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How will TopUp Leaning London (Tti) ensure the safety of students and staff at the school?

We have a number of safety measures in place in order to keep our students and staff safe. We stay up-to-date with UK Government guidelines and our measures may change slightly based on the advice from the government.

  • Staff and students are required to maintain a distance of at least 1 metre from all other people.
  • Hand sanitiser will be available in every classroom and throughout the school. All staff and students will be asked to sanitise their hands on arrival and re-entry to the building and periodically throughout the day.
  • A temperature check will be taken on arrival in school on a daily basis using a using a non-contact thermometer. The reading will be taken from the wrist.
  • Our reception will be staffed by one member of staff who will deal services that cannot be offered online. One student at a time will be allowed in Reception and we will have a socially distanced queuing system.
  • Each class will have a maximum size of 8 students so that we can ensure everyone maintains social distancing. Currently the guidance is to keep a distance of 1 metre, in addition to other safety measures
  • Class start times and finish times as well as breaks will be staggered to ensure that not all students in the school are in the Study Lounge at the same time. You will be told your class times and break times when you have been assigned to your class.
  • A one way system is in place for busier times of the day and only one class can use the stairs at any one time, while maintaining social distancing.
  • Weather permitting, you will be encouraged to take your break outside on our roof terrace. Social distancing rules will apply.
  • Certain parts of the school building will be closed to students and staff.
  • Classrooms will be cleaned and sanitised at the end of each day.
  • Classes will be assigned a room, which will not change. Rooms will be large enough to accommodate all students and their teacher while maintaining social distancing. Students will be assigned their own desk in their classroom, which no other student will use.
  • Each class will have one teacher to reduce the risk of contamination from one class to another.
  • Where this is not against fire safety regulations, doors will be left open to ensure ventilation throughout the building and to reduce the need for touching door handles. Doors will be cleaned each day before students arrive and throughout the day.
  • Students will need to buy their own copy of the coursebook. All supplementary material, such as handouts, will be provided digitally via our e-learning platform.

Before you arrive in the UK you must provide the address where you will be staying in the UK and your contact details, as well as details of your travel arrangements. You must do this before you arrive, but you can do it more than 48 hours before your arrival. You do this by using the Public Health Passenger Locator Form. Please make sure you have a printout of the completed form or access to it on your phone to show to the UK immigration officer when you arrive.

