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Bath College English Language School

Bath College has a wide range of courses for adult learners (19yrs+) who would like to study English as a second language. Courses run at different levels throughout the year in classes of no more than 12 students.

To join our classes you need to come in for an interview.  We can find out what course is best for you.  We can give you advice on any fees and further options – many courses will be free.

ESOL College Certificate (RARPA) Part-time English courses run for 4 hours per week (two 2-hour classes). You will develop your skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening. There will be emphasis on communicative skills, but you will also work on grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.

ESOL Qualification courses. There are classes at different levels based on Common European Framework –CEF. 10 week courses at 5 levels: E1, E2, E3, L1 & L2. End-of-course exam with a qualification in reading, writing or speaking & listening View CEF Levels Table.

CELTA Free Evening Classes delivered by trainee teachers. There are free general English classes every Wednesday night during College term time delivered by our trainee teachers supported by our qualified staff. The classes start at 6pm and finish at 8pm.

Higher Level courses. Cambridge Exams: C2 Proficiency, C1 Advanced, B2 First Cambridge exams and  IELTS Exam preparation courses. There is a fee for these courses and they run in response to demand or in partnership with local employers or organisations.



CCBED is a social enterprise providing free accredited training and mentoring to help people develop.

We help people to increase their skills and develop their careers through mentoring and training courses aimed at building learners’ confidence, knowledge and business potential. We aim to support learners with their transition into either employment or enterprise. By promoting self-employment as a feasible work option, we also create successful local businesses in Bristol.

We offer a range of different training courses and mentoring services such as:

– Time for Change;
– Digital Skills;
– Functional Skills – English / Maths / ICT;
– Enterprise & Employment.

City of Bristol College

At City of Bristol College we offer ESOL courses for 16-18 year olds and for adults aged 19+. You will have an interview to assess your current level, and be put on the right course for you. You can choose to study at any of our centres (College Green Centre, Ashley Down Centre, Kingswood) and find a course time to suit you.

ESOL courses help you learn the words and grammar to speak with confidence, be independent and get work. Our courses improve your reading and writing skills and the chance to gain accredited qualifications. We also have a wide range of vocational taster courses which introduce you to the vocabulary and skills of the working world, practise your interview skills and help you apply for jobs.

Please make an application online on the college website or at any of our college centres

We will then invite you to an initial assessment appointment where you will complete a test to check your level of English and discuss which course will be most suitable.

To be eligible for free ESOL courses you need to have lived in the UK for 3 years or meet the required residency rules. Please speak with Learner Services in reception at Ashley Down Centre or College Green Centre to determine your eligibility.

Community Learning Team

Community Learning is part of Bristol City Council’s Employment, Skills and Learning Team. Our role is to help adults with few or no qualifications to gain skills and build confidence, so that they can progress to further learning opportunities or find work.

We work in targeted neighbourhoods to design accessible and responsive learning that is delivered flexibly. We focus on people who face a wide range of barriers to learning and work. Supporting them to explore and set goals, to celebrate their achievements and to progress on to new opportunities and challenges.


Himilo was set up as a training subsidiary to ACH. We provide short, vocational training courses in Bristol and the West Midlands to upskill clients.  These courses are not just for our refugee tenants, they are available to the wider community.

ILC Bristol

We are the Bristol branch of a small travel and study company specialising in English as a Second or Foreign Language, Academic English, IELTS and Cambridge Examination Preparation, and Medical English.

Although the majority of our learners are international and self-funded, we welcome locally-based learners, asylum seekers, and all others.

All of our teachers are well-qualified and highly experienced. All learners receive an individualised learning plan, academic report, access to free studying area, student card and tutorials. We are accredited by the British Council.

IMPACT (Groundwork South)

IMPACT supports refugees and non-EU migrants to settle into their lives in Bristol through three focus areas: language, preparation for work and culture.

To register, you can contact Asia (07736 132 450) or Muna (07702 532 767) or email us at


More information is also available on our website:


Refugee Women of Bristol

Refugee Women of Bristol (RWoB) is the only multi-ethnic, multi-faith organisation which specifically targets the needs of refugee women in Bristol, we are directly governed by women of the refugee and asylum-seeking community.

Through our work we aim to: Raise the educational and economic status of refugee and asylum seeking women; provide access to English language learning, volunteering and training opportunities in order to increase the ability of service users to gain employment and support themselves and reduce isolation and improve confidence.

We run weekly (term time only) ESOL classes, run by our volunteers. Our lessons focus on teaching practical language skills that women can use in their daily lives, for example going to the doctors, shopping or applying for jobs. English language and life skills support continues to be a primary activity at our weekly drop-in.

Shining Care Training

  • 38-42 Chelsea Road, The Old Co-Op Building Easton, Bristol BS5 6AF
  • 0117 955 2562

Shining Care Training is a successful Bristol, Easton based independent training provider.
Our main aim is to support and inspire people to grow and achieve success. We support learners’ career and academic ambitions with individual care and planning. Shining Care Training delivers a variety of courses, however, our main ones are Introduction to Adult Social Care and Employability – English for Work.


WEA is the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of adult education in England and Scotland.

Founded in 1903, the WEA (Workers’ Educational Association) is a charity dedicated to bringing high-quality, professional education into the heart of communities. Last year we helped 28,219 students, with the support of nearly 2,000 volunteers, 900+ tutors and over 6,000 members.

We deliver friendly, accessible and enjoyable courses for adults from all walks of life.

Assessed ‘Good’ by Ofsted in 2018, we have classes in almost every area of England and Scotland.

Weston College

Weston College is an Ofsted outstanding college of further and higher education in Weston-super-Mare.

Here at Weston, we provide education and vocational training to around 30,000 learners across the country.

English and maths faculty offers a range of English courses from Pre-entry to Level 2 for 16-18 and adult students.