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ESOL: Reading - Entry Levels and Level 1

These courses are aimed at developing your reading skills at Entry 1, 2, 3 and Level 1. You will study reading in the context of everyday life so you can successfully seek work, progress to further study and play your part in the community.


Learners will be given tuition in reading skills, grammar and vocabulary based on the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL): Skills for Life Core Curriculum.


This course is free for eligible students, please see 'fee concessions' below for more information or contact our Admissions Team: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


During the Autumn term, the ESOL course focuses on Speaking and Listening. We will be offering the following ESOL courses in 2022:

  • Spring Term: Reading
  • Summer Term: Writing

Each course last for 10 weeks (not including the half term break)


Exam Board: City & Guild


Please note this is a course for adults (19+). Click here for courses for 16-18 year olds.

  • Course details, fees and dates

    Course Code 21-PE3AW-ESR-1A / C0001

    Start Date Wednesday 12 Jan 2022

    How long is the course? 10 weeks

    When does the course run? Wed

    Level 1

    How much does the course cost? All Fees £450

    Examining Body City and Guilds

    Is an interview required? No

  • Course fee information

    Please note that for most students the course is free. For students who have higher earnings, they might have to pay £225. Please contact our Admissions team for more information by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

  • Co-funding

    If you meet the criteria for co-funding, then you may be entitled to pay a reduced amount. Co-funded courses are courses that are paid for entirely or in part by the government.

    The total co-funded amount for this course is: £225

  • What qualification or experience do I need to start the course?

    These courses are for EU residents, refugees or asylum seekers whose first language is not English. We will assess your level of English before you enrol on the course. You must demonstrate at interview that you are able to commit to the programme of study, attend 100% of all classes, and complete set work to deadlines.

  • How will I be taught?

    You will learn in a friendly environment, either at college or in local community centres through the use of group activities, discussions, games and projects. We will do everything we can to support and guide you to reach your goals.

  • How will I be assessed?

    There will be regular assessment throughout the course leading to speaking and listening exams at the end of each term.

  • What qualification will I get?

    You will get a City & Guild certificate in Reading for the level that you pass.

  • What can the course lead to?

    If you successfully complete your qualification you may decide to progress to a higher level or the ESOL Writing qualification. You may also apply for a job based on your improved English Skills.

  • How do I join the course?

    Please click the blue 'Apply' button on this page and you will be invited for an interview. We will assess your suitability and level of course that we can offer you.

  • Further information

    You may be eligible for the course fees to be waived if you are unemployed and receiving benefits including: Housing Benefit, Income Support, Council Tax Benefit, Pension Credit or JSA – Job Seekers Allowance

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