Welcome to our spring 2024 course offer

Enrol onto a course to improve your wellbeing, bring out your creative talents or enhance your personal and professional development. There are courses in English and maths available, and we offer a range of vocational courses and qualifications from Entry Level to Level 3.

Our courses are now mainly onsite at the Thomas Calton Centre, Alpha Street, SE15 4NX, with a small proportion of courses available online.

Please enrol online by completing our enrolment form where possible. You can also visit the Thomas Calton Centre Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4pm.

Functional and Basic Skills courses - English, Maths and ESOL

English for speakers of other languages (ESOL)

ESOL at Thomas Calton Centre

We welcome both beginners and advanced speakers to our classes. 

We offer a range of ESOL courses at different levels for residents who need to learn English, including:

  • Pre-entry for beginners
  • Entry 1, 2, 3
  • Level 1
  • Level 2

The courses develop a full range of skills and competencies in speaking, listening, reading and writing English. We offer ESOL courses at different times, including morning, afternoon and evening classes. There's access to nationally recognised qualifications accredited by City and Guilds.

Learners at entry level can progress to the higher level ESOL courses at Level 1 and Level 2. All courses include grammar, study skills, British values and employability as well as communication skills for life and work in the UK.

Learners who successfully achieve qualifications after completing their course at Level 2 can progress to other academic or vocationally related courses such as supporting teaching and learning in schools or childcare courses.

We welcome all refugees or asylum seekers to apply for our ESOL courses

New Ukrainian arrivals under the Ukraine Family Scheme and Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme are eligible to attend our free ESOL classes.

How to enrol

To enrol on one of our courses you will need to attend a skills consultation to check your current level of skills and knowledge.

Please note this is by a pre-arranged appointment only - ESOL skills consultations are held every Monday from 10am to 2.30pm at the Thomas Calton Centre. We will help place you on the right course for your level.

To book an appointment call 020 7358 2100 or email adult.learning@southwark.gov.uk.

We look forward to welcoming you to the adult learning centre and the start of your learning journey with us.

Find out more about our services.

Page last updated: 21 November 2023

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