Adult ESOL

Start date(s):
7 Sep 2020
1 year
Course Code:
Study Mode:
Full Time
Attendance Type:
Attendance Pattern:
Awarded by:
New College Durham
Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
International - £0


Course details may be subject to change

This ESOL course is perfect for adult learners looking to develop their skills and confidence in using English. You will develop your ability to express and communicate your own ideas & emotions fluently and accurately.

There is an end of year exam which will assess your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.


Wynyard Primary School

ESOL students visited Wynyard Primary School

Students visited Wynyard Primary School to talk to pupils about different cultures and languages.

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Students provide a taste of culture

Our ESOL students visited a local primary school to give the pupils a taste of their culture.


The course aims to provide you with the English and academic skills needed for life, work and study in the UK. It also aims to support you with integration into UK life and to equip you with language skills to enable you to make a contribution to your community.

You will develop an understanding of grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation, and learn about different varieties of English (for example, formal and informal speech and writing). Students develop their accuracy and their fluency in using English in different situations and have practice talking about different topics of interest.


Much of the course content at each level is based around common situations that you will face in the UK, however, parts of the course may be dictated by the needs of the individual and the group. Teachers work with students to set individual targets for learning so that the course is able to meet the needs and requirements of each individual taking part.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week

Independent Learning


*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Teaching & assessment

Regular assessments take place throughout the course. Progress is measured against each individual's starting point. There is also an end of year exam which assesses your level of English. There is an option to enter for an external exam, leading to a Skills for Life qualification (Entry 1-Level 2) which is recognised by employers and educational institutions in the UK.

You will receive advice, guidance and support regarding your next steps.

Meet our students

Chutiporn Colledge

Chutiporn Colledge

Chutiporn was awarded Student of the Year during her time at college. She currently works at the South Causey Inn.


Magdalena Palucha

ESOL student Magdalena formed many friendships during her time at New College Durham.  She is now a specialist bilingual teacher for Durham Country Council.


Ewa Smuklerz

Ewa studied ESOL then progressed within the college to FdA Business and Management and BA (Hons) Management.  She has since gained a PGCE and is now teaching business, English and maths at Manchester College.

Additional Costs

We expect you to buy a course book to help you with your studies. Your teacher will advise you at the start of the course.

Interview Instructions

Applicants will receive advice and guidance from the member of the curriculum team and will then be invited to attend an assessment of their skills. The assessment usually takes approximately an hour.

Entry Criteria

This course is designed for people whose first language is not English. There are no academic entry requirements but the offer of a place is dependent on the outcome of the initial interview and assessment. The applicant's language skills must fall within the range of Beginner to Advanced.