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ESOL, English & Maths

If you are looking to work as a classroom or teaching assistant but still need to develop your English language, mathematics and information technology skills, this course if for you. As a student on the programme, you will study listening, pronunciation, reading, speaking, spelling and writing skills and learn to apply your English in a range of contexts, including school settings, mathematics and information technology situations. Students will learn the key skills they need to support a child's learning and development. The course also includes useful subjects like job searching, CV writing and interview preparation, and provides you with opportunities to participate in educational trips and listen to visiting speakers. All applicants are expected to have a voluntary placement in a local school for at least one day per week.

Entry Requirements

You will sit a short test in English and mathematics, and have an interview with a teacher. You should be able to demonstrate English, mathematics, and information and communications technology skills at Entry 3 to do this Level 1 course.

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    Assessment Method

    At the end of each 18 week semester there are assessments in speaking & listening, reading and writing. There are also final exams in the summer term in English and maths.

    Aims of the course

    To enable students to get their qualifications in English & maths and gain valuable knowledge about working and supporting children in schools. The course aims to improve students' career prospects, preparing them to move into further study or to seek work.

    Progression Opportunities

    Depending on the qualifications achieved during the year, you can progress to higher levels of English and mathematics, into vocational courses, or enter work or take up an apprenticeship.


    Students learn in the classroom for most of the time, with sessions including group work, pair work and individual study. Students will be able to access college facilities such as the Learning Centre and ICT equipment. Most courses include trips outside college to galleries and museums as part of the curriculum and other enrichment and equality and diversity activities.

    Career Options

    Students may progress on to higher level English courses in the College, or into vocational areas or work.

Course Details

Venue Lewisham Way
Day/Eve Day
Mode Full Time
Duration 35 weeks
Start Date 09/09/2019
End Date 26/06/2020


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

16-18 Free
19-24 £ 0 p/year
24+ £0 p/year
International £9,000 p/year

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Amal Shuluh

Amal Shuluh

Since I have started on the course my maths has improved a lot. On some of my tests I have even scored 100%. My teacher has been very helpful and he does everything he can to help us understand and learn in class. I am very grateful to him for all the help.

Janet Kissi

Janet Kissi

The classes are fun. I really enjoy coming to college to learn. I am happy and I am on the right path to achieve my dream.



She says that the Lewisham College ESOL department has given her social skills as well as language skills and has taught her how to interact with a wide variety of cultures – essential skills for her current job working in a large, busy London Hotel.

Zita Obakponovwe

Zita Obakponovwe

Lewisham Southwark College prepared me well for university in many ways. It gave me confidence in vital skills like writing, which are really important on a degree course, and sparked my creativity.

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