English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Higher

What is special about this course?

This course has been designed to provide candidates whose first language is not English with the opportunity to obtain a Higher qualification in English for Speakers of Other Languages.

Units can be studied separately but there is also an option to do an external exam for students who have completed two units. 

Completing an SQA Certificate is part of this course; tests will be taken in the class.

Contact the course leader, Kathy Potts, for the most up-to-date information on when it is available. E-mail Kathy.potts@uhi.ac.uk or call the College on (01856) 569000.

Entry requirements

ESOL at Intermediate 2 level is required for progression to Higher.

Applicants are assessed by a tutor and may be required to sit a diagnostic test to ensure the course is right for them.

There are 3 units to choose from:

  • Everyday communication
  • Work-related context
  • Study-related contexts

What Students learn will include:

  • giving short presentations
  • write reports on a variety of subjects
  • Participate in discussions
  • Listening to media communications
  • Listening and understanding of real-life conversations
  • express themselves fluently  
  • understand opinions and attitudes
  • increasing knowledge of vocabulary
  • reading to increase understanding of written communication

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Evening
  • Flexible

How long will my course last?

Between 1 and 2 years (80 hours for the Everyday Communication unit and 40 hours for the Work/Study unit as well as exam preparation time).

Where can I study my course?

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    Further education tuition fees

    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. Further information can be found at https://www.myworldofwork.co.uk/learn-and-train/sds-individual-learning-accounts-ila

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    Academic:  Following ESOL Intermediate 2 you can complete the Higher ESOL course and progress on to other relevant Higher Education level courses.

    Employment/Career:  These courses will give you opportunities for more study and will increase your confidence in everyday life in the UK.  It could also help you to get a better job.

    Former students have gone on to study Higher Education courses.

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

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