Improving your English

6 Day Residential

Course dates:

Part 1 18- 20th  October 2016 and Part 2 1st- 3rd November 2016 (9am -5pm)


Part 1 28-30th March  2017 and Part 2 4-6th April  2017 (9am -5pm)

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

Contact Us:  01865 759798

These 6 day courses are designed to provide a more concentrated learning experience for you in a supportive environment. You will work towards City and Guilds unit qualifications that form part of their English Skills Qualification.

This course is run as a two part course (3 days week one and 3 days week two). The course runs 9am to 5pm. These courses are designed specifically to support adults to reinforce and build on their English skills. 

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 assessment involves the completion of a workbook/ workbooks at the level you are working at. 

These courses are 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”

Achieving these qualifications will increase your confidence and motivation, and the skills you gain will be valuable in the workplace.

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.