English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL Level 1)

Full Time

Essential Skills

ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

Entry Level, Level 1

Qualification type

For young people:

  • whose first language is not English
  • who are aged between 14 and 19
  • who arrived in this country (UK) in the last 3 years

Course Summary

If English is not your first language and you need to develop your language skills in Speaking, Listening, Reading or Writing, we have groups at different levels to help. The course is a full-time programme, which aims to develop your English skills for everyday use. Language is the main part of the course, but you will also study Maths and ICT as well. Language enrichments such as photography and arts. The Living and Working in the UK qualification will support you at work and personal lives, enabling you to become a more active participant in society.


To national qualifications:

  • Living and Working in the UK Entry 1, 2 & 3 (work your way up through the different levels of award available, extending your knowledge of different aspects of living and working in the UK)
  • In ESOL at Entry Level 1-3, Level 1
  • In Functional Maths at Entry Level 1-3, Level 1
  • In Functional ICT at Entry Level 1-3, Level 1 or Level 2

Depending on your level in English and Maths, you may have the chance to study GCSE Maths as part of your programme. If you are studying at Level 1 or Level 2 in your ESOL course, you will also be offered the chance to join the Step Up programme (see course 707)

When you have completed ESOL at Level 1 or Level 2 you should be able to move on to other courses within college.

Entry requirements

You will be invited for a language assessment – this is the only entry requirement. We will take into account your qualifications from your previous schools.

Course content

Depending on your level, you will study between 13 and 16 hours per week, which can include:

  • English (6-8 hours per week)
  • Maths (3 hours)
  • ICT (3 hours)
  • Additional L1 qualifications (3-6 hours)depending on your level in English
  • Living and Working in the UK (1 hour per week)
  • Language enrichments in photography, volunteering, science and arts (2 hours per week).

Work Experience

This course does not contain a specific work experience component, but has other activities to help you develop employability skills. If you would like to undertake a work placement alongside your studies our Employability Team can help.

Costs and Resources

This course is free to students aged 16-18 years.


For more information about these courses, please contact: Tracy Leonard tracy.leonard@newcollege.ac.uk

For general enquiries please contact enrolment@newcollege.ac.uk