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ESOL, English & Maths

This one year programme prepares students for the new syllabus AQA English language GCSE. Students need to be able to commit to 100% attendance, one 3hr session per week, plus at least three hours per week of private study.

Entry Requirements

Either a grade D GCSE English language or combined English language & literature or A Level 2 qualifications in Functional Skills English or successful completion of a short initial assessment of reading and writing skills

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    Assessment Method

    Final examination in June 2017. There are two mandatory papers and all candidates must sit both: Tuesday 6th June 2017 9am Monday 12th June 2017 9am There are no other options.

    Aims of the course

    To prepare students for the AQA GCSE English language exam.

    Progression Opportunities

    GCSE English is an essential qualification for most higher education courses as well as most careers across all sectors.


    This course is classroom based, with one 3 hour lesson per week. In addition, students should expect to spend at least an hour a week on private study/homework. All students have access to and are expected to complete an on-line diagnostic assessment tool, which produces an individual learning plan showing students the key areas they need to work on. This leads into a skills development plan that students can work through independently to support their progress.

    Career Options

    GCSE English is an essential qualification for most higher education courses as well as most careers across all sectors.

Course Details

Venue Southwark
Day/Eve Day
Mode Part Time
Duration 31 weeks
Start Date 16/09/2019
End Date 12/06/2020


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Fees and Finance.

16-18 Free
19-24 £ 362 p/year
24+ £362 p/year
International £1,920 p/year

And Then?

College isn't just about a social life and good grades. Check out what sort of careers this subject can lead to.

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Marite Micule-peina

Marite Micule-peina

I had teaching experience and was confident in my professional abilities but felt I needed to improve my language skills, and my understanding of the English education system to be ‘work-ready’ in the UK, so I decided to start again from the bottom of the ladder.

Edwin Munoz

Edwin Munoz

I started at the College as an ESOL student. My main interest at that time was Photoshop and one of my ESOL teachers encouraged me to apply for a digital media course.

Aisha Edwards

Aisha Edwards

I decided to take this course because it would help my confidence, to learn new skills and make new friends.



As time went by and my family started growing up, I decided to try and get a better job, so I came to Lewisham Southwark College. I saw that the college offered vocational courses, which meant I could improve my English and train for a job at the same time.

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