All levels of Pearson’s ESOL Skills for Life qualifications are internally assessed and externally verified using Pearson developed assessments. Assessments are available on demand from Pearson’s secure assessment site and go live in September each year. You can choose when to assess your learners.
Pearson ESOL Skills for Life qualifications cover Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening and are available in the following sizes:
Awards (60-120 GLH) - from Entry 1 to Level 2
Certificates (270 GLH) - from Entry 1 to Level 1
There are three assessments per skill and per level for tutors to choose from.
Reading and Writing assessments
These are paper-based assessments. They are internally assessed and available when your learners are ready for assessment.
Speaking and Listening assessments
These are internally assessed without the need to book a Pearson assessor. Your learners are working with people they know, reducing assessment anxiety.
Learners with Spiky Profiles
Pearson’s ESOL Skills for Life supports learners with spiky profiles.
The ESOL Skills for Life Awards can be taken separately and mixed with qualifications at different levels. A learner can take, for example, speaking and listening and reading at level 1 and writing at entry 3 as part of the same programme.
This approach is popular with both centres and learners as the learners are motivated by achieving the individual qualifications which are a clear description of their achievements.
The overarching Certificate qualifications are used to certificate learners when they have reached the same level in all three areas, so do not support a spiky programme.