Ashford College - English as a Second Language
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English as a Second Language


Pathways are made up of courses focused on future careers or further education opportunities

The highly successful English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programme is designed for speakers whose home language is not English, who are living or trying to settle in England. Our students can be asylum-seekers, refugees or they may also come from settled communities. The courses aim to enhance listening, speaking, reading, writing and understanding of the English language, whatever the starting level of knowledge.

The programme includes Maths, Work Experience, IT, English through Healthy Lifestyle topics as well as Arts and Crafts projects and tutorials. Classes will include British Culture, Wellbeing and ICT (computers) and we also organise many activities and trips through the year. These trips are designed to give students a better understanding of their local community.

Events and Trips

We do many trips and activities throughout the year on this course, and these can include...

  • Art and Design classes
  • Music workshops
  • Community volunteering projects
  • Meeting local members of the community


Q: What age do I have to be to take these ESOL courses at Ashford?

A: You must be 16 - 18 for the full time course and 19+ for the part time course.

Q: What skills will be learnt?

A: Skills learnt include speaking, listening, reading and writing in the English language.

Q: Are there any entry requirements?

A: There are no formal entry requirements, but for the 19+ Part time course, applicants will be assessed to determine their level of the language. 

If you have any further questions about our English as a Second Language courses, please contact the college on 01233 743100 or by email at

Are you?


Entry requirements

Our entry requirements allow any student to apply enrol and progress in their studies with us to achieve their full potential.

You will apply for your chosen pathway and at the interview you can discuss what entry criteria you need for each level.

Once you have your GCSEs we can ensure you are enrolled on the best level for you to progress and succeed at College.

Please see our Group entry requirements

What's next?

Step 1 - Apply

Once you apply, you will have an interview to discuss your chosen pathway

Step 2 - Interview

We will contact you with appropriate options for conducting your interview, either online or in person.

At your interview, we will discuss the entry requirements for each level and course. It is also your opportunity to make sure that the pathway meets your goals and ambitions.

Courses at Ashford College

If you know exactly which course and level you need to apply for, or want more information, please select from the options below:

Need more help?

Our advice and guidance team can be contacted to help you understand your next steps at College.

Courses at Ashford College

If you know exactly which course and level you need to apply for, or want more information, please select from the options below:

Why people love English as a Second Language

Get involved with College life

Get involved with College life

By joining our Student Union, ESOL students can get the chance to join in at college events such as community weeks. There is also our enrichment programme on Wednesdays which allows for new skills to be built such as football and other types of sport!

Making a difference - Charing

Making a difference - Charing

Along with Southeastern and Kent Community Rail Partnership, ESOL students got the chance to improve Charing railway station for its staff and passengers by planting, painting and landscaping. This allowed them to make a real difference in our community which will be long standing.

Community and Culture Events

Community and Culture Events

Our community and culture events allow you to have an impact on the local area and the people in it. Ways in which ESOL have got involved before include making Christmas cards for local residents and helping to organise parts of our Celebration of Culture earlier in the year.

Contact us

We'd love to hear from you

Elwick Road
TN23 1NN

01233 743100