English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) (Adult)

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) (Adult)

Course Code: A121 Duration: 36 Weeks Attendance: Part Time Location: Farnborough Campus Start Date: 02/01/2024 Day: Various Time: Various


About the course

If English is not your first language then this programme can improve your language skills and give you a route to further qualifications. We run classes during the daytime or evening depending on level. An English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) course with us can help to improve your confidence in your job and can allow you to support relatives who don’t have English as their first language.

Please note: this course starts the week beginning 5/9/22. Start dates will vary depending on what days of the week the courses are. We will tell you the exact start date when you come for your assessment.

Who is this programme for?

This programme is especially for people who do not speak English as a first language. This course is for you if you are aged 19 or above.


Fees will depend upon residency status and income. For Home Students, fee remission is normally available for those who receive government benefits such as Universal credit, or who earn a low wage.


Tuition £350
Exam £23.00

Please note that while we make reasonable adjustments to remove any barriers to education, additional fees may be payable where this is not possible. For example, to provide additional support due to a disability. Please contact us if you believe you have any additional needs so that we can discuss your options before enrolling on a course.

Contact Us

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

Your course

How will I be taught?

If English is not your first language, this programme can improve your language skills and provide you with greater confidence in everyday communication. It can also help to improve employment opportunities and can provide a route to further study.

There are 2 x 2-hour lessons per week. We offer a choice of daytime classes or evening classes depending on level. We offer 5 levels:

  • Entry 1 (Beginners)
  • Entry 2 (Elementary)
  • Entry 3 (Pre-Intermediate)
  • Level 1 (Intermediate to Upper Intermediate)
  • Level 2 (Upper Intermediate to Advanced)

The course is divided into 3 parts. Each part lasts for approximately one term. On each part of the course, learners will develop speaking, listening, reading and writing skills, as well as knowledge of grammar and vocabulary. During each part of the course, learners focus on, and work towards an exam in, a different skill area as follows:

  • Autumn term (September to December): Speaking and Listening
  • Spring term (January to March/April): Reading
  • Summer term (March/April to June/July): Writing

The qualifications are City & Guilds ESOL Skills for Life qualifications.

There are rolling start dates for this course, so you could be starting sooner than you think. It is possible for new learners to join the course at the start of each module (September, January or March/April). Please note that all new learners must sign up until the end of the Summer term.

First, you will need to take an English language assessment to find your current level(s) of English. Assessment sessions are held at different times of the year. After you apply online, we will contact you in due course with information about the next assessments and how to book. After assessment, we can tell you your current level(s) of English and discuss available courses. We will then send information about how to enrol.

How will I be assessed?

There will be 3 assessments (exams) throughout the year. There is an exam for each part of the course (module), normally towards the end of the term as follows:

  • Speaking & Listening: November/December
  • Reading: March/April
  • Writing: June

Most exams are internally assessed (marked by tutors). Level 1 and Level 2 Reading exams are externally marked by City & Guilds.

You will gain a City & Guilds ESOL Skills for Life qualification at the relevant level for each exam you pass. Certificates will be provided.

Your future

What Next?

Successful completion of an ESOL programme can help to improve employment opportunities. It can also help increase confidence and competence in a range of everyday situations, for example social interactions. You may also be able to apply for a vocational or academic course in another subject to take your new skills further. Normally, you can also progress to another English or ESOL course the following year, usually at a higher level.

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. If you have previously studied ESOL, you will need to show evidence of the qualifications gained before starting a higher level.  

Ask a Question

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.

Start Dates

Start Date Mode Day(s) Time Duration
02/01/2024 Part Time Various Various 36 Weeks
Start Date 02/01/2024
Mode Part Time
Day(s) Various
Time Various
Duration 36 Weeks



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