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English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

  • Entry Levels
  • L1
  • L2
  • UE

These courses will help you to improve your English for work, everyday life or further study. There are six levels to choose from depending upon your existing skills: Beginners (Entry Level 1), Elementary (Entry Level 2), Lower Intermediate (Entry Level 3), Intermediate (Entry Level 3/Level 1), Higher Intermediate (Level 1) and Advanced (Level 2).

Entry requirements

You do not need any qualifications to start, but you must be a UK/EEA resident to qualify for ESOL funding. If you are an international student, you can still enrol on this course, but will not have access to funding and you will have to pay the full cost of the course.

You will need to attend a free assessment before you start to help decide which level is best for you.

Course content

You will study a range of topics to improve your skills in:

  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Grammar
  • ILT (using computers).

You will also learn about Health, Education, Local Government, the Royal Family and other topics, which are all part of being a citizen in the UK.

Assessment methods

You will work towards the English Speaking Board awards and certificates in Skills for Life ESOL at an appropriate level.

You will then be able to take the following tests when you are ready:

  • Speaking & Listening
  • Reading
  • Writing

Further study and career options

Successful completion of the English Speaking Board Certificate in Skills for Life ESOL at each level enables you to go on to the next level of study. Completion of Entry Level 3 and above will give you access to a range of courses and further education options at Bedford College. Once you have completed Level 2, you can either follow a vocational course at Bedford College, or enrol on a Level 3 language course leading to the Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English.

Additional information

You will need to attend College for a minimum of four hours per week during the morning, afternoon or evening. There is an additional cost of £30 for materials.

Pay by instalments

The College offers an instalment plan for Further Education and Higher Education courses to students where the total amount payable at the point of enrolment is £200 or more. Within the scheme there is an ability to pay up to 6 instalments, depending on the length of the courses and the final payment must be paid at least a month before the end of the course.

Funding information

This course could be FREE! You could be eligible for free study if you are unemployed and on a qualifying benefit. Find out more at

Course Information & How to Apply

Click 'Apply' to register your details for our next assessment dates or call 01234 291000.

Day(s)FeesLocationCourse Code
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri £700 Cauldwell Street BBP2025 Apply

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Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.