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This course is FREE for learners on Universal Credit, Job Seekers Allowance or on a low wage of less than £17,400. Asylum seekers, refugees and applicants with either humanitarian protection, discretionary, exceptional or indefinite leave to enter or remain status (including Calais right to remain) could also receive this course for FREE (see fee information below).ESOL Entry Level 1 offers an introduction to English for learners with limited spoken English and limited understanding of English reading and writing. Ideal for learners who require a basic introduction to English language and culture. The course will develop your confidence in speaking basic English, so you can start to communicate with more confidence when in the shops for example or at the doctors and then progress onto the next level of English. The course starts in September and ends in June and is taught on a Tuesday from 9.30am – 2pm. You will be taught 3 different units; speaking and listening, reading and writing. Learners can either complete the full year with us and sit exams in all 3 units or just enrol on an individual unit as follows:Speaking and listening is taught from 15/09/20 to 13/12/20Reading is taught from 06/01/21 to 17/03/21Writing is taught from 24/03/21 to 30/06/21At the end of each unit, you will sit an exam and on passing it, you will receive an Edexel qualification in ESOL Skills for Life Entry Level 1. This qualification is recognised by employers and all educational institutes, on achieving it you will be able to progress to ESOL Entry Level 2. This course is designed to be taught in the classroom with an ESOL tutor and a group of learners (maximum class sizes of 16) however please be aware that if the Government or the Local Authority announces a lockdown due to the Coronavirus, classes will move to online learning. You will be given a student email account and access to Office 365 at the start of your course and shown how to work Teams Classroom, so you are ready to complete classes and learning online if needed, at any time throughout the year.

What can I do next?

On successful completion of Entry 1, you can then progress to the next step, Entry Level 2.

What will I be doing?

This course is primarily designed as an introduction to the English language and British culture. It is designed for those who have had little or no previous English lessons. We will concentrate on building the basics to enable learners to build on the skills required for everyday communication and integration into the British culture. We will be covering all of the key elements of English such as basic vocabulary, simple tenses and helping to build your confidence in Speaking and Listening so you can then progress onto the next level of English.

How will I be assessed?

Speaking and Listening exam – Wednesday 02/12/20 & 09/12/20Reading exam – Wednesday 17/03/21Writing exam – Wednesday 23/06/21

Entry requirements?

There are no formal entry requirements and you do not need to have had previous lessons in English to enrol. You will be invited to the College for an informal interview with one of the ESOL tutors who will assess what level of English you are currently at through a discussion with you and a short assessment before enrolling you on the correct level. If your English is very low, please, feel free to bring along someone who can help and support you at the interview. We welcome applications from friends and family on behalf of the applicant.

What do I need to bring?

Tutors will set you work from an ESOL Entry Level 1 coursebook, which will be used in the classroom and you will be set homework from the same coursebook. There is a book fee of £45 to pay when you enrol, the college then buys the book for you and you will receive your book in the first 2-3 weeks of the course. The books are then yours to keep and take home with you. Additional resources and exam papers will be provided for you and you will have access to online resources. Bilingual dictionaries will be available in the classroom and to loan from our library, but learners are welcome to bring their own. You will also need to bring pens, paper and files for your work or you can bring in your own laptop or Chromebooks to work on in the classroom.

Fee Information

FREE for learners on Universal Credit or Job Seekers Allowance and those on a low wage of less then £17.400 per year. You will need to provide evidence of Universal Credit, Job Seekers or low wage with a payslip or statement for that current month in which you are applying. Asylum seekers, refugees and applicants with either humanitarian protection, discretionary, exceptional or indefinite leave to enter or remain status (including Calais leave to remain), could also receive this course for FREE. You will need to provide your Home Office Documentation. Fee payers can either pay for the whole year and all 3 elements or for individual units. The college offers instalment options. Please note refunds cannot be given if learners are unable to continue the course for any reason. Refunds will not be offered if classes move to online due to Coronavirus as learning will continue. Whole year, Speaking & Listening, Reading and Writing qualification = £450Speaking & Listening qualification only = £200Reading qualification = £150Writing qualification = £180All learners need to pay a £45 book fee as detailed under 'What do I need to bring'.All applicants will need to provide proof of identification and address.

These fees are indicative of the 2019-20 costs and may be subject to change

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