ESOL Preparation for Citizenship (Life in the UK)
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About this course

This course is designed for people who want to apply for British Citizenship and need to take the computer based ‘Life in the UK’ test. 

The course is 6 weeks long, with one 2-hour lesson per week. The course is available at the Trowbridge, Chippenham and Salisbury Campuses in the Spring term 2019 and the Summer term 2019.

What will I learn?


The course covers the full range of topics that feature in the current version of the Life in the UK test, including:

  • The Values and Principles of the UK
  • What is the UK? British Geography explained
  • The History of the UK.
  • Modern UK Society
  • The UK Government and the laws of the UK

You will also study practise exam questions in the ‘Life in the UK’ test format to help you prepare for the exam and to give you the best possible change of succeeding in it. You will learn about the format of the exam in detail.

Entry requirements

Students who want to join this course should have a level of English language skills of at least ESOL Entry 2 (A2 in the Common European Framework).

There are no other entry requirements for this course, and students who wish to enrol for this course can do so directly on the college website and do not need to cook in for an ESOL initial assessment before joining the course.

If you are not sure whether this course is suitable for you or would like to book in an ESOL initial assessment to check your level of English skills, you can book in for an interview visa the college website or by emailing Tom Evans (Deputy Head of ESOL) at:

Study, assessment and qualifications

These classes run on either Tuesday or Thursday afternoons from 1.30pm – 3.30pm. Group sizes will be between 10 and 20 students. 

You will also be given 2 hours of self-study work to complete each week, which can be completed at home of in the college library.

Every student that joins this course will have access to Wiltshire College’s virtual learning environment – E-Study. This includes new resources dedicated to ESOL + Citizenship topics that can be study independently on-line outside of class time as extra extension work.

At the end of this course you will do a full practice to prepare for the ‘Life in the UK test’. Your teacher will give you advice and guidance on how you can improve your knowledge further where necessary.

There is no formal qualification linked to this course, but on completion of this course you will receive a certificate of achievement from Wiltshire College to show that you have completed this course.

All students are expected to attend a minimum of 80% of classes in order to successfully complete this course

Additional costs and information

All class materials will be provided to students, but it is recommended that you buy your own copy of the ‘2018 Edition Life in the UK Handbook’ before the start of the course. This will help you to prepare for the test and will be used as a self-study and homework resource. This book costs around £10 and is stocked by most book shops and online retailers.

What could I do next?


After completing this course, you can book yourself in for a ‘Life in the UK’ test.

You can also progress on our other Citizenship related course: ‘ESOL Preparation for Citizenship – SELTS B1.’

Also, you may wish to join one of our part-time ‘ESOL Skills for Life’ courses that run throughout the academic year. Joining on of these courses will help you to keep improving your English language skills and to keep on learning about Citizenship related topics.

Apprenticeships and Adult Education Funded Courses
The College’s Adult funded courses and apprenticeships prior to 1st May 2017 and apprenticeships with non-levy paying employers post 1st May 2017, are funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and part financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund (ESF). ESF supports activities to extend employment opportunities and develop a skilled workforce.