Courses at Ayrshire College
ESOL (National 3)
Applicants should have an SQA (or equivalent) Access 2 (SCQF Level 2) certificate in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) at the previous level studied or complete an ESOL Initial Assessment (with a college lecturer) prior to beginning the course.
The course is designed for candidates whose first language is not English but who need to develop their ability to use English in transactional contexts. Candidates undertaking this Unit will have some previous knowledge of English at a basic level and will be familiar with the Roman script. While studying this Unit candidates will develop their level of competence in the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing in English for transactional purposes
Progression on to ESOL at SCQF Level 4
Supported Learning and ESOL
We offer a range of exciting programmes, delivered using a project based approach. Our programmes incorporate support in order to help you build your confidence and essential skills to prepare you for progressing on to further vocational opportunities or employment.
We will help you overcome any fears you may have about coming to college and prepare you for future success with our Access programmes which offer a first step into a range of vocational areas including Business and IT, Care, Creative Industries, Hairdressing, Hospitality and Construction.
With access to our industry standard facilities including our hospitality kitchens, construction workshops and hairdressing salons, you will have the opportunity to work in a real-life setting whilst developing your skills and preparing for employment.
The programmes are delivered in a safe and nurturing environment to help prepare you for progression on to further vocational opportunities.
We provide opportunities for people with additional support needs. We help you develop and enhance your social, practical, vocational and life skills. We will help to prepare you for independent learning, build your self-confidence and help you to look for employment opportunities.
With an emphasis on employability skills and enterprise activities, students can look forward to learning a variety of subjects which include customer care, retail skills, photography, and health and wellbeing.
Our Connect courses will help you to build the practical, personal and social skills to achieve your potential, build connections with partners in the community, and improve your levels of independence through activity based learning.
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
Working closely with local authority partners, our ESOL programmes offer certificated learning, perfect for improving your English and your job prospects.
We will work with you to support your own goals and objectives, to become a confident language user, an effective communicator and successful learner which will enable you to gain a greater understanding and ability to contribute to the society and culture in which you live.
Everyday communications, exploring language and grammar, and social and cultural awareness are just a few of the topics covered with courses available from access level through to Life in the UK, our specialised course for those preparing to apply for UK Citizenship.
Calvin Nilsen-Barnes - Connect to Learning
Calvin faces many challenges day to day but takes them in his stride and always with a smile. He is thriving at college and really enjoys his course.
Laura Logan - Connect to Learning
Laura particularly enjoys drama and working in the salons. She said “I love college. The course is fun and my lecturers are great”.
Adam Neil - Connect to Careers
"Coming to college is has improved my confidence. I've gained many new skills and I'm looking forward to coming back next year to study NC Hospitality Level 4."
Greg Cassidy - Head of Essential Skills
Supported Learning Courses