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ESOL (part-time)

Key course information

English and Maths


15 weeks

Part time


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Course Overview

Our Part Time ESOL courses for 2021/22 start with a 15 week Speaking and Listening course from 13th September 2021 to 20th January 2022. The Reading and Writing course is available from 31st January to mid June 2022. We are offering a 4 week ‘ESOL & Employability Skills Summer School’ in June/July 2022. Our Part-Time ESOL classes are either 2 mornings or 2 evenings a week, with a total of 5 hours of study per week. Other part time options may be available to suit your individual needs, and these are discussed with you following your application. This may involve opportunities to study ESOL alongside vocational courses and opportunities to study for Functional Skills Maths alongside your ESOL qualification.For further information on any of the above courses please email the Deputy Head of ESOL, Tom Evans, at:

What will I learn?

You will develop your English Language skills in a friendly and supportive environment. You will learn a variety of skills aimed at improving your speaking, listening, reading and writing.

We follow the ESOL Skills for Life syllabus which involves regular assessments, feedback and exam practice. A sample of the topics covered include:

Free time
Community Issues
Life in the UK /Citizenship topics
Food and drink

As part of the course, you will be given a log on and password for the college's computer system. This will allow you to access a wide range of on-line resources on the college's E-Study virtual learning environment and to use Microsoft Teams for online classes when appropriate to your course.

Entry Requirements

ESOL courses are provided at 6 different levels: Pre-Entry, Entry 1, Entry 2, Entry 3, Level 1 and Level 2.

If you have not studied ESOL before we will give you an initial assessment to decide which level is most suitable for you to start with. Then you can progress from one level to another as your skills improve.

There are no other entry requirements to start studying ESOL with us, so do not worry if you have never studied English before, we are here to help you whatever your starting level.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

There are 2 main courses, with an additional 4 week summer school in June/July 2022:

September to January – ESOL Speaking and Listening skills

February to June – ESOL Reading and Writing skills

Mid June to Mid-July – ESOL Employability Skills Summer School

Each course is tailored to your needs with a mixture of internal assessment and exam opportunities with recognised Exam Boards. We cover a mixture of grammar, vocabulary and different learning activities to make lessons fun and enjoyable.

The majority of classes are in college, but, we are also offering some online classes in the evenings.

Additional Costs and Information

For every ESOL course, you will need to buy a course book, at a cost of £20 - £25 per course. We use course books from National Geographic Learning, and these books are available from the college’s online shop.

When your English language skills have improved you can make an appointment with one of our Careers Advisors to discuss other courses or employment opportunities.

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

Having a higher level of English language will help you when • looking for work, • improving your employment prospects in your current job, • studying on a vocational course or • accessing Higher Education.Previous ESOL graduates have progressed onto a range of vocational courses at the College such as Hairdressing, Plumbing, IT, Health & Social Care and Accounting.

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