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ESOL Skills for Life

Trinity’s ESOL Skills for Life qualifications are designed for adults 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 syllabuses, qualification information and teaching resources on the dedicated level pages.

Entry 1 | Entry 2 | Entry 3 Level 1 | Level 2

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.

Trinity’s ESOL Skills for Life qualifications are changing.


ESOL Skills for Life qualifications 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.

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 sessions

If you're running an exam session, download the Centre Handbook (PDF, 403KB).

To book an exam session, visit the Reading and Writing or Speaking & Listening exam sessions pages for guidance and then make your booking via Trinity Online.

You need to become a Registered Trinity Centre to run our exams



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