Is This for You?

This Pitman English course is specifically for anyone who is looking to improve their fluency and ability in speaking, writing, reading and listening.

Please note this course does not give you the IELTS qualification. This assessment must be organised separately at an appropriately mandated testing venue.

Award and Associated Qualifications

Awarded 60 CPD points upon successful completion

Start Date
Study Type
In centre, online, or a combination
Training Type
3 units will take around 60 hours

About This Course

Do you want to be able to converse more fluently in English? Are you looking for work and need to improve your English language skills? Pitman English is a flexible, fun way to improve your skills.

This is an online training course which will help you improve key English language areas: Reading, Listening, Writing, Speaking.

At the very beginning of the course, you’ll sit a Proficiency Assessment to ascertain your current skill level. From here, you’ll get straight into the course, choosing units or subject areas you find interesting and relevant to you. This could be anything from travel, sports and technology, through to world news. The topics are regularly updated, so the course content is topical and relevant. To ensure you’re studying at the appropriate level, you’ll resit the Proficiency Assessment every 3 months to track and monitor your progress. The course level will then advance as appropriate.

You can choose any 3 units to study at a time. Each unit will comprise different activities, exercises and games, all designed to provide an interactive and enjoyable study experience. As you’re learning, you’ll build up your Word Bank, which will then provide one of the resources you’ll be required to study each week. You’ll also build a Grammar Guide, another resource you will be asked to review and study each week.

We offer small group classes to give you opportunities to practise your speaking skills. The classes will be appropriate to your level and will take place via video-conferencing software. Make sure to take advantage of this great opportunity to improve your conversational language skills.

The combination of the study units, practice lessons, tutorials and ongoing assessments will all assist you in building confidence in your English language skills. At the end of this course, you will receive a Pitman Training certificate.

Please note this is not an IELTS qualification.


You can study up to 3 units at any one time.

The topic of the units is your choice, and there is a wide-ranging selection available with the subjects such as: Sports, Technology, Travel, Food & Drink, Celebrities & Entertainment, Arts & Culture, Shopping, Business, Family & Friends, Fitness & Healthy Lifestyle, Health, Hospitality, Manufacturing, Personal Finance, Politics, World News.

Whilst studying, the online learning system will be automatically building your Word Bank and Grammar Guide which we recommend you study once a week.

We offer small group classes to give you opportunities to practise your speaking skills. The classes will be appropriate to your level and will take place via video-conferencing software. Make sure to take advantage of this great opportunity to improve your conversational language skills.

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Aims and Objectives

This online English language course is designed to help you improve key English language skills in reading, speaking, listening and writing. Throughout the training you will build your English vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation and fluency.


Before starting this course you must already have some basic English language understanding.

Finance Options

Wherever possible our training is tailored to your needs. The cost of our training programmes depend on the course(s) you choose and varies according to duration and breadth. Rest assured we have a number of payment options available to ensure the cost of training is affordable and can be worked alongside your other financial commitments. Common ways people fund their training include: –


  • Flexible payment plans to help you spread the cost* available at many of our centres;
  • You could opt to pay upfront.

Company Funded:

Requesting funding from your employers needn’t be a daunting task. Many employers support and encourage their employees with their professional development and consider it a worthwhile investment to fund any training required.

What we can help with:

  • Providing a comprehensive training programme outlining learning outcomes
  • Tailored personnel letters
  • Communication with finance departments to arrange payment options (upfront or payment plan*).

Funding & Grants:

There may be the opportunity to apply for funded grants that can help towards the cost of training. These include the Skills Development Scotland ITAs and the ReAct programme in Wales. All schemes will have different terms and conditions that will need to be met in order to qualify for a grant and these are managed by each individual centre.

We’d recommend you speak to a Course Advisor in your local centre to find out whether they are registered to offer any such schemes and discuss your requirements further.

* Terms and Conditions apply. Speak to a Course Advisor for full information on the options available to you.

Career Path

If English is your second language, taking the time to fully master the third most commonly used language across the globe will be of great benefit to you and your future career.

What’s the Difference?

We offer a range of training packages in a range of subject areas and can offer blended learning opportunities to best meet your needs.

Our courses are practical in nature and focus on a single subject and can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days.

Diplomas are designed to give you a complete skillset mapped to a specific career path and contain a number of core and elective courses.