ESOL Skills for Life (19yrs and over)

The ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Skills for Life programme is for adults aged 19 years and over who wish to make their home in this country - for example, settled immigrant communities, refugees, asylum seekers and migrant workers.

Improve your English language skills and your prospects in the heart of Kingston upon Thames. ESOL classes are run at all levels from Entry 1, Entry 2, Entry 3, Level 1 and Level 2. Kingston College can offer you:

  • Qualified, subject-specialist and experienced teachers
  • Outstanding success 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)
  • Rated 'Good' by OFSTED
  • Regular one to one support with tutor
  • Support and guidance are 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


Find out here what our students are saying about the ESOL Course at Kingston College:

"I would recommend the ESOL course at Kingston College to anyone who wants to improve their English skills. My aim is to go to university in the UK so joining the ESOL classes was the best possible option – the teachers are brilliant and the way they teach is really engaging but challenging at the same time! I have now been accepted onto an Access to Computing course & GCSEs which is fantastic as I am a step closer to achieving my dream. The ESOL course is for anyone who wants to be taught by helpful and approachable teachers who will guide you towards higher education or employment".

Amir Shenavehzadeh from Iran

"I have had an amazing experience as an ESOL student at Kingston College. The facilities are great – the Gym, the Learning Resource Centre and the Beauty Salon are all available for students to use.

The ESOL teachers are very friendly, helpful and resourceful as they are not only teachers but great advisers who dedicate their time and attention to every single student.

I have successfully completed the ESOL Level 2 course which has given me the skills and confidence to communicate with different people in different circumstances – at work, in the bank or in the shop!"

Odalys Caballero from Chile 

Course Content

  • Entry Level 1, 2 and 3 Speaking & Listening:

    Learners will be given tuition in speaking and listening skills, and grammar and vocabulary based on the ESOL Skills for Life Core Curriculum.  Learners will take the Trinity ESOL Skills for Life Speaking and Listening examination.

  •  Entry Level 1, 2, and 3 Reading:

    This course is aimed at improving students` reading skills, grammar and vocabulary based on the ESOL Skills for Life Core Curriculum. Learners will take the Pearson EDEXCEL Skills for Life Reading Exam at the end of the course. 

  • Entry Level 1, 2 and 3 Writing:

    This course is aimed at improving students` writing skills, grammar and vocabulary based on the ESOL Skills for Life Core Curriculum. Learners will take the Pearson EDEXCEL Skills for Life Writing Exam at the end of the course. 

  • Level 1 and Level 2 Speaking & Listening, Reading and Writing:

    Learners will be given tuition in reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, grammar and vocabulary based on the ESOL Skills for Life Core Curriculum. Learners will take the Pearson EDEXCEL Reading and Writing exams and Trinity ESOL Skills for Life Speaking and Listening exam.

    You will have one to one tutorial time with your teacher as part of our personalised learning approach whereby you will be set SMART targets, receive individual support and constructive feedback which will take your strengths and weaknesses into account.

Entry Requirements

This course requires a high level of commitment inside and outside the classroom. You will be expected to attend all classes and take a compulsory exam closer to the end of the course.

You must meet at least one of the following criteria to be eligible for this course:

• Those with settled status in the UK i.e. indefinite leave to enter or remain or Right of Abode
• British Citizen or EEA migrant workers/spouses (resident in the EEA for three years)
• Those with recognised refugee status
• Those with humanitarian protection/discretionary or exceptional leave to remain (Asylum Seekers - minimum residence in the UK for six months with application for residency in process)

Please bring proof of nationality/status such as your passport/Home Office papers/ID card with you on enrolment/testing days. 

If you are in receipt of any benefits please bring evidence of this which must be dated within the last six months to be eligible for the subsidised fee. Please see the Additional Information tab below to check if the student is entitled to a course funded by the Skills Funding Agency.

Duration and Delivery

ESOL Speaking & Listening, Reading and Writing courses (11 weeks, 8 hours per week) - £415 (funding is available, please see Additional Information) + £30 course book.

