People’s reasons for needing to improve their English often vary, and these qualifications are designed to be flexible. There are separate small qualifications in Speaking & Listening, Reading and Writing, as well as a larger qualification that includes all three.
You’ll usually be asked to complete a short test at the start of your course that’s known as an initial assessment. This will help to decide which ESOL qualification is right for you.
If you’re intending to use your ESOL qualification to support an application for permanent Settlement or Naturalisation in the UK, you’ll also need to ensure that you have met all of the Home Office’s other requirements.
Being able to use spoken and written English effectively is vital for almost any career. ESOL Skills for Life may enable learners to access other English qualifications such as City & Guilds' English Skills, Functional/Essential Skills or GCSE. They might also help learners to gain the confidence and language skills necessary to access other learning or progress further in their chosen career.
ESOL Skills for Life qualifications are based on the National Standards for Adult Literacy, and anyone involved in teaching or assessing must be familiar with the Adult ESOL Core Curriculum.
Learners should undergo a proper process of initial and diagnostic assessment, to ensure that they are working towards an appropriate ESOL qualification at the correct level.
All assessment at Entry level is internally assessed by the centre. City & Guilds provides a bank of assignments that can be taken as soon as candidates are ready. The same assessment model also operates for Writing and Speaking & Listening at levels 1 and 2.
Reading at levels 1 and 2 is assessed by an externally-marked test, available either onscreen or on paper, and able to be booked as soon as candidates are ready.