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Improve your English (ESOL E1-E3)

Course Code:QE1948F

Spaces:10 spaces left

Centre:Gold Hill Museum

For people with a reasonable knowledge of English. You will have to attend an enrolment session before you can enrol on a course. Fees will apply depending on circumstances.

What the course is about

In your class you will:

  • Work on your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills

  • Complete classroom and homework activities to prepare you for a City & Guilds Skills for Life English for Speakers of Other Languages qualification

  • Once your tutor feels you are ready, you will take an assessment

This is a course leading to a qualification.

Pre-course information session or interview

You need to attend an Admissions Session before you start this course: click on the View sessions button. Many courses start in September, but we enrol learners at set times throughout the year. Please visit our website for further details or telephone our team on 01202 123444 who will advise you on how to apply. For term dates please refer to

Assessment of progress, tests, exams

This is a City & Guilds ESOL Skills for Life Entry Level 1,2 and 3 You will take exams in:

  • Speaking and Listening

  • Reading and Writing

Your tutor will help you to decide when you have the skills to take a qualification. You and your tutor will agree goals for you to work on in class. Together you will look at these regularly.

Who the course is for / Previous experience, knowledge or qualifications

This course is for you if:

  • You want to gain a qualification at Entry Level 1, 2 and 3

  • You want to improve your speaking and listening, reading and writing skills for work and/or personal reasons

  • You can attend every class

  • You can complete any homework given

You do not need any previous experience or qualifications in English to attend this course. Learners who have attended this course said, I like my tutor and have made some good friends.

IMPORTANT - You will be expected to attend regularly from the first session and complete any homework given. If you do not attend you may be withdrawn from the course. 

Materials and costs

You will need an A4 folder, pen and paper. A bi-lingual dictionary would be useful.

Course costs on application, depending on circumstances (residency/employment criteria apply). Please telephone 01202 123444 or please refer to the Finance page on our website

Next Step

When you have completed an Entry 3 ESOL qualification you may be able to move on to a Further Steps Advanced ESOL. Your tutor may also be able to discuss the possible next step options with you. You may like to talk with a Careers Adviser about other courses. General careers advice and guidance can be provided by Ansbury or the National Careers Service. For further information please contact us on 01202 123444.

Additional information

English, maths and computing skills: all of our courses support the development of relevant English, maths and computing skills.

Refunds: please see details of our cancellation policy in our Terms and Conditions on our website or in our brochure.

Attendance: before enrolling you should ensure that you can attend all classes offered as far as possible.

Places on courses: many of our courses are in high demand. If you have been offered a place but no longer require it, please advise us immediately as you may be preventing another learner from taking the place. Where learners do not attend the first session, without having given prior notice, Skills & Learning reserve the right to offer the place on the course to another learner; you will not be eligible for a refund it it is outside of the terms outlined in our cancellation policy.

Fully funded learners: if you have been offered a fully funded place on a course and no longer require it, you must advise us before the course starts so that your place can be offered to someone else. We reserve the right to withdraw future offers of fully funded places if you regularly do not start or complete funded courses.

Home study: you will be required to do significant study at home between sessions to assist with your learning and progress.

Qualification Levels: there is further information about qualification levels on our website.

Proof of identity: please bring photographic ID and your National Insurance number with you to your first session. You will also need to provide it for any external examinations you take.

Off-site activities: with some courses, there may be the opportunity for off-site enrichment activities at additional cost, for example: gallery, museum or exhibition visits. Where this is an integral part of the course, your tutor will discuss the arrangements with you during your induction.

Parking at centres: parking at centres may be limited; please be prepared to use on street parking or pay and display car parks. For information regarding each centre, please visit the venue section of our website

Refreshments: tea/coffee or vending machine(s) are available at some venues. Further information can be found in the venue section of our website

Unspent Criminal Convictions we require learners to disclose any unspent criminal convictions. Please refer to

If you have any accessibility or disability issues that we need to accommodate or if you think you may need any other support to complete your chosen course, please contact: 01202 123444 or e-mail All enquiries are treated in confidence.

Course Details

Start DateAny

LocationGold Hill Museum, Gold Hill, Shaftesbury, SP7 8JW

DayWednesday, Friday

Time10:00 - 13:00

Duration17 weeks

SubjectEnglish for speakers of other languages (ESOL)


Fees and concessions

The total charge for this course is £449. Concessions FREE.

You could study this course for free if you:

  • Receive Jobseeker’s Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance or any other state benefit.
  • Are unemployed or under employed.
  • Receive take home pay (disregarding Universal Credit and other benefits) less than £494 a month (if you are a sole adult in your benefit claim) or £782 a month (if you have a joint benefit claim with your partner).
  • Earn less than £20,319pa.

If you’re not eligible, you can pay via an Instalment Plan or by paying the full course fee upfront.


How do I enrol?

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You will be required to participate in an Admission Session to attend this course.

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