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Cardonald Campus
Start Date
26 Aug 2024
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 Year (August to June)

Applications on hold due to volume received

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses help you to improve your Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking skills in English. Our courses prepare you for further study and getting a job. Studying ESOL at Glasgow Clyde College will also increase your confidence to speak English for everyday life in Glasgow:
- social situations – with friends and classmates
- work
- going to the doctor
- helping your children at school

What will I learn?

Our students come from many backgrounds, nationalities and ages (from 16 upwards). You will have the opportunity to meet and make friends with people from many different cultures.  Classes are large, lively and well attended and the atmosphere in the teaching groups is informal.  You will work in pairs and groups so that you can help each other to learn. 

There are courses at seven levels of ESOL and range from SCQF Level 2 to Level 5. Most levels are available for both part time (four classes a week) and full time study (five classes a week).

  1. Literacies
  2. Beginners
  3. Elementary
  4. Pre-Intermediate
  5. Intermediate
  6. Upper intermediate
  7. Advanced (Higher ESOL – Two classes a week at our Langside Campus). If your level of English is Advanced (for example you have an A or B pass at ESOL National 5, or IELTS 5.5) please apply using the link below:
    Please apply for Higher ESOL here

You will improve:

  • Your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills
  • Grammar and vocabulary
  • Pronunciation 
  • Digital skills
  • Employability skills

You will learn about:

  • English for work and living in the UK
  • British culture

You will have:

  • Regular homework
  • Progress tests in class
  • Assessments 

You will get:

  • Course books
  • Extra learning resources
  • Access to an online learning system (Canvas)  
  • Guidance support from your teacher(s)

You will gain:

During the course you will work towards certificates at your level

  • SQA ESOL qualifications
  • SCQF grammar and vocabulary

These certificates are recognised by colleges and employers. 

We can also help you with:

  • applying for other courses
  • applying for jobs
  • applying for (if eligible)
    • travel funding
    • childcare funding
    • bursary 

How to apply

Please note that college places are limited. To apply you need to register and create an account, and you will need an email address to do this. Please use your own personal email and not another person's email address. 

Here is some additional information that will help you to complete your application to study ESOL at Glasgow Clyde College.

You can also apply for Community ESOL classes on the ESOL register which can be a pathway into college, click here to go to the Glasgow ESOL register.

Jobs and further study

ESOL students can progress to the next level of ESOL, vocational further education courses at various levels or higher education.

Making an application

For courses starting in August, you can make up to two applications.

Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.

I've applied — what happens next?

When you apply

You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application (remember to check your SPAM folder). 

Your application will be reviewed by the admissions team and you will either be: 

  • Invited to book an information session. At this session, we will give you information about the courses and offer you a place in class if we have space at your level. If our courses are full, we will put your name on the Waiting List.
  • Advised that your application is unsuccessful – you have not met the entry requirements for this course and are advised to contact the College Student Advice Centres to discuss alternative options which may be available to you. 
  • We aim not to reject an application and if you don’t meet the entry requirements you may be referred to a different course or level.  

If you are invited to the information session, you will be informed of the outcome of your application by email within 14 working days. The outcome will be one of the following: 

  1. Unconditional offer of a place – you have met all the entry requirements and your place is guaranteed. You will be required to accept this offer to secure your place. 
  2. Conditional offer of a place – your place is secured pending you meeting the entry requirements. This may mean achieving school or college qualifications which you may not be able to provide to us yet. You will be required to accept this offer to secure your conditional place. Once your conditions are met this will change to an unconditional offer of a place which you must accept before you can enrol on the course.  
  3. Waiting list – you have met all entry requirements, and have been interviewed however, the course is now full so you have been placed on a waiting list. If any spaces become available you may be contacted, usually around the course start date. We would advise that you also consider other application options. 
  4. Reserve list – following your interview, you have unfortunately not been successful in this round of recruitment. We have placed your name on a Reserve list and your application may be reconsidered at a later date. This could happen any time up to the start date of the course but it is very possible that you will not be offered a place. We would advise that you also consider other application options. 
  5. Unsuccessful – your interview has been unsuccessful. You may be offered a place on a course at a different level, or advised to contact the College Student Advice Centres to discuss alternative options which may be available to you. 

Once an offer is received, you must reply within 14 working days or risk losing your place, as the system will automatically decline your offer after 14 days. 

Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent out instructions about student funding, joining instructions and induction date. 

Who should I speak to if I need further information on my application? 

If you want to find out more about your application you can click on 'MyApplication' (at the top the website) and log in to your application account, or you can email

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3104