Adult Learning

Course Information: ESOL Skills for Life - Entry 1-3 ( 36 weeks - roll on/roll off programme)

VenueCourse codeStart dateDayTime
Halifax AcademyEntry 1 to 3Various Roll-on / Roll-offWednesday09:30 - 12:00 
Heath CampusEntry 1 to 3Various Roll-on / Roll-offTuesday, Wednesday13:00 - 15:30 
Todmorden CollegeEntry 1 to 3Various Roll-on / Roll-offSaturday09:30 - 12:00Enrol Online
Course length36
Full fee£632.50
Discounted fee£506
Fee waiver available

Yes – course is offered free to those in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance, Employment Support Allowance or on Low Income (evidence will be required).

Please see further details on fees and waivers.

LevelEntry 1-3 (Qualifications at this level recognise basic knowledge and skills used in everyday life or in the workplace, and help to build confidence.)
Who is it for?


Adults whose first language is not English, who may be new to the UK or have lived in the UK for a while but never had the chance to learn English and those with basic English communication, reading and writing skills. This course is suitable for learners who wish to achieve a recognised qualification at entry Level 1 in ESOL in the following areas, reading, writing, speaking & listening.




Course content

This course is designed to provide learners with a flexible route to developing the skills in English, which will enable them to build confidence and provide a foundation for further study towards higher skills in ESOL, a move towards employment or as a stepping stone to vocational study. Learners will gain skills and confidence in speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Content includes reading straightforward texts; strategies for improving basic spelling, punctuation and grammar. Improve English speaking skills in particular when using correct verbs tenses when speaking about the past, present and future tense.

This course offers 3 units as part of a recognised qualification and can be taken as individual units in a roll on and roll off program throughout the year.

This course is accredited by City & Guilds.

What will be expected of me?:

Adults will often have a lot of commitments such as family and work demand, and attending classes is not always a priority. Your course is subsidised by government funding through the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, and as such you will be required to carry out various learning activities so that we can ensure you are making the expected progress. You may have to undertake additional work outside of session times to extend your learning or comprehension where applicable, and you are expected to be punctual and attend regularly to achieve successful completion of the course. While we cannot demand that learners attend class at all times, we expect that learners show commitment. If your attendance drops below 90% or you have not attended three consecutive classes without informing CAL, you may lose your place.

Learning delivery methodWe have the skills, resources and dedication to help you access the learning you need to enrich your life. The course will be delivered by a highly qualified, experienced and knowledgeable tutor using the following method(s)

- Classroom-Based Learning - Face to Face learning based at Heath Campus or other facilities within Calderdale.
How will I know if I am making progress?An Initial Assessment activity at the start of the course will enable your tutor to assess your starting point. In every class we acknowledge and accommodate for different levels of skill and experience, so learners will be encouraged to identify and work on their own areas for improvement.
You will have an Individual Learning Plan (or a Group Learning Plan for very short courses) where, with your tutor, you will set the individual learning targets you would like to meet. Throughout the course you will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor. You will be given feedback both verbally and written, on work produced.
What do I need to bring?

Classroom Based Learning:  A note book and pen

Are there any additional costs?


Support for your progression and next stepsIf you need support in literacy, numeracy, IT or employability skills please speak to your tutor in the first instance.
Additional information
How to contact us

Heath Campus is the main administrative centre if you have any queries.
Tel: 01422 392820. Email:
Or visit: Calderdale Adult Learning, Heath Campus, Unit 4, Free School Lane, Halifax HX1 2PS, during normal office hours (Monday to Thursday 9am-4pm and Fridays 9am-1pm).

Cancellations / withdrawals and refunds

We will only give a refund if your class closes or if you give advance notice no later than 21 working days before the course start date that you will not be taking up your place on a course. You will need to speak to a member of the Learning Support Team on 01422 392820 who will make a note of your withdrawal and ask you to put your reason for withdrawal in writing.

Please note, if you withdraw after the course has started you will not be entitled to a refund.

Bad weather procedure

In the case of bad weather, a recorded message will be available, wherever possible, on 01422 392820, informing you of the latest situation. Please note that learners will not be contacted individually. You can also check the Council's website for further information regarding bad weather at: select Adult Learning Centres.

Information, advice and guidance

CAL Service has been awarded the matrix Standard, the national quality standard for organisations delivering information, advice and guidance (IAG) on learning and work.

CAL aims to help learners progress through their chosen course of study. Tutors and learning support staff are always available to give you support to help you decide whether a course is appropriate for you. If the course is not appropriate we will aim to put you in touch with an alternative provider.

For more detailed and specific careers advice, we work in partnership with the Education Development Trust. You can email them at If you feel you would benefit from either an individual appointment with them, or a class visit, please ask your tutor in the first instance. You can also contact the National Careers Hotline on 0191 731 4750. Additionally, the National Careers Service website is an excellent source of information on careers, finding a job, courses and learning - visit National Careers Service National Careers Service| External link .

Compliments, comments or concerns?

As we constantly strive to improve our Service we always welcome your advice, suggestions, compliments and criticisms. We offer a variety of ways for you to give us your views:

  • By completing the Learner Voice feedback form in your Learner Handbook (or request one from Reception)
  • By completing the online Learner Satisfaction Survey conducted by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (more details will be provided during the year)
  • By providing verbal feedback to the lesson observer (if your class is observed)
  • By completing the Learner Evaluation form which is in your Individual Learning Plan (ILP)
  • By completing a 'You Said, We Did' form and posting it in the box provided in the Coffee Bar

Last Updated: 09/06/2011