Free Language Classes

Leicester City of Sanctuary English Classes - check the 2018-19 timetable

  • Co-ordination of informal provision
  • 6 ESOL classes and 1 EAP class
  • 1.5 – 2 hours per week
  • Building / facilities
  • Resources – mobile library, CourseSites
  • Volunteer teacher training
  • Reading circle
  • 1:1 pronunciation tutorials
  • Over 250 students since October 2015
  • In the news: ITV News, Independent article


Presessional English Programme

  • 4 scholarships per module three times a year 
  • Induction session for prospective students
  • Free walk-in tests
  • Teacher training re teaching refugee students
  • Good links with local agencies (e.g. Red Cross)
  • Help with printing, stationery and transport costs
  • Over 25 students in 2017-2018


English Exam Preparation Classes

  • Scholarships for IELTS classes for refugees and asylum seekers who need a higher level of English (entry requirement: IELTS 5.0 overall minimum)
  • Scholarships for OET classes for qualified medics (doctors and nurses) who already have a good level of English (preferably IELTS 6.0 overall)

OET (Occupational English Test) is a four-skill exam now accepted by the NMC and GMC as part of the registration process. This course will provide training in all four skills, as well as language work and timed practice, in order to provide candidates with the best possible chance of achieving the ‘B’ grade they need.

We are working with a charity called RefuAid, who help refugees and asylum seekers who are on our IELTS and OET courses with the following things:

- exam fees for IELTS or OET

- travel expenses to the classes

- course materials, if needed

If you would like to apply for this support, you need to fill in their application form. They will then give you a call to introduce themselves and explain how they can support you. 

RefuAid also provide Requalification and Employment support. They can give you advice and guidance about requalifying in your profession and /or accessing employment in your field. If you are interested in this, you need to contact Niamh on


Languages at Leicester

Free places for refugees and asylum seekers and 50% discount for voluntary charity workers (working with refugees) on language courses from October 2018. Here are the languages available:

Arabic, Arabic for readers, British Sign Language, Chinese (Mandarin, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Greek (Ancient), Greek (Modern), Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish


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