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Personal Track Safety (PTS)

Suitable from entry level to language level A2This programme is aimed at non-native English speakers working as railway operatives on the UK railway network. All operatives need to pass the Personal Track Safety (PTS) exam before they can work on a UK railway.

Our PTS exam preparation programme develops the skills that you will need to pass the English language examination. Optima Training has a 100% success rate in delivering this programme. We have developed a range of learning materials tailored to working on UK railways.

Programme aim

To prepare non-native English speakers for their English language Personal Track Safety (PTS) exam.

Programme targets

Delegates will be able to:

  • Recognise and use the NATO alphabet
  • Respond to emergency situations
  • Speak confidently both on the telephone and face to face
  • Recognise and use numbers
  • Recognise and use ‘every day’ English.


The taught language is English.

Language level

Delegates need to achieve A2 language skills to pass the Personal Track Safety exam.

We can support delegates with A1 language skills and below. Programme length will vary according to initial language levels:

  • Below and Emerging  A1: 3 week programme
  • Consolidating A1: 3 week programme
  • Established A1 and emerging A2 : 2 week programme
  • Consolidating A2: 1 week programme.

See our PDF guide to the Common European Framework Languages for details of language learning levels.

Programme content

  • A highly interactive and intensive programme with a focus on developing English language speaking and listening skills.
  • The programme will prepare delegates for passing the Personal Track Safety exam as well as introducing them to the British working environment.
  • Trainers ensure that delegates build up the language skills necessary to get on in the workplace as well as including elements of British work and social culture.

Programme delivery

  • Face to face delivery at our offices in Newark.
  • We will provide a native speaker trainer for elements of co-delivery where delegates have language skills of below or emerging A1
  • Training delivery consists of 5 hours per day.
  • Delegates will be given additional short tasks and activities at the end of each day and will also be able to use the Learning Zone to consolidate their skills.

Programme elements

  • Pre-programme initial assessment
  • Programme folder with tailored learning materials
  • Use of learner zone for 3 months
  • Post programme language coaching
  • End of programme progress report.

What do our delegates say?

"I can speak and read more confidently. I am very satisfied."
Railway Operative, Colas Rail