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ESOL Skills for Life

ESOL skills for life is a suite of qualifications designed to support speakers of other languages based within the UK to develop their English language skills for work, further learning or everyday life.

We have partnered with Klik2Learn to offer Journey 2 English, a digital course for intermediate learners of English. It is aligned to City & Guilds ESOL Skills for Life (4692) qualification and available through our SmartScreen platform at a per-learner licencing model.

Learn more about the digital content available >

What sets City & Guilds ESOL Skills for Life apart?

We have worked hard to develop an offer which best suits the specific needs of ESOL provision, supporting flexible delivery, responsive assessment and encouraging maximum learner engagement.

With City & Guilds ESOL Skills for Life qualifications centres will benefit from:

  • Sector experience – we have worked with experienced ESOL specialists, each with extensive experience of developing credit based qualifications.
  • Employer recognition – our ESOL Skills for Life qualification has particular resonance with employers and relevance to the world of work.
  • Adult funding – ESOL Skills for Life are the only qualifications eligible for funding under the Adult Education Budget (AEB) intended specifically to support English language development for speakers of other languages.* Qualifications are available as Awards and Certificates, supporting learners to move onto other qualifications, into apprenticeships or into work.
    *Eligibility criteria apply, England only.


Available as a full time program, or as single unit, award sized qualifications.

  • Flexible delivery – both ‘award-sized’ and a ‘full-mode’ certificate available to suit different learner needs and modes of delivery which allows learners to focus on particular linguistic modes where they need support.
  • Minimum risk pricing – Award-sized is paid for on results, which means no feed are payable if the candidates drop out or do not undergo assessment.


On demand assessment allows candidates to be assessed as soon as they are ready with tests written specifically for ESOL learners.

  • Unique units - we have taken a fresh approach and have worked independently to develop units unique to City & Guilds. Our assessments were deliberately designed alongside our units, ensuring a close fit between the two.
  • On-demand assessment - all assessments are either centre-based or available at as little as an hour’s notice.


A huge range of resources and sample assessments aligned to National Standards support personalised learning.

  • Complementary wider Maths and English offer - our ESOL SfL qualifications are complemented by an extensive range of maths and English qualifications including framework qualifications, Functional Skills and Essential Skills.

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