English as a Foreign Language (ESOL)

What is special about this course?

Our full-time programme (January – June) helps you learn the English language you need to achieve your goals in study, work, or everyday life. If you are a local resident, you may be able to apply for a funded place. Fee-paying students can apply to join the course for two weeks or more. 
The course involves around 15 hours of classroom time per week over 3 full days and one morning of online tuition. 

Entry requirements

Funded students must be able to attend the full-time course for the full six months and spend additional time studying and revising on a regular basis. 
Please note that if you are an EU National, evidence of your EU Status will be required. 

Our systematic programme is based on published course-books but also draws on a wide range of additional sources. You take assessments for SQA ESOL Units at an appropriate level and prepare for Cambridge ESOL examinations if your English reaches a high enough level. Perth College UHI is a Centre for Cambridge ESOL examinations.  Students who follow the full academic year programme are entered for the exam free of charge.

If you achieve a suitable level of English, you may be able to join classes in other subjects in Semester 2. Many of our students attain a level of English which enables them to progress to other college courses the following year.

Materials for self-study are available on the college’s Virtual Learning Environment.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

Face to face teaching

How long will my course last?

6 Months

Where can I study my course?

    • Perth College UHI

Start date

24 January until 03 June 2022


Most full-time students will have their fees paid.

Additional costs

£60.00 for books and materials 

What can I do on completion of my course?

You may be eligible to progress to further courses of vocational or academic study.

You will have access to information and help with a wide range of career opportunities.

Is there more information available online?

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