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what is it?

On Track ESOL is an education programme for 16-18 year olds who speak English as a second language. It offers English and maths qualifications, personal and social skills development, careers education and awareness of UK culture and British values. Students will learn the essential skills and knowledge needed to progress into higher level study.


The programme runs from September to July every year, with opportunities to start throughout the year. 

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who is it for and where is it delivered?

On Track ESOL is for 16 – 18 year olds wishing to improve their English and prepare for higher level study. Many of our students have limited experiences of education in the UK. There is no minimum entry requirement and we welcome those with no or very low English, or who are illiterate in their own language and people with additional learning needs.


You could be eligible to join our On Track ESOL programme if you:

  • Are 16-18 years-old (16-24 if you have an EHCP)

  • Live in West Sussex

  • Are not currently studying at college

  • Are not working, or if you are working part-time

  • Speak English as a second language

On Track ESOL is run at our dedicated training centre in Worthing town centre. 

programme content

On Track ESOL includes:

  • Accredited functional skills qualifications in English and maths at entry level 1, 2 and 3

  • Full-time programmes of study

  • Introduction to careers in the UK, involving workplace visits and guest speakers

  • Drama workshops and Arts Award run in partnership Chichester Festival Theatre

  • Drop-in information and advice on-site from Refugee Council and health professionals

  • Next steps planning and help to prepare for higher level study at college

  • Pastoral and enrichment activities, such as breakfast and lunch clubs, holiday programmes, sports, wellbeing workshops, trauma-informed support

  • Community participation and student voice opportunities, e.g. community projects, student forums and Young People Ambassador scheme


At the end of the programme, most students progress into higher level ESOL study at college.

Origami made by students
ESOL students stand outside Splashpoint leisure centre in Worthing

Students participate in a creative workshop to support their wellbeing

Students visit a leisure centre to find out about careers in the leisure industry, and to practice their English


Whether you're a young person, or a parent/guardian, or a professional working with young people, feel free to contact us to find out more or to apply to join the OnTrack programme.

We look forward to hearing from you.

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