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Open College Network West Midlands Centres: Lifetime learning for all

ESOL Skills for Life Qualifications

ESOL Skills for Life Qualifications
We currently offer ESOL Skills for Life Qualifications at Entry 1 to Entry 3 levels.  Click here to view the Qualification Guides.  Please note that we can also offer, as stand alone qualifications, the three single modular ESOL Skills for Life qualifications in:
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking and Listening
Additionally, we are also developing these qualifications at Level 1 and Level 2 and these will be available shortly.
Our Approach

We want to set up one-to-one dialogues with our existing Centres and potential new Centres that currently offer or are thinking about offering these ESOL qualifications, to discuss the potential benefits of delivering these qualifications using us.  Through this dialogue we want to discuss how we can work with you to develop centre assignments that can better meet the needs of your learner cohorts. 
We can offer total flexibility with the assessment approach and have developed both learner and tutor resources along with model assignments, so that everything you need to start delivering this provision through us has been done for you.  We actually offer 3 models of assessment for Centres to choose from:
  1. Set assignments that are marked internally and externally quality assured.  These have been written by us and can be used verbatim.
  2. Model assignments we provide that can be contextualised.  Again, these are marked internally and externally quality assured.
  3. Centre devised assignments that offer total flexibility if you want something totally bespoke.  These would need to be externally quality assured by us prior to use. 
If you are an existing Centre you will already be familiar with the excellent customer service and value for money we can provide as your local national Awarding Body based in the Midlands, providing you with a dedicated Business Development Manager, Quality Advisor and Business Support team to personally manage every aspect of your day to day dealings with us.
About the ESOL Qualifications

ESOL Skills for Life qualifications support speakers of other languages based within the UK to develop their English language skills for work, further learning or everyday life. They are intended for anyone based in the UK needing to improve their understanding and use of written or spoken English. This might be to help get on at work (or get a job), prepare for further study, access public services, or just to function more effectively in an English-speaking environment.
These qualifications are based on the National Standards for Adult Literacy, and anyone involved in teaching or assessing must be familiar with the Adult ESOL Core Curriculum.
The qualifications are made up of Speaking, Reading, Writing and Listening units. Each unit will be assessed through the completion of assignment tasks provided by Open College Network West Midlands. The successful achievement of all the tasks for a unit provides confirmation that all learning outcomes and assessment criteria within the units of assessment have been achieved. Assessments will be internally marked by centre assessors and then internally verified to ensure consistency. These will then be externally verified by Open College Network West Midlands.
Aims of the ESOL Qualifications

To enable learners to:
1. Take a full part in the world of work 
2. Become independent of others, such as interpreters or translators 
3. Access service providers 
4. Travel, work and socialise beyond their local community     

Please contact your Business Development Manager directly or call us on 01902 624230 for further information or to arrange a meeting / conversation about this. Follow this link for qualification details.
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