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ESOL courses enable learners to improve their knowledge and skills in the use of English. The topics covered are :-
  • Speaking and Listening
  • Reading
  • Writing
A range of classes are available from Pre-entry through to Entry Level 1,2 and 3.
These are mainly for UK based learners, although students living overseas can also be catered for.

Course Structure
Speaking and Listening classes enable learners to improve their skills in listening and responding, speaking to communicate and engage in discussions.
Reading classes enable learners to read and understand, and to read and obtain information.

Writing classes enable learners to write in order to communicate and to improve their spelling, grammar and punctuation skills.
There are end of course external examinations and in course assessments, leading to NCFE or EDI qualifications (EDEXCEL, which has now merged with EDI, as part of the Pearsons Group, will take over their ESOL provision during 2014/15)
Courses are usually part time day, over 10-12 weeks, or more, but shorter, concentrated courses, as well as evening or Saturday sessions are available subject to demand.

Entry Requirements
All learners will need to complete an application which must be supported by evidence to confirm their fee status. And they must have an interview and undertake an initial and diagnostic assessment with one of our friendly English Language Team. After this each applicant proceeding, will then be offered a course suited to their individual needs.( for on line learners, it may be possible to undertake a telephone/skype interview and initial assessment and diagnosis.

Post Course Further Education and Career Progression
Learners may progress from ESOL Pre-entry through to Entry Levels 1,2 or 3 as appropriate, as well as to other relevant courses, suited to needs and competence. either with OPI, or other providers.
Improving speaking, listening, reading and writing skills will also enable learners to access mainstream college provision in a wide range of disciplines and subjects.
And competence in English will also greatly enhance employability prospects and help individuals with British Citizenship processes.

English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

These courses are aimed mainly at overseas students of all ages and are offered on a flexible basis, at different levels, from basic to advanced, either for mixed multi- national, multi-lingual applicants ( rather like our ESOL courses), or for organized groups coming from specific countries/institutions etc.
Bespoke programmmes can also be provided . Otherwise, mornings are usually spent in class based learning and for the afternoons, optional guided excursions are arranged to places of interest in London and the Home Counties, as well as there being free time for private study or relaxation.
As well as EFL Summer Schools lasting from 2 to 8 weeks, during mid July to mid September, courses are available in October and November and March to April, subject to demand.
Students can either make their own arrangements for accommodation, or we can arrange this through our Homestay Scheme with local families, or in hotels, on a bed, breakfast and evening meal basis, at special rates.

The ESOL and EFL courses are offered on both an internally accredited basis, through Orion Pax Institute, jointly with overseas institutes sending parties for training, or externally accredited through EDI or NCFE.

During 2014/15,we are also offering English Language short courses linked with Gardening and Horticultural Skills in conjunction with Capel Manor College, which is internationally renowned for its land based training provision. Capel Manor is set in 30 acres of parkland and show gardens in North London.

Information & Communications Technology (ICT)

IT and ICT at NVQ Level 1 and 2, along with L3 Diploma courses are offered on a regular basis.
These courses, all run in our well-equipped IT Suite and available on a part time basis, or through a shorter, more concentrated arrangement, subject to demand, cover all aspects of computer usage and other communication technology, including the following:-
General systems, pc hardware, software, operations ,trouble shooting, basic maintenance, security, health and safety, as well as the use of IT to give and exchange information, using the internet and intranet, plus emailing. It will also cover the use of MS Word ,MS Excel( plus MS Access at L2),Artwork and imaging software, database software ,presentation software, website software, specialist or bespoke software. And the impact of IT/ICT in our daily life, will be a theme throughout.

Post Course Further Education and Career Progression
Learners gaining Level 2 and 3 in IT/ICT will be able to access more advanced courses in this field, with other colleges, as well as mainstream provision in other areas.L3 will also give access to Higher Education (degree level).
IT/ICT competence will be a valuable asset in many work situations and will most certainly enhance employability prospects.

National Certificate in Health and Social Care

This qualification is suitable for learners studying in preparation for employment in the health and social care sector, particularly in jobs where they will be expected to communicate effectively with the people they are helping and provide active support within different care settings.
There are no formal entry requirements for this course and it is suitable for both young people aged 16 plus as well as for more mature students wishing to get an initial qualification, make a fresh start,or have a career change, on a course that will prepare them for work involving health and social care related activities.
Qualification Structure: To achieve this qualification candidates must complete a total of six units consisting of four mandatory units and two optional units, all drawn from a bank of 15 units equally weighted. Practical work experience in the sector will also be required.
Duration: This will normally be 6 months to one academic year but can be flexible Full time and part time courses available including through distance learning, which usually takes longer.
Assessment and Grading: All units are centre-assessed and externally moderated by NCFE or CACHE.
Learners complete a portfolio of evidence and have regular assessments and observations.
If a candidate is not able to complete a full qualification, their achievement will be recognised through the issue of certificates listing the units achieved. These can be banked as credits and carried forward towards full qualification completion or for other awards, under the QCF arrangements.

National Diploma in Health and Social Care Level 3
This is for those already working in the health and social care sector ( adults) and aspiring to progress at a senior level. Work based learning and assessment is an essential part of the course.( Hence students should be working in the sector in either a paid or voluntary capacity).Candidates should also have achieved the L2 qualification or equivalent.
A minimum of 30 credits, across 8-12 units are required for completion. Learners complete a portfolio of evidence and undertake assessments and observations. External accreditation is through NCFE or CACHE.
Course duration is usually 6 months to one year, with part time options. Distance learning is also available, which usually takes longer.

Post Course Further Education and Career Progression
For the L2 completers , progression can be to L3. For those gaining the L3 Diploma, they can go onto a Level 4 or 5 course focusing on leadership and management in the health and social care sector. Those with the L2 Certificate will be able to get jobs at an assistant level. Those with the L3 Diploma will have a useful licence to practice, helping them to gain supervisory, team leading and management roles in different settings.

National Diploma in Childcare/Early Years Development Level 3
This is aimed at those already working in childcare and early years settings, such as nurseries, children`s centres, reception classes and child minders seeking Ofsted registration, in either a paid or voluntary capacity.
Reflecting the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework, this course covers all aspects of working with young children (0-6 age group). It comprises 12 units. Work based learning is an essential component. Learners complete a portfolio of evidence, assessments and observations. External accreditation is through NCFE or CACHE.
Those not completing the full qualification can get individual unit assessment and bank the associated credits towards later completion or use these in relation to other relevant qualifications.

Post Course Further Education and Career Progression
Those with the full L3 Diploma can go on to L4 or 5 Diplomas which have a greater emphasis on leading and managing different settings. And the L3 is an important licence to practice and viewed as an essential requirement for supervisory and managerial posts in nurseries, children`s centres and reception classes.

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