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English for Speakers of Other Languages

English for Speakers of Other Languages

We have a range of ESOL courses to suit all abilities from learners with no English ability who want to learn English to integrate into British society to advanced ESOL learners, looking to progress their careers or move onto Higher Education.

Pre-entry ESOL for Life Skills and Social English – designed for learners with limited or no understanding of the English language to develop speaking and listening, reading and writing skills to help with integration into British society before moving onto the next level.

Entry Level ESOL for Employability Development – designed for learners with a basic understanding of the English language who want to develop their ability to read and write in English and speak the language to improve their employability skills and further integrate into British society.

ESOL Qualification for Career Development and Progression – designed for learners who want to develop their knowledge and ability in the English language and are looking to achieve a recognised qualification to help them with their career development or progression onto GCSE or Higher Education. Qualification available at Entry Level 3 or Level 1. 

Key Employability Skills

Confidence to speak in English with native English speakers, using the correct grammar and tenses for social English and the workplace.

Ability to read in English and extend your vocabulary. Be able to read and understand signs, forms, letters, news articles and informative text.

Confidence to write in English using correct sentence structure, punctuation, tenses, and grammar. Be able to fill in forms and applications and write letters and emails.

To Apply

You can apply for the course online or go to our Information Centre at either Broxbourne or Ware College to collect a paper application. After applying you will be invited to the College for an interview with an ESOL tutor to check your level of English. You will also by assessed by our Information Team who will check your passport, Home Office documents, that you have been resident in the country for 3 years, evidence of employment benefits or low wage. The interview and assessment can take up to 2 hours, you can bring a friend or family member who can speak English on your behalf at the interview and assessment.


Fees apply to all our ESOL courses. Fee remission could be available for learners that can provide evidence of receiving Universal Credit or Job Seekers Allowance or earn less than £17,374 per year could be eligible for fee remission. Learners that can provide Home Office evidence of asylum, refugee, humanitarian, exceptional or indefinite leave to enter or remain status (including Calais leave to remain), could also be eligible for fee remission. You will need to have been resident in the country for 3 years.