English for Speakers of Other Languages 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 students with opportunities to gain better employment and to progress onto  further courses of study in further and higher education.

SQA ESOL units are currently offered at levels 4-6.  Classes at levels 2 – 3  may also be introduced  according to demand.

Students attending the advanced course have the opportunity to gain a Level 6 (Higher) 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.

ESOL courses are offered on a part-time basis in the daytime and evening.

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Entry requirements

College placement test and interview
SQA ESOL Certificate, Cambridge English Certificate or equivalent (at the appropriate levels).

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Evening

Face to face teaching, supported with Virtual Learning Environment engagement

How long will my course last?


ESOL courses run from September to June.

(Note: A decision to accept students for shorter periods will be made at the discretion of the college. Please contact us for further information.)


Where can I study my course?

    • Moray College UHI

Start date

September. Late applications may be accepted. Please contact the college. This course is free of charge.


The good news is that depending on your personal circumstances there are a wide range of bursaries, grants and allowances available to fund your college studies.

What can I do on completion of my course?

• Progress to the next level ESOL course
• Progress to other courses in further or higher education

Is there more information available online?

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We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Moray College UHI. Moray College 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.