CAVC has a good reputation for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). We are the biggest provider in Wales. We help you to improve speaking, listening, reading and writing in English. This can help you in life and work in the future. You can come to college to study ESOL full-time. This helps you to improve your English each week and to gain ESOL qualifications during the year. On an ESOL+ course you can train for the career you want and improve your English through the course. Study ESOL at the right level for you – between Pre- Entry and Level 2 – and also gain skills, experience and a qualification in your chosen career area.


On ESOL+ you can develop your skills in English and work towards the career you want. After ESOL+ some students progress on to mainstream college courses in that subject – just like Mohammed (right). Others move on to Higher Education or into employment. 


CAVC is the biggest provider of ESOL in Wales!

Take a look at where our ESOL courses might take you, with our Career Pathway progression map!


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ESOL courses

ESOL courses are offered at the following levels:  Entry Level 1, Entry Level 2, Entry Level 3, Level 1 and Level 2.  Courses take place over five days and students attend for 16 hours a week.

These are general ESOL courses which focus on the language skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking. Grammar, vocabulary and cultural issues are also a very important part of these courses and students will be able to develop these areas and this will help to increase confidence when communicating with English speakers in different situations. 

ESOL plus courses combine ESOL with a particular subject or career area such as ESOL Hair and Beauty or ESOL Business Administration. You will imprive your English skills as well as develop skills in your particular area of interest.