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Skills for Life (NQF)

Please go to the ESOL Skills for Life (QCF) pages for information on preparing and booking the new QCF exams from January 2015.

The information on these pages relates only to NQF framework exams. The deadline for registered centres to enrol candidates in Trinity Online for these exams is 31 December 2014. Exam sessions must be booked by 2 April 2015 and exams must be taken by 30 April 2015. Read more about NQF exam withdrawal arrangements and some answers to FAQS.


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

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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