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This study programme is designed for 16 to 19 year olds (aged 19 to 24 for students with an Education, Health and Care Plan).

All courses take place on our Sixth Form Campus, therefore any applicants aged 25+ or over who do not have an Education, Health and Care Plan may be required to complete a DBS check as part of the conditional offer to West Suffolk College. The cost to the applicant for a DBS is £30.00 and the DBS check can be completed through the college.

Please visit our Adult EducationDegrees and Employer section for alternative courses.

About the course

This course is so much more than focussing on accuracy and fluency in English and achieving qualifications to enable you to progress into further education or employment. You will also have fun and find yourself with a positive future.


Why choose this course at West Suffolk College?


  • Full-time course

  • Gain ESOL qualifications, Functional Skills Maths & Essential Digital Skills 

  • Full Enrichment Programme including history, the Arts, environmental studies, sports activities and employability skills. Activities that interest you!

  • Collaborations with vocational courses and Princes Trust Team

  • Excellent record of progression

  • Highly experienced and qualified ESOL tutors

  • Support & guidance throughout your studies


Our enthusiastic and inspiring tutors will teach you the skills and self-assurance to live and work in modern Britain in the dynamic environment of the West Suffolk College campus. With a unique 'learning by doing' interactive learning experience, lessons are fun and challenging to motivate you and progress quickly.


The course is designed for all non-native speakers of English including Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children (UASC) and tailored to be inclusive of all cultures and backgrounds.


Student Testimonials


  • 'I loved my classmates, I met lots of new people from different nationalities all in one place. After EAL I joined the carpentry course at the Milburn Centre and I love it, I couldn't be here without EAL! I'm not planning to go to university, I am happy with carpentering.' DH


  • 'I think the course is really perfect, I want to continue studying at the WSC. I plan to learn beauty. I liked the atmosphere during the lessons and the way the lessons were conducted, I met lots of new people and my English was better! KS


  • 'I studied English, I went on trips, special activities and I began learning how to have long conversations and met new people.  After EAL Study Programme, I began studying music. If I'm able, I'm planning to go to the University. J-M L-V

Entry requirements

We accept students at all levels of English


You will be able to take qualifications in:


ESOL Skills for Life

Functional Skills Maths

Essential Digital Skills

Where is the course delivered? (facilities/classrooms)

West Suffolk College, Bury St. Edmunds.

Where will the course take me?

We will support you to plan your next move.

At the end of this course, with the necessary English skills and other expertise, you will have the opportunity to study other exciting courses at West Suffolk College, or move to an apprenticeship or employment.

I'm interested. What should I do now?

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Days & times

Please contact us for dates and further information
Monday 09:15 - 16:15
Wednesday 09:15 - 16:15
Thursday 09:15 - 16:15

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