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English – Essential Skills (including ESOL)

English courses can improve your communication skills, helping you progress in work and everyday life. Reading, writing, speaking and listening are all skills needed by employers, so boosting yours could help you take the next step to a better job. 

All courses lead to a recognised certificate, whether it is an entry-level course, or a level 1 or 2 course (equivalent to GCSE).

English courses for speakers of other languages (ESOL) are also available to help you get the essential skills needed for life and work in the UK, these courses are either free or part-funded.

Functional Skills:

Our Functional English courses develop skills of a functional nature to allow students to feel more comfortable in handling everyday English situations and lead towards a nationally recognised qualification.

We have Functional English courses starting throughout the year, and if you want to up-skill even further, we have lots of options for you to progress further including GCSE English.

GCSE English

GCSE English Language and Literature not only gives you the reading and writing skills you’ll need for life, it is your golden ticket to apply for other courses, apprenticeships and jobs – having a grade 4/C or above at GCSE English is now a standard requirement.

If you have been a UK resident for 3 years and not already achieved GCSE at Grade 4/C or above, you will not have to pay any tuition fees.

English for Speakers of Other Languages

If you are aged 16 – 18 and English is not your first language, an ESOL course could really help you improve your English Language skills. People often choose an ESOL course first and then go on to study on one of our other courses or an apprenticeship. 

You’ll learn speaking, listening, reading and writing skills to help you become confident in English. You will also study Information Technology (IT) and employability skills to help you in your future career. 

Adult Learning at Nottingham College

Whether you’re looking to learn something new, upskill, return to education, or train for a new career, we’re here to help.