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Key Facts

Level:
Entry Level 1
Subject Sector:
14.1 Foundations for Learning and Life
Credits:
6
Qualification No:
601/5413/5
GLH:
60 hours
Total qualification time:
60 hours
Price:
£11.50 per learner
Age Range:
Pre 16, 16-18, 19+

Qualification purpose

Prepare for further learning or training and/or develop knowledge and/or skills in a subject area

Qualification Grading Type

Pass

Assessment Methods

  • Task-Based controlled Assessment

  • Why choose this qualification?

    Support

    • Full qualification induction part of qualification approval and on-going support including regular visits from the quality assurance team.
    • Certificates turned around within 5 days of receipt of confirmed marks.
    • Support from a named account team.

    Assessments

    • Assessments are available on demand and can be booked during evenings and weekends.
    • No minimum time period between assessment attempts.
    • Assessment tasks based on life skills and everyday situations.
    • All entry level and Speaking and Listening at level 1 & 2 assessments can be contextualised by Centres (but must be approved by Gateway Qualifications).
    • Entry level assessment tasks can be taken on different days and times.
    • Each component is available individually as an Award (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening) or as an overarching Certificate.
    • Learners can ‘spike up’ a level as part of the Certificate.
    • All assessments internally marked and externally quality assured (with the exception of Level 2 Reading & Writing which is externally marked).

    Rules of Combination

    Learners must complete the single mandatory unit totalling 6 credits.


    Units

    Mandatory

    Learners must complete the single mandatory unit totalling 6 credits.

    Reading

    Guided Learning Hours:
    60
    Unit Credit Value:
    6
    Unit No:
    Y/506/8422
    Click here to view full unit details

    Tutor/Assessor Requirements

    Tutors/Assessors delivering the Gateway Qualifications ESOL qualifications should ideally hold a recognised teaching qualification such as the Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training or Level 5 Diploma in Education and Training and ideally a specialist ESOL teaching qualification or the CELTA or DELTA qualification. Tutors/Assessors should ideally have an ESOL or Skills for Life background, alternatively they may have a linguistic background.


    Internal Quality Assessor Requirements

    Internal Quality Assurers in addition to being ESOL Tutors/Assessors, should ideally hold a recognised internal quality assurance/verification qualification or be working towards one, examples as follows:

    • D34 qualification.
    • V1 qualification.
    • Internal Verifier Award.
    • Internal Verification of Credit Based Learning: Continuing Professional Development for Practitioners Award.
    • Level 4 Award in the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice.
    • Level 4 Certificate in Leading the Internal Quality Assurance of Assessment Processes and Practice.


    What is the purpose of this qualification?

    The qualification is suitable if English is not your first language and you wish to develop your English language reading skills at this level in order to progress in further study, work or life.


    What skills, knowledge, or understanding does this qualification develop?

    This qualification is based on the National Standards for Adult Literacy and is fully referenced to the ESOL Core Curriculum. There is one mandatory unit: Reading. Learners will learn how to follow simple text, recognise the purpose of texts, decode a limited number of familiar words and locate information from simple written sources.

    The learner will complete number of tasks set by Gateway Qualifications, under controlled conditions.

    This is a small qualification with just one unit. It has a credit value of 6.


    How is this qualification different from other, similar qualifications?

    This qualification is part of a suite of ESOL qualifications which allows learners to progress through a framework of ESOL units and qualifications from Entry 1 to Level 2. Learners could progress from this Award, for example, to an ESOL Skills for Life (Reading) Award at a higher level or to an Award in a different skill area, such as ESOL Skills for Life (Speaking and Listening), at the same or higher level.

    Learners can also progress from this Entry 1 Award:

    • to an Entry 2 Functional Skills qualification in English
    • to other qualifications at Entry 2 and above
    • towards a GCSE in English.


    Which sector does this qualification support?

    This qualification is designed to help learners begin to develop the English language reading skills that are needed in a wide range of job roles.


    What are the English and maths progression options?

    This qualification is part of a suite of ESOL qualifications which allows learners to progress through a framework of ESOL units and qualifications from Entry 1 to Level 2. Learners could progress from this Award, for example, to an ESOL Skills for Life (Reading) Award at a higher level or to an Award in a different skill area, such as ESOL Skills for Life (Speaking and Listening), at the same or higher level.

    Learners can also progress from this Entry 1 Award:

    • to an Entry 2 Functional Skills qualification in English
    • to other qualifications at Entry 2 and above
    • towards a GCSE in English.


    What barriers will this qualification help the leaner overcome?

    This qualification is designed to help learners begin to develop the English language reading skills that are needed in a wide range of job roles.


    Progression & Entry Requirements

    Learners do not need any prior qualifications or a specific level of attainment to take this qualification. However, it is anticipated that the learning provider will have selected the qualification as suitable for learner on the basis of findings from initial and/or diagnostic assessment. The learners must be aged 16 or over to take this qualification.

    Funding information

    • This qualification is eligible for funding under the adult education budget (AEB).

    • This qualification is eligible for funding under the European Social Fund (ESF).

    • This qualification appears on the section 96 approved qualification list for delivery to young people aged less than 19 years old.

    Learning Aims Search

    The Hub provides a Learning Aims Search which you can use to check the funding status of any qualification or unit.

    Access the Learning Aims Search on the ESFA’s Hub website

     

    We have done our best to collate and summarise the key information, and wherever possible we alert our providers to changes in funding policy.

    This funding information is provided in good faith and it is always advisable to check directly with the funding agencies before committing to delivery.

    The following support materials will help you to deliver this qualification:

    ESOL Webinar: English, ESOL or both?

    Suggested Resources for English and ESOL

    The information from our ESOL Centre Handbook has now been incorporated into our main Centre Handbook and our ESOL Qualification Specifications.

    You will find information such as assessment practice, transporting assessment materials, returning external assessments, secure storage requirements and required assessment display documents in the main Centre Handbook.

    Information about staffing, assessment conduct, supervision arrangements and assessment marking relating specifically to ESOL Skills for Life qualification can now be found in the Qualification Specification.

    ESOL Teaching and Learning Support Materials

    Independent Learning Tutor Guidance

    Independent Stage 1 Activities to do on your own

    Teaching and Learning Activities – Friends and Family – E1-E3

    Sample Assessments

    Sample 1

    ESOL Reading E1 Candidate Paper Sample 1 (pdf)

    ESOL Reading E1 Assessor Pack Sample 1 (pdf)

    Sample 2

    ESOL Reading E1 Candidate Paper Sample 2 (pdf)

    ESOL Reading E1 Assessor Pack Sample 2 (pdf)

    Sample 3

    ESOL Reading E1 Candidate Paper Sample 3 (pdf)

    ESOL Reading E1 Assessor Pack Sample 3 (pdf)

    Sample 4

    ESOL Reading E1 Candidate Paper Sample 4 (pdf)

    ESOL Reading E1 Assessor Pack Sample 4 (pdf)

    Sample 5

    ESOL Reading E1 Candidate Paper Sample 5 (pdf)

    ESOL Reading E1 Assessor Pack Sample 5 (pdf)

    Sample 6

    ESOL Reading E1 Candidate Paper Sample 6 (pdf)

    ESOL Reading E1 Assessor Pack Sample 6 (pdf)

    Sample 7

    ESOL Reading E1 Candiate Paper Sample 7 (pdf)

    ESOL Reading E1 Assessor Pack Sample 7 (pdf)

    Offer this qualification

    If you would like to offer this qualification, you can book a meeting with us to discuss the best options.