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Level: B1 (Entry 3)

Credits: NA

Awarding Body: Edexcel

Course Code: NEL014

Duration: 12 Weeks

Fees:      £200



Becoming a British citizen or deciding to settle permanently in this country is an important event in your life. If you are making an application for British Citizenship or Indefinite Leave to Remain, you need to have the knowledge of English Language and life in the UK. For that, you need to pass:

      • Life in the UK test, and
      • B1 Level Exam or ESOL Entry Level 3

If you do not know the level of your English skills, you should visit us for a Free Initial Assessment. If you are assessed to be below Entry Level 3, you can then enrol on our ESOL course.

New London College is a pioneer in providing Language courses for Citizenship and Settlement purposes since early 2007, when the requirement was first introduced by the UK Government. Since then, we have trained and certified a very large number of learners.


Edexcel’s ESOL Skills for Life qualifications are accredited by The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation, Ofqual, and meet the UK Home Office language requirements for UK Citizenship and Indefinite Leave to Remain applications.

Course Aims

The ESOL Skills for Life qualification has been developed to give learners the opportunity to:

      • Achieve a level of attainment in English which is appropriate to apply for British Citizenship, Naturalisation or Indefinite Leave to Remain.
      • Use language confidently at a level to function in school or college, at work or in society in general.
      • Engage in learning which is relevant to them and will provide opportunities to develop a range of skills and techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.
      • Achieve a nationally recognised qualification.
Target Groups

If you are applying for British Citizenship or Indefinite Leave to Remain and your level of English is lower than Entry Level 3 you will need to register for our ESOL course.

Course Structure

The Edexcel ESOL Skills for Life qualifications cover the range of language skills and contexts set out in the Adult ESOL Core Curriculum and the appropriate levels of the National Adult Literacy Standards. 

The ESOL course is delivered in a classroom based interactive learning environment and it includes basic introduction to English Language skills through computers.


The duration for the course is 12 weeks, with 10 hours of classroom based teaching every week.

The classes are arranged Monday to Friday, and the class timings are as below: 

If you are Below Entry Level 3        - 09:30 am to 11:30 am

If you are At Entry Level 3              - 11:30 am to 01:30 pm

The class you have to attend and the number of days/weeks of classes required will be advised at the time of Initial Assessment. 

The Teachers maintain learning logs for each individual learner, which reflects the progress made by the learner at the end of each class. Based on the progress made by the learner, as recorded in the learning log, the teacher advises when a learner is ready for the final assessment.


Candidates on ESOL course for British Citizenship or ILR purposes need to take a single mode qualification in Speaking and Listening.

Speaking and Listening Mode: The speaking and listening tests are conducted by a teacher-assessor and learners may, for some tasks, be tested in pairs. The tests will assess the learner’s ability to: 

      • Listen and respond 
      • Speak to communicate
      • Engage in discussion

The test will be for about 30 minutes in total. An audio or video recording of each learner’s performance is required. The tasks have a pass mark of 66% and are not graded.

Unit certificate for Edexcel ESOL Speaking & Listening Unit will be issued to learners.

 Entry Requirements

The Edexcel ESOL Skills for Life qualification is for anybody aged 14 and above. 

UKVI Requirements: If English is not your main language, you must take the course in ESOL at Entry Level 3 or pass an English Language Test like IELTS at B1 Level.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a method of assessment that considers whether a learner can demonstrate that they can meet the assessment requirements for a unit through knowledge, understanding or skills they already possess and so do not need to develop through a course of learning. NLC and Edexcel recognise learners’ previous achievements and experiences whether at work, home and at leisure, as well as in the classroom. RPL provides a route for the recognition of the achievements resulting from continuous learning.

RPL enables recognition of achievement from a range of activities using any valid assessment methodology. Provided that the assessment requirements of a given unit or qualification have been met, RPL can be used for accrediting a unit, units or a whole qualification. Evidence of learning must be sufficient, reliable and valid.


It is recognised that ESOL learners may have different levels of knowledge, skills and understanding of their home language as well as English. Learners may be able to demonstrate their abilities confidently in some aspects of language and less able to so in another. The structure of the Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life has been designed to reflect this and to enable learners to progress at their own pace.

Learners can progress to the Reading & Writing Modes to complete the full ESOL Skills for Life qualification at the same level, or progress to the next level of the Speaking & Listening mode.

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