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ESOL Study Programme

If you are 16-18 and English is your second language and you would like to learn how to speak, read and write everyday English or start working towards a nationally recognised qualification, this is the course for you.


This programme is the first step on the ladder to progressing into Vocational learning, Apprenticeships and employment. The individual qualifications are selected on the basis of relevance to the development of skills, attributes and qualities, along with qualifications and to ensure the best progression into employment, The qualifications studied within the programme are:

  • ESOL Skills for Life All Modes
  • Employability/Workskills
  • Peronal and Social Development
  • Functional Skills Maths and ICT


Teaching is delivered using accelerated learning principles and the learning environment supports both individual and group work in a classroom environment. Activities include active learning and the use of ICT in the classroom.

Entry Requirements

An initial assessment will determine entry onto the right level course. Additional Assessment for Learning will take place during the two week Course induction to ensure that learners are on the correct level to suit their skills, ability and previous learning.

Interview Process

You will participate in an interview with a specialist tutor who will include an initial assessment that includes discussion, reading and writing.

Questions & Answers

Who is the course for?

This course is for 16-18 years old learners who English is second language.

Does the course lead to a qualification?

Foundation Learning ESOL

How is the course assessed?

Progress is monitored closely and assessed regularly through coursework and review of the Individual Learning Plan. Learners will also complete mock tests and the course is formally assessed by examination at all levels.

Are there any opportunities for progression?

On Successful completion of your programme of study you will progress to the next level up to and including Level 1 where appropriate. Progression from the Foundation Learning ESOL programme will then progress into the vocational area of your choice, an Apprenticeship in the vocational area of your choice and / or employment.


Before Enrolment

The Advice & Guidance team provide impartial Student Advisers to give information about College Courses and provide initial guidance to help you decide which course is best for you . Financial advice and assistance if you need help with childcare, equipment, fees, or travel. Careers and Student Advisers to give you the necessary help and guidance you need when you are progressing on to further and higher education or employment.

During Your Study

To help you to succeed in your course of study we offer a range of services. For instance, you may have a learning difficulty and/or disability or other condition which significantly affects your daily life. If you would like to discuss your support needs, or for further information about the support available, please contact the study support team on 01422 357357 Ext 9347.

Home Educated Young People

Young people aged 14-16 who are home educated can now access college courses free of charge to enhance their education. If you are interested in finding out more about the opportunities available please contact the School Liaison Team on 01422 399332.

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Course details

  • Attendance: Full-time
  • Start Date: January 2017
  • Hours per week: 12 hours
  • Days: Monday - Thursday
  • Start Time: 9.00 am
  • End Time: 3.45 pm
  • Duration: 36 weeks
  • Course Fees: In most cases students aged 18 and under who wish to enrol on a full time further education course will have their fees waived.
  • Venue: Calderdale College
  • Faculty: English and Maths, Skills for Life
  • Department Manager: .


  • Level: Entry 1, Entry 2, Entry 3
  • Qualification Name: Foundation Learning ESOL
  • Awarding Body: City & Guilds

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Calderdale College,
Francis Street,
Halifax, HX1 3UZ

+44 (0) 1422 357 357

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+44 (0) 1422 399 399

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+44 (0) 1422 399 316