International ESOL (8984)

Last Updated: 18 Dec 2014
The City & Guilds International ESOL (IESOL) qualifications will help you demonstrate your ability to communicate in English to enable you to work or study in English-speaking countries and/or environments.

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.

The International ESOL (IESOL) qualifications are for anyone who is a non-native speaker of English and who would like to demonstrate their ability to communicate in English. Many English-speaking universities accept this qualification as evidence of language proficiency for entry on to their courses.
Available in the following:
  • England
  • Wales
  • Northern Ireland
  • International

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General Information

What Is 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 (IESOL) could help you to get a job in an English-speaking company or a place on a course at an English-speaking university.

What Is Involved With 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. 

Recognition
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.

Entry 1

Entry Level 1 is ideal if you want to:
  • 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 sentences in documents, ie forms.
You will sit a single exam paper which covers:
  • Listening, Reading and Writing.
The exam lasts two hours.

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

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.

City & Guilds Entry Level 1 Certificate in ESOL International (reading, writing and listening) (Preliminary A1) (8984-71)

Last Registration Date: 31 Aug 2015 Supportive services: SmartScreen

City & Guilds Entry Level 1 Certificate in ESOL International (reading, writing and listening) (Preliminary A1)

  • Accreditation No: 500/1763/9 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Data unavailable This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 120 - 120 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/08/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Entry 2

Entry Level 2 is ideal if you want to:

  • understand sentences and frequently-used expressions
  • communicate in tasks requiring exchange of information
  • obtain information from short documents, familiar sources, signs and symbols
  • write to communicate with some awareness of intended audience.

You will sit a single exam paper which covers:

  • Listening, Reading and Writing.

The exam lasts two hours.

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

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.

City & Guilds Entry Level 2 Certificate in ESOL International (reading, writing and listening) (Access A2) (8984-72)

Last Registration Date: 31 Aug 2015 Supportive services: SmartScreen

City & Guilds Entry Level 2 Certificate in ESOL International (reading, writing and listening) (Access A2)

  • Accreditation No: 500/1769/X This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Data unavailable This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 120 - 120 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/08/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Entry 3

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.

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.

 

City & Guilds Entry Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International (reading, writing and listening) (Achiever B1) (8984-73)

Last Registration Date: 31 Aug 2015 Supportive services: SmartScreen

City & Guilds Entry Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International (reading, writing and listening) (Achiever B1)

  • Accreditation No: 500/1764/0 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Data unavailable This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 120 - 120 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/08/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 1

Level 1 is ideal if you want to:

  • 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.

You will sit a single exam paper which covers:

  • Listening, Reading and Writing.

The exam lasts two and half hours.

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

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.

City & Guilds Level 1 Certificate in ESOL International (reading, writing and listening) (Communicator B2) (8984-74)

Last Registration Date: 31 Aug 2015 Supportive services: SmartScreen

Level 1 Certificate in ESOL International (reading, writing and listening) (Communicator B2)

  • Accreditation No: 500/1765/2 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Data unavailable This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 120 - 120 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/08/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2

Level 2 is ideal if you want to:
  • 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 effectively.
You will sit a single exam paper which covers:
  • Listening, Reading and Writing.
The exam lasts three hours.

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

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.

City & Guilds Level 2 Certificate in ESOL International (reading, writing and listening) (Expert C1) (8984-75)

Last Registration Date: 31 Aug 2015 Supportive services: SmartScreen

Level 2 Certificate in ESOL International (reading, writing and listening) (Expert C1)

  • Accreditation No: 500/1766/4 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Data unavailable This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 120 - 120 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/08/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3

Level 3 is ideal if you want to:

  • understand with ease virtually everything heard or read
  • summarise information, reconstruct arguments and accounts coherently
  • express self spontaneously, fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations

You will sit a single exam paper which covers:

  • Listening, Reading and Writing.

The exam lasts three hours.

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

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.

City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International (reading, writing and listening) (Mastery C2) (8984-76)

Last Registration Date: 31 Aug 2015 Supportive services: SmartScreen

City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International (reading, writing and listening) (Mastery C2)

  • Accreditation No: 500/1767/6 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Data unavailable This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 120 - 120 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/08/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Additional information for centres

Smart Screen

SMARTSCREEN IS AVAILABLE FOR THIS QUALIFICATION

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