Foundation: ESOL Pathway

For 16–18 year olds who want to learn English as a second language. You will also learn maths and IT skills.

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  • Duration

    1 Year

  • Location

    Banbury and Bicester College

This course is for young learners who want to improve their English, maths or IT skills so that they can live and work in the UK.

We work with local businesses to plan our courses, so you can prepare for work in the UK. We can also provide work experience and some vocational options in subjects such as the Performing Arts, Motor vehicle or Hospitality.

When you finish the course, you could:

  • study at the next level of ESOL
  • OR, study another subject at college

This course starts in September and takes one year.
You can join the course after September but please contact our Advice and Admissions centre first. They will check if there is a place for you. The maximum class size is 25 students.

If you want to study another subject at college, or get a job, we can give you advice for FREE!

Please note: This course does not run during school holidays or bank holidays.

You will learn the English language through studying:

  • citizenship
  • maths
  • IT
  • communication and presentation skills
  • study skills
  • work skills
  • a vocational option, such as Performing Arts, Motor vehicle or Hospitality
  • work experience

Also, all Activate Learning students can speak free of charge to our Student Support teams for advice and guidance on their course and student life in the UK. See here for details.

Teaching can include:

  • instruction from a teacher
  • group discussion
  • working in pairs
  • one-to-one instruction
  • role plays

Also, you will be helped to develop your English skills according to your own needs.

You will learn through reading, writing, listening and speaking in authentic situations.

There is a minimum of 18 hours of taught lessons each week. However, you are expected to study about 20 hours a week. This should include homework/self-directed study.

In the college, there are quiet places to study called “the Learning Zone”.

You can also join fun events, such as class trips!

You also get access to our leisure and learning facilities such as:

  • Learning Centres and beauty salons
  • libraries
  • Virtual Learning Environments

There are speaking and listening, reading, and writing tests on this course. The cost for these tests is included in the course fee.
These tests help you understand your strong and weak points, so you can study more effectively.

When you successfully complete this course, you will get a UK ESOL and maths qualification.

The only entry requirement is that you have a successful interview with a member of the course team in order to ensure that we can fully meet your needs

We are looking for young people with an enthusiasm to learn and a desire to make progress. We want applicants to actively take part in keep warm activities set by teachers before starting in September

Why Banbury and Bicester College?

  • Clear routes of progression with qualifications ranging from foundation level to degree level!
  • Industry experienced teaching staff give you the responsibility and independence you need to take charge of your own future.
  • 150+

    Courses available

  • 2018

    Rated "good with outstanding areas" by Ofsted in 2018

  • 79+

    years of teaching experience

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