English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

What Our Students Say

I think I’ve really enjoyed the fact that I’ve had to make new friendships, especially because I didn’t know anyone coming in – but after the first few weeks I think I’ve adapted to it really well.


“I’m working really well with my tutors – they’re really supportive and we just have a laugh. It’s like a really nice atmosphere. I think the facilities are really fantastic.”


“So the tutors are great for a number of reasons – they’re casual, you don’t feel like you’re being forced to do anything that’s uncomfortable, they’re not strict, they’ll have a laugh with you if you want to and they know how to get stuff done when they need to if we’re on a bit of a time crunch, but they also know how to have a bit of fun and not put pressure on you – and they’re great, they’re always there to give you information if you need it for at-home tasks and they’re always on Google Hangouts to message you if you need anything and they get back to you really quickly.”


Did you know!

  • The ESOL department was rated Outstanding by Ofsted.
  • More than 2,000 learners each year develop their language skills and gain qualifications through this department.
  • The ESOL department has one of the highest achievement rates in the UK.

About English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Students aged 16 to 19

Would you like to improve your written and spoken English?

If English is not your first language, discover English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) – also known as English as an Additional Language (EAL) – at Leeds City College.

  • Achieve English and maths qualifications
  • Learn at your personal level of English
  • 92% of students move on to Leeds City College’s further education courses
  • Study with other students aged 16-19, from different countries
  • Train for work and improve your English in a college environment

Adult Students

Our dedicated ESOL teachers are also here to help adult students improve their written and spoken English.

We are an award-winning department with one of the highest achievement rates in the UK. Our teachers are committed to giving every student the very best learning experience. In 2017, we were named FE (Further Education) Team of the Year by the prestigious Pearson Teaching Awards, and in 2022 we were graded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted.

We welcome students at all levels, from beginner to GCSE maths and English. Many of our graduates have moved into employment or further study.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)


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