ESOL courses in Manchester

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Talk English

Talk English Manchester runs ESOL sessions in community centres all over the city for Pre-entry and Entry 1 learners to help them gain confidence in speaking English, as well as to improve reading and writing skills.  Classes are designed to encourage learners to access local services, explore local areas, and get more involved in their local community. There is also the opportunity to go on trips out to places such as art galleries, museums and libraries. The classes provide a friendly environment for people to practise English and meet new people. 

Volunteering opportunities are also available for higher level learners.

Visit their website to find out more about Talk English courses

Workers’ Educational Association (WEA)

Tel: 0161 6965472

The WEA are the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of adult education, helping students to develop their English skills for all aspects of life and work. Courses range from Pre-entry to Level 2, where learners can achieve City and Guilds qualifications in ESOL, maths and English. Their information, advice and guidance service is an important part of all courses to help students find further learning and progression opportunities. The majority of classes are delivered online via Zoom, and a small number in community centres around Manchester.

Visit their website to find out more about WEA


Alexandria Library 

247 Wilmslow Road, Rusholme, M14 5LW

Alexandria Library is a charity based on the Curry Mile, which provides free English classes for all levels. They have a range of classes, including English grammar for beginners, learning English through stories, and English conversation classes. Downstairs, there is a bookshop where you can find books in many languages, including English, Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, and many others.

Visit their website to find out more about classes at Alexandria Library

Golden Centre of Opportunities

Windrush Millennium Centre, 70 Alexandra Road, M16 7WD

Tel: 0161 226 6181

Golden Centre of Opportunities offers ESOL courses for Pre-Entry, Entry 1, Entry 2 and Entry 3 students to help improve speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. The centre also offers support to learners who are unemployed and looking for work, from building confidence and motivation, to compiling CVs and job searching. Opportunities for volunteering and work experience are also provided. Learners in employment can be given further support through a range of work related courses.

Golden Centre of Opportunities is offering new learners the chance to take online and in-person ESOL classes for free. Classes start on 12th September. Entry 2, Entry 3 and Level 1 classes are available. The will run 4 days a week from Monday to Thursday, 2 ½  hours per day and for 12 Weeks. In order to successfully register learners need to bring passport or biometric card, proof of address and National Insurance Number. 

If you would like to begin the enrolment process or have any further questions please call us at 0161 226 6181 or send an email to so that they can answer any questions or book an appointment for your enrolment. 

Visit their website to find out more about Golden Centre of Opportunities


First Asian Support Trust (FAST) – Community Point Resource Centre

551 Community Point, Cheetham Hill Road, M8 9HZ

Tel: 0161 795 9513

First Asian Support Trust (FAST) at Community Point Resource Centre in Manchester has been delivering provision within the local community in Manchester and the surrounding areas since 2003. The centre provides education and training in Pre-entry, Entry Level and Entry 1 ESOL, as well as digital and employment support for those who are socially excluded within the local community.

Community Revival

2 Selborne Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, M21 0BL

Tel: 0161 881 1828

Community Revival aims to enable ESOL learners to develop their skills to find employment or make progress in their education. Classes run from Pre-entry to Level 2, where learners are given the opportunity to achieve qualifications in ESOL, English and maths.  The college also offers intensive IELTS preparation classes for higher level learner looking to access higher education. The main college is in Chorlton, but additional classes are run throughout the city in different venues.

Visit their website to find out more about Community Revival

Wai Yin Society

66-68 Swan Street, Manchester, M4 5JU

Tel: 0161 833 0377

Wai Yin Society specialises in providing education and social welfare services to communities in various centres across Manchester.

There is a focus on community based learning to engage learners, reduce isolation and develop self-confidence. Blended learning programmes are offered to embed ESOL with vocational activities so learners can enjoy learning English as well as integrating into the community and adapting to British culture.

They are also a Trinity Secure English Language Tests (SELTs) course provider and Trinity ESOL Skills for Life exam centre.

Visit their website to find out more about Wai Yin Society

Caritas Refugee Education

Mustard Tree, 110 Oldham Road, Ancoats, M4 6AG

Tel: 07984078193

Caritas Refugee Education  works alongside refugees and asylum seekers in order to assist them with their academic and career aspirations, and in doing so, help them rebuild their lives and give back to their new community.

 We do this through our unique model of integration which consists of:

  •  High quality language courses and qualifications

             – Courses include ESOL Pre Entry , Entry 1, Entry 2, Entry 3, Level 1

             – Functional Skills Level 2.

