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The Ascentis ESOL Skills for Life qualifications are based on the National Standards for Adult Literacy and are closely related to the ESOL Core Curriculum.  Ascentis offers the full suite of ESOL Skills for Life Qualifications from Entry 1 to Level 2.


Who are these qualifications for?

Ascentis ESOL Skills for Life qualifications are designed specifically for people living in Britain and focus on preparing learners for further education and the world of work. The primary aim is to assist the learner in becoming independent of others (such as interpreters or translators; be they professionals, family or friends) when interacting with native English-speakers, both in a work environment and elsewhere. By improving their communication and fluency in English, learners will significantly improve their employability skills. Furthermore, these learners will benefit from the development of the ability to access service providers and to have the linguistic confidence to travel, work and socialise beyond their local community.



Ascentis ESOL Skills for Life Specification

Ascentis ESOL Skills for Life Policy Statement

You can also find some sample assessments for use with your learners below.  These include the mark schemes and are at various levels. If you would like more samples, please get in touch with our team here

Entry 1 ESOL samples

Entry 2 ESOL samples

Entry 3 ESOL samples

Level 1 ESOL samples

Level 2 ESOL samples

101 ESOL Classroom Activities Sample

New for 2018: Pre-Entry Level Award in Introduction to Learning for Speakers of Other Languages (Non-Regulated)


‘Making the Best of the Funding for ESOL Programmes: Improving the efficiency and effectiveness of delivery’ – Beej Kaczmarczyk


Why Should I choose Ascentis?

  • No minimum registrations
  • Minimal paperwork for tutors
  • No wait for resits
  • Learner registration 10 days prior to assessment
  • Controlled assessments in the classroom – no exams
  • No assessment windows – you set the date
  • Tasks can be broken up and taken when the learner is ready
  • Accredited for learners aged 14+
  • Regular free support and standardisation events
  • Designated subject expert External Quality Assurer
  • Certification within 4 weeks


Where can my learners go from here?

Community Interpreting


Level 2 Vocational (pre-access)


How do I get started?

For more information on how to deliver our ESOL qualifications, or to move your ESOL provision to Ascentis, or to request a visit to your centre, please contact the Commercial Team on 01524 845046 or click here to email.

If you wish to apply now, please download the Centre Recognition Form and/or Qualification Approval Form which are available in our Key Information section.


Click below to read our ESOL Newsletters:

Summer Edition 2018

Spring Edition 2018

Winter Edition 2017

For more information on how to deliver this qualification, or to request a visit to your centre, please contact Graham Harwood on 01524 845046 or email [email protected].