Welcome to the BEGIN website
(for Basic Educational Guidance in Nottinghamshire).


If you have any problems, please phone the team.

BEGIN offers free, impartial advice for adults aged 16+ years about:

  • ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

  • Functionals Skills English & Maths

  • Area served: Nottingham City, Broxtowe, Gedling and Rushcliffe Boroughs of Nottinghamshire.

BEGIN is funded by Nottingham College and Nottingham City Council.

Please feel free to contact us for ESOL, Maths or English enquiries, or for any other enquiries:

Phone or email:

  • Jennifer 07903 827780


  • Angella 07507 113795


  • Zineb 07580 527225


  • Dominique 07970 373420


  • Office 0115 978 0942

Fill in an Enquiry Form on the Learners page of this site:

Getting on an ESOL Course

Getting on a Functional Skills English & Maths Course

What's new?

BEGIN home/office work
BEGIN are working at home a lot of the time, but from August/September 2022 staff will also work in the office at Nottingham College Adams Building.

16-18 years FULL Time ESOL courses at Nottingham College - see Powerpoint below for more information

Good news for Hong Kong BNO status holders - see Hong Kong BNO ESOL poster below. East Midlands Councils have funding for new ESOL courses and are planning courses soon! Contact BEGIN now if you want ESOL.

Contact any of the BEGIN advisers above -on their mobile, fill in an ESOL enquiry form on the Learners page, or email enquiries@begin.org.uk.

Also - visit https://hkbno.emcouncils.gov.uk/ - for free English Language resources, information about housing, immigration, employment and training, partner organisations offering social events and/or training, community support and much more! Their latest news is also regularly posted on Facebook - log on here.

All learners - if you have internet access – try English online! Our ‘LATEST Useful Website’ sheet is in the Other Help section on this website – here & also attached below.

UK SETTLEMENT for EU Citizens or their non-EU family members - see information below & contact Diana Bagci: 07834 264950 / eussnottslc@gmail.com

Other help for migrant people - please keep checking the Other Help & Useful Websites sections on this website.

For example - https://migrantinfohub.org.uk/ offers advice about COVID-19 in 16 languages.