  • It is likely that you may not need to quarantine, particularly if you are travelling from a country with low instances of COVID-19, or from a country which the UK has an ‘air bridge’ agreement.
  • If quarantine is necessary from your country we will arrange accommodation for you and you will have access to online classes during the 14-day period. If you are asked to quarantine then it means you must remain at your address in the UK for at least two weeks. There will be spot checks from the UK authorities to ensure compliance with quarantine.
  • You will receive help and support from your residence/host and/or Tti if you are required to quarantine.
  • You will need to take a placement test  before your arrival. We will email this to you when you enrol.
  • The speaking section of the test will be done via Zoom with the Director of Studies.
  • We will ask you to send us a scan of your passport so that we do not need to handle your passport when you arrive. However, if we still need to see your passport we will ask you to show it to us.
  • If you require a visa to study in the UK, we will ask you to take a photograph of the visa page of your passport after your arrival in the UK and to email the photo to us.
  • You will be sent a digital version of our welcome pack.
  • The residences have clear and comprehensive guidelines and risk assessments in place to cover their new COVID-19 procedures. When you book your accommodation we will issue you with the guidelines for the residence you have booked. Examples of enhanced procedures include more frequent cleaning, restrictions on shared spaces, rotas for use of the kitchens.
  • Host families will provide you with their normal warm welcome. However, they will keep their houses safe by increasing the frequency of cleaning and providing hand sanitiser in their homes, which you are strongly encouraged to use frequently. To reduce the chance of infection you will not be able to move to a different host until you have stayed at your current host for at least two weeks
  • If you have a laptop or tablet we strongly recommend that you bring that with you as we will be providing many of our materials digitally rather than on paper.
  • Please make sure you bring enough pens and pencils and paper with you for your own use as we cannot share these items.
  • We suggest you bring enough masks or face coverings and alcohol-based hand sanitiser to last you for at least a week. It is possible to buy extra supplies of these items once you have arrived. Face masks or coverings should not be worn for more than 4 hours as they become ineffective after that time. If you feel you need or want to wear a face mask for extended periods of time, you may need two or even three for each day.
  • Face coverings are mandatory on public transport in England and this includes your taxi from the airport. However, this does not have to be a mask. Anything that sufficiently covers your mouth and nose is acceptable.
  • You may want to bring some disposable plastic gloves for extra protection.
  • If you have to quarantine on arrival please do not travel by public transport from the airport.
  • We strongly advise you to arrange an airport transfer for you to your accommodation. We can book this for you. We can only arrange single transfers unless you are travelling with people you know. Please be prepared to wear a mask or face-covering in the taxi and to lift your own luggage into the back of the car. If you are unable to lift your own luggage the driver will do it for you but he/she may wipe your luggage with sanitising gel before handling it.
  • Most of our accommodation options are within reasonable walking distance of the school. Current UK Government advice is that everyone should walk to cycle to work/school where this is possible and to only use public transport if it is absolutely necessary. We will endeavour to place you in accommodation that is within walking distance of the school, although, please note that the walk time may be up to 30 minutes. If you have to use public transport, you must wear a mask or face covering otherwise you will not be allowed to travel. Please also note that buses are operating with a maximum capacity of about 20, so if the bus is full you will not be allowed to board.
  • We are timetabling classes to help you avoid the morning rush hour.
  • The Social Programme has always been an important and popular aspect of our students’ experience of TopUp Learning London (Tti).
  • While restrictions are in place we will be running a modified Social Programme that will have more of an emphasis on outdoor and online activities. The exact activities will be dependent on UK Government guidelines in place at the time. As we are operating a ‘bubble’ approach, we will be unable to offer activities that mix classes unless these activities are online.
  • We are unable to offer trips to other cities such as Cambridge or Oxford. However, we may be able to offer trips to interesting locations within London, although these will need to be as a class bubble, rather than a group of students from different classes.
  • All activities will be risk assessed thoroughly before going ahead to ensure that any potential risk to students and staff is managed.
  • Break times and lunchtimes will be staggered to reduce the number of students congregating in communal areas. Our roof terrace and Study Lounge are spacious enough to maintain social distancing.
  • Under current UK Government guidelines, it is possible to meet up to 6 other people outside. There are plenty of parks and green spaces in Camden to allow you to do this. However, until UK Government guidelines are eased further, we ask that you do not socialise face-to-face with anyone not in your class or your household.
  • Travel by public transport to other parts of the UK is not advised at present as this could put you and other students at the school at increased risk.
  • The four nations of the UK are managing restrictions in different ways and guidance varies from one nation to the next. What may be permissible in England might not yet be permissible in Scotland or Wales.
  • The school Coffee Bar will offer free tea, coffee and water as always! We also recommend that you bring plenty of water from your accommodation.
  • There are plenty of shops and cafés in Camden where it is possible to buy food. Marks and Spencer’s supermarket is a popular option amongst our students and you can buy snacks and lunchtime food, such as sandwiches and sushi there. Cafés are offering a takeaway service. Please note that they will be busier at lunchtime, so we recommend buying your food in advance, if that is possible.
  • We are pleased to offer a free cancellation and refund on tuition fees if you can’t attend the classes due to COVID-19. Please note the refund process will take up to three months to complete.
  • Alternatively, you can move your enrolment, both course and accommodation, to later date. No additional fees are required. We can allow you to change the course dates up to three times for free but it must within a 12 month calendar period.
  • If a student or a member of staff contracts COVID-19, the school may need to close for up to 2 days for deep cleaning. During this period, all courses will be moved online.
  • In the unlikely event of a Government shutdown, all courses will be moved online, and you will be very welcome to stay in your accommodation and remain in the UK or return home and continue studying from there. If you do not wish to transfer to online courses, you will be offered a credit note valid for one year from your last day studying with us.
  • We will be asking all our students to tell us immediately if they feel unwell, either by calling the school during opening hours or calling the emergency number outside opening hours and if they suspect they have COVID-19 symptoms.
  • If a student or staff member appears unwell in school, we may take their temperature using a non-contact thermometer and if we feel they are displaying potential symptoms of COVID-19 they will be asked to return to their residence, host family or home.
  • The student or staff member will be asked to request a COVID-19 test as soon as possible and no later than 5 days. The test can be requested online. If the student or staff member tests positive, everyone in their class ‘bubble’ will be informed and will need to self isolate for 14 days. Your classes will be moved on line.
  • For data protection reasons, we may not be able to tell you who has tested positive.
  • You do not need to pay for a COVID-19 test in the UK.
  • If you have symptoms of COVID-19 then you must self-isolate for at least 10 days. If you are with a host they will also have to self-isolate. If you are in a residence, then everyone staying there will have to self-isolate as you are regarded as being part of the same household.
  • During your period of self-isolation we will keep in regular contact with you to ensure that you have everything you need and that you are well. You can also keep in contact with us either by calling the school number within working hours or the emergency number outside of working hours.
  • If you need to consult a medical professional you can call 111 on your phone and trained professionals will be able to help you. We can help you with this if you need us to.
  • If you need to self-isolate because you have come into contact with someone who has COVID-19, then you can continue your class online. If your whole class needs to self-isolate then the class will continue as normal, but online. If you are the only person in your class who needs to self-isolate, then you will be offered an alternative online class.
  • Up-to-date information on self-isolation can be found on the NHS England website.
  • We believe these are a great way to learn English if you are not able to travel to the UK. They can also be a fantastic way to prepare for your trip to the UK if you want to improve your English before you start your face-to-face course or if you would like to do some follow-up study after you return home. Please follow this link to our online courses Top Up Learning.

