English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) - all levels

You will improve your English by following a programme of study designed to suit your individual needs. Before you enrol, you can meet your tutor and discuss the best course for you to follow. There are courses running at different levels from elementary to advanced. They can be either class-taught or run on a workshop basis. You can enrol for as many hours as you wish per week (maximum four) on a termly basis. If you wish to study more intensively, there is an extra language drop-in session you can attend, or facilities for self-study are available in the Learning Resource Centre. With your tutor you can choose the best combination of courses for you. 

All ESOL courses will be enrolling week commencing 10th October. For more information on how to enrol on this course, telephone 0345 120 0044

What will I study?

The courses are flexible and include:

  • General English courses to help you deal with the everyday situations you will meet living and working in England
  • Business English courses to help you with the English you may need at work
  • Exam preparation courses
  • Any area of English you would like more help with, such as letter writing, job applications, telephoning and filling in forms.

The emphasis is on communication, and you will develop your skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing. During the workshops you can concentrate on the areas of the language you are most interested in. The atmosphere of the courses is friendly, relaxed and supportive. 

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is by examination at different times of the year. The examinations consist of a listening test, a reading test and a writing test. Examinations in spoken English are also available at several levels.

Entry requirements

A very basic knowledge of English. When you enrol your tutor will give you a short test to find out which course is the right level for you. 

What next?

You can gain the internationally recognised qualifications at different levels, from entry level three to level two. 

Additional information

For start dates and fees, consult the relevant course guides below or you can request a prospectus by post.

Free Distance Learning Courses 2024-2025 Full-time Further Education Prospectus