Qualification details

EDEXCEL Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International

Qualification summary

This qualification is known internationally as PTE General Level 5 It is the sixth in a set of six qualifications (PTE General) awarded by Edexcel and promoted internationally by Pearson Language Tests.

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 world-wide and, at the highest level (NQF level 3 / CEF C2), 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 (CEF). The levels in the CEF have been mapped to the levels in the National Qualifications Framework for England Wales and Northern Ireland (see, “Pathways to Proficiency: the alignment of language proficiency scales for assessing competence in English Language” DFES / QCA, 2003).

The EDEXCEL certificates in ESOL International are primarily intended for young adults who have learned English at school and who require evidence of their ability to use the language for practical purposes: for travel, for maintaing international contacts, for education and for employment.

The topics covered in assessment (see qualification handbook p. 48) relate mostly to the personal and public domains as defined in the CEF. Assessment tasks are frequently set in the context of school or college assignments or visits, so the educational domain is also effectively covered. The client base for this qualification consists mainly of young adults who have little or no experience of the world of work, so the occupational domain does not figure prominently in assessments, although it is addressed in generic terms.

Qualification details

ESOL - English for Speakers of Other Languages
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Level 3 represents the highest level of achievement possible within Edexcel ESOL International suite of qualifications. Level 3 is mapped to at C2 (Mastery) level, the highest level defined in the Common European Framework. At this level a successful candidate is approaching native speaker competence and can progress to an undergraduate degree course in English Language.
No specific job occupation
  • 14 Preparation for Life and Work
    • 14.1  Foundations for Learning and Life
Aural Examination
Multiple Choice Examination
Oral Examination
Written Examination
Assessment is by
- externally marked examination, covering the skills of listening, reading and
- face to face oral interview to assess the skill of speaking (oral interaction
and oral production)

The latter is assessed
EITHER internally by trained and approved examiners
OR from audio recording by external examiners, and is further moderated by
external moderators.
Assessment tasks involving speaking (the oral examination) and open ended
writing are assessed by awarding a mark between 0 and 5 for each of a set
of analytical criteria. A copy of the table of criteria for Level 5 can be found
in the LTE Oral Examination Guide, attached.

Further detail about the procedures for assessment, moderation and
standardisation is included in the section on Assessment.
Single unit qualification