Build your Confidence in English

14 Week Rolling Course

Course dates:

Autumn Term

16th September – 16th December 2016

Fridays 10am-1pm

Spring Term

6th January- 7th April 2017

Fridays 10am-1pm

Summer Term

28th April- 28th July

Fridays 10am-1pm

Ruskin Hall Campus, Old Headington, Oxford, OX3 9BZ

Contact Us:  01865 759798

Worried about spelling? Not sure about punctuation? Need support to help your children with their homework?  Perhaps you wish to change career and your English skills are holding you back.

These courses are designed to increase your confidence in reading, writing and speaking in English, giving you more assurance at work or in everyday life.

These weekly sessions are delivered over 14 weeks but you can join at any time throughout the year so don’t worry if you have missed the start date. These classes are designed for us to get to know you and assess your English skills and support you to move on to a suitable English course and qualification.

The course is tutor led and includes group work, paired work and individual tasks. A diverse range of teaching methods are used to address students varying learning styles. The teaching is supported with a wide range of resources - handouts, presentations, quizzes and online resources.

The course is accredited by Ruskin College.

This course is free for all students as long as you do not have an A*-C in GCSE English Language.


Ordinarily you will need to be a citizen of a country within the European Economic Area (EEA) and have been resident in a country within the EEA for 3 years, excluding Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.  However, if you are a refugee or asylum seeker, please get in touch as you may be eligible for funding.


If your household income is less than £30,994 we may be able to provide support with childcare costs with a registered childminder whilst you attend the course.  Please ring 01865 759798 for more information.

Additional Learning Support

If you need additional support to help you study, please let us know.  We can plan a programme of support for you to enable you to study successfully.

Entry Requirements & How to Apply MORE INFORMATION

There are no academic requirements for entry to this course.

To apply for this course please click Apply Now and we will get in touch. Alternatively you can ring the Further Education office on 01865 759798. You can also email us at

 “My written English has improved so much”

“The tutor really helped me understand English”

“I feel more able to help my children with their homework”

This course will support your development of English skills which are crucial to furthering your employment opportunities and to progress with further study and/or higher education. 

From this course you have the possibility to progress onto Functional English (you will be able to work through the different levels of this qualification until you reach level 2 which is the same level as an A* to C at GCSE.)

Further study could include applying for one of our progression residential courses to get a taste of College life or apply for our Preparing for Employment course if your focus is employment related or our Preparing for Further Study if that is your focus.  This could form part of your pathway to Access to HE by completing our Pre-Access in Skills for Social Care or our L2 Certificate in Writing for a Career in the Arts.

We offer Access to HE in Health Professions, Social Science or Health and Social Care.  Improving your English skills will support your application for all of these possible courses.