ESOL

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

The ESOL department is responsible for teaching English language skills to young people and adults. Some people travel from EU or non-EU countries to take our courses, while other ESOL learners already live in Leicester. The courses are designed to help you improve your English reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills, making it easier to work, study, and live in an English-speaking environment.

Leicester College is also a registered IELTS centre. The International English Language Testing System or IELTS is an exam which is widely used for university and college admissions, immigration requirements, and business purposes.

Who are Leicester College’s ESOL courses for?

Our courses are for people who are learning English, from beginners’ to advanced level. Learners are assessed when they arrive to make sure they are in the right class for their level. Some learners are as young as 16, and there is no upper age limit. We teach part time English courses in community centres in Leicester, as well as lots of different full-time courses in the main campuses for learners who want to study further college courses, take degrees at British universities, or improve their employment prospects. Our international foundation programmes even allow you to progress automatically to a related undergraduate degree at De Montfort University, as long as you achieve a certain level of English by the end of the course.

Further Information

We can sponsor your short-term study visa (normally a requirement if you come from a non-EU country). This will allow you to study for an academic year full time in Leicester, and cannot be extended. If you go on to study for a degree afterwards at a registered university, they will be able to sponsor your Tier 4 student visa. Detailed information on our English language (ESOL and IELTS preparation programmes) for the 2017-2018 academic year is also available in leaflets in EnglishEnglish (LCFC), 中文ภาษาไทยاللغة العربيةor Tiếng Việt.

Fatima Benbekhti

Fatima Benbekhti

English, ESOL for life, maths and ICT

Fatima started her learning journey in entry-level 2 speaking and listening ESOL class in 2017-18. She demonstrated an incredible passion for learning. Her hard work, commitment and positive attitude made her the top student in the group.

Fatima said the College has helped her to “break language barriers” and “opened doors” for her to be able to talk about her career at the age of 60.

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B – ESOL and Business Administration level 1 – C1629

Course Code: C1629

Key Information

  • Start Date 01 Sep 2020
  • Study Hours Full Time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Ross Walk

Improve your office related and customer care related skills as well as your reading, writing and speaking and listening skills. You will learn about the skills that are required to work in an office or a customer care environment and help you gain national level qualifications in English, maths, ICT and customer care.

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ESOL 16-18 Access Study Programme level 1/2 – C1635

Course Code: C1635

Key Information

  • Start Date 01 Sep 2020
  • Study Hours Full Time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Abbey Park Campus

This course is for students aged 16-18 who do not have English as a first language and want to improve their English language skills. The course will help you with your English, maths, ICT, office skills, guidance, citizenship, history and science and will prepare you to access further education and employment.

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ESOL and Introduction to Health and Social Care BTEC Certificate level 1 – C1628

Course Code: C1628

Key Information

  • Start Date 01 Sep 2020
  • Study Hours Full Time
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Ross Walk

Whilst developing your reading, writing and language skills in English, this course also gives you the opportunity to gain a qualification in care. During this course, you’ll learn all about how to care for others of different ages from young children to the elderly, communication skills and enhance your employability skills.

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ESOL Reading – Entry levels – P0150

Course Code: P0150

Key Information

  • Start Date Various
  • Study Hours Part Time
    hours per week
  • Campus Offsite

This course is for learners whose first language is not English. This is a great course if you want to improve your reading and is broken down into levels to suit you. The course will also help you with your next steps of learning, whether that is another ESOL course or a full-time course at Leicester College.

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ESOL Reading – Levels 1 and 2 – P0151

Course Code: P0151

Key Information

  • Start Date Various
  • Study Hours Part Time
    hours per week
  • Campus Offsite

The perfect beginner's course for learners whose first language is not English. Get started and improve your reading skills at either level 1 or 2 through our part-time course. This reading qualification can additionally support your studies in speaking and writing which may also be completed as an ESOL course. Start your journey with us.

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ESOL Speaking and Listening – Entry levels – P0154

Course Code: P0154

Key Information

  • Start Date Various
  • Study Hours Part Time
    hours per week
  • Campus Offsite

Work towards improving your speaking and listening skills through our ESOL course. Designed for those whose first language is not English, this course will increase your general understanding of the English language whilst working towards an assessment. With different entry points our dedicated ESOL team will support you from level one through to level three.

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ESOL Speaking and Listening – Levels 1 and 2 – P0155

Course Code: P0155

Key Information

  • Start Date Various
  • Study Hours Part Time
    hours per week
  • Campus Offsite

Develop your speaking and listening in the English language to another level with our ESOL course. If English is not your first language you may wish to learn more to broaden your career and education options. Through our level one or level two course, you will develop these skills further and complete a nationally recognised qualification.

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ESOL Workshop – P0163

Course Code: P0163

Key Information

  • Start Date Various
  • Study Hours Part Time
    hours per week
  • Campus Offsite

The perfect beginner's course for those whose first language is not English, the ESOL workshop aims to develop your overall English language working to improve your speaking, listening, reading and writing. Through mini-tasks and assignments, you'll complete a folder of work which can be used as evidence of your learning.

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ESOL Writing – Entry levels – P0152

Course Code: P0152

Key Information

  • Start Date Various
  • Study Hours Part Time
    hours per week
  • Campus Offsite

Writing and English skills can be difficult to understand if English is not your first language. Our ESOL course will be tailored to you, your targets will be set individually and you'll receive full support from our dedicated ESOL team to achieve this qualification. This course will also support further learning in reading and speaking.

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