RefuAid’s Language: A Gateway Programme


East Midlands, East of England, Yorkshire and the Humber, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, South West, South East, London, North West, North East, West Midlands, Online/Remote Study

Type of opportunity

English language course

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About this opportunity

Access to structured, high-level English language classes and qualifications are limited, difficult to access and prohibitively expensive for those who have claimed asylum in the UK. Specific qualifications, such as IELTS and other language exams, are a prerequisite for higher education and certain professional requalification pathways, but preparation courses can cost anywhere between £250 – £500 per week.

In partnership with English UK and private language schools and universities across the UK, RefuAid offer up to 32 hours a week of structured, intensive English language support, focusing predominantly on IELTS and OET. Course duration is uncapped, so students can study as long as they need until they achieve their required level. Tuition is donated in-kind by the schools and RefuAid will cover the cost of exams, travel and course materials.

Level of Study

  • Foundation
  • Pre-university
  • Other Levels


Asylum seeker, Refugee status, Humanitarian protection, Temporary refugee permission, Limited or Discretionary Leave to Remain (private/family life), Indefinite Leave to Remain, Ukraine schemes, British National (Overseas), Other forms of sanctuary (including Calais Leave, Section 67 Leave, UASC leave and Stateless Leave), Other

Additional notes about eligibility criteria

Please note, you must be at least ESOL Level 1 / CEFR B1 to join RefuAid’s language programme. We recommend that you attend an ESOL course at a local college until you reach the required level for our programme.

Students with a confirmed conditional university offer will be prioritised.

What is included in this opportunity?

  • English language provision
  • Other (see below)

Other support provided

The programme also covers the cost of up to two attempts at the exam (usually IELTS or OET). RefuAid will also cover travel expenses to and from school, up to £500 per student.

Additional notes about support provided

As part of the programme you will be assigned a caseworker who will be your point of contact at RefuAid, and who will assist you with any queries that you may have during your time on our programme.

Types of study available

  • Face-to-face
  • Full-time
  • Online
  • Part-time / flexible

Additional details about application process

Applications can be submitted here.

Once we have received your application, a member of the team will reach out to you to discuss your application in more detail. After the initial assessment, your application will be on the waiting list and a caseworker will contact you once a place on the programme becomes available.

Number of places available


Is this opportunity available for individuals outside of the UK?


On-going opportunity


For further questions contact Mohib Ullah