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ESOL International

ESOL International Qualifications are designed for people who are not native speakers of English and who wish to achieve a high quality, UK accredited qualification in English that is available and recognised worldwide.

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ESOL International Qualifications are designed for people who are not native speakers of English and who wish to achieve a high-quality, UK-accredited qualification in English that is available and recognised worldwide.

Available from Intermediate (RQF Level Entry 3/CEFR B1) to Proficiency (RQF Level 3/CEFR C2), they are suitable for candidates who are preparing for entry to higher education or professional employment in the UK or elsewhere.

At a Glance:

  • 75% External Assessment (25% internal)
  • Graded Qualifications – Pass, Merit, Distinction
  • Regular assessment windows throughout the year
  • Available as Full Certificates (B1 to C2) or Awards in Reading and Listening (B2 & C2 only)
  • User-friendly assessment processes and paperwork
  • New for 2024 – Level 3 (CEFR C2) Award and Certificate in ESOL International eligible for UCAS Tariff Points

ESOL International qualifications are designed to reference the descriptions of language proficiency in the Common European Framework Reference for Languages (CEFR). The levels in the CEFR have been mapped to the levels in the Regulated Qualifications Framework for England, Wales and Northern Ireland see Pathways to Proficiency – the alignment of language proficiency scales for assessing competence in English Language DFES / QCA, 2003.

Supporting Materials

For information on the Conduct of Examinations for ESOL International, please click here.

Assessment windows – 2023/24

Assessment WindowAssessment AvailableLearner Registration DeadlineWindow Start Date (Monday)Window End Date (Sunday)Assessment (and Speaking Results) submission to OCNL Date (within 10 working days after assessment window)Results Date (20 working days after assessments returned to OCNL)
Dec - 23B1, B2, C1, C204/12/202311/12/202317/12/202305/01/202402/02/2024
Jun-24B2, C203/06/202410/06/202416/06/202428/06/202426/07/2024

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Introduction To Assessment & Moderation Processes For Newly Recognised Centres

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Webinar  |  5 Jun 15:00

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Webinar  |  12 Jun 15:00

Embedding Pre-employment Training in ESOL Teaching and Learning

Join us on this specially designed 90 minute workshop, to find out more about embedding pre-employment training in ESOL teaching and...

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Introducing OCN London’s online platform for the Access to HE Diploma in Nursing

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