English for speakers of other languages (ESOL)

English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) courses are for adults who are not fluent in English and want to improve their language for work, study or living in the UK. We offer a range of part-time ESOL courses at every level in the daytime or evening.

You will learn with other students who have the same level of English. Our teachers are very experienced and they use the most up-to-date materials and a variety of approaches to make sure that your classes are interesting, motivating and effective. Classes include group, pair and project work and computer-based activities.

What are the entry requirements?

You must have the right to study in the UK and be 16 years or older.

What exams will I take?

You will take a national ESOL Skills for Life qualification.

How long are the courses?

Courses are between eight and twelve weeks long for six hours per week

Where can I go next?

When you have finished your course, you could move on to a higher level in ESOL. You could progress to Functional Skills or GCSE. You might find a job, or you might go onto further education.

What should I do now?

ESOL information sessions are taking place soon in Eastbourne and Newhaven.

Phone Samuel Skevington at Sussex Downs College on 030 300 38434

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“It has helped me to speak, listen, read and write in English. It also means that I can help my son with his homework, have friends and make appointments.” – Vensa


“I have learned so much and have more confidence in myself.” – Cesar

“I felt close to the rest of my class. The teacher worked hard to create a good atmosphere in the class and make things right for us.” – Nieves

Our Team

Helem Diassteer

Kate Ludlam

Marian Bell

Sally Etherton

Sam Skevington

Yai-Huei Overington

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