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English for speakers of other languages (ESOL)

What’s on offer?

If English is not your first language, our ESOL courses will help you to develop confidence with English, support you with key language skills and help you become more confident in speaking, listening, reading and writing. We offer a range of accredited courses which will help you to improve skills for employability and everyday life.

Courses are available at a number of venues across Staffordshire, and we have a range of delivery days and times. You will study English in real-life situations and classes will include individual work, group work, pair work, role plays, discussions and presentations.

We offer courses from Pre-entry level, for learners who are new to ESOL, Entry 1, 2, 3 and Level 1 for learners who want to develop their English for further study or employment. At the end of your course, you will complete an exam. On successful achievement you will gain an Ascentis Skills for Life ESOL qualification.


Course Costs

Pre-entry classes are free of charge and are designed for learners who need to develop the confidence to progress on to qualification courses. Qualification courses are free of charge for Staffordshire residents aged 19 or over, who have a legal right of residence in the UK and are on income-based benefits/low-wage.  Otherwise, the cost is £5.00 per hour, for Staffordshire residents aged 19 or over, who have a legal right of residence in the UK.  If you do not meet this residency eligibility criteria the cost per hour is £10.00.


Entry requirements

You will meet with a tutor to have a short discussion and a small reading and writing task to find out which course is be best for you. The tutor will discuss your level of learning and how you can progress.

You must be able to attend all sessions to enable you to progress and achieve.

You will need to be a Staffordshire resident aged 19+ and have a legal right to be a resident in the UK.


Book your place

If you're interested in booking onto one of our courses you can fill out our contact form and a member of our team will be in touch.


Contact us

For any further queries please email us at communitylearning@staffordshire.gov.uk

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