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English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) (19+ only)

These courses will help you to improve your English for work, everyday life or further study. There are five levels to choose from depending upon your existing skills: Beginners (Entry Level 1), Elementary (Entry Level 2), Lower Intermediate (Entry Level 3) Higher Intermediate (Level 1) and Advanced (Level 2).

Entry requirements

You do not need any qualifications to start, but you must be a UK resident. You will need to attend a free assessment before you start to help decide which level is best for you.

Course content

You will study a range of topics to improve your skills in:

  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Grammar
  • ILT (using computers).

You will also learn about Health, Education, Local Government, the Royal Family and other topics, which are all part of being a citizen in the UK.

Assessment methods

You will work towards a qualification at an appropriate level.

You will then be able to take the following tests when you are ready:

  • Speaking & Listening
  • Reading
  • Writing

Further study and career options

Successful completion of the Cambridge ESOL or the City & Guilds Certificate in Skills for Life ESOL at each level enables you to go on to the next level of study. Completion of Entry Level 3 and above will give you access to a range of courses and further education options at Bedford College. Once you have completed Level 2, you can either follow a Level 3 vocational course at Bedford College, or enrol on a Level 3 language course leading to the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English.

Additional information

You will need to attend College for a minimum of four hours per week during the morning, afternoon or evening. View our leaflet for more information on dates, times and fees

Course information & how to book

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

Day(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
Contact us Call for details Cauldwell Street P2081 Apply

Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.
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