ESOL classes

Course locations

We have classes in various venues around the city so there will be one close to your home.

Some of our classes are online only.  We will help you access our online classes.

Course dates

We run classes during the school term times. This academic year our term dates will be:

  • Autumn - Monday 19 September - Friday 16 December (12 weeks)

Half term 24 October – 28 October

  • Spring - Tuesday 9 January - Friday 23 March (11 weeks)

Half term 20 February – 24 February

  • Summer - Monday 24 April - Friday 7 July (10 weeks)

Half term 29 May – 2 June

The course is 33 weeks but people can join anytime during the year up until the start of the summer term.  We also run a summer school in July. 

Classes are in the morning, afternoon or evening.


We may be able to provide a crèche for some of our daytime classes.

English skill level

It doesn’t matter. We have classes at all levels from Beginner/Pre-Entry level to Advanced/Level 1.

Other entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements but we will need to meet the West Midlands Combined Authority eligibility criteria to enrol on this course. We will need to check your:

  • passport/biometric residence card/EU ID card/proof of settled or pre-settled status/Home Office letter


  • proof of household income eg payslips/income-based benefit information

You may need to have lived in the EU/UK for 3 years to join the class. If you are seeing asylum, you need to have lived in the UK for 6 months or have refugee status. If you are not sure if you meet the eligibility requirements, please book an appointment by phoning 024 7697 5200 and we will be happy to check your documents and advise you accordingly.


You will work towards an ESOL Skills for Life qualification from City & Guilds or an Ascentis English Skills qualification at Entry Level 1, Entry Level 2, Entry Level 3 or at Level 1.

How to join a class

Phone the Adult Education district office on 024 7697 5200 to book an appointment for an ESOL enrolment and assessment session in a venue or on Zoom.

Course costs

The course is free if you are currently seeking work, on low income or have a gross household income of less than £22,600.  A 33-week course costs £577.50.

Other courses

We also offer courses for ESOL learners to learn other subjects as well as ESOL.

  • ESOL for Driving
  • ESOL & ICT (computers)
  • Maths for ESOL
  • Volunteering for ESOL learners
  • Preparing to Work in a School for ESOL learners
  • Caring for a Child for ESOL learners
  • ESOL for Care work
  • Community Interpreting
  • English through music and song
  • First Aid for ESOL learners

For an ESOL assessment and enrolment appointment please call 024 7697 5200.