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International ESOL (IESOL) Diploma

The International ESOL (IESOL) Diploma is a combination of the City & Guilds’ International ESOL (8984) and the International Spoken ESOL (8985).

This qualification is designed for individuals who are not native English speakers and wish to gain an internationally recognised qualification that is accepted and held in high regard worldwide.

There are six different levels at which the diploma can be taken: A1 Preliminary, A2 Access, B1 Achiever, B2 Communicator, C1 Expert and C2 Mastery. These levels are directly linked to the Common European Framework (CEF).

At CSBM your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills will be developed to their fullest potential through a uniquely communicative approach, so you will fly through your examinations.

Who are the City & Guilds IESOL qualification intended for?

  • Non-native speakers of English worldwide
  • Young people or adults attending an English course either in the UK or overseas
  • Students learning English as part of their school or college curriculum
  • People needing English for their everyday or working life
  • Learners who require externally recognised certification of their levels in English
  • Those who are attending courses over a period and require a series of graded examinations which provide steps up in the ladder of proficiency
  • Learners attending short courses in English

How will the diploma be assessed?

The diploma is assessed in two parts: You will complete the International Spoken ESOL (8985). Here your speaking ability is assessed through a structured one-to-one interview. You will also sit a single exam, International ESOL (8984), designed to test your listening, reading and writing skills.

Why choose to do a City & Guilds qualification?

City & Guilds is the leading provider of vocational qualifications in the UK and offers over 500 awards across a wide spectrum of industries. The qualifications in all fields progress from entry level to the highest levels of professional achievement. City & Guilds is also truly international as it has over 8,500 established centres in 100 countries around the world and the qualifications that you gain are recognised and held in high regard by employers worldwide.

What makes this qualification special?

The top two levels (Expert and Mastery) are recognised by several English speaking universities as evidence of language proficiency for their entry purposes. The Diploma is approved by the UK’s Border Agency as a form of evidence of English proficiency for both skilled and highly skilled migrants who wish to live or work in the UK.

Entry Requirements:

IESOL can be studied by anyone provided they pass our Initial Assessment Test. This helps to determine the current level of English of students and to advise on suitable progression.

Start Dates:

Year round. Subject to demand, please call to enquire.

Exam Dates:

Exams are held at the end of the course.

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