a wide range of education services. Whether you are looking to improve an existing education project or develop a new programme, our experienced team can provide a solution tailored to meet your specific needs and objectives – from advice and support on selected areas to designing and delivering a complete programme.

Teacher training

We offer a range of teacher training and professional development programmes including:

  • language development
  • teaching methodology
  • creativity in the classroom
  • classroom management
  • preparation for internationally recognised qualifications, such as Teaching Knowledge
Test (TKT)
    becoming a teacher trainer.

Training can take a number of forms: campus-style events with multiple trainers, a single trainer to deliver a specific course, using blended programmes, combining face-to-face and online training. 
All our programmes are designed and delivered by qualified and experienced teacher trainers.


We have extensive experience in recruiting teachers, teacher trainers, managers and administrative staff. Our dedicated team of experts can provide support at every stage of the recruitment process:
• writing appropriate job and person specifications
• screening CVs and shortlisting
candidates for interview
• checking qualifications
• carrying out interviews and
helping to select the most appropriate staff.
From working with you to identify your staffing needs to recruiting the best candidate, we ensure the recruitment and selection process is conducted in
a manner that is efficient, effective and promotes equality of opportunity.

Programme design and delivery

We design and deliver courses for learners at every stage of their learning journey – from pre-school students and those preparing for university to business professionals. All our programmes are designed
to meet your specific organisational objectives and the individual learning needs of participants. Our services include:
• creation of curriculum and syllabus
• identifying and sourcing learning resources
• creation of interactive teaching materials
• extra curricular activity programme design.
We have a dynamic teaching approach that enables learners to build confidence, develop skills and achieve their learning goals.

Quality assurance and development

The SWEC System provides an assessment of all aspects
of an educational organisation including:
• teaching
• curriculum and syllabus
• academic management
• assessment procedures
• site facilities
• student welfare.
We deliver high-quality reports that not only present findings in an accessible way, but also translate key findings into recommendations for development.

Placement testing

Our language placement testing system enables us to quickly benchmark students’ language levels, ensuring programmes are designed and delivered at an appropriate level.
Developed in association with one of the UK’s leading language testing experts, these tests are quick to complete and suitable for adults and
young learners.
Test results relate to
the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) – the international benchmark in language competence.

Research and consultancy

We provide independent research and consultancy
to support the development
of new and existing programmes. In addition to subject and sector experience, our team brings in-depth understanding of education research methodology to
help organisations:
• assess effectiveness and outcomes
• identify best practice
• provide rationale for investment
• deliver improved quality.

We can adapt any of our courses to create the perfect course for your group or design a course especially for you.

Our reputation

SWEC is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK. We are members of English UK and have been innovators in English language education for over 5 years. We are an established, respected and trusted education provider throughout the world with a proven record of student success. With excellent experience of teaching English and teaching subjects in English, SWEC is the perfect partner to help schools, colleges
and universities develop language and education programmes that deliver positive, measurable results.

 Our location

Explore a nation where millennia of history meet modern innovation. Go to class in the social and historical centres of two of the UK’s most exciting cities, (Cambridge and London) and be in the heart of the action when the school day is over or stay in a quiet and authentic country side village (Saffron Walden) where you can taste the real British traditions and culture.

Why should I learn English?

Recent research conducted by the British Council and the University of Oxford highlights that teachers, parents and students across the world see English as a medium of instruction as ‘a passport to a global world’.

Learning a language can give you a great sense of personal achievement and fulfilment. At Saffron Walden English Courses (SWEC) we know there are many reasons you might want to learn English. Some students need English for professional reasons, some study English to further their education and some want to give themselves the tools to travel the world with more confidence. Whatever your reason for learning, we have everything you need here in beautiful Saffron Walden.