West Thames College London

GCSE Science and ESOL

This programme is designed to build on your existing knowledge in science. You will work towards the IGCSE Certificate in English, a new qualification for those whose first language is not English.

Key course features


  • GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics science subjects and Maths
  • iGCSE Certificate in English

Level: Level 2

Mode: Full-time

Start Date: 04 September 2017

Who is this course for?

Students whose first language is not English and those from a non-traditional background.

About the course

You will study GCSEs in biology, chemistry, physics and maths and iGCSE in English. You will also receive tutorial support and language support will be built into your programme.

You will normally be in a group of 15 to 18 students and you will learn through a variety of methods, including tutorials, lectures, practice sessions, and practical work in single science subjects.

You will have regular weekly meetings with your tutor, giving you the chance to discuss any problems which may arise during your course. In addition, during the first term there will be weekly lessons to help you develop and practise good study techniques. Additional support is available at college if you need to improve your spelling, vocabulary, and writing skills.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a combination of coursework and exams. There will also be an opportunity for you to produce or to update your records of achievement. You will receive 3 formal reports during the year. These reports, along with informal assessments at regular interviews and mock exams in January, will help you to monitor your own progress.

Where next?

You can progress onto the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Applied Science.

Entry requirements
Science at Level 1 such as our pre GCSE Science course. You may be asked to sit an entrance test in science, maths and English (IGCSE). 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 click the apply now button and fill out the online application form. An adviser will be in touch regarding interview dates.


  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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