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Classes for Sanctuary seekers / Asylum seekers / Refugees in the Preston area

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Preston College

The main centre for learning English and getting qualifications is Preston College.  Asylum seekers and refugees can register for free courses.

Click this link for details   

Call 01772 225522 to organise an assessment date

If you do not work and receive a benefit please bring your recent evidence with you as the course may be free for you. Please bring the necessary evidence when you attend one of our registration days.

If you work and your individual income (including self-employed) is less than £16009.50 you may be entitled to 100% reduction in fees. If you earn more than this and your household income is less than £30,994 (you need to include salaries and any Child or Working Tax Credits you may receive) you may be eligible for a discount on your course fees. Please bring the necessary evidence when you attend one of our registration days.

Otherwise Fees are £175 for all qualifications.

University of Central Lancashire

UCLAN are providing free English classes for adults (18+) who do not have English as a first language. 

We only have them running on Thursdays throughout May. They will restart again in October 2024.

We now have a webpage with all our details on:

eemail Tina at [email protected]  if you have any questions.

Lancashire Adult Learning offer free ESOL courses

Please enquire on the Lancashire Adult Learning website for more information on starting dates of the course. You can call 0333 003 1717 or email [email protected]


Runshaw College offer free ESOL classes

Please enquire to find out dates of the next courses and to find out your level.

For 19+ years you can call 01772 642040 or email [email protected]


WEA offer online ESOL classes

The WEA are running online English classes for Entry Level 3 and Level 1 with 7.5 hours a week of class time for people who are not able to access college. If you are not attending college but want to get an English qualification, you can still register. Email Layla Wilson on [email protected]


There are also more informal classes and conversation practice groups such as:

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Talk English – St Cuthberts Church

English lessons every Tuesday from 10:30.  The address is: Lytham Road, Fulwood, Preston PR2 3AR.  For more information contact [email protected]



Free English conversation class – Wednesday 1-3pm at the Community Centre , Church Road , Wesham

It is run by a group of volunteers called ” New Roots ” . There is a qualified volunteer teacher there to help and these sessions are supported by The Salvation Army Refugee Support Team. It is open to any asylum seekers or refugees from Kirkham and Wesham and Wrea Green area.


Cooking with English 

Thursday 12:15-14:30pm at St. George’s Church Hall, Preston (George’s Street, off Lune Street) – Free

This is open to female sanctuary seekers and is an opportunity to practice speaking English in a fun way and make friends.



Pukar have ESOL classes along with classes to help IT and health literacy. Pukar’s address is: 3 Oakham Court, Preston, PR1 3XP.  For the full timetable see

If you have any questions please call 01772822700 or email [email protected]


Sanctuary Cookalongs

Unaccredited informal English conversation through cooking and communication games, led by CELTA-qualified teacher with creche available 

Contact Jen Rankin on 07754622911 or [email protected] for updated information




Trinity College London has developed an online area with access to lots of useful free resources for people teaching English to sanctuary seekers in informal classes and groups. Just follow this link.