Improvers Language Skills Programme


Course Description

If you have studied a language before and your language skills are suitable to communicate simple phrases and vocabulary but yet you are not confident in conversing in a wider range of context or using language in the past, present and future, then this course is suitable for you. The programme helps you to develop and improve your ability to communicate in a number of differing situations in everyday life, when finding your way around and out shopping, etc. You will learn to extend language use and incorporate different time frames to identify and reproduce written vocabulary and use more complex sentences as well as understand and speak the language using more complex phrases and vocabulary.


The course is appropriate for learners who have a good range of basic vocabulary and can communicate and identify simple phrases in the target language.


You will not have to sit an examination for this qualification but you will have a portfolio of evidence of your studies. You will use all language skills, reading, writing, listening and speaking during the course and will develop confidence with using the target language.


Languages offered include Italian and Spanish. We welcome enquiries for other languages; however we would only be able to offer a course if there was sufficient demand.


These qualifications are intended for use by a wide variety of learners and are particularly suitable for:

  • Adults in part-time provision
  • Adults in the workplace
  • Adults in full-time learning
  • 16-19 learners in schools and colleges who wish to study a language alongside their academic or vocational qualifications.


Course Structure

The Doncaster College Improve Your Language Skills Programme consists of four communication skills, reading, writing, listening and speaking. You will complete a range of activities to develop skills and will receive a certificate recognising your achievement on completion of the course.

Entry Requirements

The Improvers Programme is aimed at learners with basic prior knowledge of the target language or those completing the Doncaster College Beginner's Programme. Learners should be 16+. Continuing learners will be offered an opportunity to enrol via their course tutor. Any new learners will need to complete an application prior to enrolling. Courses must have 12 or more students in the group. If a course attracts sufficient interest then the learners will be invited to enrol at a specific group event.

Course Progression Routes

These qualifications encourage progression through the levels and learners successfully completing the Certificate can progress to the Doncaster College Moving On Your Language Skills Programme (subject to availability).

Course Career Prospects

Acquisition of a language alongside vocational or academic skills can enhance career prospects in globalised economies. Employers are increasingly seeing language acquisition as an invaluable skill in response to the challenge of flexibility and mobility in the labour market.


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If you are unsure about your career progression please contact the Careers Team.

Specific Course Information Contact

Jenny Tasker, 01302 553649 or jenny.tasker@don.ac.uk


Jean Robson, 01302 553671 or jean.robson@don.ac.uk

How to Apply

Download Application Form

To apply for this course, click here to download an application form. Completed forms should be returned to Centralised Admissions, Student Services, Doncaster College, FREEPOST RRBE CXT2 ZTGA, The Hub, Chappell Drive, Doncaster, DN1 2RF.


After returning the form, you will be asked to attend an interview.

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