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English for Speakers of Other Languages

Improve your English Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing with part-time daytime, evening or weekend courses at one of our local Learning Centres in Bury St. Edmunds, Thetford, Haverhill, Sudbury and Ipswich.

If you’ve got any questions, please get in touch with the team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Getting the right ESOL class for you

1. Pick your nearest centre and complete the ESOL Level Placement Test by clicking the link below:

Thetford Learner - The Charles Burrell Centre, Staniforth Road, IP24 3LH

Bury St Edmunds Learner - University Studies Building, 73 Western Way, Bury Saint Edmunds IP33 3TB,

Haverhill Learner - Park Rd, Haverhill CB9 7YD

Ipswich Learner - 11 Fore Street, Ipswich, IP4 1JW (Sat Nav: IP4 1JG)

Sudbury Learner - 18-20 Cornard Road, Sudbury, CO10 2XA

Newmarket Learner - The Racing Centre, Fred Archer Way, Newmarket CB8 8NT

2. Once you have completed this we will contact you to discuss your level

3. We will let you know what classes you can join and if the time and day is not convenient, we can offer you classes at other centres

4. We will invite you to an induction at the centre when we will ask you to complete your enrolment form. You must bring ID with you.

Are you a returning student?

You do not need to do another ESOL Level Placement Test.  You can apply for your next level online or contact your centre who will give you details of when the courses start and the time and day of your lessons.

What our ESOL students say…

Thank you so much. That you make me believe in myself and you supported me. I am now going to university…”   

“I love my lessons, they are so fun and we laugh lot”.

“Very professional! Lovely lesson. Stay blessed.”  

Thank you very much for your help and support as always. You are the best!”

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What ESOL courses do West Suffolk College do?
    ESOL Skills for Life Entry 1, Entry 2, Entry 3, Level 1 and Level 2 in Reading, Writing and Speaking & Listening, then you can go on to do Functional Skills English Level 1 and Level 2.
  • How long is the course?
    Lessons in the classroom are 3 hours a week for 18 weeks. Depending on the current Covid-19 situation this may be part classroom and part online.
  • What will I learn?
    Reading, writing, speaking and listening in English with others at your level. You will also find out about life and working in the UK which will help you to communicate in English in your daily life.
  • What exams can I do?
    ESOL Skills for Life from Entry 1 to Level 2 then Functional Skills English Level 1 and Level 2.
  • Who will I be learning with?
    Other Adults whose first language is not English.
  • How much does the ESOL course cost for 3 hours per week for 18 weeks?
    This depends on your personal circumstances; for more information about course funding contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • How do I know what level I am?
    Don’t worry about this. You will have an informal initial assessment and a chat with your tutor to see what level you’ll start at and you will join a class with others at your level.
  • How do I apply for a course?

    Apply Online here for the course where you'd like to study - Bury St Edmunds, Thetford, Haverhill, Sudbury, Newmarket and Ipswich.

  • I still need more information
    Just email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions. We will be delighted to help you!

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