ESOL Skills for Life (3692)

About this level

Level 1 will suit you if you can read, write, speak and listen quite confidently but want to be able to understand and communicate less familiar and more varied information.

There are three parts to the qualification:

  • Speaking and listening
  • Writing
  • Reading.

You can get a qualification in Speaking and listening on its own.

A new interim Reading assessment was introduced at levels 1 and 2 in September 2013 to replace the Basic and Key Skills (BKS) national test. This is based on the same assessment specification as City & Guilds’ Functional Skills English Reading assessment; sample assessments are available within the Assessment dropdown.

Level 1 Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life  (3692-11)
Last registration date:31/08/2014
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Level 1 Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life
Accreditation number – a reference number related to UK accreditation frameworkAccreditation No:100/3743/3
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 - 140
Last certification date – the last date that a certificate can be issuedLast certification date:31/08/2016
Level 1 Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life (Speaking and Listening)  (3692-24)
Last registration date:31/08/2014
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Level 1 Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life (Speaking and Listening)
Accreditation number – a reference number related to UK accreditation frameworkAccreditation No:100/4902/2
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:60 - 70
Last certification date – the last date that a certificate can be issuedLast certification date:31/08/2016

Information & documentation

For Centres

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Sample Assessments Reading
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What's involved in delivering this course?

To deliver these qualifications you will need suitably qualified staff to carry out training and assessment. The ESOL Skills for Life qualifications are designed to be used with the Adult ESOL Core Curriculum.

At Entry 1, 2 and 3, learners complete an assignment which is centre-assessed. There's a choice of assignment titles. Each assignment title covers speaking and listening, reading and writing. At Levels 1 and 2, speaking and listening and writing are assessed by supervised portfolio. Reading is assessed using an externally-marked assessment (based on the same specification as City & Guilds' Functional Skills English Reading assessments).

The Adult ESOL Core Curriculum is essential reading for all ESOL Skills for Life tutors and assessors. A thorough understanding of the core curriculum is also crucial for marking the assignments and Levels 1-2 portfolio activities.

If learners are intending to use this qualification towards theKnowledge of Language and Life requirements for permanent Settlement or Naturalisation, they will need to ensure that they also meet all of the Home Office's other requirements.

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For Learners

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What's involved in studying this course?

Depending on the level you choose, the English that you'll learn will help you to:

  • find a job or get on at work
  • deal with public services such as housing offices or doctors
  • help your child get on at school
  • get more involved in the local community.

For an ESOL Skills for Life Certificate you'll normally attend classes at either a college a community centre, or within your workplace. You'll learn in a group, but you may also have to do some work on your own. Your centre will normally want to carry out a short test (known as an initial assessment) to confirm which ESOL Skills for Life qualification and level is right for you.

What careers can this lead to?

ESOL Skills for Life can get you speaking, reading and writing English well enough to start or develop your career or go on to further levels of study.

After completing ESOL Skills for Life at Entry Levels 1, 2 and 3, you can go on to Levels 1 and 2. Alternatively, you can take the Certificate in Adult Literacy at Levels 1 and 2 (aimed at native English speakers) or the Functional Skills English qualification.

If you want a shorter option developing the English you need in the workplace, you might want to take ESOL for Work - a short course focused on the world of work.