ESOL 16-18 Study Programme – P4871

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Course Overview

This ESOL course is for those aged 16-18 who do not have English as a first language and who wish to improve their English language skills in order to progress to other courses, training or employment. This study programme is offered at five different levels, from entry-level 1 to level 2 and after an initial assessment in English and maths, students are allocated a course at the appropriate level.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

You will attend a modular programme consisting of English, maths, ICT, and citizenship, all of which will prepare you to access further education and employment opportunities. You will be improving your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills along with many vocational skills. The course also includes general studies, course taster sessions, projects, work experience and a programme of enrichment including sports and educational visits. You will be required to complete a work experience placement and an employability programme as part of this course.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements. Your level of English will be assessed through a variety of reading, writing, speaking and ability tasks and your maths level will be assessed by completing an online maths initial assessment programme. Based on the results of these assessment tasks, you will be enrolled onto an entry 1, entry 2, entry 3, level 1 or a level 2 course. It is possible for you to move to the next level during the academic year.

How you will be assessed

You will complete weekly assessments in English, maths and ICT, built around the topics covered each week. You may also take Functional Skills exams in English and maths.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees (16-18): £0.00

Additional Costs

Leicester College offers free tuition and exam fees for full-time courses if you are a home student aged between 16 and 18 on 31 August 2024, and meet the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) and Education Funding Agency (EFA) eligibility rules.


If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

For more information, please see our course fee disclaimers page.

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Course and Career progression

After successfully completing the programme, you will be able to progress to higher levels on our ESOL courses, courses in other vocational areas or progress onto suitable employment opportunities. Your tutors will provide guidance and will help you to make suitable choices about progression. They will also assist you with the completion and submission of applications for other courses.

What Happens Next

Apply online via the College website, or if your school uses the Positive Steps @16 (PS16) application system please apply through this and speak to your careers advisor if you are unsure. You will be contacted to attend an interview if required, or you will be sent a conditional offer according to the entry requirements for the course. You will then be invited in to enrol for your chosen course of study.

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