English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Improving your English can help you get more out of your life in the UK. It will also help if you want to go to University, improve your CV, or apply for a British citizenship. Gaining an ESOL qualification demonstrates that you have good speaking, writing, listening and reading skills in English.

Improving your English

If English isn’t your main language, you can do a course to help you improve your English. These courses are called ESOL or English for Speakers of other Languages. Improving your English will make it easier to:

  • talk to doctors and teachers
  • understand the laws and customs of the UK
  • do a course and get a qualification
  • help your child with homework
  • pass the Life in the UK test and become a British citizen

What an ESOL course involves?

ESOL courses cover:

  • speaking and listening
  • reading and writing
  • vocabulary
  • punctuation and grammar

ESOL qualifications can be obtained at: ENTRY levels 1, 2, 3 and LEVELS 1 and 2. Entry levels are for beginners, levels 1 and 2 are for more confident users.

Upon successful course completion, students are awarded Certificates of Completion for the relevant level, but the actual qualification certificate will be issued from the centre where you take the test. ​You will need to book your ESOL test at an open test centre in the UK if you require a qualification. We can recommend where to do it depending on your location.