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Changes to the ESOL qualification for settlement applications!

08 April 2010

Most settlement applicants aged between 18 and 64 must show that they have sufficient knowledge of the English language and of life in the UK. They can meet this requirement by either passing the 'Life in the UK' test or obtaining an approved English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) qualification. The ESOL provision is for people whose standard of English is below ESOL Entry Level 3.

Currently, one can satisfy the ESOL requirement by obtaining a relevant ESOL qualification from an approved awarding body following attendance on a course which was taught using specified citizenship materials. From 7 April 2010, an applicant must also have studied for your ESOL qualification at an 'accredited college' and be able to demonstrate that he/she has progressed at least one level in order to obtain the qualification.

An 'accredited college' is defined as either (1) a publicly funded college which is subject to inspection by Ofsted or its devolved equivalents or (2) a private college which is accredited by Accreditation UK, the British Accreditation Council (BAC), the Accreditation Body for Language Services (ABLS) or the Accreditation Service for International Colleges (ASIC).


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