Future Proof Your ESOL Learners

It takes 1765 hours to learn the English Language. This reflects a constant challenge faced by ESOL tutors, to have a curriculum that meets the capabilities of the diverse range of ESOL learners, and one that provides them with all the skills needed to progress into a career and live a high quality life in UK. In addition, language skills are vital for well-being and people who don’t have a strong proficiency in English are more likely to be socially isolated. Now more than ever, it is important that we protect the well-being of ESOL learners, and as a result, at Ascentis we’ve seen a rise in our ESOL customers wanting to add additional subjects into their curriculums. Below we explore these qualifications which can help future proof your ESOL learners.

Essential Digital Skills

These new qualifications are perfect for removing any barriers caused by technology, which could be contributing to any isolation your learners might be experiences right now. Available at both Entry 3 and Level 1, they cover using digital devices and the digital skills needed for everyday life and work. Both qualifications are fully funded for adults under a new legal entitlement, that doesn’t impact entitlements to other sources of funding. We are also currently developing supportive resources for ESOL learners completing these qualifications.

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Our suite of Employability qualifications complement ESOL programmes and prepare learners for employment. They are fully funded through the Local Flexibility Offer and unit certification is available. Here is a selection of the qualifications that could be used to enhance your learners’ curriculums:

Entry 1, 2 and 3 Award in Using Employability Skills – These cover 3 aspects of personal and social development, work skills and vocational skills; helping learners overcome barriers to employment and learn new skills in specific areas of employability.

Entry 2, 3 and Level 1 in Skills for Employment – Introduction to the skills needed to gain employment and build confidence. Example of units included are CV Writing, Applying for A Job, ICT for Employment, and Rights and Responsibilities. 

 And many more.

Progression to Further Learning and Work

Ascentis Progression to Further Learning and Work qualifications are fully funded through the Local Flexibility Offer and provide you with a wide choice of units to facilitate your learners’ progression.

A brand new qualification for this academic year which can be delivered alongside ESOL programmes is our Entry 3 and Level 1 Identity and Belonging in Modern Britain – designed to help learners explore their identity and work towards understanding their own sense of belonging, in order to achieve a skill set that will enable them to operate independently and effectively in every part of work, education and life in modern Britain. Our Progression to Further Learning and Work qualifications are assessed through a portfolio of evidence and are suitable for blended learning. 

Short Online Qualifications

Mapped to the Ofsted Education Inspection Framework these qualifications are designed to support your learners’ personal development, behaviour and welfare. A key benefit of these qualifications is that they can be fully completed remotely through our e-Invigilation platform. There are 25 qualifications to from and below are the qualifications that are popular with ESOL centres:

Level 1 Award in Infection Control and Prevention

Entry 3 Award in Healthy Living for Well-being and Mental Health

Level 1 Award in Mental Health and Well-being

Entry 3 Award in Equality and Diversity

Entry 3 Award in Introduction to an Inclusive Environment

Level 1 Award in Managing Personal Finance

Level 1 Award in Understanding Employment, Business and Enterprise

All our Short Online Qualifications are accompanied by glossaries to help your learners with any technical language within the qualifications

Progression for ESOL

Community Interpreting

These qualifications are available at Level 1 to Level 3 and are aimed at learners who have an interest in the role of an interpreter and working with different linguistic groups in the community. Our Level 3 qualification is based on the National Occupational Standards and is aimed at learners who wish to undertake interpreting work at a basic level. Learners can also choose sectors to specialise in at this level. 

Volunteering for ESOL Learners 

These qualifications have been designed to provide the basic skills required to support teaching and learning of English as a second language in a wide range of contexts. Learners will be taught the importance of safeguarding and confidentiality in the classroom and how to address some of the challenges English language learners encounter. NATECLA guidance for volunteers was used as a basis in the development of these qualifications.

Get in Touch

If you have any questions, are interested in delivering any of these qualifications or would like help in creating a bespoke package of qualifications for your ESOL learners please contact us here.

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“We are very pleased that we made the move to Ascentis for all our ESOL exams. The exams are appropriate for our learners, and lecturers find the marking manageable. As an organisation, Ascentis is a pleasure to work with. Our queries are always dealt with quickly and we are extremely well supported by our verifier.”

Waltham Forest

“We have thoroughly enjoyed our first year with Ascentis. There has been support of a high quality throughout the academic year. Support has been provided through a variety of roles including the quality managers, lead EQA’s and subject moderators.”

Bradford College

“We have been delighted with the impact Ascentis Extended Awards in Mathematical Skills (Stepping Stones) have had on our student’s progression towards their functional skills mathematics as well as preparing them for the completion of their GCSE. It has taught them the essential skills in mathematics which enabled them to deal with the practical problems and challenges of life – at home, in education and at work. These skills are valued by employers and further education, and are a platform on which to build other employability skills. We are also very impressed with the level of service and commitment shown by the staff of Ascentis, they are always available to help whenever help is needed.”

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“The transparency and support of Ascentis has been refreshing. Our moderation process has been a pleasure and developmental feedback has always been welcomed.”

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