ESOL – English for Speakers of Other Languages

We have ESOL classes at all levels from pre-entry to Level 1. Our courses will help you to develop your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills for daily life, for work or looking for work, and for study.

You can study from four hours a week to twelve hours a week. There are also fast-track courses for those who are able to progress more quickly.

The following table shows what the ESOL levels mean and how they compare with other internationally recognised levels and qualifications.

ESOL levelDescriptionCEFR Common European Framework of Reference for LanguagesCambridge examsIELTS
Pre-entry Complete beginner      
Entry 1 Beginner to elementary A1    
Entry 2 Elementary to pre-intermediate A2 KET  
Entry 3 Pre-intermediate to intermediate B1 PET 4 to 5
Level 1 Intermediate to upper-intermediate B2 FCE 5.5 to 6.5
Level 2 Upper-intermediate to advanced C1 CAE 7 to 8