ESOL courses are available at every level here in Preston, up to and including Level 2. All our classes are designed to develop English skills for both work and home life, alongside further education and helping you meet your career aspirations.

Many of our courses, upon successful completion, provide recognised qualifications in reading, writing, speaking and listening. Prior to starting a course, you will be assessed to determine which level of study is right for you, to make sure you are in a class with others of a similar level and ability.

There are opportunities to enrol onto ESOL courses at regular intervals throughout the year.

ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

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Preston’s College offers the course at six different levels:
  • Pre-entry (for people who do not write in English)
  • First Steps (for people who do not speak in English)
  • Entry 1
  • Entry 2
  • Entry 3 (equivalent to B1)
  • Level 1
  • Level 2 (equivalent to GCSE grade C/4 and above)

You will be able to improve your speakinglisteningreading and writing as well as learn about life in the UK. You will also be able to take exams to get nationally recognised qualifications.

You can study upto 3 or 6 hours a week, with daytime, evenings and Saturday options. We have assessment events running throughout the year. For an appointment, please call the Advice Centre on 01772 225522 and selection option 1 or email Asma on 

We also offer ESOL programmes for 16-18 year olds. For more information, click here.

Key contacts

General information and Advice

Tel: 01772 225522 (option 1)

Bi-lingual staff

Asma Nakhuda (Gujarati, Urdu, Hindi)
Tel: 01772 225522

Rachel Watkins (Portuguese)
Tel: 01772 225538

Aga Penney (Polish)
Tel: 07767383948

Nurgul Salim (Turkish)
Tel: 01772 225622

Hedi Horvath (Hungarian)
Tel: 01772 225622

Oksana (Ukrainian)
Tel: 01772 225622

Adriana Acquaviva (Ukrainian and Spanish)
Tel: 01772 225622


To book an appointment, please call 01772 225522 (option 1) or email Asma on with your full name, date of birth, address and mobile number.

When you come for your assessment, please bring with you the following:

  • Passport (if on a spouse visa, please bring both yours and your spouse’s passport)
  • Residence card
  • Asylum Seekers please bring ALL your papers, ASPEN card and including 3 NASS payment receipts (you must have lived in the UK for 6 months or longer to be eligible for funding)

Fees & Funding:

  • Fees are £175 for all qualifications.
  • If you do not work and receive a benefit please bring your recent evidence with you as the course may be free for you. Please bring the necessary evidence when you attend one of our registration days.
  • If you work and your individual income (including self-employed) is less than £20319 you may be entitled to 100% reduction in fees. If you earn more than this and your household income is less than £40001 (you need to include salaries and any Child or Working Tax Credits you may receive) you may be eligible for a discount on your course fees. Please bring the necessary evidence when you attend one of our registration days.

The evidence we need for employed people:

  • Recent 4 payslips (yours and your partners)
  • Latest Child / Working Tax Credit letter (all pages)
  • P60
  • Means of payment, in case you need to pay (we accept debit card, credit card and cash)

The evidence we need for unemployed people:

  • Recent benefit evidence (this includes Universal Credit, Job Seekers Allowance, ESA, PIP, Carers Allowance, working tax credit, child tax credit), no older than 3 months.
  • If your ESA. PIP, JSA or Carers Allowance is older than 3 months, please bring your last 3 months bank statements where the money gets paid into,
  • P45 if you have stopped working and your tax credit shows an income

Wage slips for your partner, if you don’t work and don’t claim benefits




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