Find out more about the courses and levels offered at City and Islington College
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).
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.
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.
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.
If you will be aged 16, 17 or 18 on 31 August in the year you begin your course, and have been resident in the UK/EU/EEA for the past 3 years, it will be free. Some courses will have other costs associated, such as for materials and trips. Many of our students are eligible for financial support when studying at college – please click here for more information.