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City & Guilds offers a wide variety of International English Qualifications (IEQs) designed especially for those who want to study, work or travel around the globe. International ESOL and Spoken ESOL (SESOL) are quality English language examinations standardised on the six levels of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). 

Our International English Qualifications (IEQs) are quality English language exams recognised by employers, educational institutions and professional bodies worldwide for both academic progression and employment.

We offer a wide range of printed and online support materials and services that drive centre efficiency and improve learner success rates.

Acceptance of City & Guilds International ESOL (IESOL) and Spoken ESOL (ISESOL) certificates for UK visa purposes 

City & Guilds is not renewing its license with UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) to be a Secure English Language Test provider. This will come into effect on 6 April 2015. 

Any certificates issued for International ESOL (IESOL) and Spoken ESOL (ISESOL) examinations held before or on 5 April 2015 can be used for UK visa applications until 5 November 2015.  

Any IESOL and ISESOL certificates issued for examinations held on or after 6 April 2015 will not be accepted as part of the visa application process.  

Please contact your local City & Guilds office if you have any further queries.

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Funding information

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We run a wide range of events across our sectors, including qualification briefings, CPD events and centre management events. Take a look at our calendar for more information. 

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