Work & Study Programmes

Preparation for work & study programmes

These courses offer a more supported route towards vocational learning, independent living or supported work. The emphasis is on tailoring learning to individual learner needs and programmes both for individual learners and groups of learners can differ in terms of length, content, context or setting. The suitability of programmes will be discussed during interview/initial assessment process and regularly reviewed.



English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) will help you improve your language skills and take part in life in the UK.

We have courses at all levels for all ages that take place in college and in popular community venues. All of our ESOL teachers are highly experienced and qualified.

  1. Full-time course for 16 to 19 year olds whose first language is not English.
  2. Part-time daytime or evening courses for adult learners.
  3. Advanced Communication and Language skills – Preparation for IELTS
  4. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages TESOL

You will study the key skills of:

  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • Reading & Writing
  • Maths
  • ICT
  • Work Experience
  • Confidence Building

Why should I study ESOL?

  • To improve your English language skills.
  • To gain qualifications in English, maths and ICT so you can progress onto other courses.
  • To gain confidence and employability skills.
  • You will have the opportunity to participate in work experience.
  • To take part in college life and the wider community.

What are the entry requirements?

Students do not need to have any qualifications, just the motivation to work hard and to participate in classes with other students from a variety of backgrounds.


Foundation Skills

Foundation Skills is designed to provide a more supported college experience. Students with learning difficulties and disabilities or students who have had support at school often study in Foundation Skills.

Foundation Skills courses focus on improving English and maths skills, developing independent living skills, developing skills to help students get a job or develop the basic skills needed to progress into the wider college.

On our programmes, you will gain confidence and develop practical skills for life and for the workplace. All our classes are small and friendly with lots of support, whenever you need it. You can work at your own pace, and on some courses, have the chance to take extra certificates.

Key elements:

  • Maths and English
  • Work experience
  • Volunteering
  • Enrichment activities, for example, Duke of Edinburgh award, sport, IT and catering
  • Developing confidence
  • Getting involved in your community

Why should I study Foundation Skills?

  • To grow your confidence, learn new skills and have fun.
  • To move into supported internships and get a job
  • To get involved and contribute to your community.
  • To ensure you are on the right course and your individual needs are met.
  • To develop your individual skills and talents.

What are the entry requirements?

Some of our courses are offered at entry level 1, 2 and 3. We will match the course and level to your learning needs and your goals and ambitions.


Prince’s Trust

You will also gain a national qualification: Prince’s Trust Certificate in Employment, Teamwork and Community Skills.

Aimed at people aged 16 to 25 and not in employment or education, the 12 week Prince’s Trust course is fully funded and your JSA is unaffected!

The course will equip you with skills that will improve your chances of progressing into work or further education. You will undertake a team-building week away, a community project, work placement and participate in a team challenge. We will also support you in developing your CV and interview skills and help you identify a career path.

You will work on projects, be part of a team, make friends and benefit from valuable work experience; maths and English skills are embedded into the course as standard.

With your Prince’s Trust Certificate you could progress onto:

  • A traineeship (Pre-apprenticeship)
  • An apprenticeship
  • Further Education
  • Employment

Why should I study at East Coast College?

  • Gain experience in a real working environment.
  • Improve and gain confidence and communication skills.
  • Become work ready to then be able to progress to further education or employment.
  • Project work, guest speakers, team building.
  • Improve employment opportunities.