             – IELTS courses and OET support classes

  •  Mentoring into Higher Education and Careers.
  • Wrap around well-being services.

Find out more about Caritas Refugee Education and visit their website

Migrant Support 

Central Hall Buildings, Oldham Street, M1 1JQ

Tel: 0161 237 1427

Migrant Support aims to provide language skills to individuals in order to access training, gain employment and participate in society. Learners are offered both accredited a and unaccredited courses for ESOL learners, as well as free confidential advice. 

Watch this short video  about Migrant Support. It explains the services they offer and how they raise funds to keep providing support to the most vulnerable refugees, unemployed migrants and asylum seekers living in Greater Manchester.
St Aidan's Church from the outside

St Aidan’s Centre

St Aidan’s Centre provide weekly conversational English sessions to empower ESOL  students to increase confidence and aid integration. The aim of the classes are to bring people together from their local community and reduce isolation and loneliness.  They also offer preparation services for Life The UK exam for learners with ESOL levels Entry 1 to Entry 3.

In addition, they run a “food bridge” to facilitate links between local people and asylum seekers by cooking each other meals, sharing stories and forming friendships.

Visit their website to find out more about St Aidan’s Centre

A&T Training

Trinity House, Grove Cl, Greater, Rusholme, Manchester M14 5AA

Tel: 0161 224 5367

A&T Training provide short courses for learners who are looking to achieve ESOL and Functional Skills qualifications. There is a focus on developing learners’ skills to enable them to achieve a better future, in terms of career progression, apprenticeships or even further education.

Visit their website to find out more about A&T Training

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All in One Learning Centre

All In One Learning Centre, 5 Union Street, Ardwick, M12 4JD

Tel: 0161 277 7622

Mobile: 07442954190

All in One Learning Centre helps and supports people in the community with regard to education, employment, and overall well-being. They aim to create a positive educational environment to enable ESOL learners to develop their skills to find employment or make progress in their education and opportunities that encourage growth, responsibility, and productivity. Classes run from Pre-Entry to Level 1, where learners are given the opportunity to achieve qualifications in ESOL, English and maths.
All In One Learning Centre focuses on improving people’s relationships and careers by providing educational opportunities that will help them regain or gain confidence in their ability to return to or attend college, as well as improve their skill level so they can compete more effectively in the labour market. The main college is in Ardwick, but additional classes are run throughout the city in different venues.

Visit their website to find out more about All in One Learning Centre


Impact for All

372 Dickenson Rd, Longsight, M13 0WQ

Tel: 0161 224 4564

Impact for All is a not for profit community organisation based in Longsight, providing support aimed at raising self confidence and motivation. They currently run a successful voluntary work club as well as mixed level ESOL sessions, in partnership with a private training provider based at the same premises. They  also provide a mix of accredited Level 1 and unaccredited employability skills programmes for llocal residents. In house IAG support is also available to help service users with career related advice.

Visit their website to find out more about Impact For All

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Enterprising Habits

Tel: 0161 88 33 796

Mobile: 07545261780

Enterprising Habits Ltd provide ESOL classes both online and face to face in community centres, such as Northmoor Community Centre in Longsight and Trinity House in Rusholme. The classes are aimed at students from Pre-Entry to Entry 3 to help them improve their language skills, gain confidence in speaking English, as well as to improve their reading and writing skills.  Classes are designed to encourage and support learners to improve their employability skills, access local services, explore the local labour market, build a CV, job searches online and pursue volunteering opportunities.  The classes are delivered in a friendly and safe environment for adults to learn and practice English and grow their network.  Prizes are also given to high achievers such as gift vouchers, trips to local museums and a meal with others to celebrate their success.

Visit their website to find out more about Enterprising Habits




Tel: 0161 881 4826

Standguide is an Education and Training provider based in Greater Manchester that have supported people back into work for over 30 years. Standguide offer full-time, accredited ESOL qualifications from Entry Level up to Level 1.


Standguide are rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted, this means learners can expect:

  • High-quality learning content
  • Expert tuition
  • Support for additional needs.


Standguide link with organisations and employers across Greater Manchester to help make sure qualifications lead to improved prospects for learners including:

  • New and better-paid Jobs
  • Further education
  • Apprenticeships.

ESOL courses are available to Greater Manchester residents who are unemployed or economically inactive and aged 19+ on or before 31/08/2023. Other eligibility criteria apply, please contact for further information.

Visit their website to find out more about Studying English with Standguide.



Standguide premises at ROyal Buildings in Manchester
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