SCQF Level 5

Course Overview

This course is for people who speak English as a second language and are living in the UK on a permanent or long-term basis. The National Certificate (NC) in ESOL for Employability are nationally-recognised qualifications that improve language and employability skills and will help you to integrate into Scottish life. This course allows progression into employment, Higher ESOL or further study at Edinburgh College. This course will improve your English and your chances of getting a job. 


During this 36-week course, you will attend college for 17 hours a week. You will complete core skills units and a two-week work placement. You will speak, write, listen and read about yourself, your life and your career. You will work on grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and improve all your language skills. You will also learn about the history and culture of Scotland and the UK and you will research the Scottish job market and write a CV. You will develop your study and organisational skills and meet regularly with your course tutor to look at your progress in all areas of the course and to focus on your next steps in your studies or employment  You will do a lot of learning in pairs and groups but most of the assessments will be individual. 


This course is particularly suited to young learners aged 16 to 24.  This course is bursary funded so you will not have to pay course fees and may be eligible for other bursary funding. You will be expected to buy the course materials as specified by your tutor (approximately £45).

ESOL for Employability NC Level 5 course information

What You Will Learn

  • English language skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • Develop your grammar at Upper-Intermediate level
  • Extend your general and work vocabulary
  • Study units in IT and Tourism
  • Organise an event
  • Develop skills in applying for work and going to interviews
  • Complete the SQA Work Experience unit (Level 4) which includes a work placement
  • Complete the SQA NC ESOL for Employability Level 5 award

Placement Information
  • You will have a work placement in a field close to your chosen career in order to gain essential and practical work experience 

Entry Requirements
  • There are no formal entry requirements
English Proficiency Requirements
  • ESOL Intermediate 1/National 4 SQA or equivalent.
How the course is assessed
  • You will be assessed through written and spoken assignments. 

Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
  • You will be invited for a test and interview where your language level and suitability for the course will be checked
Progression And Articulation Routes
  • Progress to mainstream Edinburgh College courses at NC or HNC 
  • NQ English Plus Higher
Career Opportunities
  • Self-employment or further training
Number Of Days Per Week
  • 3 days per week
Course Cost And Funding Options
Information about funding can be found here
Start Date and Time

Full Time

This course will start week commencing...
  • Monday 30/08/2021
End Date

Full Time

This course will end on...
  • Friday 17/06/2022
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