Adult students join us for many reasons: to gain confidence, to help their children with homework, to communicate with teachers and doctors, to be more involved with their community and to gain employability skills. We offer English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes throughout the city. We assess reading, writing, speaking and listening. The speaking exams are classroom-based, which can help some learners feel less anxious. ESOL courses are also available as intensive, short courses or part-time across one year. Classes are very popular, so they get filled quickly;  please call as soon as possible to express your interest.

At Joseph Chamberlain College, we offer a range of English courses for Adult Learners, so you will need an initial assessment so we can determine which level is the most suitable starting place for you. If you are a native or fairly fluent English speaker, you may be able to begin studying at Level 1 (Pre-GCSE) and progress to Level 2 (GCSE Equivalent) in one year. If you don’t yet speak any English, you will need to begin at Pre-Entry Level and will progress through the levels below:

  • Pre-Entry Level
  • Entry Level 1
  • Entry Level 2
  • Entry Level 3
  • Level 1
  • Level 2