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Enrol on an English, ESOL or Maths course

Pages in Enrol on an English, ESOL or Maths course

  1. ESOL classes
  2. Functional skills maths classes
  3. GCSE maths classes
  1. Functional skills English class
  2. GCSE English classes

ESOL classes

Where will the course be?

We run classes all across the city. We can usually find a class at a venue to suit you.

When will the course be?

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

  • Autumn - Monday 16 September - Friday 13 December (12 weeks) (Half term 21 October - 25 October)
  • Spring - Monday 6 January - Friday 3 April (12 weeks) (Half term 24 February - 28 February)
  • Summer - Monday 27 April - Friday 10 July (10 weeks) (Half term 25 May - 29 May)

You can enrol on a class at any time during the year.

Classes are usually two sessions per week and we have them available every weekday.

  • Morning classes are from 9.15am until 11.45am.
  • Afternoon classes are from 12.30pm until 3pm.
  • Evening classes are from 6pm until 8.30pm or 6.30pm to 9pm.

There are some 3 day classes for those with a very low level of reading and writing skills.

Do you offer childcare?

We have a crèche service available at some venues. If you need crèche, let us know when you enrol and we will do our best to find you a suitable class.

What level of English do I need?

It doesn’t matter. We have courses for those at beginner level (pre-entry/entry 1) right up to Level 1 and Level 2.

Are there any other entry requirements?

There are no formal entry requirements.

Will I be working towards a qualification?

Yes. We offer 5 levels of ESOL Skills for Life exams. The easiest is Entry Level 1, which is aimed at people at beginner level. The hardest is Level 2, which is classed as equivalent to a GCSE Grade 4 (what used to be a Grade C).

How do I sign up?

To make sure we get you signed up to the right class, we need to meet you for an assessment. At the assessment we will answer any questions you might have, find out what level of English you are starting from and then find a class that meets your needs.

To find out when the next assessment session is or to get further information please email or telephone 024 7678 7978.

What do I need to bring with me to the assessment?

We need to check you can join the class. To do this we need to see some ID.

  • Please bring your passport/UK residence card/EU card


  • Other evidence of your resident status e.g. Home Office letter or ARC card.

We will also need proof of household income (payslips and/or income-based benefit documents - not child tax credit or child benefit).

We will also need your National Insurance Number.  

How much will the course cost?

The course is free if you have a gross household income of less than £22,600.  A 34 week course costs £595.

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

You can join Maths for ESOL, ESOL ICT (computers), First Aid for ESOL Learners, Preparing to Work in Schools for ESOL Learners, Introduction to Caring for a Child/Children for ESOL learners, Introduction to Health and Social Care for ESOL Learners, ESOL into English, ESOL for Driving and Community Interpreting for ESOL Learners.  Also, if you need to prepare for your SELTS (Secure English Language Test) at A1, A2 or B1 we run courses to help.

If your level of English is high you may be referred to an English class. We will discuss your needs at enrolment and offer you advice on the best way forward.

Adult Education


Tel: 024 7697 5200

Southfields Old School
South Street

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