ESOL - Level 1 and Level 2


About the course

ESOL stands for English Speakers of Other Languages. These courses are for people who speak English as a second or other language to a reasonable degree of fluency, and who are resident or permanently settled in the UK.

They aim to increase your opportunities in employment and further study, as well as improving your communication in everyday life.

Classes run during the week in the morning, afternoon or evening. Courses are a year long, but you can join at various points between September and early March if there are places available.

You must be resident or permanently settled in the UK.

You will need to take a short test so that we can assess your level and enrol you on the best course for you. Just book an assessment or drop in during opening hours (see below).

Please bring your passport with you to book your assessment.

Finsbury Park Centre (Centre for Lifelong Learning, 28-42 Blackstock Road, Finsbury Park, N4 2DG)

  • Monday to Thursday 9am-7pm
  • Friday 9am-3pm

Camden Road Centre (Centre for Business, Arts and Technology, 444 Camden Road, N7 0SP)

  • Monday 8.30am-5pm
  • Tuesday and Thursday 8.30am-7pm
  • Wednesday and Friday 8.30am-3.30pm

ESOL courses provide you with a thorough introduction to the English language, covering all four skills: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. You will also develop your employability skills.

Your skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing will be assessed through examinations, and your tutor will advise you when you have the language skills needed to pass the exams.

You can progress to a Level 2 English language qualification, such as GCSE. You may also progress to a Level 1 or 2 vocational course, or further academic study.

Further Information 1

Courses cost up to £900 a year for a four-day-a-week course. However, if you are in receipt of income-tested benefits, you may be able to study for free or for a reduced fee. Please bring evidence of any benefits you currently receive, dated within the last six months, to your interview. You will be advised of any reduction in the course fees at the end of your interview.

I have always wanted to be a lawyer

Hosanna Makanda

Hosanna Makanda

Studied: ESOL progressing to study A Levels in English Language and Literature, French, History and Sociology

Now studying Law at the University of Birmingham

Hosanna Makanda came to the UK from war torn Congo in 2011. She spoke no English and had experienced very little education. Enrolling on an ESOL course at the College’s Centre for Lifelong Learning, her potential was spotted and she was encouraged to progress to A Levels. This summer she achieved an A*, two As and a B and is now studying Law at the University of Birmingham.

She said: “My teachers always made sure I had everything I needed and have inspired me to go to university. I have always wanted to be a lawyer as I have developed a need to defend other people.”

Course information

Start date
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08 January 2020
Course level
Level 1
Course code
Start date
End date
24 Weeks
Lifelong Learning
Class Type
Part Time
Student Type
Adults (19+)

Most of our Entry Level, Level 1 and Level 2 courses are FREE to those aged 19+. Please enquire for further information.

£632.50 per year
£1265.00 per year
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