English for Speakers of Other Languages

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Title: ESOL Bridging

Pathway: English for Speakers of Other Languages

Available Study Options:
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Study Option

There are currently no other study options available for this course.

What will I study?

You will study English/ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) from Pre-entry, Entry level 1- 3 or Level 1 dependant on the outcome of your language assessment.  

The course focuses on English at your level using a wide range of topics, e.g neighbourhood and community,  hobbies and free-time, work and jobs, life in the UK, social media, family and friends, shopping, travel and transport and health.

You will develop your English skills in speaking and listening, reading and writing alongside grammar and vocabulary. 

Some classes will focus on your personal development and welfare and cover topics including: citizenship, staying safe on-line, hate crime and health and well being.

In addition, you will study Functional Skills maths up to Level 2 and work towards developing your ICT and computer skills. 

Learners who are eligible will also complete work experience. 

There will be opportunities for various educational visits during the year.

How will I be assessed?

Your teacher will set tests to check your progress and you will be given regular homework to complete.

Learners will take ESOL exams in speaking and listening, reading and writing and Functional Skills maths.

What will this lead to?

You will be able to move to the next level of study to develop and improve your English and maths or to Level 1 Vocational - Business, ESOL and Functional Skills.

Once you achieve your English and maths at Entry 3/Level 1 you will be able to apply for a range of courses in college.  The ESOL team will be able to give you more information on how to progress to the next level and provide details on assessments/enrolment. 

Entry requirements

Entry Level Courses:

Skills for Life & Work/Preparing for Adulthood

No formal qualifications are required for this course.
These courses are specifically designed for learners with a Special Educational Need (SEND).


Entry Level: Skills & Employability

No formal qualifications are required for this course.

Full Time ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

No formal qualifications are required for this course.

Full Time GCSE Re-sit Study Course

 GCSE Grade 2 or 3 in Maths and English and / or Sciences.

Full Time Level 1 Course

 No formal qualifications are required for this course.

Full Time Level 2 Course

4 GCSEs at grade 3 or Vocational Level 1 in relevant subject area.

*GCSE Grade 4 or above in Maths is required for the courses below:




Full time Level 3 Course

5 GCSEs at Grade 4-9 including English or Maths (Functional Skills Level 2 English or Maths will be accepted).


Vocational Level 2 plus Grade 4-9 GCSE English or Maths (Functional Skills Level 2 English or Maths will be accepted).

*A Vocational Level 2 is required for the following courses:


All Construction Subjects

Hair & Beauty Subjects

Applied Science

T Levels


5 GCSEs at Grade 4-9 including English and Maths (Functional Skills Level 2 in English and Maths will be accepted).

* Health T Levels require GCSE Grade 4 in Science.


How to apply

You can apply for this programme via the Apply Now button, at the top.

If this course area is available as an apprenticeship, this will show under 'Study Option' on the right-hand side, just below the Apply Now button. You can view all of our apprenticeship vacanices and subjects by clicking the 'Apprenticeships' in the top menu.


If you are aged between 16 and 18 when you start your course and are taking a course leading to a qualification, the tuition and exam fees are free. However, there may be some additional costs for optional trips, recommended text books and professional start up kits. We have a bursary scheme to assist with these costs.

  • If you're aged 19 or over, you may be eligible for funding towards your course fees. It will depend on your personal circumstances and will be discussed at enrolment. You will be asked to bring documentation with you when you are invited to enrol.
  • If you are aged 19 and over and study Maths or English and do not already hold a C grade/4 or higher in the subject that you are studying, you will get the course for free.
  • If you have any queries please contact us on 0161 785 4039 or email admissions@oldham.ac.uk

What happens next?

It is important that you come along and speak to one of our staff about your choice/s.

Once we receive your application, you will be invited in to speak to a tutor or a member of the Apprenticeship team to discuss your application.

This will provide you with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the course/Apprenticeship and to see our facilities.

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