ESOL 16-18 Programme
About the course
This course is for young people who speak English as a second language, who need extra support with their English to progress to higher-level study or employment.
It is a course of differing abilities and skill levels, which aims to boost everyone's confidence and employability skills.
Classes run all year round during term-time and, as long as spaces are available, you can join a class any time (generally September to March).
This course is most suited to young people who have had only a few years' secondary education in the UK, or are recent arrivals in the country. You must have been at least 16 years of age last August.
You will be fully assessed at enrolment so that we can place you in the best class for you. Your skills in IT, Maths and English will be tested.
The programme starts with beginner level English, moving onto spoken English (Entry Level 3), and then beginner level Literacy (reading and writing). You will improve all areas of your English, whatever your starting level is.
You will go on a variety of trips and take part in a range of extra-curricular activities, from football to first aid.
You will develop employability skills to help you in the world of work, and some learners will also have the chance to volunteer and gain work experience. Careers guidance and discussions about your next step are an important part of the course.
You will receive lots of tutorial support, and a youth worker will also provide support on this programme.
How you will be assessed will depend on your needs and goals. In ESOL, for example, you would take the Cambridge Skills for Life Qualification from Entry Level 1 right up to Level 2. Your lecturers and tutors will work with you to decide which qualification you're ready for.
You may progress to the next level of ESOL, or to a vocational course at the College in areas such as Applied Sciences or Childcare.
Learners with the highest level of ESOL and an appropriate educational background are able to join A Level or Access to Higher Education programmes.
After I finish my degree I would like to go into the field of medical research
Studied: ESOL progressing to a BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Medical Science
Destination: Studying Genetics at Queen Mary University of London
Gobi took an ESOL course at the College after he and his family arrived in London after fleeing civil war in Sri Lanka. After progressing to study Applied Science, he gained straight distinctions and is now studying genetics at Queen Mary’s University of London.
He said: “I was looking for an opportunity to learn English when I saw the City and Islington centre in Finsbury Park. They enrolled me on an ESOL course and I learnt as much English as possible in six months and then asked if I could begin to study Science subjects as that is my passion.”
“The College was like a home for me, I loved being there rather than staying at home. The lecturers and staff are really friendly and helpful. I would highly recommend the College as you get amazing teaching and facilities.
“After I finish my degree I would like to go into the field of medical research as I feel I have a lot to offer this area of work.”