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ESOL Bridging at Oldham College

Course description

You will study English/ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) from Pre-entry, Entry level 1- 3 or Level 1 dependant on the outcome of your language assessment.  

The course focuses on English at your level using a wide range of topics, e.g neighbourhood and community,  hobbies and free-time, work and jobs, life in the UK, social media, family and friends, shopping, travel and transport and health.

You will develop your English skills in speaking and listening, reading and writing alongside grammar and vocabulary. 

Some classes will focus on your personal development and welfare and cover topics including: citizenship, staying safe on-line, hate crime and health and well being.

In addition, you will study Functional Skills maths up to Level 2 and work towards developing your ICT and computer skills. 

Learners who are eligible will also complete work experience. 

There will be opportunities for various educational visits during the year.


Course content

You will study English/ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) from Pre-entry, Entry level 1- 3 or Level 1 dependant on the outcome of your language assessment.  

The course focuses on English at your level using a wide range of topics, e.g neighbourhood and community,  hobbies and free-time, work and jobs, life in the UK, social media, family and friends, shopping, travel and transport and health.

You will develop your English skills in speaking and listening, reading and writing alongside grammar and vocabulary. 

Some classes will focus on your personal development and welfare and cover topics including: citizenship, staying safe on-line, hate crime and health and well being.

In addition, you will study Functional Skills maths up to Level 2 and work towards developing your ICT and computer skills. 

Learners who are eligible will also complete work experience. 

There will be opportunities for various educational visits during the year.


Entry requirements

Entry Level Programme: Skills for Life & Work

There are no qualifications required for these courses.

They are designed for students with Special Educational Needs & Disabilities (SEND).

 

Entry Level Programme: Skills & Employability

English & maths GCSE Grades G-U / 1 or English & maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3

 

GCSE Re-sit Study Programme

You will receive an offer of a place on the course subject to passing an English & maths assessment.

 

Vocational Level 1 Programme

English & maths GCSE Grades E-G/1- 2 or English & maths Functional Skills Entry Level 3.

 

Vocational Level 2 Programme

Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade D/3 including maths and English or a vocational qualification Level 1, plus GCSE grade D/3 in both maths and English. English & maths Functional Skills Level 1 will be accepted as an alternative to GCSEs.

 

Vocational Level 3 Programme

Minimum of 4 GCSEs at grades A-C/4-9 (including maths and English) or a vocational qualification Level 2, plus GCSE grade C/4 in both maths and English

Assessment

Your teacher will set tests to check your progress and you will be given regular homework to complete.

Learners will take ESOL exams in speaking and listening, reading and writing and Functional Skills maths.

Financial information

Full Time

If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for optional trips, recommended text books and professional start up kits. We have a bursary scheme to assist with these costs.

  • If you're aged 19 or over, you may need to pay tuition fees and exam fees, but many students will be eligible for discounts on these.
  • If you're 19 to 23 and do not already hold a full Level 2 (five or more GCSEs at Grade A* to C/1-4; NVQ Level 2 or equivalent) or full Level 3 (an Access to Higher Education Course, BTEC National Certificate or Diploma, NVQ Level 3, or two or more A Levels or equivalent) qualification you will be exempt from paying tuition fee and exam fees if you undertake a full Level 2 or full Level 3 qualifications.    
  • If you are 19 and over, undertaking an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course you may be exempt from paying tuition and exam fees if you receive an active benefit (e.g. Universal Credit, Employment Support Allowance, Job Seekers Allowance) and are seeking work.
  • If you are aged 19 and over and study GCSE Maths or English and do not already hold a C grade/4 or higher in the subject that you are studying, you will be exempt from paying tuition fee and exam fees.
  • Please note that fees may be charged to students ages 19 and over on certain courses. For more information about course fees and whether you may be eligible for fee remission please ring 0161 785 4039 or email admissions@oldham.ac.uk

Part Time

If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for optional trips, recommended text books and professional start up kits.

Please note that fees may be charged to students ages 19 and over on certain courses. For more information about course fees and whether you may be eligible for fee remission please ring 0161 785 4039 or email admissions@oldham.ac.uk

Future opportunities

You will be able to move to the next level of study to develop and improve your English and maths or to Level 1 Vocational - Business, ESOL and Functional Skills.

Once you achieve your English and maths at Entry 3/Level 1 you will be able to apply for a range of courses in college.  The ESOL team will be able to give you more information on how to progress to the next level and provide details on assessments/enrolment. 

Further information

It is important that you come along and speak to one of our staff about your choice/s.

Once we receive your application, you will be invited in to speak to a tutor or a member of the Apprenticeship team to discuss your application.

This will provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the course/Apprenticeship and to see our facilities.

 

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: 22 November 2018
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