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ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) at Sheffield College

Course description

This is a one year full time course.

About the course

ESOL courses are available at preparation, pre-entry, entry 1, entry 2, entry 3, level 1 and level 2. Students will be invited into college to complete an initial assessment to determine their current level so that they can be placed on the most appropriate level of ESOL course.

It is an intensive English course covering the main areas of Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. It will help students learn and use key vocabulary and grammatical structures and to apply them in everyday situations. In addition students will study maths and IT.

The course is classroom based working in groups. Our staff are supportive, friendly and experienced in working with young learners recently arrived in the UK or with those who have little previous experience of English Language learning.

Will this course suit me?

These courses are aimed at 16-18 year olds with little previous experience of English Language or those whose English is a barrier to further academic or vocational progression.

Qualification Title

Trinity Certificates in ESOL Skills for Life.




Entry requirements

Students are required to attend an assessment at College to help determine the correct level for them.


The course is assessed by exam. Students are examined separately for Speaking & Listening, Reading and Writing. Students must successfully complete all three parts to progress onto the next level.

Financial information


At The Sheffield College we will always do our best to support you through your studies, to make them as stress free as possible. We have a specialist support team who can give you all the advice you need on all things financial, including what might be available to you, so that you don’t go short and you can concentrate all your efforts into your studies.

Free meals

If you meet the eligibility criteria we’ll be able to support you with free meals. You’ll get an amount of money that you can use within the college shops and diners per day. This will be added to your student ID card which you will just swipe to purchase items.

Travel passes

Students (including Apprentices) of The Sheffield College who live in South Yorkshire are eligible for a 16–18 Student Pass which entitles pass holders to cheaper travel on buses and trams in South Yorkshire. Pass holders are also entitled to half fare on Northern train services in South Yorkshire.

Learner Support Fund

If you are enrolled with us, you may receive support towards the cost of:

  • Travel

  • Books and materials

  • Uniform and equipment

  • Essential course trips

  • NUS extra

  • DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
  • UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university

Future opportunities

Where can it lead?
Students would normally progress through the levels until they reach entry 3 when they will have the opportunity to progress on to a vocational course at entry level or level 1. Alternatively they can continue to consolidate their English Language skills at level 1 and level 2 enabling them to enter a vocational course at a higher level.

Further information

How to apply  

School pupils in Sheffield should apply on-line with the help of their school.  Other students can apply using a paper application form available from any college campus, by phoning 0114 2602600, or downloading one from our website                       

Open Days

Why not come and see for yourself. Visit us on one of our open evenings and meet the people who will be teaching you, have a chat about what the course involves and look round our fantastic facilities where you’ll be learning.

Our City, Hillsborough, Peaks and Olive Grove campuses will be open on the following days:

  • Monday 20th November 2017, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Wednesday 7th March 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Thursday 17th May 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 16 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: One year
  • Course code: CFEAL1


  • More information
    • Fir Vale

      Our Fir Vale campus is located to the north-east of Sheffield, near the Northern General Hospital.

      The centre is a specialist campus for English and Maths courses, as well as specialising in ESOL delivery.


      The Sheffield College - Fir Vale Campus

      Earl Marshal Road


      S4 8LA

      By Car

      Exit the M1 at Junction 34 and at the roundabout, take the exit marked A6109/Meadowhall/Sheffield Arena.

      Turn right at the Travelodge onto Barrow Road.

      Turn left onto B6082 and continue for approximately 1.3 miles. 

      Turn right onto A6102/Upwell Street and continue for approximately half a mile.

      At the roundabout/junction, take the first exit (left) onto Rushby Street, then turn right onto Earl Marshal Road.

      The destination will be on your right.


      For accessibility information please see the Disabled Go website here.