ESOL courses in Rochdale

A guide to ESOL courses in Rochdale

To join ESOL courses in Rochdale, you need to do an assessment with the Rochdale ESOL Advice Service.

Watch this video to find out more about an assessment for an ESOL course and then have a look below at the places where you can learn English in Rochdale.


WEA are the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of adult education. We teach 50,000 students a year and run 8,000 courses. For tens of thousands of people across the UK, community and adult learning provides a life raft to a better future. The impact is not only on employability but their health and wellbeing, family life and community engagement.

WEA delivers a comprehensive program of ESOL from First Steps to Level 2 and even ESOL for Academic Progression all across Greater Manchester reaching diverse communities online and in person and are now pleased to offer our fantastic and successful program to the residents of Rochdale.

Read an inspiring story – The WEA making a difference in Rochdale

Hopwood Hall College

St Mary’s Gate, Rochdale, OL12 6RY

ESOL provision is delivered at the Rochdale Campus and at Wardleworth Women’s Welfare Association.

We offer a range of full-time (for 16-18s) and part-time day and evening classes for adults. ESOL provision offers accredited ESOL courses from Entry 1 to Level 2 and non-accredited courses at Pre-Entry level, including partnership work with the Job Centre Plus. The curriculum is structured so that learners can progress in ESOL from Pre-Entry to Level 2 and then move onto mainstream programmes and vocational programmes.

Transferable skills and softer skills such as confidence are just as important as academic and employability skills, and these are developed and nurtured at each level with each learner so that the best is brought out of everyone. Other key skills such as English, Maths and ICT are embedded into lessons and offered to learners through the opportunity to complete extra qualifications such as Functional Skills English, Maths and ICT from E1 to E3.  

National Careers Service appointments are made available for every learner and Job Club is a weekly drop-in session open to all. 

Visit Hopwood Hall College website for more information about the courses you can join. 

Talk English

Talk English courses run in community centres  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.

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