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ESOL English language classes in London with Westminster Adult Education Service

ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) classes take place all year round across our venues in Westminster, including Pimlico, Amberley Road and Lisson Grove.

Courses are held during the daytime, in the evening and at weekends - whenever suits you. Course details can be found below.

What are ESOL courses?

Our English language classes are designed for those whose first language is something other than English. WAES offers different levels of courses from beginner to advanced to suit learners of all abilities. All our courses look at topics related to living and working in Britain.

Improve your English for everyday life

It can be difficult if you are living in England and trying to settle here if English is not your first language. If you need to be able to speak and understand English to help you cope in everyday life, for example to help your children, communicate with others or to get a job then ESOL courses are designed for you.

Who are ESOL courses for?

If you are a citizen of the UK or a country within the European Economic Area or have lived in either for at least the last three years then you should be eligible for UK government funding for your ESOL course.

People with certain types of immigration status such as refugee status, discretionary, exceptional or indefinite leave to enter or to remain and their family members are also usually eligible.

If you are not eligible for government funding you can still join a class and our rates are competitive. Find out more when you enrol or complete the enquiry form below.

Gain a recognised qualification

WAES can help make things much easier and enhance your opportunities through our ESOL courses which give you a chance to gain qualifications that are recognised and valued in the UK. During the course you will practice all your English language skills and develop your grammar and vocabulary. Most students will take an exam in reading, writing or speaking and listening.


Please leave your details below and we'll contact you when more initial assessment sessions become available.

ESOL course details

Are the courses free?

Yes, if you receive Universal Credit, Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) and are in the work-related activity group (WRAG).

If you are unemployed and are receiving state benefits you may be able to study for free.

How much do courses cost?

This depends on the length of the course but is usually less than £330 plus the cost of your exam.

If you are on a low income (less than £21,000 per year) we can help you with the cost of your course.

What times are the classes?

  • Morning classes are from 9.15-12.15
  • Afternoon classes are from 13.00-16.00
  • Evening classes are from 18.00-21.00
  • Saturday classes are from 10.00-16.00 (with a break for lunch)

What days are the classes?

Classes during the week run twice a week but the exact days will depend on the class you join.

When do classes start and finish?

Most ESOL classes start in September and February and continue for 17 or 18 weeks. We also have summer courses that start in July as well as short 5-week courses that start every half-term. Begin studying with us at a time that suits you.

What levels are the classes?

Before you can join any of our ESOL classes you must have an Initial Assessment to decide on the right level for you. We have classes at the following levels:

  • Entry 1 – Beginners (approximate CEF level: A1)
  • Entry 2 – Pre-Intermediate (approximate CEF level: A2)
  • Entry 3 – Intermediate (approximate CEF level: B1)
  • Level 1 – Upper Intermediate (approximate CEF level: B2)
  • Level 2 – Advanced (approximate CEF level: C1)


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