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Guided Learning Hours

Below is a list of estimated Guided Learning Hours (GLHs) per CEFR level. The term ‘Guided Learning Hours’ is defined as the hours of guided learning under the immediate guidance or supervision of a lecturer, supervisor, tutor or other appropriate provider of education or training.

With regard to Guided Learning Hours, LanguageCert is consistent with CEFR references which assign approximate values to levels of ESOL qualifications. As highlighted by ALTE, as a learner advances up the levels, the number of hours to attain each level increases, this being evidence of the continual nature of language learning.

CEFR Levels

LanguageCert Levels

Approximate GLHs (All 4 Skills)

A1

Preliminary

95

A2

Access

95

B1

Achiever

180

B2

Communicator

180

C1

Expert

200

C2

Mastery

250

Please note that the above figures are estimates of numbers of hours a candidate is reasonably likely to undertake in respect of each level of the qualification, not cumulative estimates across levels.