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One of the ways we help Sanctuary Seekers in Manchester is by signposting to English classes here in Manchester. We hope the below is useful to you. Please beware that this information does change, make sure you contact the provider directly to check the times.


Examples of Conversational English classes:

The Oasis Centre, Gorton

Victoria Park Fellowship

Levenshulme Inspire

Alexandria Library

ESOL provision for adults in Manchester

Manchester Adult Education Service
is providing Skills Funding Agency (SFA) funded ESOL courses in 11 locations across Manchester from Pre Entry to Level 1.

The Manchester College
is providing SFA funded ESOL courses in 4 locations from Entry 1 to Level 2.

The Workers’ Educational Association
is providing SFA funded ESOL courses in 5 community locations in Manchester from Entry 1 to Entry 3.

The Talk English project is providing DCLG (Department for Communities and Local Government) funded volunteer taught ESOL courses for Pre Entry learners and a range of activities, Talk English cafes and informal learning opportunities for beginner learners.

ESOL provision in other parts of Greater Manchester
Colleges and adult learning providers in other Greater Manchester authorities also offer ESOL provision for adults.

Trafford College:
Bolton College:
Salford College:
Bury College:
Bury Adult Learning:
Oldham College:
Oldham Lifelong Learning:
Hopwood Hall College (Rochdale):
Stockport College:
Tameside College:
Tameside Adult & Community Learning:

Also Talk English courses and Talk English activities are available in the following areas of Greater Manchester: Salford, Bolton, Trafford, Stockport, Bury


For all SFA funded courses (run by MAES, TMC and WEA) learners must meet the Skills Funding Agency eligibility criteria.
Asylum seekers need to have been in the UK in the asylum process for a minimum of 6 months to be eligible.
Some SFA funded ESOL courses are specifically for people who are actively seeking work and in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance or ESA WRAG.
Talk English courses and activities are open to all, including asylum seekers at any stage of their asylum claim.


Last update 2019