This course is for learners who speak another language, apart from English, as their first language; have English as a second language; or are looking to learn English from its starting point. If you have moved to the UK from overseas, are seeking asylum, or are classified as a refugee, you may be referred for this course from the local council or other institutions. The course covers several levels of competence in English, from complete beginners up to GCSE-equivalent level. *This course is FREE to students on a low income, claiming benefits or in receipt of Universal Credit. If not eligible the course fee is £500. £25 administration fee applies.
Our range of ESOL levels and courses are designed to help you learn the language you need to communicate within this country. From the starting points of basic English, up to functional English, we will help you learn this new language, helping you to live a happier, healthier and more economically successful life.
Our courses start with a 17 week, bespoke programme, introducing you to the basics of English at your relevant level of study. After this has been completed, you can achieve further qualifications via assessments that take place in class. These assessments cover reading, writing, and speaking and listening. Your tutor will discuss the right level of options for you when you attend an assessment slot.
Many ESOL learners progress to the next level of ESOL study, further helping them to learn and use English effectively in their jobs/personal lives. You may also progress on to Functional Skills and/or GCSE English, which is the national standard for English qualifications in the UK.
We have a team of staff dedicated to providing learning support if it is required and a welfare team that are on hand to offer guidance, support and help when needed. Additionally, eligible students can access a wide range of finance and funding support to help them during their time at college. For further information on student support please visit: www.wvr.ac.uk/college-life/student-support
ESOL courses are free to students on Universal Credit, low income or who are unemployed. There is a £25 administration charge at enrolment for all adult learners, including those enrolling on ESOL courses. Our learner services team can discuss this with you when you come in to enrol.
There are no entry requirements for the course, but you will sit an initial assessment to help your tutor decide the right level of study for you. ESOL is open to anyone who wants to learn English but speaks another language as their main language. If you are a refugee and/or claiming asylum, you will need to provide evidence of this upon enrolment.