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

Course description

This is a full-time course for students aged 16-18 who do not yet have the language skills to access a vocational course.

All ESOL Programmes are offered at Entry 1, Entry 2, Entry 3 and Levels 1 and 2.

All 3 modes are covered (Reading, Writing and Speaking & Listening).

Courses are flexible and run in the mornings, afternoons or evenings.Our well-established ESOL courses are for all ages and taught by experienced and friendly staff.


Course content

Students will learn about topics that include: • Family Life • Work • Festivals • Citizenship

Entry requirements

You will need to arrange to go to Student Services at Gloucester or Cheltenham.

They will decide if you can do an ESOL course and if you have to pay fees.

You should bring with you any of the following:

  • Evidence of receipt of benefits (where applicable) e.g. JSA, ESA (Employment Support Allowance within work related activity group)
  • E.U. Workers' State Registration. c) Evidence of residency status e.g. passport, E.U. ID card, ILR, ELR, ELC, Humanitarian Protection, marriage or working Visa, IND or Arc Card from Home Office.

If you can do an ESOL class you will be invited for an assessment so that we can offer you the right level.

Overseas students, European Students who are not living in the UK on a permanent basis, short-term visitors or those on visitors, au-pair or student visas wishing to study English should apply for EFL not ESOL.

Future opportunities

Many learners progress to the next level in ESOL, while some move on to part-time or full-time programmes in vocational areas.

A number of learners progress at work as a result of improving their level of English.

When learners join classes towards the end of the academic year it may be more appropriate for them to work towards their own programme of learning in preparation for more exam-based study in the following academic year.

Students will have the opportunity to move to a higher level ESOL course, depending on their progress and achievement of exams. Students can progress to mainstream courses when they have reached Level 1/Level 2. Once students are on a mainstream programme they can apply to access one-to-one language support, offered by Learning Links (guidance will be given).

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gloucestershire College directly.

Last updated date: 01 April 2016
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