ESOL – English for Speakers of Other Languages

Gaining an ESOL qualification demonstrates that you have good speaking, writing, listening and reading skills in English. Not only will it help improve your social interactions and everyday life – it’s also a great way to show employers your language skills and add to your CV.


What is ESOL?

English for Speakers of Other Languages, or ESOL, refers to learning English as a new resident in an English-speaking country.

If you’re applying for UK Citizenship, your English will be assessed. If it’s below Entry Level 3, you’ll need to pass ESOL.

Of course, ESOL is also a great way to reassure prospective employers that you have the English skills they are looking for.

The course is also designed to be practical. So it’ll teach you every day English, including punctuation and grammar, rather than things you won’t often be called up to use in the real world.

Additionally, improving your English will help you in other ways, for example:

  • Talking to English speakers
  • Helping your children with their school work
  • Continuing your own education
  • Gaining professional qualifications


What are the entry requirements for ESOL?

There are no formal entry requirements for ESOL, so it doesn’t matter if this is your first qualification.

However, you will have to complete an initial assessment when you apply for the course. This will help the provider to know which level of entry is right for you, and identify whether you need any additional support.


For NEW ESOL courses starting January 2022

Our ESOL courses are FREE* to students on a low income, claiming benefits or in receipt of Universal Credit