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ESOL (part-time)

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English and Maths


11 weeks

Part time


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Course Overview

Our part-time ESOL courses run three times per year. Each course lasts for between 10 and 11 weeks (1 term) Our classes are either 2 mornings or 2 evenings a week, with a total of 5 hours of classroom study per week.Successful applicants to the ESOL Part-Time program may also have the option of studying on the following related course options:ESOL Vocational Fast Track (9.5 hour per week, one term course) – This course option enables a student to potentially complete a whole level in one term, rather than over one academic year. This can be suitable for students that want to progress quickly and then progress onto a vocational course or other higher-level course at the college. Places are limited on this course option and are dependent on the individual student’s needs.ESOL Vocational Support (2.5 hours per week, one year course) – This course option is designed for students that are already studying on a full-time vocational course at the college or are working full-time with a local employer and can only be released one day per week. For this option, the student attends ESOL classes for one morning or one evening a week rather than two and achieves a full level of qualification in one academic year. Places on this course option are limited and only available for Level 1 and Level 2 students.ESOL + Numeracy (2 hours per week, one-semester course) – This is an additional course option that can be taken alongside a standard ESOL Part-Time course. It enables an ESOL student to gain a Functional Skills Maths qualification alongside their main 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 skills. We will follow the ESOL Skills For Life syllabus which will involve exam practice and mock exams. A sample of the topics covered include:

Free time
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.

Entry Requirements

We have ESOL courses running 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 of class 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 don't worry if you have never studied English before, we are here to help you whatever your starting level.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

Our academic year is divided into three courses / terms:

September to December- Reading skills exam

January to April - Writing Skills exam

April to June - Speaking and Listening skills exam.

At the end of each term, you will take an exam in one skill area. By the end of the year, you can complete all three exams and then move on to the next level of ESOL qualifications.

During each term you will do diagnostic assessments, formative assessments and mock exams to make sure you are very well prepared for your final exam and have the best possible chance of success.

Additional Costs and Information

Once you complete one level of ESOL you can progress onto the next level up.

When your English Language skills have improved you can make an appointment with one of our Careers Advisors to discuss what other course of employment opportunities may be available to you, either within Wiltshire College or elsewhere.

Having a higher level of English Langauge skills will help you in many ways, including when looking for work or studying on a vocational course.

What Could I Do Next?

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

English and Maths

Career Opportunities

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