ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

Various Levels

ESOL students listening to lecturer

Availability & Details

ESOL - Alton Campus - Wed 18:00-21:00 AP-ESOLNO-G(2122)000

Alton Campus

Type of study
Adult Learning, Part Time

13-Sep-2021 - 15-Dec-2021 (12 weeks)

Course Full Fee £410.00
Course Fully-Funded £0.00
Exam Fully-Funded £0.00
Exam Co-Funded Fee £35.00
Exam Full Fee £35.00
Course Co-Funded Fee £155.00


If English is not your first language then ESOL classes could help you to become better at communicating in English in everyday life.

ESOL classes are available to anyone over the age of 16 who does not have English as a first language. They will help you to improve your Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening, in English.

No prior qualifications are required.

You will be encouraged to undertake a range of tasks in a small classroom environment with support from the teacher in preparation for moving you through the level and preparing you for the exam at the end of the course.

Topics you may cover include:

  • Health
  • Travel and transport
  • Shopping and food
  • Education systems in the UK
  • Topics that relate to Citizenship

Following the initial assessment to identify your level, you will then work on your English skills at the appropriate level.

  • Use different styles of writing and punctuate correctly
  • Write in complete sentences and spell correctly using a variety of techniques
  • Use format and structure for different purposes
  • Present information appropriately
  • Use correct grammar and punctuation
  • Scan different texts to locate information
  • Obtain specific information from a text and decode words
  • Read and recognise sentence structures and recognise different purposes of texts
  • Follow a narrative, skim read and identify main points within a text
  • Recognise and understand organisational features
  • Support arguments with evidence and make relevant contributions in discussions
  • Listen and respond appropriately to information
  • Read and recognise vocabulary relating to everyday topics

There are three exams at the end of each level –
– Reading
– Writing and Speaking
– Listening

Exams can be taken at various times throughout the course and your teacher will discuss with you the best time for you to sit the exam.

Following the completion of ESOL Level 2, you can move onto a GCSE English qualification or Apprenticeship.

“HSDC provided me with the opportunity for autonomous study and the choice of subjects that I wanted to study, which helped me develop relevant knowledge as well as relevant skills for the workplace.”

Lucas Ratcliffe, A Level and CTEC student

My experience at the college has been decent, I’ve met lots of people, its been great to be honest, I’ve really enjoyed it.

Oliver Smith, A Level student

I focused and worked hard to get the grades. I had some support from my lecturer during a stressful time. The college is really good and supportive.

Natasha Boerer, BTEC student