English for speakers of other languages classes and support

General English courses: Centre for Open Learning, University of Edinburgh

General English courses (ESOL) delivered face to face on Holyrood Campus of the University of Edinburgh. Please, note, we do not offer literacy courses.

Academic year is divided into three terms of ten weeks:

  • term 1 starts 2 October 2023
  • term 2 starts 22 January 2023
  • term 3 starts 15 April 2024

Course programme in term 3:

  • Beginners Step 3 (CEFR level A1) – Tuesdays, 11.10am to 12.40pm
  • Elementary Step 3 (CEFR A2.1) – Wednesdays, 11.10am to 12.40pm
  • Elementary Step 6 (CEFR A2.2) – Thursdays, 11.10am to 12.40pm
  • Intermediate Step 3 (CEFR B1) – Tuesdays, 5.30pm to 7.00pm
  • Upper Intermediate Step 3 (CEFR B2) – Wednesdays, 5.30pm to 7.00pm

Each class runs for 90 minutes.

Beginners Step 3, Elementary Step 3 and Elementary Step 6

These are daytime classes reserved for displaced people and are free of charge. The first meeting will be in the week of 15 April.

Intermediate Step 3 and Upper Intermediate Step 3

The classes are in the evening for a mixed audience – they are open to the general public for a fee, and there are free places reserved for displaced people on both courses.


Registration for all our General English courses is now open. Before you register, please, check which level of General English is right for you, by using the centre’s General English self-assessment tool on the university’s website.

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Contact details

If you have any questions, please contact Laura Nicolo Duenas, Course Organiser for General English, and Jeannette Rissmann, Head of Languages for All

Email languagesforall-english@ed.ac.uk