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ESOL

ESOL for Access to Care and Health Professions

Campus Sighthill Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 5

Study mode Full time

Duration 41 weeks

Start date Aug 2024

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Course overview

ESOL applications are now closed. If spaces become available we will re-open applications on 8th July.

Edinburgh College is one of Scotland's largest year-round providers of English Language courses. All College-based ESOL classes are accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English.

This course will teach the language skills needed for moving into further study in the area of care or health.  You will complete the SQA National 5 ESOL syllabus and develop general language skills in reading, listening, speaking, and writing, and work on your grammar, pronunciation, and vocabulary.  You will improve your ability to understand and produce spoken and written English in both everyday and work contexts and will focus on the vocabulary required to talk about the human body. You will be introduced to the specialisms and professional values and principles when working in the care sector. You will develop workplace language and employability skills during a 2-week placement. 

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). Please note these courses are for applicants whose first language is not English.

More information about ESOL course costs is available on the ESOL Course Fees page

ESOL for Access to Care and Health Professions course information

The average class size is 18 – 20 with a maximum of 23. You must be aged 16 or older to study ESOL courses in college.

Support for students aged 16 and 17

  • All 16 and 17-year-olds are given a 24-hour emergency number.
  • Information on ‘Keeping yourself safe in Edinburgh’ is provided at induction. A tutorial system is in place for students to discuss progress or any problems with their teacher.
  • Students are supervised in class, on class trips/activities, and during work placements.
  • Parental consent is required for class trips and work placements. Outside these hours there is no supervision of 16 and 17-year-olds.
Placement information
  • You will do a six-day work placement in the care sector in order to gain essential and hands-on experience in this workplace 

How the course is assessed

  • This is a bursary course, and you are expected to attend 100% of the course 
  • There will be regular assessment tasks throughout the course to monitor your progress in the areas of ESOL 
  • The Prelim exam in February will prepare you for the final ESOL National 5 exam in May 
  • There will be a closed book assessment on the Human body
  • You will also complete evidence in portfolio or presentation form for the Work Placement unit and values and principles of care 

Number of days per week

  • 3 days per week (17 hours)

Entry requirements

  • You should have a clear idea of your future study or work plans
  • International students (students from outside the UK without Settled or pre-settled status excluding asylum seekers, refugees and Humanitarian Protection Status) will need to check visa requirements. Please go to the International section of the website.

Information on Tests / Auditions / Interview Requirements

  • You will be invited to attend a test and interview where your language level and suitability for the course will be checked 

English Proficiency Requirements

SQA ESOL National 4 or equivalent

Progression and Articulation Routes

  • Progress to mainstream college courses at NC or HNC 
  • NQ English Plus Higher 

Career options

  • Further training or work in the care sector

Study Options

Campus Study mode Start date Duration
Sighthill Campus Full time 26/08/24 41 Weeks

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