Until the end of 2015 two types of ESOL Skills for Life qualification will be offered:
NQF ESOL will expire for new registrations on 31 December 2014. The final assessment opportunity is 30 April 2015 and the final certification 30 June 2015. If learners may need longer than this timescale then they must be entered for the QCF version.
Candidates at Entry level are tested at for each of the core language skills of speaking and listening, reading and writing, at each sub-level, 1,2,3. They can achieve unit accreditation for each mode, or take a single mode qualification for Speaking and Listening. Assessment for each mode is via a paper-based test, which can be taken on demand when the learner is ready for assessment. There is no portfolio requirement.