ENROLMENT FOR TERM 1: 5th - 16th September 2016
Term 1     19th September 2016 - 9th December 2016  Speaking & Listening course

Main enrolment period for Term 2: 5th - 15th December 16
Term 2      3rd January 2017 - 24th March 2017 Reading course

Main enrolment period for Term 3: 20 - 31st March 17
Term 3     18h April 2017 - 7th  July 2017 Writing course 

Timetable  Class Time/Days
Entry 1 (E1) - CEFR A1 E1 A

Wed 10:30-11:30 (break) 11:45-12:45

Thu  09:15-10:15 (break) 10:30-11:30 (break) 11:45-12:45

Fri    09:15-10:15 (break) 10:30-11:30 (break) 11:45-12:45

Entry 1 (E1) - CEFR A1 E1 B

Tue  13:30-14:30 (break) 14:40-15:40

Wed 13:30-14:30 (break) 14:40-15:40

Thu  13:30-14:30 (break) 14:40-15:40

Fri    13:30-14:30 (break) 14:40-15:40

Entry 2 (E2) - CEFR A1-A2 E2 A

Tue  09:15-10:15 (break) 10:30-11:30 (break) 11:45-12:45

Wed 09:15-10:15 (break) 10:30-11:30 (break) 11:45-12:45

Fri    10:30-11:30 (break) 11:45-12:45

Entry 2 (E2) - CEFR A1-A2 E2 B

Mon  13:30-14:30 (break) 14:40-15:40

Tue   13:30-14:30 (break) 14:40-15:40

Wed  13:30-14:30 (break) 14:40-15:40

Fri     13:30-14:30 (break) 14:40-15:40

Entry 3 (E3) - CEFR A2-B1 E3 A

Mon   10:30-11:30 (break) 11:45-12:45

Tue     9:15-10:15 (break) 10:30-11:30 (break) 11:45-12:45

Wed    9:15-10:15 (break) 10:30-11:30 (break) 11:45-12:45

Entry 3 (E3) - CEFR A2-B1 E3 B

Tue   13:30-14:30 (break) 14:40-15:40

Wed  13:30-14:30 (break) 14:40-15:40

Thu   13:30-14:30 (break) 14:40-15:40

Fri     13:30-14:30 (break) 14:40-15:40

Level 1 (L1) - CEFR B1-B2  L1

Mon   13:30-14:30 (break) 14:40-15:40

Tue    13:30-14:30 (break) 14:40-15:40

Wed   13:30-14:30 (break) 14:40-15:40

Thu    13:30-14:30 (break) 14:40-15:40

Level 2 (L2) - CEFR B2  L2

Mon   10:30-11:30 (break) 11:45-12:45

Tue    09:15-10:15 (break) 10:30-11:30 (break) 11:45-12:45

Wed   09:15-10:15 (break) 10:30-11:30 (break) 11:45-12:45

Please apply online and you will be invited to do a placement test to assess your level of English. Be prepared to come with evidence of your eligibility (see Additional Information) for the subsidised fees or to pay if necessary as places on these courses are filled very quickly.


Successful completion of your chosen course may lead to further courses such as ESOL at the next level or employment.

Students who would like to continue to study English may consider applying for the following programmes:

Full Time English Language Programme/Intensive Full Time English Language Programme

14 Hours per week English Language Programme

Part Time EFL - English as a Foreign Language: Daytime (6 hours a week) or Evening (4 hours a week) (18 years and above)

Additional Information

Please apply for this course using the Apply Now button at the bottom of the page. On receipt of your application, we will send you an invitation to attend College for a test and interview to determine the level of course we can offer you.  

Students in receipt of one of the following benefits may be eligible for the course fees to be waived:

 Student is unemployed and receiving the following benefits:

  1. Housing Benefit

  2. Income Support

  3. Council Tax Benefit

  4. Pension Credit

  5. NASS benefit

  6. Working tax Credit (Student`s partner works only, student is unemployed, valid for a year)

 Student is either unemployed or working and receiving:

  1. JSA – Job Seekers Allowance

  2. ESA – Employment Support Allowance

    All letters/evidence must be dated within the last six months of the course start date. Student must be named on all letters.

    Office Contact Details - Adult ESOL & EFL. Telephone: 02082683079 Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Address: Room 1.53, First Floor, Kingston College, Kingston Hall Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, KT1 2AQ


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