 

Can’t find the answer to your question here? Simply send your query to our Principal Siân Matos who will be happy to help you: principal@ttischool.com

General

Tti School of English is in the heart of Camden Town, London. The school is a two-minute walk from the underground station (Northern Line) and has easy access to buses.

Have a look at our Brochure which contains a map showing the school location plus the attractions of Camden.
You can also use Google Maps – enter our post code: London NW1 0NE.

Of course, our friendly, professional and well-informed registrars are here to help.

Yes, we have a lovely roof terrace with tables and chairs. Students spend their break times outside, talking (in English), drinking our free tea and coffee, playing chess and sometimes smoking!

There are lots of good places to eat near Tti. Camden Market can offer food from around the world from as little as £3.50 for a meal. There are also restaurants within 5 mins, Italian, Spanish, Thai, Indian, Japanese and many more. We are also close to 3 supermarkets for students to create their own meals.

Tti is in an old building with lots of character and stairs but no lifts! The structure cannot be changed so unfortunately there is no access for wheelchair users.

Tti is open every Monday and Wednesday 8.30am – 7.00pm and on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 8.30am – 5.30pm.

We will stop normal classes on 20th December 2019 but our Christmas Course is available from 23rd to 27th December 2019 and it is also possible to take individual tuition during this period.

We are also closed at weekends and for public Bank Holidays in 2019 (1st January, 25th and 26th December 2019)

Yes we can. The charges are: £110 for Heathrow and London City; £120 for Gatwick, Luton and Stansted; £85 for Eurostar

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Accommodation

Please look at the Accommodation and Services page to see the range we can offer.

Tti self-catering study rooms are all within easy walking distance of the school and we also have a selection of homestays which are within 30 minutes of the school (these rooms are very popular, so book early to avoid disappointment). We provide plenty of other accommodation some of which is also within walking distance. Our furthest accommodation options are no more than 50 minutes journey time door to door.

Of course It depends on where you are staying. To find out the price of any journey in London visit www.tfl.gov.uk. It is important to note that public transport in London is much cheaper with an Oyster card. You can get them from an Underground Station ticket office ( £5 deposit, no forms to fill in, simply pay for as much credit as you want to put on the card).

Yes all Tti self-catering accommodation has WI-FI internet access. However you should check when booking a homestay as we cannot guarantee that all homes will have WI-FI.

You will be sharing with another Tti student of the same gender. We try to make sure that you will not be sharing with a speaker of your mother tongue, but in the busy periods (Summer) this might not be possible.

All Tti accommodation is from Sunday to Saturday and you should arrive at your accommodation between 3.00pm – 10.00pm. Your house manager will be there to let you in and show you your room.

You should call the school emergency phone – 0044(0)7899677528 – someone will be able to help you

Yes, but we recommend sending post to Tti School of English, 148 Camden High Street, London NW1 0NE, where you can collect it on arrival at school.

There is a £55 charge per person for accommodation administration.

Accreditations

All member centres of EnglishUK are accredited by the British Council through the Accreditation UK scheme. This means they meet rigorous standards of teaching, management, learning resources and student welfare. It is an assurance of quality and only accredited centres can use this logo, so look out for it.

