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

Course description

This is a one year full time course

About the course
This is an intensive English programme with personal tutor support. You will learn about English speaking and listening, reading and writing.

Your programme can also include learning about citizenship, personal and social development, maths, IT and the world of work. There may be the opportunity for some students to study science and for some students to study for an employability skills qualification. 

Course enrichment activities can include trips and visits around the Sheffield area.

Staff and Facilities

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

Will this course suit me?

This course suits young people recently arrived in the UK or who have little previous experience of English language learning and who want to improve their qualifications to go onto further study or work.

Qualification Title

Trinity College London Certificate in ESOL at Entry Level. You will also study for a maths qualification. 

Course content



Entry requirements

16-18 year old students only. You will be asked to attend an English assessment at college to help decide which level of study is right for you.



The Trinity English Certificate 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.


Future opportunities

Where can it lead?

Students normally progress through the ESOL programme to achieve a higher level of English language skill. Students achieving a full ESOL certificate at entry level 3 or level 1 may also have the opportunity to progress on to a vocational course at either Hillsborough College, Peaks College or Sheffield City College. 



Further information

Open Evenings

  • Wednesday 21st November 2018, 4pm-7pm
  • Tuesday 29th January 2019, 4pm-7pm
  • Monday 4th March 2019, 4pm-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: 12 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: One year
  • Course code: VFEAL1


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    • 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.