LanguageCert International ESOL 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 another 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 

Approximately (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 likely to undertake in respect of each level of the qualification. They are not cumulative estimates across levels.