The British Council inspected and accredited Tti School of English in November 2016.

Here’s what they said about us!

“Strengths were noted in the areas of staff management, quality assurance, premises and facilities, academinc management, course design, and leisure activities.”

Click here for more details about British Council accreditation

English UK is the world’s leading language teaching association with more than 450 members – all accredited by the British Council – including private language schools, educational trusts and charities and language centres in further education colleges and universities.

Click here to visit the English UK website

Course Information

Any Monday for our General English and IELTS courses. Our FCE and CAE Exam preparation courses have fixed start dates. Please use the links to see the dates for each course.

There is no upper limit on a study period, the minimum is 1 week; if you can only stay for a limited time we recommend an intensive course (25 lessons or more per week).

Our minimum age is 16 for General English courses and for homestay accommodation with parental or guardian consent. Our minimum age is 18 for Work Experience Courses and our other accommodation options.

You can book a course via the internet – Book Now – by phone, or through a local language travel agent.

All our courses are designed to give you high quality lessons and be value for money, so the only limit is time and money! One of our most popular courses is a 20 lesson per week course, which combines 3 lessons* of General English and 1 lesson of an Option – eg., Pronunciation, Conversation or Grammar. (* a lesson is 50 minutes)

A full-time course is more than 15 hours organised study per week (20 lessons or more), a part-time course is any course less than 15 hours.

Tti has only English classes. You can study General English,  Pronunciation, Conversation, Business English and exam preparation courses. We also offer Work Experience programmes which include general English study and a period of unpaid work.

We hope you will! Every 2 weeks there are level tests to move to the next level. You must ask your teacher if you are ready and if he/she thinks you are, you will take a test. The test has 2 parts, reading/writing and listening. You must pass both parts of the test and then you will move the following Monday.

Yes, you can change from the morning to the afternoon. If you change from the evening course ( pm to 9 pm) or wish to add additional classes, you will need to pay a supplement

It is Tti policy not to give refunds but we will give you a credit note for the remainder of your course which is valid for 1 year from the date of issue.

Our full cancellation policy can be found here.

An experienced member of our academic team will look at your grammar score and test your speaking ability. When you enrol in the school you will be placed into one of our levels (Elementary to Advanced) according to the Common European Framework (CEF).

If following a General English course you will be given a Tti School certificate with the dates of your course and the level you have attained. Please look at the IELTSCambridge B2 First Exam and Cambridge C1 Advanced Exam pages for details of preparation courses for internationally recognised external exam certificates.

The exam preparation courses do not include exam fees. Registration for the IELTS exam is £195 and for Cambridge B2 First Exam/Cambridge C1 Advanced Exam £180.

No you don’t. The teachers will give you photocopies of all work covered in class and for homework.

Tti uses the Communicative Method of language teaching. This means that the lessons concentrate on using English in real situations. Each week the teacher designs the timetable including grammar, vocabulary, the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) as well as pronunciation, error correction and role-plays.

Money

Yes, we require a minimum deposit of £255 for courses of four weeks or more, or £155 for courses of less than 4 weeks.

Paying for your course and accommodation at Tti couldn’t be easier! Tti School of English has partnered with Flywire to make your international payments to us for your course and accommodation fees safe and easy. Flywire allows you to pay securely from any country and any bank, generally in your home currency. Click here to make your payment and learn more. Tti School of English is also happy to accept payments by bank transfer and credit card. We accept Mastercard, Maestro, Visa/Electron, Solo, and JCB cards. Please add 2% for the card company’s handling charge. Payments can also be made in cash.

The payment of the balance of the course fees must be paid on the dates agreed when you register (normally 2 weeks before your course starts).

A registration fee of £55 is charged on all courses to cover the cost of the e-learning programme, registration and a final course certificate.

It is a good idea to take out insurance. You can either arrange this independently or take out student cover with ‘Course-u-can’ a company we recommend that specializes in Student Insurance Cover and that many of our students have found to offer a very good package.

Visa Questions

If you come from a country which requires a Student Visa, yes. If you are a European student but are not part of EEA or a Swiss national, you WILL need a visa

We are able to provide all the necessary documentation for visa applications once you have enrolled at our school.

Yes you can, please tell us as soon as you know. If you have booked accommodation with us, we cannot guarantee the room will still be free.

Yes you can. Tti needs to see the rejection letter from your local Embassy/Consulate and then we will refund you any fees paid, less the registration fee and deposit.

