The ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Skills for Life course is for students who are 16-19 years of age and have recently arrived in the UK. This intensive English course will develop your skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking English, as well as improving your skills in Maths, ICT, Citizenship and British Values. Specialist ESOL teachers teach your courses and in many lessons there is a teaching assistant who will be there to help you and your peers. Kingston College can offer you:
Qualified, subject-specialist and experienced teachers
Outstanding achievement rates in ESOL
Learning is active, challenging and interesting
All the teaching is through qualified teachers. It is classroom based and NOT through Distance Learning (e.g., CBT - Computer Based Training)
College rated 'Good' by OFSTED
Regular one to one support with your personal tutor
Support and guidance is available when you apply until when you complete the course
Excellent progression opportunities
A great opportunity to make new friends from all over the world
Convenient central Kingston location
Course ContentOn the ESOL Horizons Entry Level 2 course all students study the same set of qualifications. These are: Trinity ESOL Skills for Life Speaking & Listening, Reading and Writing; Entry Level 2 Pearson Edexcel ICT Functional Skills; Entry Level 2 AQA Personal and Social Education Award and Mathematics – you will be tested for the right level.
The Trinity ESOL Skills for Life course is assessed by three exams a speaking exam, a reading exam and a writing exam. The other qualifications are assessed by a combination of traditional written exams and coursework. You will also have a weekly group tutorial and regular individual appointments with your personal tutor.
Entry RequirementsA tutor will meet with you for a talk and we will check your level of English by getting you to do an English test. If you have been studying in this country, we will ask your last school or college for a reference. If you have been studying abroad we would like to see any references or certificates that you may have; however if you are unable to provide these, do not worry.
Duration and DeliveryThe course is full time, with students studying up to 20 hours a week in College. Lessons can take place from Monday to Friday between the hours of 9am-5pm. You will be given a personal timetable at induction. The course starts in September and lasts for one academic year. Progression to semester 2 will depend on overall progress, attendance and commitment in the first semester.
ProgressionIf you successfully pass all of the exams at Entry 2 level or higher then you are able to continue the following year on the ESOL Horizons Entry Level 3 course or continue on other foundation learning courses at Kingston College.
Additional Information At the start of the course learners will be given a list of stationery and course materials, including a course book which they are expected to purchase.
Find out here what our students are saying about the ESOL Course at Kingston College.
"Completing the ESOL Horizons course at Kingston College was one of the best things I have done! I was able to go straight onto the BTEC Level 3 IT programme at the College which I completed successfully. This way I got to where I am now - a City University student and a successful IT assistant at a luxury travel company in London".
Dorian Olesinski from Poland
"When I first came to this country I knew very little English and didn’t have any friends so I enrolled on the ESOL Horizons Entry Level 2 course at Kingston College. The course was excellent and the teachers were very supportive and friendly.
I then successfully moved up to ESOL Entry 3 followed by ESOL Level 1 with GCSE Chemistry and maths. By that time I was feeling a lot more confident and settled and my English was really coming up!
After finishing ESOL I had the skills and knowledge to progress onto BTEC Extended Diploma in Science which was very demanding and challenging but with hard work and determination I completed the course.
I am very proud to say that I am now at university studying Aerospace Engineering which I love and it has always been my dream! This is just to show how important ESOL was in my life and I will be eternally grateful to Kingston College".
Ali Albeyatti from Iraq
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