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ESOL - Springboard to Work


The Springboard to Work programme will support students aged 16-19 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.

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.

Start dates and fees

Applications for academic year 2022-2023 will open from Monday 20 September 2021.

The course is free to anyone aged 16 to 19 years, who are able to study full-time.

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
Sep 20211 yr(s)1892A1547FREETBCApply

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 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.

Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

What can I go on to study?

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.

How do I apply?

Apply online


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