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ESOL Horizons Entry Level 3 (16yrs – 19yrs)

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 or have already successfully achieved ESOL at Entry Level 2. This intensive English course will develop your skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking English, as well as improving your skills in Maths. Specialist ESOL teachers teach your courses and are there to help you and your peers. Kingston College can offer you:

  • Qualified, subject-specialist and experienced teachers

  • Outstanding achievement rates in ESOL

  • Learning which 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 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 Content

On the ESOL Horizons Entry Level 3 course all students study the same set of qualifications. These are: Trinity ESOL Skills for Life Speaking/Listening, Reading and Writing and Entry Level 3 and Level 1 Functional Skills Maths – 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 Requirements

A 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 Delivery

The course is full-time, with students studying 11 hours a week in College. Lessons can take place from Monday to Friday between the hours of 9am and 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.


If you successfully pass all of the exams at Entry 3 level or higher then you are able to continue the following year on the ESOL Horizons Level 1 course or continue on another Foundation Learning course at Kingston College.  Progression depends on excellent behaviour and attendance. 

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.


My journey in the UK started when I applied to do an ESOL Horizons course here at the College. At that time I can honestly say I could barely say “hello” and “thank you” in English.

My teachers were so helpful, patient and supportive that I managed to go from Entry Level 2 up to Level 1 in just a couple of years. I remember once when I was in a GCSE Business class and I realised I was doing better than some of the students who were actually born in the UK – I felt very proud of myself and of all my hard work!

What I enjoyed the most was the fact that every single day I learned a new thing; not just English wise, but life wise, as the class is so diverse and you get to meet people from all over the world which is a fantastic experience! It is like going on a gap year to 25 different countries!!

I am a successful IT technician now working for a company that provides services to other 60 companies.

The ESOL course has played an incredibly important role in helping me achieve this position I have today. Several of these companies I work for English is a minimum requirement. Therefore, these skills I learned in the ESOL class have put me ahead of the other employees so I am one step ahead of the competition which is really promising for my career!


Gustavo Alexandre from Brazil



Kingston Hall Road

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