ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

Various Levels

ESOL student listening in class

Availability & Details


South Downs Campus

Type of study

Academic Year 2021-22 (1 year)


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.

Please contact our Admissions Team on 023 9387 9999 to arrange your initial assessment before applying.


No prior qualifications are required however please contact our Admissions Team on 023 9387 9999 to arrange your initial assessment before applying.

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
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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
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There are 3 exams at the end of each level. Reading, Writing and Speaking and 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 completion of ESOL Level 2 you can move onto a GCSE English Programme, Apprenticeship or other College programme.

My experience at the college was enjoyable and productive, with thoroughly helpful people surrounding you, an excellent experience. I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as it was, with the work shop time and experience I had, it was a great two years preparing me for the next stage.

Edward Smith, BTEC student

“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

I overcame a couple of barriers by working really hard to get the top grades. My experience was really good, with the course and the lecturers, the residentials and activities, together it was all really good. I had really great teaching support, I could always go to the lecturers and speak to them if I needed to.

David Stenning, Public Services student