ESOL Access

What is special about this course?

Do you want to learn English or improve the English you already have in a relaxed and supportive environment?

The general aim of this Unit is to develop the language skills needed for everyday life, work or study in familiar personal, social and transactional context for learners whose first language is not English.  Learners develop the skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking, using straightforward English language and will be personalised to meet the needs of learners.

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements for this course.  Your tutor will assess your level of English and together you set personal goals for improving your English language for your particular needs.

As you will not be working towards a qualification there will be some choice in what you study.  Discussions with your tutor will guide course content and emphasis can be on particular skills if required.

The main aim will be to improve your level of English language and give you confidence to use it in everyday life, to support study or in-work related contexts.


If requiring online learning then access to a suitable internet connection and equipment is needed.

How will I study my course?

  • Flexible

Classes can be face to face or online depending on your level and circumstances.  There may be some flexibility in fitting around your commitments, which can be discussed prior to starting the course.

How long will my course last?

N/A s

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Orkney, Kirkwall

Start date

Variable within college term time


Full time

If you are studying a full time Further Education course (NCs, NQs etc.) the College claims your fees from the Scottish Funding Council for students who are under 18 on the first day of the course. Students over the age of 18 on the first day of the course have to apply to Orkney Islands Council (OIC) for a tuition fees bursary.

Information on the tuition fees bursary is available on the OIC website.

Part time

Normally you are responsible for your course fees but if you are in receipt of certain benefits you may be eligible for a Part Time Course Fee Waiver. Not all part-time courses at Orkney College UHI are covered by the Fee Waiver Scheme and only certain benefits are acceptable as a basis for a Fee Waiver. Please contact the college to enquire.

If you are eligible, you may be entitled to an ILA of up to £200 a year towards a course.


The course is fully funded

Is there more information available online?

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To apply for this course, please contact Helen Porter at UHI Orkney on 01856 569000 or

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