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ESOL (part-time)

Key course information

English, Maths and Science


11 weeks

Part time


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Course Overview

Part-time ESOL courses at Wiltshire college run 3 times a year. We have courses starting in September 2019, January 2020 and April 2020. 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 2019 - Reading skills exam

January to April 2020 - Writing Skills exam

April to June 2020 - Speaking & 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

You are expected to attend lessons regularly to ensure success on this course. Your attendance rate will be monitored regularly by your group tutor and should always be above 80%. If your attendance goes below 60%, you may not be allowed to sit the exam at the end of your course.

You will need the following resources to help you with your ESOL studies:

An English - English dictionary
A file, pen and paper for class work
The internet to help you do work on your own

A tablet, laptop or mobile phone will also be useful tools as many Apps can support your language learning.

You must attend the final examinations at the end of each term in order to complete each course - these are not optional, so you must make sure you do not go on holiday during these times. Your tutor will give you the dates of the exams when you start your course.

What Could I Do Next?

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

English, Maths and Science

Career Opportunities

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