Our ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Level 1 qualifications have been designed to help learners who do not use English as their first language gain the necessary skills that may be required for employment, education and day-to-day life.

If you’re interested in running our ESOL Level 1 qualifications but are not yet a recognised centre, please complete our centre recognition form or give us a call on 01206 911211. If you are a recognised centre and want to apply to run additional qualifications, please complete our requesting additional qualifications form. 

ESOL Level 1 Qualifications

Other Levels

We also offer ESOL qualifications at the following levels and learners can take each skill area (reading, writing, speaking and listening) at a level appropriate to their ability, combining them into an overarching Certificate in ESOL once all the skills have been completed:

ESOL Sample Assessments

ESOL Sample Assessments


You can claim additional funding for adults when teaching time exceeds the Guided Learning Hours for ESOL

Additional funding for ESOL

Introduction to English for Non-native Speakers

This qualification is for non-native speakers who are seeking to learn English as a second or other language and would not be able to access an Entry ESOL course because of their very low starting point.

Introduction to English for Non-native Speakers

Why ESOL qualifications make sense for non-native English speakers.

This article explains the difference in approach between ESOL and Functional Skills qualifications and the considerations Centres should make when choosing an appropriate English qualification for non-native speakers.

Why ESOL qualifications make sense for non-native English speakers.

Credible qualifications

Gateway Qualifications is the Ministry of Justice’s sole Awarding Organisation for the delivery of ESOL for Prison Education

Gateway Qualifications’ wins ESOL prison contract

A qualification that is adaptable to a learners’ personal and environmental needs

A case study on how HMP Bronzefield use bespoke qualifications to boost confidence and help people become more employable

HMP Bronzefield: Case study

ESOL Teaching and Learning Resources

Gateway Qualifications has developed a set of support materials for those delivering ESOL, which can be accessed through Prism for Centres that have been approved to run ESOL. However, we have also made a few resources available for centres who are not delivering ESOL with us.

Teaching and Learning Resources

Supporting Whitepapers

Demonstrating good practice in personal development, behaviour and attitudes

Supporting Learners’ Personal Development

Making the most of the Adult Education Budget (AEB)