Essential Skills ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Entry Level, Level 1

Full Time

About the course

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.

Depending on your level, you will study between 13 and 16 hours per week, which can include: English; Maths; Digital Skills; Additional L1 qualifications (depending on your level in English); ’Language is the main part of the course, and alongside this you would also study maths and Digital Skills. The ‘Living and Working in the UK’ qualifications are intended to develop learners’ understanding of key aspects of British society. They have been developed primarily for use with learners relatively new to the UK who may also be learning English as an additional language. The ‘Progression’ qualifications offer the opportunity for learners to develop a wide range of skills, both life skills and vocational.

Furthermore, we do offer language enrichments such as Art and Music.

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.

Where next?

National qualifications:

  • Living and working in the UK Entry 1, 2 & 3 (work your way up through the different levels of award available)

  • 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.

Work experience and employability

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.

What additional resources will I need?

You will need to provide your own stationery.

Fees information

This course is free to students aged 16-19.


For queries about the course, please contact the course leader: or

For general enquiries, please contact: