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If English is not your first language, and you'd like to improve your reading, writing and speaking in English, then our ESOL course may be the one for you!

ESOL stands for English for Speakers of Other Languages, and at Shooters Hill Sixth Form College, we will give you the skills you need in English, maths and beyond so that you can achieve and grow both academically and as a part of the wider community.


Course Content

If you're studying ESOL, you will predominantly study English and maths, as well as aspects of a vocational course of your choice. You will also have access to learn employability skills so that you're prepared for the world of work once you have finished your time with us at Shooters Hill Sixth Form College. 

During the course of the year, we will test every ESOL student twice to assess your suitability for the GCSE Study Programme. If you pass this assessment, you will be able to immediately transfer onto the GCSE course.


Placement onto this course is subject to a successful interview, where a member of our admissions team will assess suitability for the course.

Students will require at least a low level of spoken and written English will be asked to sit an assessment to ensure that we can meet their needs. 


Depending on the route you take and the grades you achieve, our ESOL programme is designed to take you all the way from Level 1 to a Level 3 vocational course.

Students who pass an Entry or Level 1 ESOL programme will be able to progress onto GCSE at the end of the year if they have demonstrated the ability and determination. Alternatively, students will be able to progress upward within their chosen course.

Example Pathway 1:

Year 1: ESOL English and Maths with an Entry Level / Level 1 vocational course

Year 2: Functional Skills/GCSE English and Maths with a Level 2 vocational course

Year 3: Level 3 vocational course

Example Pathway 2:

Year 1: ESOL English and Maths with an Entry Level / Level 1 vocational course

Year 2: GCSE Study Programme

Year 3: A-Levels OR Level 3 vocational course