English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)/ English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

Learn to speak and understand English with our ESOL classes to help you in everyday life. With these courses you will be able communicate with others, improve your skills for work or help your children in school. These courses are for people who are living or settling in the UK or who want to fruther their education and enter a UK university. All our ESOL courses look at topics related to living and working in Britain.

Courses are designed for you, whether you are a complete beginner or improving your skills. Courses are run each term so you can join a class when it suits you and progress up the levels at your own pace.

Our EFL classes will develop your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills including grammar and pronunciation so you can work on the skills you need. You will also have the opportunity to prepare for a Cambridge and IELTS examinations.

Courses are held at our main centre in Parkshot and Hillcroft at a range of community venues around Richmond and Surbiton. When you study with RHACC you will have the chance to gain qualifications that are recognised and valued in the UK.

Aged 19 or older on 31/08/2019


British or European Citizens or people with Right of Abode in the UK, or their spouse, civil partner or child


Living (settled) in UK or Europe for 3 years


Refugees, Asylum Seekers or other specific UK Government status or their spouse, civil partner or child (conditions apply)

*These are the main criteria for eligibility, other conditions apply in certain cases.

  • ID such as Passport, Driving Licence or UK Birth Certificate
  • Immigration/Home Office documents
  • National Insurance Number
  • Payment

Evidence of Job Seekers Allowance, Universal Credit or Employment Support Allowance (WRAG)


Refugees/Asylum seekers identification (and you are not currently in work)