West Thames College London

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) for 16-18s

This exciting programme is designed to help you develop your English speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. The course includes employability, tutorials, personal and life skills, science, humanities, English and maths. You will be taught using a variety of engaging and interactive methods allowing you to focus on your own personal targets.

Successful completion means you have the opportunity to progress onto further vocational or academic courses at West Thames College such as business, ICT, travel and tourism and health and social care.

You are welcome to apply to start on a course throughout the year.

Key course features


Edexcel ESOL (Skills for Life) and City & Guilds Functional Skills Maths

Level: Entry Level

Mode: Full-time

Start Date: 05 September 2016

Who is this course for?

Young people whose first language is not English, who have recently arrived in the UK or who have been at a UK school for a short time but have few qualifications.

About the course

You will develop your English and study skills in the context of humanities, science, maths, IT and employability. You will also learn about citizenship and receive a general introduction to life in Britain. You will have weekly tutorials and you will receive advice on careers and further courses.

One of the main features of the programme is an emphasis on pastoral support and looking after the individual needs of students, and we have a welfare officer to give you advice on housing, benefits, and finding a doctor or solicitor.

Additional opportunities

You will go on trips to local places of interest throughout the year and have the opportunity to participate in a range of enrichment activities.

How will I be assessed?

You will take externally recognised Skills for Life exams in English and Maths at the appropriate level. There are opportunities to take examinations every term which allow you to progress more quickly through the levels.

Where next?

When you are ready you can go on to higher vocational or academic qualifications at the college. We offer Foundation (Level 1) courses with ESOL support in Business and Travel, ICT and Science.

Entry requirements
None, but you will have an initial assessment to establish your level of English and an initial maths assessment. You will also have an interview to find out about your previous educational experience and your hopes for the future. If you need advice before you apply, please call 020 8326 2020 or email info@west-thames.ac.uk.
This course is free for eligible students under 19 years.

Please see our Fees and Concessions page or call 020 8326 2015 for further details.

How to apply?
Please come in to our Isleworth campus 9.30am-2pm, any day in term time. Ask to see our ESOL adviser, Bhavna Khambhaita.


  1. Sadaf Mostamandi

    ICT Level 1 with ESOL

    Sadaf Mostamandi

    “I love the course! The lecturers are very kind and supportive. In one year I’ve improved my ICT skills and my English skills and I now feel confident about progressing to the Level 2 ICT course in September. My goal is to continue on to Level 3 and eventually work in an IT company.”

  2. Saneela Saleem

    ESOL Threshold Entry 3

    Saneela Saleem

    "The college is perfect. It's a very friendly place. I've really enjoyed working as a student ambassador. I've been able to learn new things and meet new people and improve my English."

  3. Soraia Viriato

    ESOL Threshold

    Soraia Viriato

    “The teachers are really good and the lessons are interesting. We do lots of games, activities and trips so we can practice what we’re learning. I’m finishing the ESOL [English for speakers of other languages] course this summer, but I’ll be coming back to do art and design in September. I really like the college and I’ve made lots of friends.”


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