LRN Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International (CEF C2)

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  • England
  • International

The LRN Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International (CEF C2) is designed for those who would like to improve their English language skills at Common European Framework of References for Languages (CEFR) Level C2, or those who have to meet a higher education requirement. 

The LRN Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International (CEF C2) is recognised by the Italian Ministry of Education (MIUR), ASEP Greece, Conferencia de Rectores de las Universidades Españolas (CRUE), the Ministry of Education (Romania), the Ministry of Education and Science (Lithuania), and the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (Dubai).

Schools and colleges may offer qualifications that are not included in the performance tables, if approved for teaching to 16-19 year olds, where this is in the best interests of individual students.

This qualification is not listed on the 16-19 performance tables.

Education context

The LRN Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International (CEF C2) is based on the CEFR in that it reflects the level of language ability as defined by the CEFR. This qualification is part of a wider suite of ESOL provision offered by LRN which ranges from A1 (Entry 1) to C2 (Level 3). This qualification will be delivered in FE, HE, and training providers. Delivery can take place on a full or part-time basis.

Awarding organisation
  • Learning Resource Network
Qualification code
601/8054/7 (LRN Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International [CEF C2])

The LRN Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International (CEF C2) is a single unit qualification, which comprises four components (reading, listening, writing, and speaking). Candidates must attempt all four components of the examination.

Subject areas
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
  • Level 3

This is a Level 3 qualification which is regulated by Ofqual, and which sits on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).

Level 3 is the same level as A levels and comparable to SCQF Level 6.


Distinction, Merit, Pass, or Fail.


Aural examination, e-assessment, multiple choice examination, oral examination, and written examination. Each of the assessment components is externally set and externally marked.

Contribution of assessment components to overall grade

Learners must achieve a Pass grade to gain the qualification.

Each assessment skill, i.e. writing, speaking, listening, and speaking, contributes 25% to the overall grade of the qualification.

Resit arrangements

None. If a candidate fails the qualification, they must retake the entire qualification.

Guided/notional learning hours
250 hours
Guided/notional learning hours notes

Guided learning hours (GLH)


Self-study (SS)


Formative assessment

3 hours 21 minutes

Total assessment time  (TAT)

7 hours

Summative assessment

2 hours 53 minutes

Total qualification time (TQT)

327 hours (GLH+SS+TAT)

UCAS Tariff points

LRN Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International (CEF C2)

Grade Points
D 36
M 24
P 12
Key issues for UK HE admissions

Higher education providers can expect to receive applications from UK and overseas students holding LRN Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International (CEF C2).

Timing of assessments/results for learners

Examinations are available all year round. This qualification is available on demand. However, centres wishing to enter their candidates for this examination must give LRN 30 days notice.  LRN will issue its results between four to six weeks upon receiving the candidate results from the test centre. Results are made available to LRN centres throughout the year. These will be available to the centres via LRN Portal.

Qualification date
Starting from 01 Jan 2016
Qualification dates notes

This is a current qualification.

Reporting and certification information

FY 2016 to date:

Registration – 5,500

Certification – 5,325

The reporting of certificates is through quarterly reporting to Ofqual.

The results of many UK qualifications are reported to UCAS through Awarding Body Linkage (ABL).

  • A levels and results from larger awarding bodies are reported automatically
  • IB results are only reported with the candidate’s permission
  • Some results are not reported through ABL, this does not reflect the validity of the qualification.

View the results available through ABL.

Where results are not available through ABL, HEPs will need to ask applicants to provide their own evidence of achievement.

Progression information

LRN Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International (CEF C2) has been designed to reflect the wide variation in candidates' origins, levels of education, and career aims. Progression opportunities may, therefore, take a variety of paths. It may be appropriate for some candidates to progress to: 

  • a key skills or functional skills qualification 
  • vocational qualifications
  • Access to Higher Education