English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

What is special about this course?

The ESOL programme is for you if you do not speak English as your first language and would like to get better at reading, writing, listening and speaking English.



Entry requirements


All applicants for ESOL courses are individually assessed by a tutor to place them on a course which is right for them.


A range of ESOL courses are available. You can join a class working towards a qualification at National  4 or National 5.

If you complete one of these courses, it can help you prepare for any English related test.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Evening

You will attend a class once a week and there will also be work to do at home. Classes are available at Islesburgh Community Centre or at the Gremista campus.

Assessments are a combination of student produced evidence and speaking activities.

Additionally, for National 5 there will be an external exam.


How long will my course last?

1 Year

Part-time, day and evening classes

Where can I study my course?

    • Lerwick Learning Centre

Start date

Flexible start dates from September


For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.


Most full-time students will have their fees paid.

Students on part-time courses may be eligible for an Individual Learning Account or to have their course fees waived.

For more information see the funding page. 

What can I do on completion of my course?

Academic: You can progress on to a range of NC courses, and other college programmes.

Employment/Career: This course opens up a range of opportunities to study other college courses or help you find a better job.

Former students have: Moved on to study at a higher level.


Is there more information available online?

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What our students, graduates and staff say

“It was really good to learn new how to take part in discussions”


"Doing an ESOL course may help students get a place on a full-time college course or improve their job prospects." Celia Smith, ESOL Programme Leader.

If you are interested in applying for an English for Speakers of Other Languages course, please contact:

01595 71000

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