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ESOL for Employability NC Level 5

Campus Sighthill Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 5

Study mode Full time

Duration 41 weeks

Start date Aug 2024

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Course overview

Please note, applications for this course open on 9th April 2024.

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

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 16 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, and 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

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.</

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 opportunity in order to gain essential and practical work experience 

How the course is assessed

  • You will be assessed through written and spoken assignments. 

Number of days per week

  • 3 days per week (16 hours)

Entry requirements

  • There are no formal entry requirements
  • 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 for a test and interview where your language level and suitability for the course will be checked

English Proficiency Requirements

ESOL Intermediate 1/National 4 SQA or equivalent.

Progression and Articulation Routes

  • Progress to mainstream Edinburgh College courses at NC or HNC 
  • NQ ESOL for Study Level 6

Career options

  • Self-employment or further training

Study Options

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

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