ESOL course in English with citizenship
This page explains how you can take and pass an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) course in English with citizenship to demonstrate your knowledge of language and life in the UK, before you apply for naturalization as a British citizen.
If your English skills are below ESOL Entry 3 level (or Intermediate 1 level in Scotland), you must take this course and obtain a relevant qualification before you apply.
(If your English skills are at or above that level, you must take and pass the Life in the UK Test to demonstrate your knowledge of life in the UK. And if you completed an ESOL course in order to meet the 'knowledge of language and life in the UK' requirement when you applied for settlement in the UK, you will not need to show again that you meet this requirement.)
ESOL courses are available throughout the UK - the Directgov website can help you find a course at the right level in your area.
The Nationality Regulations for ESOL courses changed on 7 April 2010. If you want to demonstrate your knowledge of language and life with an ESOL qualification, you must now meet the following requirements:
- You must have attended your ESOL course at an accredited college.
An 'accredited college' is:
A 'relevant ESOL qualification' is:
'Approved awarding bodies' in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are:
In Scotland, the only approved awarding body is the Scottish Qualifications Authority.
To demonstrate 'relevant progress', your college must confirm that you have progressed by at least one level from the level at which you were assessed at the beginning of the course that led to your relevant qualification. For example, if you were initially assessed by your college as being below Entry 1 level, you must obtain an ESOL (speaking and listening) qualification at Entry 1 level or above.