Learning English

English is the language of instruction in all Forth Valley College study programmes.  

Students wishing to study in a Scottish Higher Education programme need to provide evidence of both English language and academic competence.

It is very important that you have the required English language skills that are appropriate for the course that you are applying for.  You should ensure that you make arrangements well in advance to sit an English test (if required) as this not only helps the admissions and academic staff to make a quick decision about your application, but it helps support your visa application. 

The minimum IELTS and TOEFL language test scores required for the courses we offer are: 

IELTS        TOEFL (Paper)       TOEFL (Computer)      TOEFL (Internet)

5.5             525                         196                              69 - 70

If you require to sit an English language test, you should visit the following web-sites, which gives test dates available to you, and test centre locations 

Qualifications

All ESOL courses have programmes of assessment (testing) which lead to a certificate of qualification from SQA (Scottish Qualifications Authority). 

These programmes of assessment are called Units, there are units for all the different levels of experience in English.  You will be assessed in class by your teacher in different activities to check that you have learned and achieved the correct level for your Unit.  The assessment is on reading, writing, listening and speaking, and when you successfully complete all your assessments for your unit, you will receive a certificate from SQA.  The certificate is sent directly to your home by the SQA, not by the College.

If you prefer not to do the SQA assessments this is not a problem, you can come to the classes and improve your English, and you do not have to do any assessments.

If you want to sit one of the Cambridge exams (FCE or CAE) you should attend the classes that prepare specifically for these exams.  These exams are upper-intermediate or advanced level.

ESOL Fees

Beginner classes are free, but there is a fee to be paid above Intermediate level. The course of the courses per year is:

If you are not working or if you have a low income, you can apply for a fee-waiver.  That means that you don't have to pay forthe course,but you need to bring in evidence of your salary or benefit.

You can use your ILA (Individual Learning Account) to pay for your courses, but you need to have the approval before the day the course starts.  Ask at reception in any of the campuses for more information.