ESOL / EAL - 16-18 study programmes

From the summer of 2015, all young people in England must continue in education or training until their 18th birthday. This does not mean, however, that students must stay in school. College can provide an alternative study programme which may be more beneficial, particularly if there are additional support needs because of English as a second language.

16-18 years old - full-time at the college

Students on our full-time courses take classes in English, Mathematics, Computers and Tutorials where they have one-to-one support for extra help. Students can have up to ten hours intensive English language teaching per week, with additional classes in core subjects.

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With excellent links to a range of vocational courses in the college, we also support learners to progress from English language courses to such subjects as Level 2 and Level 3 hospitality, travel & tourism, computing, health & social care, business and many more. Here are a few examples from this year. These students joined us at a very low level language ability and are now on mainstream courses. Many others are in work.

  • Step Up Programme (Level 2)
  • Access Foundation Programme (Level 2)
  • CG Level 1 Diploma in Electrical Installation
  • OCR ITQ Level 2 Certificate
  • EDEXCEL L1 Certificate for IT Users
  • BTEC Award in Business Administration Level 1
  • Edexcel Level 1 Diploma in Vocational Studies (Business Retail)
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Business
  • CERTA Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma: Science
  • Edexcel Level 3 Certificate in Health and Social Care
  • Access Foundation Programme (Level 2)
  • C&G Level 2 English Functional Skills
  • AQA Level 2 GCSE in English and Maths
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Travel and Tourism
  • BTEC Level 2 First Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Travel and Tourism
  • EDEXCEL L1 BTEC Diploma for IT Users
  • Access Foundation Programme (Level 2)
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Health and Social Care
  • CERTA Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma: Health Science Professions


At Leeds City College, ESOL students have many opportunities to be creative in traditional and digital media, including arts and theatre, music and dance, designing images and web sites, photography and more. Our ESOL students are encouraged to express their voice, their culture and their identity through such media. Here Julio performs outside the Enfield Centre, creating his own dance video and You Tube channel.

Julio says: "I believe so much in the power of performance I don’t want to convince people. I want them to experience it and come away convinced on their own."


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Students' music video

Music video

With tutor Michael Richmond-Coggin, ESOL students learned how to use laptops to write lyrics and perform songs. This was a 12 week non-accredited course in partnership with Future Arts where they produced a final video and DVD. The students wrote the lyrics about culture and immigration, performed the song and called their group: GlobalEyes.


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