Improve Your English at Friends Centre
We have English Classes at the following levels:
- Pre-Entry (Beginners)
- Entry 1 (Elementary)
- Entry 2 (Pre-Intermediate)
- Entry 3 (Intermediate)
- Level 1 (Upper-Intermediate)
- Level 2 (Advanced)
Don’t worry if you think your level is too low. Friendly teachers will work on all your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills to help you improve.
To study at Friends Centre you must meet government requirements for residency status. Our experienced staff will be able to advise you whether you qualify.
Your eligibility to access SFA (Skills Funding Agency) funding depends on your residency status and employment/benefit status, and that will be checked during your ESOL interview.
Days and Times
Our classes are at different times of the week (morning, afternoon and evening) depending on your language level and if we have spaces available. An experienced teacher will assess your level and talk to you about when you can come to class.
You will be able to do national qualifications in Speaking & Listening, Reading and/or Writing if you are enrolled into our accredited classes. In our Basic Skills non-accredited (no qualification) classes you will work towards goals set in your Individual learning plan.
We have some funding available if you need help with childcare costs for the period you are studying with us. We will try our best to help, though this may not always be possible. There is a section on our enrolment form where you can ask for help with childcare, and you will need to bring us the details of a nursery or carer who is Ofsted registered.
If you are disabled in some way, for example you have problems with walking, seeing, or hearing, or if you have health problems such as diabetes or epilepsy, or a mental health difficulty such as depression, will do all we can to support you in studying at the Friends Centre.
Citizenship and British cultural studies are integrated into ESOL Entry Level Study Skills courses at Friends Centre and in our Outreach courses held in Moulsecoomb and St Mary Magdalen’s Community Centre (Syrian project). Here you will be able to develop your conversation, discussion, reading and writing skills alongside learning more about living in the United Kingdom.
However, the Home Office requirement for citizenship applications has now changed. From November 2015 you will no longer be able to use any ESOL Entry Level 3 (B1) qualification for this application, although these classes and our Level 1 and 2 classes will still provide you with the skills you need to sit the new SELT (Secure English Language Test). If you need any further information on this, please do come and speak to a member of the ESOL team; we will do our best to help.
Life in the UK Test
The Home Office still require you to pass another test: ‘Life in the UK’. Unfortunately, we are unable to do these tests at Friends Centre, so you will need to book this online and sit the test at a special testing centre. You can find more information about this on the following website: Life in the UK test.