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English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

If English isn’t your native language and you need to work on grammar, language development, reading or writing, please apply for an ESOL assessment. We have English for Speakers of Other Languages classes at all levels from Pre-Entry up to Level 1. After this, you will be ready to join our mainstream Functional Skills and GCSE courses.

  • Pre Entry – signs, numbers, letters and everyday words
  • Entry 1 and 2 – basic reading, writing and communication skills
  • Entry 3 – reading, writing, speaking and listening, and basic grammar
  • Level 1- language skills for employment, education or further training
  • Level 2 – you may be able to access Functional Skills or GCSE courses

Click here for more information and to apply for an assessment.

Am I eligible for ESOL courses?

You can join an ESOL course from September 2022 if you:

  • are aged 19+ on the 31 August 2022
  • hold a UK or EU passport, resident for a minimum of 3 years

In some cases, you will be eligible if you are a member of the army or are a refugee. Please contact us if you’re not sure about your eligibility.

ESOL for Ukrainian Refugees

We are currently hosting drop-in sessions at York City Church, The Citadel, Gillygate, YO31 7EA

From 12:30 – 2:30pm on Thursdays, on the following dates: 21st April 2022; 5th and 19th May 2022; 2nd, 16th and 30th June 2022, 14th and 28th July 2022

From 9:30 – 11:30am on Fridays from the 6th May 2022.

Find out more: Ukrainian Welcome Cafe Flyer (this flyer has information in Ukrainian)

How much does an ESOL course cost?

English for Speakers of Other Languages courses are part funded if you are eligible for the course, or free if you are earning less than £18,525 per year.

The amount you will need to pay for the course depends on the level you are studying at.

Pre-Entry – £120
Entry Level 1 – £120
Entry Level 2 – £400
Entry Level 3 – £500
Level 1 – £500

If you are unable to complete the online form, please call us on 01904 554277 or email york.learning@york.gov.uk.