Below you will find answers to the most common questions we are asked about our ESOL qualifications. If you have a question that isn’t answered below in the ESOL FAQs, please contact us and we will ensure it is answered, we may even add it to the list below!

What is ESOL?

ESOL is an acronym for English for Speakers of Other Languages. The acronym ESL has a similar meaning.

Why do I need ESOL?

If you’re applying for UK Citizenship, your English will be assessed. If it’s below Entry Level 3, you’ll need to pass ESOL.

Of course, ESOL is also a great way to reassure prospective employers that you have the English skills they are looking for.

The course is also designed to be practical. So it’ll teach you every day English, including punctuation and grammar, rather than things you won’t often be called up to use in the real world.

Additionally, improving your English will help you in other ways, for example:

  • Talking to English speakers
  • Helping your children with their school work
  • Continuing your own education
  • Gaining professional qualifications

How long is ESOL course?

Depending on the level, your course could take between 4 months and a year to complete. Full-time courses are available for 16-19 year olds, with part-time courses available for those aged 19 and over.

What are the entry requirements for ESOL?

There are no formal entry requirements for ESOL, so it doesn’t matter if this is your first qualification.

However, you will have to complete an initial assessment when you apply for the course. This will help the provider to know which level of entry is right for you, and identify whether you need any additional support.

How do I choose a course?

You should always choose a course which is accredited by a Government approved exam board and, ideally, is held at an accredited college.

There are courses at different levels. This means you can start at a level which suits your current English skills.

If you’re applying to be a British Citizen, you can take a combined ESOL and citizenship course to prepare you for the ‘Life in the UK’ test.

What happens after ESOL?

Once you’ve gained your ESOL certification, you’ll be able to progress to another course at a higher level. And, once you’ve achieved Entry Level 3, you can look for a job or take Level 1 college courses

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