ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

Start Date
Course Course
City Campus

About this Course

ESOL courses are for students who would like to improve their English. The course will help you to improve your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. If you are a complete beginner or have studied English before, we will help you to find a course at the right level for your ability. This course is only for students who are 19 years old or above.

Key Units

ESOL courses will help you to improve your English skills in:

  • asking questions
  • talking about yourself
  • having conversations with other people
  • understanding what others are saying to you)
  • reading letters
  • understanding directions and instructions
  • other things you may see in a daily environment
  • You will learn how to write a properly constructed sentence and short paragraph
Depending on which level and course that you study you may also learn about English language skills that will help you find a job.

Some courses will also include an introduction to basic IT and computer skills. 

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course. However, you must be at least 19 years old at the start of the course. 

English Assessments
All applicants will be required to take an English assessment so that we can find the right course for your ability.


Practical assessments (speaking, reading and writing) during classes.

Where does this Lead

Once you have completed your first ESOL course you will be able to progress on to a higher level and develop your English skills even further.

Future Opportunities

Developing your English skills could be helpful if you wish to study on a higher level course (e.g. university) or find employment.

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How to Apply

If you want to start on an ESOL course this September you will need to book an appointment so that we can assess your current skill level. Please do not worry about taking the assessment, it is to help us find you a course and will not form a part of your grade.

Once you have booked an appointment for an assessment we will decide which course and level is right for you. Once you have agreed on a course we will invite you in to enrol and formally become a student at The Sheffield College. 

Extra Costs

Study Materials

We ask all students to bring pens and a folder to store their work in. You may wish to purchase an English dictionary to help you with your studies.

Study Visits
From time to time students may be invited to take part in activities or trips related to your course. You will be expected to pay for these trips in addition to your course fees.

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