West Thames College London

Pre GCSE Science and ESOL

This course is designed to prepare you for study at GCSE level. You will study English (ESOL), study skills, and maths, chemistry, physics and biology from the GCSE syllabus. The course includes visits to local places of interest.

Key course features


  • Edexcel ESOL (Skills for Life)
  • Pre-GCSE Science
  • City & Guilds Functional Skills Maths

Level: Level 1

Mode: Full-time

Start Date: 04 September 2017

Who is this course for?

For students whose first language is not English, and who want to build a solid foundation for studying GCSEs in science.

About the course

You will study:

  • ESOL
  • Maths
  • Study skills
  • Citizenship.

You will also take pre-GCSE Science. 

You will have weekly tutorials and receive advice on careers and work. 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 issues such as housing, benefits, and finding a doctor or solicitor.

Additional opportunities

The course includes visits to local places of interest and you will receive advice on careers and further courses.

How will I be assessed?

You will work towards a Level 1 qualification in ESOL and Maths by building a portfolio of work throughout the year and taking Skills for Life exams in ESOL and Functional Skills Maths exams. Students with a strong background in mathematics may be entered for GCSE Maths.

Where next?

When you are ready you can go on to study GCSEs in science subjects, such as our GCSE Science and ESOL course.

Entry requirements

You should have a pass at ESOL Entry 3 or equivalent. You will have an assessment and an interview. 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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