The Gateway Qualifications Entry Level Award In Introduction to English for Non-native Speakers (Entry 1) qualification covers very basic speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.
All units are mandatory and the qualification covers the essential English language skills which need to be explicitly taught to the intended target group (but which most learners registering on an Entry 1 ESOL course will already have or be capable of acquiring very quickly).
The Introduction to English for Non-native Speakers (Entry 1) qualification is an accredited alternative to a RARPA-based approach. Achievement of this qualification can be used as an indicator that a learner is ready to access an E1 ESOL course/qualification.
If you are working with learners who are new ESOL, the Education and Training Foundation has some helpful resources on their Learners New to ESOL page.