OFQUAL, the agency responsible for overseeing academic and vocation qualifications in the UK, has announced a consultation on proposals to into a new ESOL qualification, called ESOL for Life in the UK. The intention is to standardise English language qualification around the Home Office’s requirement for non-native English speakers to demonstrate a competence at the level specified in the current ‘Life in the UK’ test.
The consultation document sets out three proposals on how this end will be achieved. These are:
1. Introduce General Conditions of Recognition for a new qualification called ESOL for life in the UK
2. Introduce General Conditions of Recognition for ESOL International qualifications, based on existing regulations
3. Withdraw the existing regulations for ESOL Skills for Life and ESOL for Work qualifications.
The deadline for responses to the consultation is Monday 3rd December 2012.
The consultation document, questions, and response form can be viewed HERE