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Community Based ESOL and Modern Languages

General ESOL for Schools

Campus Drummond Community High School

Qualification SCQF Level 6

Study mode Part time

Duration 40 weeks

Start date Sep 2022

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Course overview

If your first language is not English, you can study ESOL courses at college. Our courses will help you to improve your English language skills for doing your schoolwork as well as offering ESOL qualifications at National 3, National 4, National 5 and Higher. We will assess your level of English to find the right class for you.

The purpose of the National 3 and 4 courses is to help pupils who are struggling with school work because of their English language level and the SQA units are a good way to measure progress. The National 5 and Higher courses, as well as helping with school work, offer the chance to get qualifications that allow you to progress to mainstream college courses or university

Our after-school SCP ESOL courses, covid guidelines permitting, will include options to study  National 3 and National 4 levels at Drummond High School in the city centre (otherwise online). National 5 and Higher level courses will be online.  Our online delivery includes digital classrooms and open learning.  The platform for digital delivery will be Microsoft Teams and Moodle. High-quality teaching enhanced with the use of technology will facilitate the development of students’ digital skills.

What you will learn

ESOL National 3 (equivalent to Modern Languages National 5 competency level)

Pupils will develop English for reading, listening, and speaking by taking part in a range of activities. In addition, they will learn how to write formal and informal letters and short articles. They will build their vocabulary, grammatical accuracy, study skills and confidence.

The courses cover a range of topics relevant to life and study in Scotland

A blended model of delivery will consist of face-to-face classroom delivery as well as asynchronous learning (independent learning with teacher support). This will accommodate pupils’ individual needs and allow them to study at their own pace.

ESOL National 4

Pupils will develop English for reading, listening, and speaking by taking part in a range of activities. In addition, they will learn how to prepare presentations and write formal and informal letters and articles. They will build their vocabulary, grammatical accuracy, study skills and confidence.

The courses cover a range of topics relevant to life and study in Scotland

A blended model of delivery will consist of face-to-face classroom delivery as well as asynchronous learning (independent learning with teacher support). This will accommodate pupils’ individual needs and allow them to study at their own pace.

ESOL National 5

Pupils will develop English for reading, listening, and speaking by taking part in discussions and debates. In addition, they will learn how to prepare presentations, write reports, formal and informal letters, and a range of essays. They will build their vocabulary, grammatical accuracy, study skills and confidence.

A new Digital Model of delivery will consist of synchronous classes (face-to-face) followed by asynchronous learning (independent learning with teacher support). This will accommodate pupils’ individual needs and allow them to study at their own pace.

ESOL Higher

Pupils will develop English for reading, listening, and speaking by taking part in academic discussions and debates. In addition, they will learn how to prepare presentations, write reports, articles, and a range of essays. They will build their vocabulary, study skills and confidence.

A new Digital Model of delivery will consist of synchronous classes (face-to-face) followed by asynchronous learning (independent learning with teacher support). This will accommodate pupils’ individual needs and allow them to study at their own pace.

How the course is assessed
  • National 3 and National 4 - classroom internal assessments to achieve units
  • National 5 and Higher - external exam

Number of days per week

  • 2 classes per week: Monday + Wednesday or Tuesday + Thursday afternoons 4 – 6.30 pm

Entry requirements

  • Entry to SQA ESOL National 3 - Result of initial placement test
  • Entry to SQA ESOL National 4 - SQA ESOL National 3 or result of initial placement test
  • Entry to SQA ESOL National 5 - SQA ESOL National 4 or result of initial placement test
  • Entry to SQA ESOL HIgher - SQA ESOL National 5 (preferably A or B pass) or result of initial placement test

Information on Tests / Auditions / Interview Requirements

  • Initial Placement test for new students to determine current ESOL level - covers listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in the English language.

Progression and Articulation Routes

  • SQA ESOL National 3 - progression to SQA ESOL National 4 SCP course
  • SQA ESOL National 4 - progression to SQA ESOL National 5 SCP course  or NC ESOL for Employability Level 5 (F/T at Sighthill campus)
  • SQA ESOL National 5 - progression to SQA ESOL Higher SCP course or vocational college courses
  • SQA ESOL Higher - progression to vocational college courses or university

Study Options

Campus Study mode Start date Duration
Drummond Community High School Part time 05/09/22 40 Weeks

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