ESOL Skills for Life

Cornwall College Camborne LEVEL: Entry Level 1 GCSEs & Functional Skills

ESOL Skills for Life qualifications support speakers of other languages based within the UK to develop their English language skills for work, further learning or everyday life.

ESOL is an acronym that stands for English for Speakers of Other Languages.

The courses are made up of three units – Reading, Writing, and Speaking and Listening – and based on the Adult ESOL Core Curriculum. Courses are aimed to cover the ability to:

• speak, listen and respond

• read and comprehend

• write to communicate.

These qualifications are intended for anyone based in the UK needing to improve their understanding and use of written or spoken English. This might be to help get on at work (or get a job), prepare for further study, access public services, or just to function more effectively in an English-speaking environment.

We offer this course from Entry Level 1 up to Level 2.


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Ideal if:

ESOL Skills for Life qualifications support speakers of other languages based within the UK to develop their English language skills for work, learning or everyday life.

You’ll need:

Candidates will need to book an appointment via Customer Service Enquiries and will be asked to attend an interview with the tutor.

During the interview you should undergo a proper process of initial and diagnostic assessment to ensure that you are working towards an appropriate ESOL qualification at the correct level.

The cost for this course is free for students working and living locally who can provide proof of income.

You’ll learn:

The teacher will select appropriate teaching and learning strategies, activities and materials to help learners develop and practice the component skills. Lesson planning should incorporate strategies for independent learning and encourage learners to practice skills outside the classroom in the real world.

Sessions will include objectives, activities and materials and will, as far as possible, take account of the individual needs and interests.


Lessons are taught once a week and are classroom based. Attendance is mandatory. ESOL courses start in September and end in June.

There will be three exams in order to obtain the full qualification in ESOL Skills for Life and certificates - reading assessment, writing assessment and speaking and listening assessment.

Sessions run every Wednesday from morning to evening, supporting different levels and abilities.

Beginner (Entry 1 & 2) 

Morning 10am - 12pm

Afternoon 3pm - 5pm

Intermediate & Upper-intermediate (Entry 3 & Level 1) 

Afternoon 12.30pm - 2pm

Evening 5.30pm - 7pm

Advanced (Level 2) 

Evening 7pm - 8.30pm

You’ll go on to:

ESOL may enable you to access other English qualifications such as City & Guilds Functional Skills English or GCSE. They might also help you to gain the confidence and language skills necessary to access other learning or progress further in your chosen career.

ESOL qualifications from Entry 3 are also a requirement in British citizenships applications.


Teaching & Education
Teaching & Education


ESOL Skills for Life

Start Date

September 2020




1 year



*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility. The Cornwall College Group reserves the right to withdraw any course listed at any time.