ESOL Skills for Life
Trinity’s ESOL Skills for Life qualifications are designed for adult English language learners living in the UK who need English language skills to help them in their everyday lives. The introduction booklet (PDF, 144KB) gives an overview of what they contain and the progression path.
ESOL Skills for Life is available at five levels - you’ll find qualification information and teaching resources for each level on the dedicated level pages.
These qualifications are fully accredited by Ofqual – download the Ofqual qualification titles and codes (PDF, 230KB).
For learners who aren’t yet ready to a take an Entry 1 qualification, Trinity’s Step exams offer them the chance to mark their progress while building up to an Entry level qualification.
ESOL Skills for Life qualifications are learner-centred and focus on building confidence in English language communication. The exams cover a wide range of topics and tasks, which are inclusive and relevant to every learner — regardless of nationality, culture or gender.
The exams are taken at Trinity registered exam centres. Speaking & Listening exams are available on demand and the Reading and Writing exams are available on a variety of fixed exam dates throughout the year. You'll find the costs on the exam fee sheet (PDF, 149KB).
Skills for Life learners can take a standalone Speaking & Listening qualification or a four-skills qualification in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.
- The speaking and listening unit takes the form of a one-to-one interview with a Trinity examiner.
- The reading and writing units are assessed through formal timed paper and pencil tests taken under controlled exam conditions which are externally assessed by Trinity markers.
Exam content and format
Find full information on exam content and format in the Introduction booklet and exam syllabuses below.
Four skills qualifications
- Entry 1 syllabus (PDF, 106KB)
- Entry 2 syllabus (PDF, 119KB)
- Entry 3 syllabus (PDF, 127KB)
- Level 1 syllabus (PDF, 116KB)
- Level 2 syllabus (PDF, 133KB)
Speaking & Listening qualifications
If you're running an exam session, download the Centre Handbook (PDF, 403KB).
You need to become a Registered Trinity Centre to run our exams
Trinity’s ESOL Skills for Life qualifications are changing from September 2014.