september, 2024

2024wed25sep(sep 25)9:45 amthu05dec(dec 5)11:45 amEnglish for Work: Upper Intermediate (L1)Funded English course suitable for learners where English is not their first languageOnlineDay:Thursday,Wednesday length of course: 10 weeks


September 25 (Wednesday) 9:45 am - December 5 (Thursday) 11:45 am



length of course

10 weeks


Course details

Our English for work courses are suitable for learners where English is not their first language.   

This online course is aimed at learners who have a good intermediate level of English but, because of limited English ability, struggle with certain aspects of their jobs, or even to get a job.

This course is taught online. To participate in online classes you will need an email address, a reliable internet connection, a computer/laptop/tablet with fully updated browser (preferably Google Chrome). 

You will need to attend the online course on both days – Wednesday and Thursday at the specified time.

You will gain confidence, improve your listening and written and spoken English. These skills will  improve your chances of gaining employment, or to move up into a job with better pay and prospects. Part of the course will be based on the needs of individual learners; and this will be discussed in the first lesson. You will also learn about UK work culture, how it may differ from other countries, and the course will answer some of the questions you might have about the differences between your way of life and what you see around you in the UK.

Your English skills will define the jobs you can apply for in the UK, and improving those skills will help, not only in this country, but will greatly improve your employability and promotion prospects should you later return to your home country.

Poor English skills can have serious consequences – from language misunderstandings that can cause the loss of money or angry clients, to constant embarrassment at not being able to chat with clients and colleagues in a social context or even over lunch!  You may be seen as unfriendly, or rude, which is also not good for your career.

The course is funded per term; you may find, as most learners do, that you will need more than one term to be prepared for any higher level courses or future exams (if you choose to enter for them). If this is the case you will be offered the opportunity to re-enrol and pay for another term (or if still available we may be able to fund you again)

This course is funded through Cambridgeshire Skills: See funding eligibility below:

If you are 19 or over, have lived in an EU country / the UK for 3 or more years and are at the right level, full funding is available. You will need to supply proof of identity and full attendance is required; you will also need to complete an enrolment form so that the office can apply for the funding and complete an individual learning plan weekly with your tutor.

If you are not eligible for funding but would benefit from the course, you can attend by paying a tuition fee of £300 (£180 concession) per 10 week term.

Previous Experience and Knowledge Needed?

An assessment test will be needed for placement purposes. To book an appointment, call the office on 01223 712340 or email

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the course, you will have the opportunity to:

  • gain a proven balance of grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and skills (reading, listening and speaking)
  • expand your vocabulary on topic-based lexical areas
  • continue to practise ‘fine-tuning’ of pronunciation of difficult sounds and use appropriate rhythm and intonation
  • talk and read about up-to-date stimulating topics (e.g. job interviews, illnesses and injuries, air travel), using the key words and necessary phrases
  • revise your knowledge of main grammar structures and learn more sophisticated structures (e.g. past modals, verbs often confused, the passives, clauses of contrast and purpose, uncountable and plural nouns, quantifiers, articles)
  • improve accuracy as well as develop your fluency in the speaking activities
  • practise your listening skills, being exposed to motivating, challenging but achievable listening tasks, listening to authentic and colloquial spoken language
  • improve your knowledge of British culture, history, trends and values
  • improve all the skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing, with the focus on building the skills that are most useful in the workplace and in searching for work

Extra costs on the course for example text book, materials or equipment:

An assessment will cost £5. The tutor will advise you of any other fees in the first lesson.

For the first session you will need to bring:

A notebook and pen and pencil.

On completion of this course, what might your next steps be?

The college has many English for work levels, talk with your tutor who will advise you.

The Adult Learn and Train office is able to give course information or search for alternative courses for you.



Assessment before booking is ESSENTIAL. Please contact the office 01223 712340 to discuss funding and for an assessment.


Anya Rocka

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