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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.

Getting the right ESOL class for you

  1. Pick your nearest centre location
  2. If you know your level - Find your class level. If you don't know your level - Take the ESOL Level Placement Test
  3. We will contact you with your result and level
  4. Choose a class day and time
  5. Fill out the ‘Register your Interest’ form and tell us which class you would like to join
  6. We will contact you and send you details of your class
  7. Arrive at class and complete the forms

Choose the Centre and click the link for the ESOL Level Placement Test

A Guide to ESOL Levels

  • Pre-Entry - Complete beginner
  • Entry 1 - Beginner
  • Entry 2 - Pre-intermediate
  • Entry 3 - Intermediate
  • Level 1 - upper intermediate
  • Level 2 - advanced
  • Functional Skills - Offered on completion of Level 2
  • GCSE - Offered on completion of Functional Skills

Timetable

Location Level Day Time
Bury St Edmunds Entry 1 Tuesday 6pm - 9pm
Bury St Edmunds Entry 2 Tuesday 6pm - 9pm
Bury St Edmunds Entry 3 Saturday 8.45am - 10.45am
Bury St Edmunds Entry 3 Tuesday 6pm - 9pm
Bury St Edmunds Level 2 Wednesday 6pm - 9pm
Bury St Edmunds EAL Wednesday 1.15pm - 4.15pm
Bury St Edmunds EAL Wednesday 1.15pm - 4.15pm
Bury St Edmunds Level 1 / 2 Saturday 11am - 1pm
Haverhill Entry 2 Thursday 6pm - 9pm
Haverhill Entry 3 Saturday 8.45am - 10.45am
Haverhill Level 1 / 2 Saturday 11am - 1pm
Ipswich Entry 1 Wednesday 10am - 1pm
Ipswich Entry 3 Saturday 8.45am - 10.45am
Ipswich Level 1 / 2 Saturday 11am - 1pm
Ipswich Level 1 / 2 Thursday 6pm - 9pm
Ipswich Level 1 / 2 Wednesday 1.30pm - 4.30pm
Sudbury Entry 1 Tuesday 9.30am - 12.3pm
Sudbury Entry 2 Wednesday 9.30am - 12.3pm
Sudbury Entry 3 Tuesday 1.15pm - 4.15pm
Sudbury Level 1 / 2 Wednesday 6pm - 9pm
Thetford Entry 1 Tuesday 6pm - 9pm
Thetford Entry 1 Wednesday 1.30pm - 4.30pm
Thetford Entry 2 Thursday 9.15am - 12.15pm
Thetford Entry 3 Saturday 8.45am - 10.45am
Thetford Entry 3 Tuesday 6pm - 9pm
Thetford Level 1 / 2 Saturday 11am - 1pm
Thetford Level 1 / 2 Wednesday 6pm - 9pm

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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