All 3 of Glasgow's Colleges - City of Glasgow College, Glasgow Clyde College and Glasgow Kelvin College, use the same waiting list to fill ESOL classes - the ESOL Access Register.
When you register you will receive a unique number by text message. Keep this number safe - perhaps by keeping the text message.
Next, make an appointment to be assessed at a local library. When you are assessed you are given a yellow certificate with your level - keep this safe. You will also be given information about free English classes you can go to in places like libraries, churches and community centres without having to wait.
When a college has space in ESOL classes they will invite people from the ESOL Access Register who have had a level assesment into their classes. Please do not go into colleges or contact colleges directly - you cannot get a class by doing this.
There are thousands of people in Glasgow looking for a place in an ESOL class in College. It can take anywhere from 3 months to 2 years to get a place at college, but there are many high quality English classes in libraries and community centres where you can learn English without having to wait. You can find one by clicking here.
It is important that the ESOL Access Register has accurate information. If you change address or phone number please tell the register by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have more than one Registration Number, please also e-mail the ESOL Access Register to tell them your numbers. You can also contact the register with other questions.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Glasgow ESOL Access Register?
The Glasgow ESOL Access Register is set up to help anyone living in the city who needs access to ESOL provision. The Register tells Further Education Colleges and community classes that you want to learn English. Putting your name on the register is NOT an APPLICATION to any college or community provider. It is simply saying (that you want) you have a need (to learn) for learning English.
Glasgow’s Further Education Colleges use the Glasgow ESOL Access Register to recruit students for their ESOL courses. So, if you want to be offered a college ESOL course, you (your name) must be on the ESOL Register. You may also be offered a place by a community provider, such as the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) or the Glasgow ESOL Forum.
How do I Join the Glasgow ESOL Access Register?
1. Click here
2.You must provide a mobile telephone number where we can contact you. If you do not have a mobile telephone number, then ask a friend or family member to help if you can use their number. They can receive messages for you.
3.When you join the register, you will receive a text message within two weeks to confirm your registration. If you do not receive this text, contact the Register’s team using the email address shown below: email@example.com.
How many Further Education Colleges are there in Glasgow?
There are three Further Education colleges in Glasgow:
- The City of Glasgow College;
- Glasgow Clyde College; and
- Glasgow Kelvin College.
How can I find out more about the three Further Education colleges?
You can visit the websites for each college. They are shown below: or see ESOL Glasgow website
There are also other colleges surrounding Glasgow
When do the Further Education Colleges offer places for ESOL courses?
College courses start in August and January of each year. The colleges recruit their students and interview them in May and June for courses that start in August and in November and December for courses that start in January.
For college ESOL classes, individuals will be contacted via the Glasgow ESOL Access Register and invited to attend for interview or join a class. You can join the Register at any time during the year.
How much will I have to pay for a Further Education College course?
Most students are offered free tuition if they join a college course. However, some students may have to pay for their college courses.
Full time and part time students may be able to get a bursary. You need to provide information to the college to access bursary funding. The cost of a part time course depends on the number of hours you study. The maximum cost is around £396 each term. You can look on the college websites for further information about finance. You can also go to the colleges’ Student Advice Centres for help and advice.
Can I access ESOL learning anywhere else in Glasgow?
There are many ESOL courses available in local areas across the city. You can find out where these local ESOL classes are located by visiting the Learn ESOL Glasgow website: www.learnesolglasgow.com. There are maps and contact details on this website. Some local community classes for ESOL are also advertised through the Glasgow Access ESOL Register.
For other local community classes, visit Glasgow’s learning website: www.glasgowslearning.org.uk
or Glasgow ESOL Forum www.glasgowesol.org/
Do I need to re-apply to the Glasgow ESOL Access Register each term?
No, once you have joined the Register we will keep your details. However, if you turn down an offer of a class three times, we will contact you by text to ask if you want your details to be removed from the Register.
If you change your mobile telephone number, you must tell us by e-mail, or we will not be able to contact you.
How can I check if I my details are on the Glasgow ESOL Access Register?
You can check that your details are noted on the Glasgow ESOL Access Register by sending an Email to the ESOL Register team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Do I need to have my ESOL level assessed first before I join the Register?
No, but if you have not, you will be invited to a free ESOL assessment session. This will help to ensure you are invited to courses that are suitable for your language level.
Details of assessment sessions are listed on www.learnesolglasgow.com
If I have a problem…?
If you have a problem with your ESOL registration or have any changes to your details please contact