English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL): SCQF Levels 4-6 Certificate

What is special about this course?

ESOL courses enable non-native speakers of English to develop their English language skills at different levels through the study of reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.

Enhanced language skills are beneficial for everyday life, work and study in the UK. ESOL qualifications provide you with opportunities to gain better employment prospects and to progress onto further courses of study in further and higher education.

If you are studying the advanced course you will also have the opportunity to gain a SCQF Level 6 (Higher) exam qualification.

Higher ESOL is accepted as an entry requirement by universities across Scotland and is accepted in place of Higher English for entry to many courses, including PGDE Secondary Education.

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Special features:
• You can study our ESOL courses part time in the daytime and evening
• You can study and gain a certificate from SCQF Level 4 up to SCQF Level 6 (Advanced)
• You will be assessed to confirm what ESOL level you will study
• Classes at SCQF Levels 1-3 are also offered focussing on language for everyday life

Entry requirements

  • A placement test and interview OR
  • SQA ESOL Certificate OR
  • Cambridge English Certificate OR
  • equivalent to the above.

Course content includes:
• Reading
• Writing
• Listening
• Speaking

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Evening

This course is delivered face-to-face on campus.

How long will my course last?

1 Academic Year

You can study in the daytime or evening for 3 hours per week.

A decision to accept students for shorter periods will be made at our discretion - please contact us for details.

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Moray

Start date


Late applications may be accepted - please contact us for details.


This course is free of charge. You will need to prove your right to live, work and study in the UK.


Our Student Finance Advisers can advise you on all aspects of student funding. The support available depends upon your personal circumstances.

Please refer to our Fees and Funding section for more information.

Additional costs

Our ESOL courses are free of charge. You will need to prove your right to live, work and study in the UK.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On completion of your course you may progress to the next level ESOL course or to another course in further or higher education.

Is there more information available online?

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In the ESOL department we very much enjoy meeting and supporting our students who come from around the world. It is extremely rewarding to be able to help them to improve their English for life and work in the UK, or in their home countries. Siobhan Mackie, ESOL Lecturer

I started seeing significant changes in my English as soon as I joined the classes and
I have been able to understand what mistakes I make when speaking and why, which is one of the most difficult things in a language. Thanks to the course I have received an offer to study to become a secondary school teacher. 

Nerea Fernanz

Apply for this course

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Moray. UHI Moray operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.