This qualification is being withdrawn
The operational end date (last date for new starts) of this qualification is 31/07/2022 and the certification end date is 31/07/2023.

Key Facts

Level 3
Subject Sector:
14.1 Foundations for Learning and Life
Qualification No:
60 hours
Total qualification time:
130 hours
£67.50 per learner
Age Range:
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


Assessment Methods

  • Portfolio of Evidence

  • Why choose this qualification?

    The Level 3 Certificate in English for Academic Purposes has been developed in conjunction with the FE sector to enable learners to develop the English language skills needed for higher level academic and vocational courses, specifically those relating to critical reading.

    The qualification is relevant to those who wish to progress to further study where they will be required to read, analyse and make use of academic texts in their own writing, but currently lack these skills at an appropriate level. It will support learners to develop the skills needed to read critically academic texts, extract and organise useful information from them and make use of that information in their own academic writing.

    It may also be used to upskill ESOL learners so that they can aspire to higher level study and eventually employment and will also be relevant as a complementary qualification to Access to HE Diplomas.

    Rules of Combination

    Learners must achieve the single mandatory unit.



    Learners must achieve the single mandatory unit.

    English for Academic Purposes

    Level 3
    Guided Learning Hours:
    Unit No:
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    What is the purpose of this qualification?

    The primary aim of this qualification is to support learners to develop the skills needed to read critically academic texts, extract and organise useful information from them and make use of that information in their own academic writing. Acquiring these skills will support learners' progression to higher level academic and vocational courses, including higher education.

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

    The qualification comprises a single mandatory unit which includes applying critical reading skills to academic texts, extracting and organising relevant information from texts, and making use of information from academic texts in own academic writing.

    Which job roles does this qualification support?


    What are the higher education progression options?

    Successful candidates will have the necessary skills to handle the reading and writing demands of higher level vocational and academic courses.

    What barriers will this qualification help the leaner overcome?


    Progression & entry requirements

    No prior qualifications are required but it is expected that learners will normally have English reading and writing skills at level 2.

    Funding information

    There are now two main sources for funding information, a straightforward ESFA Qualification Search and the more detailed Find a Learning Aim website.

    The new Find a learning aim (FALA) service provides a search tool that you can use to check the funding status of any qualification, framework, unit, standard or T Level:

    View this qualification on the ESFA’s Find a learning aim website

    The Education and Skills Funding Agency search provides funding information on qualifications. It does not provide funding information for units, non-regulated activity and work placements, for this information please use Find a learning aim (FALA).

    View this qualification on the ESFA Qualification Funding Search

    How to find a learning aim

    If you’re not sure how to use the new find a learning aim website, we’ve created a handy walkthrough to help you:

    How to Use: Find a learning Aim

    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.

    Internal Quality Assurance

    Special Considerations and Reasonable Adjustment Forms

    Suggested Resources for English and ESOL