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ESOL Skills For Life at Wiltshire College

Course description

This course is aimed at 16-18 year old students whose first language is not English. You may be a young person who has attended school in the UK but your level of English needs to be better to help you study other subjects.  You may have just arrived in the UK and want to study English before you do another course at the College.

If you are 19 years old or older, you can apply to do this course.

Course content

You will follow the Skills for Life ESOL syllabus at Entry Level 3 which includes:


You will work on all aspects of grammar up to and including Entry level 3 to ensure you have a good understanding of the English tense system, the structure of sentences, modal verbs, comparing and contrasting, conditional sentences and other language items as required.



You will learn new words according to topic focus and individual needs.  Example topics are: family life, food and drink, leisure, communication, education, travel, city life, work and current affairs.


Speaking and listening skills

Lessons will help students become more confident in speaking and listening. You will improve your fluency, accuracy and practice your pronunciation for better communication. Lessons will give you the opportunity to practise using grammar and vocabulary accurately.


Writing skills

From basic sentence construction to complex phrases and text organisation, you will be able to produce written work with greater accuracy and confidence. You will focus on a variety of text types which will include formal and informal letters, emails and job applications.


Reading skills

You will learn how to use texts such as magazine articles, newspapers and adverts to extend your vocabulary and as a means of guided discovery of language items. You will also develop reading skills such as skimming and scanning. Reading texts in detail will provide you with a deeper understanding of English. Finally, you will be encouraged to read widely from a variety of sources.


Functions of English

You will learn how to use a variety of language functions, such as making requests, giving advice, sharing opinions and expressing feelings.

Entry requirements

You will already have a basic knowledge of English. You will have an interview and your current level of English will be assessed. It is expected that students will already be working at Entry Level 2 (CEFR equivalent is A2 or IELTS score band 3.) We will accept students on the course even if they do not have a qualification at this level.


The main qualification aim for this course is the Certificate in Skills for Life ESOL at Entry level 3.  You will take three exams during the course:

•speaking and listening



You will complete work which will help prepare you for these exams as well as a mock exam practice. You will be given course work to complete out of class which will support your studies as well as an Individual Learning Plan, which you will use to focus on your personal learning targets.

Future opportunities

While you are at Wiltshire College you will have the opportunity to find out more about other full-time vocational courses we offer for example IT, Hairdressing or Travel and Tourism.  You will be given careers advice and guidance on what course you could do next.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 June 2016

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