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ESOL – Beginners course timetables

Brief description

Beginners course to improve your English. This course is for people who have ESOL skills at below Entry 3 and general education below Level 2.

The course will discuss topics for gaining knowledge on health, educational and social activities in the Leeds area and the surrounding towns and countryside.

The course will also include appropriate basic literacy and numeracy skills to enable you to participate and be aware of local services and activities e.g. public transport, libraries, museums, galleries, hospital services, schools and community events whilst improving your English language. The course is intended to improve literacy skills so that you may progress onto an Improver’s course or even accredited courses such as Functional skills.

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*Eligibility rules apply for this course: Priority is given to those ordinarily resident in the UK with no restrictions under immigration laws on periods of stay.

Course Outline

Who is the course aimed at?

The course is aimed primarily at parents and carers and people who live in the local community but speak their community language.

Course description in brief

The course will provide learners with the opportunity to discover their local environment and its history and the opportunities for educational and social activities in the Leeds area and the surrounding towns and countryside. The course will include appropriate literacy and numeracy skills to enable learners to participate more fully in local activities eg using public transport, accessing libraries, museums, galleries, community events. The course may include visits to local places of interest.

By the end of the course I will have learned:

    1) Increase their knowledge of the geography of Leeds, Yorkshire and the UK

    2) Be aware of the range of social and educational and travel opportunities in their local area

    3) Have improved literacy and numeracy skills

Do I need any skills, experience or qualifications before I join the course?


What equipment will I need for the course?


What materials will I need for the course?


What activities will I take part in and how will my course be structured?

Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing

The course will develop interests of its members to improve communicatiobn in English

What will be expected of me in terms of personal or time commitment?

2 hours per week for the duration of the course. There may be some homework

How will my learning be assessed and reviewed?

In person by your tutor

What could I go on to do after I have finished the course?

Other English courses or courses for general interest at Swarthmore or elsewhere

How will I say what I think about the course?

You will be asked to complete a feedback form at the end of the course

Available timetables for this course

Please make a note of the course Ref for the course you are interested in.

Course Ref Hours per week Days(s) Time Course Dates Costs
L125c 2.5 Monday 9:45am – 12:15pm 23 Apr to 25 Jun 2018 (8 weeks) One Off £5.00 (funder_code:L)
L129b 3.25 Wednesday 10am – 1:15pm 31 Jan to 11 Jul 2018 (20 weeks) Full rate £180.00; A rate £0.00; R rate £0.00 (funder_code:L)

Course Funding

Swarthmore provides a variety of courses some of which are subsidised by public funding.

Courses with course codes pre-fixed by a letter ‘F’, ‘L’ or ‘N’ are subsidised and have age restrictions.

  • ‘F’: courses are accredited and are funded by the ‘Skills Funding Agency’ for those aged 16 and over.
  • ‘L’ & ‘N’ courses for those aged 19 and over.
  • ‘L’ courses are supported by Leeds City Council for Leeds Metropolitan area residents, priority given to those living in disadvantaged areas, people not in employment and/or in receipt of benefits, those with low skills, no qualifications, disadvantaged groups or individuals with specific needs e.g. lone parents, BAME groups, adults with LDD.

For information funding and eligibility see the ‘costs’ page.

Unless stated otherwise - all courses take place at Swarthmore Education Centre Leeds

What next?

To enrol in a course complete the enrolment form on the download page using the correct course reference (Course Ref) from above.