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English for Speakers of Other Languages


English for Speakers of Other Languages


Course Code: ESOL Duration: 1 Year Attendance: Full Time Location: Farnborough Campus Start Date: 04/09/2023    


About the course

We offer a full-time 36-week English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programme suitable for young people who speak English as another language.

The programme is suited to you if you are aged between 16-18 years old and need to improve your English so you can progress to studying further vocational or academic programmes or train for a career.

What will I study?

If English is not your first language, this programme can improve your language skills and provide you with a route to a range of qualifications and subjects. It can also help improve your employment / career opportunities and help you gain confidence in day-to-day use of English.

The programme is one year long (36 weeks), from September to June/July, and is suitable if your level of English ranges between Beginner to Upper Intermediate level.

Why study ESOL at Farnborough?

 Our friendly atmosphere makes it easy to make new friends.   
 Your confidence will improve.  
 You will have the chance to take part in a range of activities to help develop your skills.  
 Our supportive and friendly lecturers will help you with any difficulties. 
 When you finish, you could start a new course or train for a career.  

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If you have any questions about this course then please contact us by phone on 01252 40 55 55 or message us.

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Your course

What modules are covered?

On the course, you will study around 16 hours of classes over 4 days per week. You will study the following subjects at a level suitable for you:

  • English (ESOL) - we normally offer the following levels:
  • Entry 1 (Beginners)
  • Entry 2 (Elementary)
  • Entry 3 (Pre-Intermediate)
  • Level 1 (Intermediate to Upper Intermediate)
  • Mathematics
  • Information and Communications Technology (ICT)

Depending on your level of English, you may also have the opportunity to take classes in a vocational subject, for example:

  • Health and Social Care
  • Hair and Beauty
  • Motor Vehicle Maintenance
  • Catering and Hospitality

All learners have a weekly Group Tutorial session, which covers topics like health & wellbeing, careers/employment and cross-college activities. You will also have an Individual Tutorial (1-to-1 meeting) with your Personal Tutor around every 4 weeks, when you can discuss your progress and any other issues. 

Finally, all learners will have the opportunity to complete some Work Experience.

You will normally take exams and/or assessments in all subjects at different times of the year. Your tutors will give you more information when you join the course. Certificates will be available for each qualification you achieve.

If you make good progress, it may be possible to do ESOL/Maths/ICT exams at more than one level during the year.

How will I be assessed?

There will be a range of external and internal assessments in all subjects throughout the year.

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Your future

What Next?

On successful completion of the ESOL programme, you may be able to apply for a range of vocational and academic courses to take your new skills further. Some learners also pursue employment/career opportunities. You may also be able to study more English/ESOL in future, often at the next level.

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Entry Requirements

What previous qualifications and experience will I need?

There are no formal entry requirements. However, please note that, in order to study on our Entry 1 (Beginners level) course, you should already be able to:

  • read and write the Roman alphabet with some confidence
  • say, understand, read and write basic sentences in English, for example personal information and basic instructions

If you are a new applicant, you will need to complete an English test and attend an interview in advance to check your level of language and suitability for the course. If you have previously studied ESOL, you will need to show evidence of the qualifications gained before starting a higher level. 

After you apply online, we will contact you as necessary to arrange an interview and English language assessment.

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Course Enquiry

Please contact us through the form below. After submitting a form we will contact you as soon as possible. We will delete your information one month after the beginning of the next academic year.

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