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English for speakers of other languages (ESOL)

What's on offer?

If English is not your first language and you would like to become more confident in speaking, listening, reading or writing, the Community Learning Service delivers a range of accredited courses which will help you to improve skills for employment and everyday life.

We deliver English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses in Burton-upon-Trent, Lichfield,Tamworth and Stafford.

Courses are delivered to suit your needs and include Speaking & Listening and Reading and Writing. Courses are available at the following levels: 

  • Entry 1
  • Entry 2
  • Entry 3
  • Level 1

Courses last approximately, 40 hours for Reading, 50 hours for Writing and 70 hours for Speaking and Listening. 

Toward the end of your course you will sit an exam. On successful completion you will achieve an Ascentis Skills for Life ESOL qualification.

Course Costs

These courses cost £4.50 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 eligibility criteria the cost per hour is £9. 

Fee concessions are available to some learners who are low waged, on Universal Credit or other benefits and looking for work.

COVID-19 Update

We are now delivering classroom courses and assessments again, but all courses may return to Online if restrictions return again in the future.

What are the entry requirements?

You will have an interview with a tutor consisting of a short discussion and a small reading and writing task to find out your level of learning. You will discuss the results with the tutor and agree what level you will study at. 

These courses are for learners who are: 

  • Staffordshire residents aged 19+ 
  • have a legal right to be resident in the United Kingdom 

How do I book onto a course?

E-mail communitylearning@staffordshire.gov.uk

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