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Should I take a 5 week course or a 10 week course?

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It’s the question you’ve been asking yourself all week: What’s the difference between a 10 – week course and a 5 – week course?

Do the 5 and 10-week courses have the same total amount of hours?

Yes they do. Both courses have a total of 20 hours classroom time. 10-week courses have one 2-hour session per week, and 5-week courses have two 2-hour sessions each week.

Is there any difference in course content?

No, the course content is exactly the same. As a result, the course levels are interchangeable – so you could do a 5-week course and then choose the 10-week course when you take the next level up, or vice versa.

What are the benefits of doing a 5-week course?

Whether you choose a 5-week or 10-week course will depend on your location, your availability, how quickly you need to learn the skills that you require, and what style of learning suits you best. 5-week courses are beneficial in the following ways:
• You can learn the same amount in a shorter period of time. If you have a work trip or holiday coming up and need some language skills, you can obtain these on the 5 week course before you go
• You learn more intensively, and have less time between lessons, which means for some people it’s easier to retain what you have learnt
• It can be easier to ‘clear’ your diary of commitments for 5 weeks so that you are available for every lesson.

What are the advantages of doing a 10-week course?

10-week courses involve one 2-hour session per week, and are therefore less time-intensive in weekly terms. They also have the following benefits:
• They are offered in more locations and more languages
• They offer a manageable study option for people who have little free time
• They give students more time to practise what they have learnt at home and in their own time before moving on to the next lesson.

Do the 5 and 10-week courses cost the same?

Yes, the courses are priced the same. London–based courses start at £190, and regional courses at £175.

Do the 5-week courses have the same start dates as the 10-week ones?

Yes. The 10-week courses start at four different times of the year – in January, April, July and October. The 5-week courses start in week 1 and week 6 of the 10 week courses and have start dates in January, February, April, May, July, August, October and November.

Cactus offers a wide range of other language training options in addition to evening courses, including individual tuition, and immersion courses abroad. We encourage people to learn in whatever way suits them best, whether that’s with one course, or a mixture of formats and lengths. Please feel free to contact us for advice on what to choose, or visit our site to test your level.

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