It is a good idea to take out insurance. You can either arrange this independently or take out student cover with ‘Course-u-can’ a company we recommend that specializes in Student Insurance Cover and that many of our students have found to offer a very good package.

Class Information

There is a maximum of 15 students in all General English classes. Exam preparation courses have a maximum of 12 students.

We have 7 classrooms in our main centre located at 148 Camden High Street.

Tti has lots of different nationalities – Nationality Profile.

Our average age is around 24, but this changes in the summer, coming down to about 21 years old.

All our teachers are qualified EFL teachers and are native speakers. Meet our staff.

First day questions

  • Money: there are banks and cash machines near the school, but it is a good idea to bring some British pounds (GBP) with you, or get them at the airport when you arrive. £50-£100 should be enough until you can get to a bank. We don’t advise you to carry large amounts of money in your pockets or bag.
  • Laptop computer: the school and Tti study rooms have wireless Internet. If you bring your laptop please insure it before you travel.
  • Mobile phone: many students buy a “pay as you talk” SIM card for about £5 at one of the shops near the school.
  • Electrical adapter: the UK mains electricity is 240V and 50Hz. An adaptor may be useful, but you can buy these near the school easily too.
  • Hairdryer: these are not provided at Tti accommodation, so it is a good idea to bring one with you. However, you can buy one locally for as little as £8 (at the shop called Argos, for example).
  • Clothes: the weather in the UK can be very hot in the summer and very cold in the winter but is generally mild, although it is very changeable and so whatever the season, bring clothes for a range of different weather conditions!
  • Documents: Print out and bring all the documents the school or your agent gives you, especially accommodation and taxi confirmations.
  • Maps: We will give you a map of the local area when you arrive, but it’s a good idea to look up a map of the area on http://maps.google.co.uk/maps before you come. Input the postcode of the school: NW1 0NE. Maps of London are available in a local bookshop.

On the first day at school you should arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of your first class. You should have done a grammar entry test before coming to London but if you haven’t, please come earlier and you can do it at school on your first morning. Then you will have a short speaking interview and after that you be invited to a welcome meeting where a member of the academic team will give you a welcome pack and folder where you can keep all your school papers, and tell you more information about how to get the best out of Tti and your stay in London. Then you will go to your first class.

Make sure that you are on time, then you will be relaxed. There is nothing special you need to do, but bring your enthusiasm and interest in English.

Our average age is around 24, but this changes in the summer, coming down to about 21 years old.

Please bring with you, your passport, pens, pencils and paper. All your lessons will be given to you by your teacher. You will be able to keep your papers in your welcome pack which you will get on your first day.

In-school facilities

Yes you can. It is available and free all day in the Study Lounge where we also have WiFi for laptops and notebooks.

Yes you can. We have a self-access library with English language books, pronunciation guides, vocabulary books and DVDs, videos and cassettes. We also have an e-learning programme which students have access to the moment they enrol, which can help them prepare for school (pre-sessional practice), during their course and then for a period (usually 1 year) after you leave Tti.

Yes we do. Our social programme is an excellent and fun way to continue to improve your English. Each week Monday to Friday all the activities are exclusively for Tti students and teachers; you can do English karaoke, go bowling, visit museums, go to the theatre and of course, show us how to dance at all the famous Tti school parties.

We try to keep the cost of the activities we offer to a minimum. Some activities are free and others have a small charge between £3-£8. The most expensive activities are the trips we organise to the theatre which are charged at about £25 and the weekend excursions that we can book for you are charged at approx £40 per person.

You will be given a student card on the first day of your course. This card can give you discounts to local amenities and some museums, galleries and cinemas.

Living in London

Most students supplement their incomes with a job and usually they find it quite easy to find work. You will need an English CV, which a member of our academic team will check for you. You can talk to other students who are working for advice, visit the job centre, or take your CV round to places you would like to work. We offer a CV surgery every Thursday where our teacher helps you prepare your CV and the cover letter. Additionally, we offer a Paid Work Experience Programme for students that require assistance looking for work in the hospitality industry, in London and an Unpaid Internship programme for professional placements.

Yes, Tti can help you to open a bank account. Please come to the office with the name and address of the bank that you would like to open the account with and we can issue a letter.

If you book accommodation through Tti then you will not have to pay council tax. If you book accommodation privately then you should check this with your landlord/lettings agency.

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