International ESOL (8984)

About this level

Entry Level 3 is ideal if you want to:

  • understand the main points of clear standard communication
  • convey information, feelings and opinions on familiar topics
  • engage in discussion to reach shared understanding
  • produce simple connected text; describe experiences, events, hopes and ambitions.

You will sit a single exam paper which covers:

  • Listening, Reading and Writing.

The exam lasts two and a half hours.

For a full list of units, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

City & Guilds Entry Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International (reading, writing and listening) (Achiever B1)  (8984-73)
Last registration date:31/08/2015
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City & Guilds Entry Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International (reading, writing and listening) (Achiever B1)
Accreditation number – a reference number related to UK accreditation frameworkAccreditation No:500/1764/0
Qualification type – categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessmentType:Data unavailable
Credits – a measure of the size of the qualificationCredits:Data unavailable
Guided Learning Hours – the average contact time a centre would typically commitGuided Learning Hours:120 - 120
Last certification date – the last date that a certificate can be issuedLast certification date:31/08/2017

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What's involved in delivering this course?
International ESOL (IESOL) is available at six levels and is benchmarked to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). The upper levels, Expert and Mastery, are recognised by many English speaking universities as evidence of language proficiency for entry purposes. 

When taken as part of the International ESOL Diploma (9992) it is recognised by the UK Border Agency as an approved English language test. 

City & Guilds levels CEFR
Preliminary A1
Access A2
Achiever B1
Communicator B2
Expert C1
Mastery C2

Have a look at who recognises our International ESOL and SESOL Qualifications. You can also browse our recognitions search page for information about other qualifications.International ESOL has undergone a rigorous examination through a CEFR benchmarking project. This has resulted in modifications to all six levels. B1, B2, C1 and C2 are in a new format, recognisable by the changed appearance in the cover sheet.These changes have been made due to our ongoing improvements of the IEQ suite, in particular our exciting CEFR linking project. We have updated and revised the following levels:
  • Preliminary (A1)
  • Access (A2)
  • Achiever (B1)
  • Communicator (B2)
  • Expert (C1)
  • Mastery (C2).
Assessment is by a single exam paper which covers Listening, Reading and Writing. Testing is on demand, so you can choose your own dates. 

To help you familiarise with the new, improved version of our International ESOL exam papers, Practice Papers are now available for download from the Assessment Materials section.To find all the resource requirements, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.Anyone can take these qualifications, but you must make sure all your learners can access the resources they need to complete it.
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What's involved in studying this course?
International ESOL (IESOL) qualifications are available at six levels and is benchmarked to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). You'll cover:
  • Reading English texts
  • Writing in English
  • Listening to and understanding English.
Essentially these qualifications are proficiency tests to assess your ability to communicate in English, so you don't necessarily learn but demonstrate your skills.Your centre may provide you with an exam preparation course to help you get ready for the exam.Preliminary - A1 (Entry Level 1)You can:
  • Use everyday expressions and very basic phrases for practical needs
  • Ask and answer questions about personal details
  • Understand short texts on familiar topics and obtain information from signs and symbols
  • Write simple phrases and sentences in documents, ie forms.
Access - A2 (Entry Level 2)You can:
  • Understand sentences and frequently-used expressions
  • Communicate in tasks requiring an exchange of information
  • Obtain information from short documents, familiar sources, signs and symbols
  • Write to communicate with some awareness of the intended audience.
Achiever - B1 (Entry Level 3)You can:
  • Understand main points of clear standard communication
  • Convey information, feelings and opinions on familiar topics
  • Engage in discussion to reach a shared understanding
  • Produce a simple connected text
  • Describe experiences, events, hopes & ambitions.
Communicator - B2 (Level 1)You can:
  • Understand main ideas of complex communication
  • Interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity without strain for either party
  • Engage in discussion in familiar and unfamiliar situations
  • Communicate in detail, appropriate to purpose and audience.
Expert - C1 (Level 2)You can:
  • Understand demanding texts and recognise implicit meaning
  • Use language fluently and spontaneously
  • Engage in discussion making clear and effective contributions
  • Produce well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects
  • Communicate ideas and opinions effectively.
Mastery - C2 (Level 3)You can:
  • Understand with ease virtually everything heard or read
  • Summarise information, reconstruct arguments and accounts coherently
  • Express self spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.
For more detailed level descriptors please go to International ESOL & SESOL (CEFR) overall descriptors for each level.
What careers can this lead to?

A City & Guilds International ESOL could help you to get a job in an English-speaking company or a place on a course at an English-speaking university.

When taken as part of the International ESOL Diploma (9992) these qualifications are recognised by the UK Border Agency as approved English language tests for Tiers 1 and 2 visas.