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ESOL with Vocational Pathways Entry 3 (Hillsborough) at Sheffield College

Course description

This is an ESOL course with an opportunity to try out different vocational areas. It is suitable for ESOL students assessed at Entry 3 in their English.

Course content

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.

Students at Hillsborough can choose options from the following vocational areas Art, Media, Acting, Horticulture, Health and Social Care, Sport.

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 or school 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

Students can progress onto an entry level or level 1 vocational course. 

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

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:

·         Thursday 25th October 2018, 4pm-7pm

·         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: 08 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Course code: HFEAL1C


  • More information
    • Welcome to Hillsborough Campus

      Our Hillsborough campus in the north of the city is our creative hub with Art and Design, Photography, Fashion, and Music all based at the campus alongside more traditional courses such as A-Levels and our strong Sports base.

      The facilities at Hillsborough really have to be seen to be believed (why don’t you check out the tour!) from shiny Mac suites, which there are numerous, to sprung dance studios, a theatre and a TV studio.

      Hillsborough’s not just for those who are confident on the stage or in front of the camera, it also has a stage production workshop for set design and prop making, a wire tension grid which provides a strong, safe and virtually invisible platform for lighting changes to be made.

      Hillsborough also has a gym, a 3G sports pitch and a sports hall which is available for use for all, not just those studying Sport.

      If you need childcare, no problem! The Hillsborough campus has an Ofsted Outstanding rated nursery onsite.


      Hillsborough Campus, Livesey Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S6 2ET

      By Car

      From the M1 take Junction 33 onto the Sheffield Parkway.

      Take a right onto Derek Dooley Way/A61 and follow the A61 for approximately 2 miles.

      When you reach a KFC restaurant on your left and Owlerton Stadium on your right, turn right onto Livesey Street. Hillsborough Campus is located approximately 300 metres down Livesey Street, on the right hand side.


      Unfortunately the only on-site parking available at Hillsborough is for Blue Badge holders (more access information can be found here), however there is pay and display on-street parking and car parks available nearby.

      By Train

      Once you arrive at the station your best bet is to hop on a tram – the train station even has its own tram stop. See the Tram section below for more details.

      By Tram

      Pick up a blue line tram heading towards Malin Bridge and get off at Hillsborough or Hillsborough Park – both of which are around 5 minutes away.

      You can use the Supertram website to plan your journey and get up to date information about fares.

      By Bus

      There are a number of different buses that stop near Hillsborough Campus – too many to list here in fact!

      Check out the Travel South Yorkshire website for further details.

      By Bike

      Hillsborough has secure bike storage on site. Please speak to Student Services to register and gain access to the storage facilities.


      For accessibility information please see the Disabled Go website here.