English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

ESOL courses are for people who do not have English as their first language and who want to improve their language skills to get more out of their life in the U.K.

The course will help you improve all your skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) and make it easier to seek employment, get a qualification, help your children with homework or apply for citizenship. In your ESOL classes you will practise reading, writing, speaking and listening skills around a range of everyday topics.

As you progress through the levels you will learn different skills. See below for more details:

Entry 2

  • Exploring your community and culture
  • Getting around / travel
  • Education
  • Preparing for work

Entry 3

  • Making appointments e.g. doctor’s, dentist’s
  • Discussing current affairs
  • An introduction to writing formal and informal articles, letters and e-mails; filling in forms
  • Reading a wide variety of short texts

Level 1

  • Reading a wide variety of texts
  • Writing informal and formal letters and e-mails
  • Improving your employability e.g. writing application forms, CVs
  • Speaking and listening in informal and formal situations e.g. interviews and discussions

Level 2

  • Sharing and justifying opinions in discussion
  • Reading a wide variety of advanced texts
  • Writing a variety of articles, letters and reports

What are the entry requirements?

  • You do not need any previous qualifications to study on an ESOL course. If you already have an ESOL certificate, you must bring it to your interview

What can I do if I complete this course?

At the end of the course, you will take the EDEXCEL ESOL Skills for Life exams. Applicants will be assessed to determine their level. You will then progress to higher level courses.

How many days of the week will I be studying?

Entry 1: Wednesdays, 1pm – 4pm and 5pm – 8pm
Entry 2: Wednesdays, 1pm – 4pm and 5pm – 8pm
Entry 3: Wednesdays ,9am- 12pm and Thursdays, 5pm – 8pm
Level 1 and 2: Thursdays, 5pm – 8pm and Fridays, 9am – 12pm


If you are under 19 years old or are not working and claim a full benefit, for example Job Seekers Allowance or Employment Support Allowance, then the course is FREE.

  Exam Coursee Exam Administration Total
Term 1 (September to December 2017)   Speaking and Listening   £300 £30 £30 You pay:
£160.00 when you enrol
+ £100 in October
+ £100 in November
= £360.00
Term 2 (January to March 2018)   Reading £150 £15 £0 * You pay:
£65.00 when you enrol
+ £50 in February
+ £50 in March
= £165.00
Term 3 (April to June 2018)   Writing £225 £15 £0 * You pay:
£90.00 when you enrol
+ £75 in May
+ £75 in June
= £240.00

If you do not complete the course, you will still have to pay the course fee.

* You only need to pay the administration fee once every academic year, when you first enrol at College, not every term.



Terms, Conditions and Disclaimer

We reserve the right to make changes and improvements to the provision of courses and other details. There are minimum numbers of students required for each course to run. Should there be insufficient numbers to run a particular course, then every effort will be made to enrol you on a similar, appropriate course.

Last modified on Thursday, 05 October 2017 08:57
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