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Community Based ESOL and Modern Languages

General ESOL for Schools

Campus OL - Open Learning/Cross Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 6

Study mode Part time

Start date Sep 2024

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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 SQA units at  National 4 and the full exam qualifications at National 5 and Higher. We will assess your level of ESOL to find the right class for you.

The purpose of the National 4 course is to help pupils who are struggling with school work because of their English language level and doing 1 or 2 SQA units is 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.  The courses cover a range of topics relevant to life and study in Scotland

Our after-school SCP ESOL courses will be online.  Our online delivery includes face-to-face digital classrooms and independent learning with teacher support.  This will accommodate pupils’ individual needs and allow them to study at their own pace.  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 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.

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.

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.

How the course is assessed

  • 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 4 -  result of initial placement test
  • Entry to SQA ESOL National 5 - SQA ESOL National 4 units 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 4 units - progression to SQA ESOL National 5 SCP course  or NC ESOL for Employability Level 5 (F/T at Sighthill campus)
  • SQA ESOL National 5 qualification - progression to SQA ESOL Higher SCP course or vocational college courses
  • SQA ESOL Higher qualification - progression to vocational college courses or university

Study Options

Campus Study mode Start date
OL - Open Learning/Cross Campus Part time 02/09/24

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