ESOL Courses at Derby College

English for Speakers of Other Languages - Improve your language skills

If English isn’t your main language, a course at Derby College can help you to develop your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.


Get more out of life in the UK

Our English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) options are an excellent choice if you want to study further, enhance your CV or apply to become a British citizen.

You will also develop vital skills which will help you in everyday life – making it much easier, for instance, for you to talk to doctors and teachers, to help your child with their homework and to understand the laws and customs of the UK.

An ESOL course at Derby College can help you to improve your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. Classes – which range from pre-entry to Level 2 – are held in the mornings, afternoons and evenings. You will study for six hours per week: two three-hour classes. You will also have the opportunity to gain a nationally recognised qualification in ESOL.

ESOL to boost your job prospects

We also offer a 12-hour per week course, delivered in partnership with Jobcentre Plus, which is aimed at those actively seeking work. You will develop the skills needed to apply for work and learn how to progress in the world of work.

Preparing for IELTS

If you are an international Student at Derby College, we offer both B2 or C1 English Language Preparation programmes to help you achieve the right level of IELTS certificate. The C1 course is at Entry Level while B2 is at Level 2.

You will undertake an initial assessment and – based on your current language knowledge and skills – you will then be allocated to the right English class that will enable you to progress quickly and smoothly.

Working with other Students in mixed classes will give you a much deeper understanding of the language through a range of activities that add context to your learning.

Realise your potential

Your Derby College experience will be both inspiring and rewarding. You’ll benefit from a combination of classroom-based learning, group workshops, lectures, role play exercises, tutorials and guest speakers.

During your studies, you’ll receive support from an enthusiastic and encouraging team of staff with extensive experience of teaching English language to Students from around the world.

Did you know?

Our ESOL classes are conveniently delivered in the heart of the community – at the St James Centre in Normanton, the most culturally and ethnically diverse neighbourhood of Derby. Some crèche places may be available.

In addition to English, maths can be studied at the St James Centre. Classes are streamed so you will learn at a pace that is right for you.

Improve your language skills

More Information

For more information on fees, times, start dates and crèche places, please call Derby College on 01332 604104 or call into the St James Centre, Malcolm Street, Normanton, Derby.

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Courses in this area are run at our Roundhouse campus and at the St James Centre in Normanton.

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