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English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)/English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

  • Are you a foreign national living in Northern Ireland?  

  • Do you need to improve your English Language skills for work or simply to make friends whilst living here?

  • Would you like to complete an accredited recognised English Language qualification that would improve your written and spoken English?

Then you have come to the right place. Belfast Met offers a wide range of courses in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) which focus on general, academic and professional English. Our ESOL courses are particularly suitable if you are taking up residency in Northern Ireland as you will develop your skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. ESOL is offered at six levels – Pre-Entry, Entry 1, Entry 2, Entry 3, Level 1 and Level 2.

You will take the ‘City & Guilds’ Skills for Life exams at the end of the course. These courses are available part-time (5 hours per week) or on an intensive basis (14 hours per week). The level 1 and level 2 qualifications are recognised by UK employers and some educational establishments.

We also offer internationally recognised qualification classes which may help you to gain employment or undertake further studies, either here or abroad.

English as a Foreign Language (EFL) classes are offered at four levels- Entry Level (B1*), Level 1 (B2*), Level 2 (C1*) and Level 3 (C2*). These courses are available part-time (6 hours per week) or on an intensive basis (17.5 or 15 hours per week). We are proud to have been accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English since 2010.

These include:

  • Cambridge English Entry Level Certificate in ESOL International (Preliminary).
  • Cambridge English Level 1 Certificate in ESOL International (First).
  • Cambridge English Level 2 Certificate in ESOL International (Advanced).
  • Cambridge English Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International (Proficiency).

The College also offers IELTS preparation courses and the Cambridge ESOL Level 5 Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA).

For full-time International Programmes (T4 Students) Click Here

Further information, Tel: 028 9026 5040 / 028 9026 5096.

All new students must take an English test (assessment) before enrolling on an ESOL or EFL course.

*Level equivalents on the Common European Framework Reference for Languages (CEFR)

Assessment and Enrolment



The English test (assessment) helps us choose a class at the right level for you. You have 2 options: Part Online based assessment and Part Paper based assessment or Full Paper based assessment.

Assessment takes place at the College’s Titanic Quarter Campus. You must book a place online. All students must bring along photographic ID, you must arrive at the beginning of the session. If you are late, it may not be possible for us to assess you. 

All students must bring to the session Photographic ID - Passport, Driving Licence, Identity Card, or an official document that shows your photograph, name, and date of birth clearly.  If you are a Home or an EU student, you may need to bring additional documentation to the assessment and enrolment session. Please click here for further information.

Please note that if you enrol on an ESOL /EFL course:        

    • You are expected to attend all the lessons.
    • If you do not attend classes you may not be allowed to complete your course.
    • If you cannot attend one lesson you must inform your teacher in advance.          

You are expected to sit the examination at the end of the course.

Please Click Here for our 17/18 Enrolment form. It would be helpful if the personal details section on the Enrolment form were filled in and brought in with you for after the assessment.

Paper Based Assessment

You will do the assessment at the College. Click here to book a session. Please be aware that Paper based assessment bookings are limited.

Online Assessment

Please follow the instructions below:

  • Request a token to do the Online Assessment from esolbookings@belfastmet.ac.uk and we will reply and give you instructions about how to do the online test. 
  • The online test assesses your reading and listening. However you must also come to the College to have your speaking and writing tested. Click here to book your session. Please be aware that Paper based assessment bookings are limited. 
  • You must bring Photo ID (e.g. valid passport or national identity card) to the assessment session.

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