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Our ESOL classes take place across Idea Stores and in the community, from Pre-Entry to Level 1. All our courses are part-time within school hours.

Courses are normally 10-12 weeks long, with three terms over the year. All our ESOL courses are currently face-to-face.

We assess your skills before you enrol and offer a personalised approach to learning, ensuring that courses meet your needs and that you are supported in reaching your goals.

How to Enrol

Our ESOL appointments are now full for January 2024.

Please check back here on Monday 25 March 2024 to book an appointment for April assessments.

Please email if you have any questions.


ESOL Qualification Courses

These courses are offered from Entry 1 to Level 1 and you will work towards Skills for Life ESOL qualifications, accredited by Ascentis:

  • Speaking and listening
  • Reading
  • Writing

These classes will be given priority to unemployed learners actively seeking employment.

Non – Accredited ESOL Courses

ESOL First Steps to Learning

If you are a complete beginner, this course will help you learn the basics of English. You will learn to say simple sentences and to write the alphabet.

ESOL Literacy & Phonics

If you have spoken English at Entry 2 or above but you struggle with your literacy, this course will use phonics to help you improve your reading and writing skills.

Develop Your English, ESOL Entry 1-Level 1

Suitable for all levels, this course will help you to improve your grammar and literacy skills and build your confidence using English in everyday situations.

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“I joined an Idea Store Learning course so I can speak fluently and confidently and help me to find work. I can speak without hesitation and am not as worried about making mistakes. I have lots more grammar knowledge now and I can express myself better.

My teacher worked very hard to help and support me. I would like to continue onto Functional Skills and in the future, I would really like to go to university and study for a degree. The Idea Store gave me lots of information too. I have learnt so much at the Idea Store.”

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