ESOL Skills for Life in the UK

About Trinity's ESOL Skills for Life in the UK

Trinity’s ESOL Skills for Life qualifications are designed to meet the needs of learners aged 16 and over who have chosen to make a life in the UK, and for whom English is a second or additional language. Preparing for Trinity assessments helps learners to develop the English language and transferable communication skills that they need for everyday life in the UK.

Externally assessed

Trinity offers you the convenience and security that comes with external assessment by professional examiners. This means you can trust us to take care of the testing, while you focus on teaching and helping your learners to prepare for success.

Our Skills for Life assessments are based on the National Standards for Adult Literacy and are closely aligned to the Adult ESOL Core Curriculum. Qualifications from Entry level 1 and above are regulated by Ofqual and listed on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).



Available at five levels from Entry 1 to Level 2, each ESOL Skills for Life award is a qualification in its own right.

Individual awards: 
Reading | Writing | Speaking and Listening
Overarching certificate: 
Trinity ESOL Skills for Life certificate

Why Trinity?

  • External assessment by professional examiners
  • Exams that mark learner progress in achievable steps
  • Relevant and authentic content that reflects real life
  • Personalised, interactive speaking and listening exams
  • Dedicated, named contact and knowledgeable support team
  • Free familiarisation training and online teaching resources
  • Cost-effective and time-efficient assessment
  • Results and certificates from four weeks


Funding for ESOL Skills for Life examinations and the preparation for these is often available via the Department for Education or local authorities. We recommend that you contact your local authority to find out more about funding in your area.

Also, see the Language Access Fund by Trinity College London.

Digital delivery options

Candidates are now able to take the Speaking and Listening module online with an experienced Trinity examiner via video conferencing in registered exam centres.

Further information

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