ESOL (16-18) Full-Time)

Entry Level

Subject Area Access to FE

Attendance Full-Time


English for Speakers of Other Languages

Do you speak English as a second language? Do you want to improve your English and maths skills? The 16-18 ESOL Beginner - Advanced course will help you improve your reading, writing, speaking and listening in English. Improving your English will make it easier to progress with further study and achieve more qualifications at Newcastle College.

16-18 ESOL Beginner - Advanced is a full-time course that offers you the opportunity to improve your English and maths. When you begin, you will meet your teachers who will give you a quick test to determine your level. We have several classes ranging from beginner level to advanced, you will be placed in the class that best meets your language needs.

16-18 ESOL Beginner – Advanced is a classroom based course. Your timetable will consist of English and maths lessons. All of your lessons will be delivered by members of our experienced 16-18 ESOL team. As part of your studies you will also participate in our enrichment and citizenship programme which includes visiting places of interest around the North East. Not only will this give you the chance to see some fascinating places but it will also give you the opportunity to test out the skills you have acquired in the classroom. These experiences will also help you to integrate and understand British Values.

This course runs on the following dates:

Start Date: This course has multiple entry points throughout the year Please call 0191 200 4000 or email for more information.
Duration: 1 Year
Venue: Trevelyan Building, Rye Hill Campus

Who the course is for

This course is for 16-18 year old students who speak English as a second language and want to improve their English and maths.

Qualification Gained

If you study with us, you will work towards a qualification in Functional Skills English and Functional Skills Maths. The qualifications you work towards will depend on the results of your initial assessment. We offer qualifications ranging from Entry Level 1 to Level 1.

How to Apply


Click on the "Apply for this course" button at the bottom of this page.

In Person

Come along to our Student Services Office, located within Armstrong House. Alternatively, visit an Open Event at our Rye Hill Campus, click here for dates and times.



Call our friendly team of advisers on 0191 200 4000 and they will talk you through your application.

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Course Content


Your ESOL programme of study will include a combination of language lessons (grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation) and skills lessons (reading, writing, speaking and listening). These lessons will be pitched at the appropriate level and led by experienced ESOL teachers.



Your maths programme of study will be based primarily on your level of English. Your teachers will deliver specialised ‘ESOL maths’ lessons which will give you the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the language commonly used in Functional Skills Maths exams whilst simultaneously improving your maths skills.

Learning Methods

This course consists of classroom based lessons. You will study English and maths.

Assessment Methods

 You will sit a reading, writing and speaking and listening exam. These will be sat periodically throughout the year. You will also complete a maths exam.

Progression Opportunities

Learners usually complete one level of both English and maths in one academic year. Learners aged 16-18 can study with us until they reach Level 1 in English and maths. With Level 1 English and maths you can access further education throughout the college.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements, however you must be aged 16-18. Enrolment is subject to an initial assessment which will determine which class you’ll be placed in and what qualifications you’ll be working towards.

Further Information

If you have a query about this course or would like advice on your study options, you can contact Student Services by using the LiveChat function on this page, by emailing or by telephoning 0191 200 4000. We are currently open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm.


Course Costs

16 to 18s

Learners are eligible for free tuition if they are aged 16-18 when beginning their studies.

If the course being applied for is a two-year qualification, you will continue to be eligible for free tuition for the remainder of the course.

If the course being applied for is two separate one-year qualifications and you begin studying year one of the course aged 18, you will be required to pay fees for the second year.

If you are aged 18 when beginning the course, it is advised that you talk to our Student Services Team on 0191 200 4000 or by email who will be able to explain the options available.

Please note, if you are applying from Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland you may be subject to different funding rules than students who live in England. Depending on your age and type of course you choose you may be liable for fees, even if you are under 19. Please contact Student Services on 0191 200 4000 to discuss your eligibility.