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ESOL: 16-18s

New for September 2023 Richmond Upon Thames College are offering an ESOL (English for Speakers of other Languages) study programme for 16-18 year olds.


The course is for young students who do not speak English as their first language and need to improve their English skills before starting work or studying in the UK.


On the course you will study English (ESOL), maths, employment skills (work) and skills to help you progress onto other courses at the college. You will have the opportunity to complete qualifications in all these topics.


English is the main part of the course and learners will be given tuition in speaking and listening skills, reading, writing, grammar and vocabulary based on the ESOL Skills for Life Core Curriculum. This will be delivered in the context of everyday UK life and work so you can successfully seek work, progress to further study and play your part in the community.


There are about 16 hours of teaching each week for 35 weeks.


Level: Entry 2 and entry 3


Qualifications: You will complete qualifications in the following:

  • ESOL Skills for Life reading, speaking and listening, writing
  • Functional Skills maths
  • Progression
  • Employability skills


Entry requirements: No qualifications required but you must complete an English language assessment to check your starting level.

  • Course fee information

    Please note that for most students the course is free. 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


    Students who have higher earnings, may have to pay £450. 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. 


  • 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?

    Ascentis ESOL Skills for Life Certificates in Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening

  • What can the course lead to?

    - Higher level of ESOL
    - GCSE

    - Vocational Courses in college

  • 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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