Who is this course aimed at?

ESOL courses are for people who are, or are intending to become, long-term UK residents and meet the eligibility criteria specified by the UK Government. Documentary evidence will be required. More details are available at the screening interview.

Entry Requirements

No initial formal qualifications or experience are required, but students will be required to attend an initial screening interview in order to identify which ESOL course is most appropriate. If you have previously gained an ESOL qualification, you will be able to enrol to the next level.

Dates and Times

Start dates throughout the year, please contact the InfoZone for more information.

Course Length

Courses start in September 2018 and run until June 2019, although you can enrol termly.

Course Content

There are 3 parts to the courses:

Teaching Method(s)

Students acquire and improve skills in listening and speaking and as well as studying grammar and widening their vocabulary in different contexts. Students are helped to learn flexibly and independently using a variety of methods. They will be expected to complete homework tasks and activities outside the taught classes.

Exams and Assessments

There is an exam at the end of each element (Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing.


City and Guilds ESOL Skills for Life (Levels E1 to L2). Separate certificates for:


You may be able to progress on to a functional skills course, or a GCSE in English.


From £560 depending on personal circumstances.


Studying ESOL at York College gives you access to a community of students and tutors, who can help you find out about other opportunities.

How to Apply

If you wish to study this course you do not need to fill out an application form, simply call our Admissions Team on (01904) 770397 or visit our friendly team of advisors in the InfoZone, located behind the main reception desk.