ESOL Skills for Life (3692)

Last Updated: 01 Dec 2014
Supporting speakers of other languages based in the UK to develop their English for living and working. NB: these qualifications will be replaced from September 2014 by a new suite of ESOL Skills for Life qualifications (4692).

There are three units: Reading, Writing and Speaking & Listening. The full-mode qualification requires all three, although a standalone Speaking and Listening qualification is also available.
ESOL Skills for Life is for anyone living in the UK whose first language isn't English. There are five levels available, to meet the needs of people whose English is at different levels. The qualifications are designed to support English language development for work or further learning.
Available in the following:
  • England
  • Wales
  • Scotland
  • Northern Ireland

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General Information

What Is 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. You may also progress to other qualifications such as City & Guilds' English Skills, or alternatively Functional Skills or GCSE.

What Is Involved With 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 the Knowledge 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.

Entry 1

Entry Level 1 will suit you if you have only limited English and want to be able to understand simple instructions, statements and questions, as well as speak and write about familiar topics

There are three parts to the qualification:

  • Speaking and listening
  • Writing
  • Reading.

You can get a qualification in Speaking and listening on its own. Or you can take all three parts as one qualification. Up to two of the three parts can be achieved at Entry 2 or Entry 3.

For more information, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

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.

Entry Level Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life (Entry 1) (3692-01)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2014 Supportive services: SmartScreen

Entry Level Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life (Entry 1)

  • Accreditation No: 100/3740/8 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 - 140 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/08/2015 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Entry Level Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life (3692-07)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2014 Supportive services: SmartScreen

Entry Level Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life (Entry 1)

  • Accreditation No: 100/3740/8 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 - 140 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/08/2015 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Entry Level Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life (Speaking and Listening) (Entry 1) (3692-21)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2014 Supportive services: SmartScreen

Entry Level Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life (Speaking and Listening) (Entry 1)

  • Accreditation No: 100/4899/6 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: 60 - 70 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/08/2015 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Entry 2

Entry Level 2 will suit you if you have some English and want to improve your understanding of straightforward instructions, statements and questions, as well as have the confidence to speak or write to more than one person.

There are three parts to the qualification:

  • Speaking and listening
  • Writing
  • Reading.

You can get a qualification in Speaking and listening on its own. Or you can take all three parts as one qualification. Up to two of the three parts can be achieved at Entry 3.

For more information, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

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.

Entry Level Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life (Entry 2) (3692-02)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2014 Supportive services: Learning Assistant

Entry Level Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life (Entry 2)

  • Accreditation No: 100/3741/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 - 140 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/08/2015 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Entry Level Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life (3692-07)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2014 Supportive services: SmartScreen

Entry Level Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life (Entry 2)

  • Accreditation No: 100/3741/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 - 140 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/08/2015 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Entry Level Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life (Speaking and Listening) (Entry 2) (3692-22)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2014 Supportive services: SmartScreen

Entry Level Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life (Speaking and Listening) (Entry 2)

  • Accreditation No: 100/4900/9 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: 60 - 70 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/08/2015 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Entry 3

Entry Level 3 will suit you if you have enough English to feel comfortable talking to people and reading simple texts, but you want to be able to use English over the phone as well as speaking and writing more accurately.

There are three parts to the qualification:

  • Speaking and listening
  • Writing
  • Reading.

You can get a qualification in Speaking and listening on its own. Or you can take all three parts as one qualification.

For more information, download the qualification handbook from the centre documents section.

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.

Entry Level Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life (Entry 3) (3692-03)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2014 Supportive services: SmartScreen

Entry Level Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life (Entry 3)

  • Accreditation No: 100/3742/1 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 - 140 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/08/2015 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Entry Level Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life (3692-07)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2014 Supportive services: SmartScreen

Entry Level Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life (Entry 3)

  • Accreditation No: 100/3742/1 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 - 140 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/08/2015 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Entry Level Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life (Speaking and Listening) (Entry 3) (3692-23)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2014 Supportive services: SmartScreen

Entry Level Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life (Speaking and Listening) (Entry 3)

  • Accreditation No: 100/4901/0 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: 60 - 70 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/08/2015 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 1

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.

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.

Level 1 Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life (3692-11)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2014 Supportive services: SmartScreen

Level 1 Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life

  • Accreditation No: 100/3743/3 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 - 140 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/08/2015 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 1 Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life (Speaking and Listening) (3692-24)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2014 Supportive services: SmartScreen

Level 1 Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life (Speaking and Listening)

  • Accreditation No: 100/4902/2 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: 60 - 70 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/08/2015 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2

Level 2 will suit you if you can hold conversations, write clearly and accurately but want to be able to be more fluent when dealing with unfamiliar/complex situations. For more information about the expected standard at each level, please refer to the Adult ESOL Core curriculum.

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.

  

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.

Level 2 Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life (3692-12)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2014 Supportive services: SmartScreen

Level 2 Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life

  • Accreditation No: 100/3744/5 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 - 140 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/08/2016 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life (Speaking and Listening) (3692-25)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2014 Supportive services: SmartScreen

Level 2 Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life (Speaking and Listening)

  • Accreditation No: 100/4903/4 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: 60 - 70 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/08/2016 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Additional information for centres

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