English for speakers of other languages (ESOL)

We aim to give adults for whom English is not their first language the opportunity to access courses which increase confidence and language skills and help with:

  • gaining work or progressing in work
  • preparation for further learning and training opportunities
  • integrating into their local communities
  • supporting their families and their children at school.

Our courses

We offer a range of ESOL courses at different levels from pre-entry for absolute beginners up to level 2.

The courses develop a full range of skills and competencies in English speaking, listening, reading and writing.

All courses include:

  • grammar
  • study skills
  • British values
  • how to be safe
  • employability
  • communication skills for life and work in the UK.

Courses are delivered in community venues across West Sussex and online by qualified, specialist tutors.

We welcome refugees or asylum seekers to apply for our ESOL courses. New Ukrainian arrivals under the Ukraine Family Scheme and Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme are eligible to attend our free ESOL classes.

How to enrol

Before joining a course we will meet with you for an ESOL skills assessment. At the assessment we will:

  • assess your skill levels
  • discuss your goals
  • recommend the right course for you.

You will need to provide the following documents as part of your assessment so we can check your eligibility and to complete your enrolment:

  • evidence of your identity and residency
  • evidence of benefits claimed in the last three months
  • payslips from the previous three months (if you are employed).

You will also need to complete an enrolment form, which you can download below.

Our January ESOL courses are now full. We hope to plan more ESOL skills assessments and courses in the spring/summer.

If you would like to be added to our skills assessment waiting list, please email a completed enrolment form to us at Adult.Learning@westsussex.gov.uk.

We will contact you to book a skills assessment when we have more dates planned.

Please note that we cannot guarantee places on our ESOL courses - they are subject to eligibility checks, language levels and availability.

Enrol now (external link)

Please download and save the enrolment form to your device before completing and returning to us.

ESOL course enrolment form 2023/24 (PDF, 420KB)

You can also phone 033 022 24400 to speak to the Adult Learning team.