Introduction: About the Gatehouse Awards ESOL International Qualifications
ESOL International Qualifications are designed for Candidates who are not native speakers of English and who wish to achieve a high quality, internationally recognised qualification in English that is available and recognised worldwide and at the highest level (RQF Level 3 / CEFR C2). They are suitable for Candidates who are preparing for entry to higher education or professional employment in the UK or elsewhere. ESOL International qualifications are designed to reference the descriptions of language proficiency in the Common European Framework Reference for Languages (CEFR).
The qualification is regulated by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulations (Ofqual) in England and is part of the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).
Qualification Aims and Objectives
The aim of these qualifications is to demonstrate a Candidate’s ability to communicate using the English language across CEFR levels A1 to B1. Depending on which qualification is taken by a Candidate, the qualification will assess the Candidate’s competency in either all four skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing, or in two of those skills: speaking and listening.
The overall objective is to provide a Candidate with a qualification that they can use to prepare for higher education or employment where the ability to speak, write and understand verbal and written English is required.
The qualification has been designed to reflect the four domains as specified by CEFR: the public domain, the personal domain, the educational domain and the occupational domain. The public domain refers to everything connected with ordinary social interaction (business and administrative bodies, public services, cultural and leisure activities of a public nature, relations with the media, etc.). Complementarily, the personal domain comprises family relations and individual social practices. The occupational domain embraces everything concerned with a person’s activities and relations in the exercise of his or her occupation. The educational domain is concerned with the learning/training context (generally of an institutional nature) where the aim is to acquire specific knowledge or skills.