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ESOL Skills for Life

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Monday 03 September or Tuesday 04 September at 09.30 or 13.30

Class Times

Morning Classes, Entry 3 & Level 1

Monday to Thursday - 09.30 to 13.00 - (12 hours a week)

Morning Classes, Level 2

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday - 09.30 - 13.00 (12 hours a week)

Afternoon Classes, Level 1

Monday - Thursday, 13.45 - 17.00 (12 hours a week)

Who can do the course?

  • Learners who live permanently in the UK and are European Union nationals or have Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK.

Do I need any knowledge, skills or qualifications to start the course?

  • Before starting the course you will be assessed to determine your level of English. At the Brasshouse Language Centre, we have classes at ENTRY 3, LEVEL 1 and LEVEL 2.
  • If your level is lower than Entry 3, you can’t enrol for a course at Brasshouse and we will try to find you a place at another Adult Education centre.

How will I learn?

  • All learners will have their own negotiated learning plan to record and review progress.
  • You will learn sometimes working together with your classmates and sometimes individually with support from your tutor. In class, you will take part in a variety of activities including conversation, role plays, discussions, using computers, watching DVDs, listening to CDs, pair work and group work.
  • During the course, you will encounter topics which are familiar and relevant to you and your life. These topics will include: personal details and experiences, work, education and training, housing, family and friends, transport, weather, buying goods, leisure, UK society.
  • You will have regular reviews of the progress you are making.

Will I gain any qualifications?

  • When you have reached the required level, you will take a Cambridge ESOL Skills for Life exam.
  • For each level there are three parts to the exam :

1) Speaking & Listening
2) Reading
3) Writing

  • Your teacher will decide which parts of the exam you are ready to take.

Learner Agreement

  • All ESOL Skills for Life learners have to sign a special agreement which shows that they agree to the following terms and conditions. It is very important that you understand and agree to these conditions before you enrol on the course.

Learners have to :

  • attend all the classes.
  • attend the whole class and are not allowed to leave before the end of the class without the teacher’s agreement.
  • arrive at the classes on time.
  • do all the homework that the tutor asks them to do.

  • You will only be entered for an exam if you attend classes and reach the required level. The teacher will decide if you have reached the correct level or not.
  • If you cannot attend a class, you have to tell your tutor in advance or phone the English office.
  • If you don’t follow these rules, you will have to leave the course and will not be allowed to enrol on the next course. If you don’t attend classes you will not be allowed to take an ESOL Skills for Life exam.

How can I enrol on an ESOL course at Brasshouse?

  • Come to Brasshouse on Monday 03 September or Tuesday 04 September at 09:30 or at 13:30
  • You will take a written test and speak a tutor who will tell you your level of English and if you can do this course.
  • If your level is lower than Entry 2, you can’t enrol for a course at Brasshouse and we will try to find you a place at another Adult Education centre.

If you receive Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) or Employment Support Allowance (ESA - Work related activity group) OR you are unemployed, looking for work and in receipt of other Income Based Benefits* the course is FREE. You do not have to pay a registration fee or exam fees.

If you do not receive JSA or ESA you will have to sign a declaration stating that you are unemployed, that you are enrolling on this course to help you to find employment and that you receive an income based benefit.

If you are working and receive an Income Based Benefit*

  • You have to pay a £15.00 registration fee when you enrol.
  • You do not have to pay any other course fees.
  • Your exam fees will be paid by the Learner Support Fund.

If you do not receive any Income Based Benefits you have to pay course fees of £3.40 per hour.

Morning classes (150 hours): £540.00 (3 instalments of £180.00)
Afternoon classes (120 hours): £438.00 (3 instalments of £146.00)

  • You do not have to pay a registration fee.
  • The fee includes £30.00 for exam fees. You may have to pay an additional amount if you take more than one exam.
  • You have to pay the full fee or the 1st instalment when you enrol.

*Eligible Income Based Benefits:

  • Asylum Support
  • Income Support
  • Working Tax Credit (in partner's name or joint names with a total family income of less than £15,880.00)
  • Housing Benefit
  • Council Tax Credit
  • Pension Tax Credit

Unwaged dependents are not automatically eligible for free courses unless they are joint claimant.