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 Pre-Entry, Entry 1, Entry 2, Entry 3, Pre-Level 1, Level 1 and Level 2. Kingston College can offer you:

  • Qualified, subject-specialist and experienced teachers
  • Outstanding achievement rates in ESOL
  • Learning is active, challenging and interesting
  • College 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

Testimonials

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".

Student 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!"

Student from Chile 

Course Content

  • Entry Level 1, 2, 3, Level 1 and Level 2 Speaking & Listening: Learners will be given tuition in speaking and listening skills, 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, 3, Level 1 and Level 2 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. 

  • Entry Level 1, 2, 3, Level 1 and Level 2 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. 

    Additional qualifications at Entry 3, Level 1 and Level 2.  Students at these levels will also have the opportunity to study the following qualifications as part of their ESOL course:

    Understanding British Values

    The Importance of Resilience and Grit

    Equality and Diversity

    Citizenship

    Mental Health and Well-being

    IT and maths Functional Skills for ESOL: This course is aimed at developing students’ numeracy and computing skills. Learners will sit Pearson EDEXCEL Functional Skills exam
  • Pre-Entry: This is a beginners course for learners with very low literacy level. This course will prepare you to progress onto Entry Level 1 once you have improved your confidence and literacy skills.
  • Bridging Class: This course is designed to bridge the gap between Entry Level, 2,  3 and Level 1. The main focus is to develop students’ literacy skills, vocabulary and overall confidence in speaking and writing. If you have achieved ESOL Entry 2 and/or Entry 3 but don’t feel ready to move on to Level 1 yet this course is for you! 

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.

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)

You must be in good health as the course is very intensive and students must commit and fully participate.
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 Adult Education Budget.

Duration and Delivery

ESOL Speaking & Listening, Reading and Writing courses (11 weeks, 6 hours per week) - £450 + £30 course book, if applicable (funding is available, please see Additional Information). 

Functional Skills Maths for ESOL - £375, Functional Skills IT for ESOL - £275 (funding is available, please see Additional Information). 

The tuition fee, once paid, is non-refundable and non-transferable. This means that if you decide to leave your course for whatever reason, you will not receive a refund.

Academic Year 2020-2021 (10 weeks of tuition + 1 week of individual tutorials = 11 weeks)

Enrolment Dates for TERM 1: 1st–25th September 2020

Autumn Term – 28th September – 18th December 2020   (Half-term break 26th - 30th October 2020)
23rd October and 17th December – College Staff Improvement Day – no lessons
Christmas holidays 21st December 2020 – 4th January 2021

 

Enrolment Dates for TERM 2: 7th – 18th December 2020

Spring Term – 5th January – 26th March 2021 (Half-term break 15th - 19th February 2021)
12th February – College Staff Improvement Day – no lessons
Easter holidays 2nd – 16th April 2021

 

Enrolment Dates for TERM 3: 22rd March – 1st April 2021

Summer Term – 19th April – 2nd July 2021 (Half-term break 31st May – 4th June 2021)
8th July – College Staff Improvement Day – no lessons

 

Timetable

Class

Time/Days

Pre Entry

A

Tue, Wed & Fri 10:30-12:30

 

B

Mon, Wed & Fri 10:30-12:30

 

C

Tue, Thu & Fri 09:15-11:15
 

D

E

Mon, Tue 10:30-12:30 & Wed 09:15-11:15

Mon, Tue & Wed 13:30-15:30

Entry 1 (E1)-CEFR A1

E1 A

Mon & Thu 9:15-12:45 

 

E1 B

E1 C

Tue, Wed & Thu 13:30-15:30

Wed & Fri 9:15-12:45  

Entry 2(E2)-CEFR A1-A2

E2 A

Mon 10:30-12:30, Tue 9:15-12:45 & Wed 11:45-12:45

 

E2 B

Mon, Tue & Fri  13:30-15:30

 

E2 C

Wed 9:15-12:45, Thu 9:15-11:15 & Fri 11:45-12:45

 

E2 D

Tues 11:45-12:45, Wed 9:15-12:45 & Fri 09:15-11:15

Entry 3(E3)-CEFR A2-B1

E3 A

Mon 10:30-12:30, Tue 9:15-12.45 & Wed 11:45-12:45

  E3 B

Mon, Wed & Fri 13:30-15:30

  E3 C

Mon 9:15-11:15, Wed 9:15-12:45 & Thu 11:45-12:45

  E3 D

Mon 9:15-12:45, Tue 9:15-11:30 & Thu 11:45-12:45

Bridging Class

 

Tue, Wed & Thu 13:30 - 15:30

Level 1 (L1)-CEFR B1-B2

L1 A

Thu 9:15-12:45 & Fri 09:15-12:45

 

L1 B Mon, Tue & Wed 13.30-15.30

 

L1 C

Wed 9:15-11:45 & Fri 09:15-12:45

Level 2 (L2)-CEFR B2

L2

Tue 9:15-12:45, Wed 9:15-11.30 & Thu 10:30-11:30

CONVERSATION CLASS

  

Tue 15:00-15:40

FS Maths Group 1

FS Maths Group 2

FS Maths Group 3

FS Maths Group 4

FS Maths Group 5

FS Maths Group 6

 

Mon 9:30-11:30

Tue 9:30-11:30

Wed 9:30-11:30

Fri 9:30-11:30

Wed 13:30-15:30

Thu 13:30-15:30

FS ICT Group 1  

Mon 9:30-11:30

FS ICT Group 2

 

Wed 9:30-11:30

NEW FOR 2021! Study a Vocational Pathway alongside your ESOL Course (19 yrs and over)

Health and Social Care

- Level 1 Award in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care

- Level 1 Award in Working with Children

- Level 1 Award in Understanding Safeguarding in Education and Childcare Settings

Business

- Level 1 Award in Retail Knowledge

- Level 1 Certificate in Business Administration (over 2 terms)

Hair, Barbering and Beauty

- Level 1 Certificate in Hair, Barbering & Beauty Therapy

- Work Experience in Headmasters Academy and Arena Beauty Salon

To be eligible for these new vocational pathways for ESOL learners they need to be doing them alongside ESOL – minimum Level 1. For more information on course start dates and to take an English test to assess eligibility, please visit our School Office (Room 1.53).

Progression

Successful completion of your chosen course may lead to further courses such as ESOL at the next level or employment. Please note progression onto further ESOL courses depends upon exam achievement, excellent attendance, commitment and behaviour standards throughout the course and satisfactory reference.

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

Full Time EFL - English as a Foreign Language - 15 Hours a week (18 years and above)

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. NASS benefit

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

  6. JSA – Job Seekers Allowance
  7. ESA – Employment Support Allowance

  8. Universal Credit

  9. Child Tax Credits 

  10. PIP

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

Student is working but on a low income :

  1. Student needs to supply 3 months of wage slips for the last 3 months.

Office Contact Details - Adult ESOL & EFL. Telephone: 0208 268 2999 

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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