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ESOL - Springboard to Work


The Springboard to Work programme will support students aged 16-18 years, who wish to improve their English language skills and move onto further study.

The course offers modules in English speaking, listening, reading and writing skills alongside a vocational subject taster.

Start dates and fees

The course is free to anyone aged 16 to 18 years, who are able to study full-time.

Start DateCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
Sep 20231892A1547FREE£500.00Apply

What will I study?

  • ESOL speaking and listening qualification at Entry, Level 1 and Level 2 
  • ESOL reading qualification at Entry, Level 1 and Level 2 
  • ESOL writing qualification at Entry, Level 1 and Level 2 
  • Tasters in vocational subjects such as hairdressing, brickwork, animal care, catering, joinery, plumbing, beauty therapy, music, arts, media, plastering, painting and decorating – try a course to see what you wish to develop and qualify in.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements; we will assess your English language skills and ensure you study the right level of ESOL qualifications and vocational tasters.

Study programmes - essential skills for employment

As an entry requirement on some of our courses, you will need a GCSE in both English and maths with at least a grade 4/C (please see entry requirements above).

If this isn’t displayed under the entry requirements and you don’t currently have a GCSE in both English and maths at grade 4/C or above before joining us, you will then study English and maths as part of your programme with the aim of achieving a qualification with at least a grade 4/C. This is to help improve your chances of employment once you leave us.

In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, all students aged 19 and under and studying a full-time course with us will take part in our study programmes.

How long is the course?

This is a one year course but the ESOL qualifications can be achieved one term at a time.

How will I be assessed?

  • Exams for the ESOL reading and writing qualifications 
  • Oral tests for the ESOL speaking and listening qualification
  • Vocational tasters will not be assessed in the first year

What does the course lead to?

  • Higher level ESOL course
  • Further vocational study in your chosen vocational subject.

What can I progress onto?

The Springboard to Work programme will enable you to progress to study any vocational subject in the college, once you have achieved your ESOL qualifications.

The level of study will be assessed and you will be closely supported and effectively advised when making your decision.


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How do I apply?

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