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Improve your English for work, study and everyday life! Let us give you the skills in English to give you the confidence to make your dreams come true!

English for Speakers of Other Languages

At West Suffolk College we offer a number of part time ESOL courses for adults whose first language is not English; from total beginners to others advanced with their English.

Come and gain a qualification or come just for fun! You will improve your English Speaking, Writing, Listening and Reading. Lessons will help you with your everyday work, to study and living in your community.

ESOL part-time daytime and evening courses are based at Bury St Edmunds, Thetford, Haverhill, Sudbury, Newmarket and Ipswich. If you've got any questions, get in touch with the team by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

What our ESOL students say…

Thank you so much. That you make me believe in myself and you supported me. I am now going to university…”   

“I love my lessons, they are so fun and we laugh lot”.

“Very professional! Lovely lesson. Stay blessed.”  

Thank you very much for your help and support as always. You are the best!”

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What ESOL courses do West Suffolk College do?
    ESOL Skills for Life Entry 1, Entry 2, Entry 3, Level 1 and Level 2 in Reading, Writing and Speaking & Listening, then you can go on to do Functional Skills English Level 1 and Level 2.
  • How long is the course?
    Lessons in the classroom are 3 hours a week for 16 weeks. Depending on the current Covid-19 situation this may be part classroom and part online.
  • What will I learn?
    Reading, writing, speaking and listening in English with others at your level. You will also find out about life and working in the UK which will help you to communicate in English in your daily life.
  • What exams can I do?
    ESOL Skills for Life from Entry 1 to Level 2 then Functional Skills English Level 1 and Level 2.
  • Who will I be learning with?
    Courses are for adults aged 19 or over.
  • How much does the ESOL course cost for 3 hours per week for 16 weeks?
    This depends on the course and your circumstances.
  • How do I know what level I am?
    Don’t worry about this. You will have an informal initial assessment and a chat with your tutor to see what level you’ll start at and you will join a class with others at your level.
  • How do I apply for a course?

    Apply Online here for the course where you'd like to study - Bury St Edmunds, Thetford, Haverhill, Sudbury, Newmarket and Ipswich.

  • I still need more information
    Just email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions. We will be delighted to help you!

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