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ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) courses will develop your accuracy and fluency in speaking and writing.  We will also improve your listening and reading skills.

Grammar will be key to improving all these skills but conversational fluency will be part of every lesson.  ESOL courses will conclude with assessments in all four skills and you will obtain a qualification for Edexcel (Skills for Life) at the appropriate level.

We offer two day-time classes and two evening classes at different levels.  Firstly you will do a short assessment and then your teacher will discuss with you the best course for you.

Entry Requirements

For the main ESOL courses you will need to have a very basic understanding of grammar and be able to construct a basic sentence.  This will be the minimum requirement for Entry level 1.  However, we will try to provide complete beginners classes (no qualification) if enough students.

All students must provide evidence of valid immigration status.


How will I be assessed?

There will be two main assessments: one initial assessment to place you on the correct course, and one final set of exams in order to achieve your qualification with Edexcel (skills for life).   There will also be on-going assessment during the course.



There are five levels for ESOL (Entry 1, Entry 2, Entry 3, Level 1 and Level 2).  Students will be able to progress to the next level.  There are two terms in the year (Sept – Jan, Feb – June) so progression of two levels in one year is possible.  After Level 2 students can then go on to study GCSE or A levels or choose from a range of other courses at Weymouth College.



There are 3 bands of fees.

  • Full cost – £642 (107 hours day course) or £442 (72 hours evening course);
  • Part-funded – £334 (107 hours day course) or £226 (72 hours evening  course)
  • Fully funded – (free).

For fully funded/free courses students must be on benefits (such as Universal Credit) or be on minimum income (currently £334 a week gross).  If you are on Homes for Ukraine Scheme or you have Refugee Status you are also fully funded.



IELTS Preparation course

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration.

This preparation course is aimed at students who require IELTS for study visa applications or entrance to University.  It develops your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills so you can reach your potential in an IELTS exam.


Students are required to attend Richard Language College (Bournemouth) or Mayflower College (Exeter) to do their exam.  Exam fees are not included in the cost of this course.

Entry requirements

Students are expected to be a minimum of Entry 3 ESOL level or 4.5 IELTS.

How long is the course?

This course can be studied in 2 different ways.

  • 3 hours per week (30 hours per term) 10 weeks (Tuesdays 1-4pm)


For more information please email

This course will be available on demand


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