The ESOL+ Travel and Tourism class started in August 2017 and the first cohort of students celebrated their success at a certificate presentation ceremony at the end of June.

Michal Olszewski, 28, from Paisley wanted to come to College to improve his language skills and learn more about Travel and Tourism – so this course was perfect for him. 

He said, ‘I’m quite happy because I always wanted to know more about geography, travel and tourism. It was a really useful course. The lecturers were very passionate and supportive, so that made my learning experience at college really enjoyable.’

Curriculum and Quality Leader Steve Brown said, ‘The ESOL plus Travel and Tourism ran for the first year last year in Clydebank. The courses are ideal as the combine ESOL for Everyday Life, ESOL in Work and Academic Contexts and Essential Skills for Life and Work alongside core units in the course discipline. Following the huge success we have decided to develop two further ESOL Plus courses – Care and Business and Finance starting in our Paisley campus in August.

Michal added, ‘Now I’ve finished ESOL Plus I’d like to go on to the next level - Travel and Tourism Level 6.’

When asking Michel what his favourite part of the course was he answered, ‘If you are looking for a job, there is a lot of classwork that can help you to prepare for an interview. For example, how you manage a conversation with a customer. I really enjoyed and would highly recommend this course to all new students who don’t have English as their first language.’

Kacper Lojko, 20 from Clydebank joined the College in 2017after finishing school and completing the Award in Airport Services and Ground Operations course at the Greenock campus. I passed that and this year I wanted to do something similar to Ground Operations, but when I saw the ESOL Plus Travel and Tourism it was like two in one!  

I’m improving my language skills but also learning in the subject area as well.’

To sign up to ESOL Plus students will need to have successfully completed Intermediate ESOL (SCQF level 4) or an equivalent qualification at Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B1. Students will also need to attend a language assessment to decide the best level of study for them.

Kacper said that the social aspect of the course also made it enjoyable, ‘We both highly recommend the course. At the start of the course our ESOL Travel and Tourism also joined up for class trips with the Travel and Tourism groups, so it was good to meet students from other classes.’

Steve added, ‘This course will increase students’ access to employment opportunities. Or, it would allow them to develop their skills further by studying another course in their preferred discipline. We’re all very pleased by the excellent progress our students have made and the success of the programme so far.’

If you’d like to know more about our ESOL+ offering at West College Scotland, or to apply – click here.