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Level 2 Reading Award in ESOL Skills for Life

Course Codes

OSC1452 / OSC1453

Improve your English and develop your skills with this Level 2 Reading Award in ESOL Skills for Life.

  • This Level 2 Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life will help you to develop your English reading skills.
  • The qualification is based on the National Standards for Adult Literacy, and it is closely aligned to the Adult ESOL Core Curriculum.
  • Gain beneficial skills that can be implemented in many different areas of your life.
  • Study this course from home, at your own pace.
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Course overview

This Level 2 Reading Award in ESOL Skills for Life has been designed for learners who have chosen to live and work in the UK and whose first language is not English. Created to help you with everyday and work-related tasks, this course covers elements of task-based assessments that cover a broad range of English skills needed to settle in the UK.  


During the course, your studies will learn how to read and understand a wide variety of texts and obtain information from them. You will also learn how to distinguish meaning and purpose between different texts. This course will equip you with skills that will help you get into the workforce in the UK, as well as every day life.  


After completing the course, you could then choose to complete other components of the Level 2 Certificate in ESOL Skills for Life, or progress to study an English GCSE or Functional Skills qualification. 

Course Duration

Six months.

Course Outcome

On successful completion of this course and exams, you will achieve a Level 2 Reading Award in ESOL Skills for Life.

Entry Requirements

You must be 16 or over to enrol on this course.


You will complete a tutor-marked assessment and exam as part of this course.

Course content

Extra info

Course duration

Once enrolled, you have six months access to the course content.  

Study method 

Your course will be studied through distance learning meaning you can learn the course at a time and place that suits you. Your course materials can either be emailed online or posted to you as a study pack depending on which you select at enrolment. You will receive your tutor support by email.


You will need to complete a tutor-marked assessments during this course, which will act as a mock exam. Assessments are internally set and marked by Open Study College and will not count towards your final grade. 

You will need to complete the required examinations to achieve the qualification. You can choose to add your exams to your enrolment, meaning we will book them for you.  

This exam must be completed in-person at a registered exam centre. If you choose to add your exams to your enrolment with us, you will complete your reading and writing exams at the Birmingham centre. 

Alternatively, you can book them separately, but you will need to book and pay for these yourself. You can find your nearest registered exam centre on Trinity College London’s website. 

Exam dates are subject to availability and will not be available on demand. Once you have enrolled, you can contact our exam team to confirm upcoming exam dates. 

Please note that you will need to complete the exams to achieve the qualification. 

Course outcome

On successful completion of this course, you will receive a Level 2 Reading Award in ESOL Skills for Life from Trinity College London. 

Awarding body

Trinity College London’s qualifications help people to develop transferable communication and performance skills that will enhance their lives. Their qualifications are regulated by Ofqual and listed on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). 

What next?

Upon successful completion of this course, you could progress to achieve English qualifications such as GCSEs or Functional Skills. 

Exam details


To complete this section of the qualification, you will be required to complete a formal written exam at the exam centre. The exam consists of three tasks, all of which must be undertaken. 

Exam duration – 60 minutes 


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