What's involved in delivering this course?
To deliver these qualifications you will need suitably qualified staff to carry out training and assessment.
You will also need suitable facilities to carry out the required training to enable learners to achieve industry standards
The ESOL Skills for Life qualifications are designed to be used with the Adult ESOL Core Curriculum.
At Entry Levels 1, 2 and 3, learners complete an assignment which is centre-assessed. There's a choice of nine assignment titles (each based on one of the core curriculum contexts). 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 the national adult literacy test. You can get information and practice tests from our National Tests Resource Centre.
The Adult ESOL Core Curriculum is essential reading for all ESOL Skills for Life tutors. A thorough understanding of the core curriculum is also crucial for marking the assignments and Levels 1-2 portfolio activities.
The City & Guilds Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life focuses particularly on real-life English skills, so it is a good idea to draw on real examples of the sorts of materials and conversations learners will come into contact with. This will help to make learning English creative, fun and relevant for learners.
If you're delivering these qualifications as part of an ESOL with Citizenship course designed to help learners meet the Knowledge of Language and Life requirement for British Citizenship or Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR), you will need to ensure that the programme meets all of the UK Border Agency's other requirements.
See the UK Border Agency's Guidance for ESOL Providers for more details.
Depending on the learning materials you use, you might need to provide access to computers, and audio and television equipment to listen to CDs or watch DVDs. Some providers also use field visits and outside speakers. Even if you're not delivering formal citizenship teaching, the NIACE/LLU+ materials are free of charge and can help introduce learners to contexts and concepts they will need to live and work successfully in the UK.
There's a huge variety of learning materials for you to choose from for every level of ESOL Skills for Life. To find all the resource requirements, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.
Any non-native English speaker resident in the UK can take this qualification.