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Why Cambridge English?
Changes in UK government policy – particularly the availability of funding – have led to a rapid and continuing decline in the number of candidates, to the point where Cambridge English: ESOL Skills for Life is no longer viable for Cambridge English. We have therefore decided to withdraw all Cambridge English: ESOL Skills for Life exams, with the last exam scheduled to take place in June 2017.
Cambridge English: ESOL Skills for Life qualifications remain fundable for 2016-17. The November and December 2016 exam sessions remain unchanged and in 2017 there will be two sessions of exams in March and one in June. Find out more about the Cambridge English: ESOL Skills for Life exam dates.
Cambridge English: ESOL Skills for Life (SfL) qualifications test the English of learners over the age of 16 who live, work or study in England, Wales or Northern Ireland.
As part of the UK government’s plan to improve levels of English, these certificates are based upon the Adult ESOL Core Curriculum, and they reflect the use of English in everyday life in the UK.
In 2014, The Skills Funding Agency carried out a national review of Skills for Life qualifications, requiring them to be accredited on the new Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).
We updated our qualifications to meet these requirements and the fully accredited units went into use in January 2015. The new qualifications are outlined on the What’s in the exam? page.
A summary of the changes to the exams can be found in our FAQs.
Download the Cambridge English: ESOL Skills for Life Handbook for Teachers
Did you take a Cambridge English: ESOL Skills for Life exam before February 2015?
If you took our Skills for Life exams before February 13 2015, they may have been the older (NQF) version of the exam.
If your exams are the older versions, your certificates are still valid, and there is no need to re-take your exam.
But, if you want to use one or more of your existing certificates towards gaining a new (QCF) qualification, you will need to talk to your exam centre about applying for an exemption.
Cambridge English: Young Learners (YLE)
Cambridge English: Key (KET)
Cambridge English: Key (KET) for Schools
Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET)
Cambridge English: Preliminary (PET) for Schools
Cambridge English: First (FCE)
Cambridge English: First (FCE) for Schools
ESOL Skills for Life (UK only)
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