The Institute of Adult Foundation Skills


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Whether you speak another language and wish to progress to other mainstream courses or into employment, or you're wanting to develop and improve your English and maths skills needed to progress in education, training or work, our courses can help you to get where you want to be.

The Institute of Adult Foundation Skills offers study programmes in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) from entry 1 through to Level 2, along with English and mathematics programmes for adults ranging from entry 1 to GCSE. Adults completing these courses are able to progress into further education programmes at the college.

Adult learning programmes rated Ofsted Good 2022


If English isn't your first language, and you want to improve your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills, our English for Speakers of Other Languages course will equip you with the necessary skills to further your employment and life in the UK.

Courses start throughout the year on a monthly basis. If you'd like to study an ESOL course, apply on this page and we’ll arrange for an initial skills check to make sure you're studying on the right course and the next available start date.

After studying ESOL, you may feel ready to progress to a vocational course the following year. We have a variety of courses to support you to achieve your aim - whether that is to continue in education and find employment.


Adult English & Maths

English and maths are important life skills that will benefit you in many ways - and it’s never too late to improve them.

Our adult English and maths courses are designed for adult students wanting to continue their education, retrain, develop within their career or simply wanting to refresh existing skills. Whether you left education early or didn’t get the grades you expected, we are on hand to help and support you to maximise your potential in a supportive and welcoming atmosphere.

Whatever your starting point, we have a range of options for you to consider with all courses run on a part-time basis on different days and times throughout the week to help fit your learning in and around your work and family commitments.


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"Studying at the college has been the best experience I have ever had. I would recommend the ESOL course to students who do not speak English because they will achieve their goals and become more confident, just like me."


When you enrol at Hull College, you’ll not only benefit from excellent teaching by our friendly and experienced tutors but also our excellent learning facilities too.

Courses at The Institute of Skills for Living are delivered in a purpose-built resource centre which houses a first-class facility that allows learners to access a modern, safe, friendly, supportive and secure learning environment, along with adapted and specialist materials/equipment. Our smaller than average class sizes mean that SEND learners are able to access individual support and exceptional pastoral care immediately, away from the hustle and bustle of the college’s main Tower Block.

The focus of our study programmes - suitable for those who may have a range of mild learning difficulties and/or disabilities - is to embed independence and employability skills to enable our learners to secure positive and meaningful progression, be that into independent living or the workplace through vocational study within other specialist areas across the college.

Our facilities include:

  • Study centre for students wanting study skills/homework support with hidden disabilities
  • Domestic independent living kitchen/flat
  • Wellbeing room with pool table
  • Quiet room
  • SEND Room within 14-16 College
  • Supervised breaks during the day
  • Supervised lunch and breakfast clubs for young people needing monitoring across breaks
  • Guide dog pound / sensory garden
  • Transport team also monitor learners arriving and leaving college who are transported in by Local Authority
  • IT Software is available for visually impaired young people and young people with Dyslexia
  • All sites are accessible to wheelchair users
  • Disabled parking spaces
  • Large disabled toilets with hoist at Queen’s Gardens campus
  • Lift access to all floors
  • Dedicated transport/mini bus bays
  • Automatic toilet
  • Deaf alerter system
  • Hearing loops are available
  • Dedicated Specialist Learning Centre that can be accessed by all learners who are visually impaired and/or have a hearing impairment that offers training and loan of the latest adaptive technology.


Hull College offers outstanding specialist facilities for use by students studying all courses.

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Why Study
With Us?

Choosing to continue your education with us is about more than just gaining a qualification - it’s the perfect opportunity to prepare yourself for your chosen career. That's why we've put together a number of key reasons to help you decide why Hull College is the right choice for you and your future.

Career focused courses

We have one focus - to create careers, not courses. We pride ourselves on this approach, ensuring you leave us with the skills, knowledge and experience needed to begin a career in the industry of your choice.

Hands on learning

Do you learn better by working with your hands? Do you retain information better by ‘doing’ rather than ‘listening’? If so, studying one of our vocational study programmes could well be the perfect option for you!

Taught by experts

Our dedicated course tutors are experts in their fields with extensive knowledge and years of industry experience, and can therefore equip you with the necessary skills future employers are looking for.


Hull College provides a relaxing and fun environment where you will be treated like an adult. You will have lots of opportunities to grow and develop your skills outside of your studies.

Employer Links

Our close links with employers help us ensure that our curriculum reflects what is expected in industry – giving you a head start in the jobs race.

Why upskill with SSU?

Our Skills Support for the Unemployed programme is focused on getting you back into work by providing a package of vocational skills training based on what local employers are likely to need.

Increase your Knowledge and Skills

We provide fully-funded training to boost your knowledge and help improve your employability skills

Specialise in Different Vocational Areas

We have a wide range of courses available - all of which have been designed to help you upskill, move into employment, an Apprenticeship or gain on-the job-experience through work placement opportunities.

It's Completely Free of Charge

If you are unemployed, we can help you with a whole host of support measures to get you back into work and the good news is - it doesn’t cost you a penny!

Boost Your CV and Career Prospects

Whether you’re unemployed or a registered job seeker, our fully-funded courses can provide you with the skills and knowledge to stand out from the crowd and progress into employment. All of our programmes provide support with your CV, interview techniques and guidance on job applications.

Employer Links

If you need to develop further skills through training, you’ll be signposted onto relevant courses, support groups and other programmes with full support from our friendly and helpful team through the process.

Why study
with us?


We have students from a wide range of countries and backgrounds - with numerous different languages spoken by our ESOL students.

With excellent teachers and resources, you will have the opportunity to develop your English skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Our adult ESOL programmes are designed to be flexible, fitting around your particular commitments and circumstances.

Adult English & MAths

A GCSE in maths or English is required for most jobs or further study. These qualifications will open up many possibilities for a future career.

There are a range of times available (mornings, afternoons and evenings) to help you fit learning in and around work, family and other commitments.

Studying will provide you with a sense of achievement as you develop confidence and belief in your own skills.