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If English isn’t your first language we want to offer you the best possible choices to help you improve your English skills and achieve your goals.

You can improve your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills and gain a national certificate for your course of study. The certificate will help you get a job or a promotion.

You can study a course without a certificate if you just want to improve your English skills.


Fully accredited qualifications to show to potential employers from entry level  1 to level 1 in speaking, listening, reading, writing. Learn and practise skills you will need for work.

Topics will be chosen from:

  • Job adverts/job applications/CV/job specifications/job interviews
  • Advice and guidance/health and safety/customer care
  • Common work practices/communicating with colleagues

Select an ESOL course

Job Centre Plus skills for Work

We work in partnership with Jobcentre Plus Advisers who can refer you to our dedicated JCP+ programmes.

ESOL Skills for Life and Learning

These courses are for you if you do not need a national certificate.

For more information and to book a skills check contact:

Coldhurst Lifelong Learning Centre:

Our ESOL learner Sabri Sevrim said:

‘I couldn't speak any English before the ESOL class. I wasn't going anywhere, just sitting in our flat, but I can handle a lot of things right now. For example, I can call my GP, and I can speak on the phone about a jobs.

Now I have got a job testing, troubleshooting and updating computers. I really feel that I am breaking down my barriers with the English language.

Since I started to work, I have made new friends. My social life and work life have both improved'.

image of an ESOL student

Sabri was a finalist in the Festival of Learning, a national event that recognises the achievements of adult learners across the country.

After moving to the UK in 2019, Sebri enrolled on an ESOL course straight away, gained British Citizenship, found employment, moved into a new home and has improved his mental health and wellbeing.

Pre-entry Learning

Oldham Lifelong Learning is working with community organisations to help people learn English, access services and get involved in the community.

If you live in Oldham and want to learn English, and improve your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills then these courses will help you.

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