What’s the difference between a course and a programme?

This is a something which can be quite confusing at times. Most people seem to think that a course a programme are the same. However, there is a difference and we would like to explain what that is, because at Speak Institute we are going to start offering both.

The explanation below is Speak Institute’s own use of the term programme and course. This may not apply to other educational institutes.

What is a programme?

A programme has no start dates or end dates, it is a series of classes around a specific level. This means that students can join a programme at any time and do not have to wait for a specific start date. Each programme corresponds to a level. Students move to the next level by taking an internationally recognised exam. If they successfully pass the exam, they will move to the programme.

What is a course?

A course has a specific start and end date and students must join at the beginning and complete the full course. At the end of each course, there is a test to check what students have learnt from their course and see if they are ready to move to the next one.

Starting from January 2017, Speak Institute’s General English morning classes are going to become programmes. This means that you will be able to start studying anytime you want. Well, new students joining a programme will start every Sunday. This is going to be a big change but you will love it.

However, our evening classes will continue as courses for the time being. So they will continue to have specific start dates and end dates. We plan to move our evening courses over to programmes in the summer of 2017.

We will update you with more information in the coming weeks as we are currently working hard on changing overing over.

If you have any questions, just send us an email or call us on 04 431 1232.

Hope to see you all very soon learning English with Speak Institute.

Jake has been helping people learn English for over 10 years. He believes that everyone should access to quality and affordable education. He worked in Europe and the Middle East as a freelance corporate language trainer before opening his own institute in Dubai in 2013.

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