English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL): SCQF Level 5 National 5

What is special about this course?

This qualification is equivalent to the B2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. 

You will learn techniques to better understand and analyse reading texts while learning more advanced vocabulary which will help you with your work and studies. 
You will develop:

  • Speaking and listening skills, covering a wide range of topics such a culture, technology, business, health and sport.
  • Writing skills, such as writing a personal statement, job applications, formal letters/emails and academic writing.

You can also use this ESOL qualification for entry into college or university across Scotland.

Entry requirements

  • College placement test and interview OR
  • An SQA Level 4 qualification 

A certification at B1 level may be considered (such as Cambridge B1 Preliminary).


You will need to purchase a textbook (approx. £30). Further details will be provided following an initial assessment.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Evening

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

Other methods of delivery may be available upon discussion with lecturers.

How long will my course last?

1 Academic Year

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

This course is free of charge.

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Moray

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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.


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.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Upon successful completion of this course, you may progress onto further study or work.

National 5 ESOL can be used for entry to many Further Education courses. It can also lead to progression onto the Higher ESOL course.

Is there more information available online?

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“It is always a great pleasure to welcome our multi-national students to the ESOL classes. The language learning journey is never complete:  our upper-intermediate to advanced level students who have lived here for many years, also find the classes helpful and that there is always something new to learn.” - ESOL Lecturer, Siobhan Mackie

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.