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Level 2 ESOL Gateway Course

This one year course is designed to help students whose first language is not English, achieve greater levels of proficiency in English, so that they can access a more diverse range of post 16 qualifications. Our large and dedicated EAL department, are very experienced, and will tailor the course to meet the needs of individual students. The course has 2 main components:

  • ESOL Qualification (majority of timetable)
  • Functional Skills Maths Qualification

The qualifications are both Pearson Edexcel Specifications, and provide a strong foundation for progression into employment and further education, as well as helping learners develop skills for everyday life.

ESOL component:

This qualification provides a fantastic opportunity to recognise the achievement of EAL learners and to provide students with the language skills needed for life in the UK. Learners will develop the basic literacy and English language skills that they need in order to function more fully at school, in everyday life, their local community and at work. There are 3 units in the ESOL qualification: Speaking and Listening, Writing, Reading. Learners can study and be assessed at different levels for different units, depending on their ability. The levels are as follows: Entry 1 (the lowest), Entry 2, Entry 3, Level 1, Level 2 (the highest).

Functional Skills Maths component:

The qualifications give learners the opportunity to demonstrate a sound grasp of Mathematics, whilst using familiar situations to apply mathematical thinking. The levels are as follows: Entry 1 (the lowest), Entry 2, Entry 3, Level 1, Level 2 (the highest).

Assessment: Externally set, on-demand assessment, internally marked and externally verified.

Entry requirements: The course is only suitable for students, who do not speak English as their first language, and if they have taken GCSEs, the average grade should not be higher than 2. As part of the interview and admission process, learners will undertake an initial assessment to establish an appropriate entry level.