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AIM’s ESOL International qualification is awarded UCAS points

From May 2021, students successfully completing the AIM Qualifications Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International (Anglia Mastery), will be awarded tariff points which can count towards their university application. 

ESOL image from handbookThis English language qualification is one of only a few of its kind in the UK with UCAS points.

“This really is a game-changer for anyone looking to go to a UK university” said Linda Wyatt, CEO of AIM Qualifications and Assessment Group “now, as well as getting a certificate from an Ofqual accredited awarding organisation, learners have the added benefit of being able to use the qualification as part of their tariff score for university entry”.

AIM Qualifications partnered with Anglia Examinations to develop this unique suite of ESOL International Qualifications.

“I am delighted with the news that Anglia’s Mastery Exam will attract UCAS tariff points. This represents a significant milestone in the ongoing development of Anglia exams as the ESOL examination of choice for students to prove their English level and support progression to university - Julie Kapsalis, Director, Anglia Examinations and Managing Director, Chichester College Group"

The qualification has been awarded the following tariff points.

Distinction: 24 points
Merit: 20 points
Pass: 16 points

The AIM ESOL International suite

AIM’s ESOL International suite of qualifications is designed primarily for adults and is offered across a range of levels. They are designed for learners who are not native speakers of English who wish to achieve a high quality, internationally recognised English language qualification. These qualifications are most suitable for learners normally based outside the UK who may be emigrating, working in an English-speaking country, or are preparing for entry to higher education or professional employment in the UK or elsewhere. Each level comprises two mandatory units covering the essential skills of: reading, writing and listening, and an additional optional unit covering speaking. 

 The suite comprises: 

  • AIM Qualifications Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International (Anglia Mastery)
  • AIM Qualifications Level 2 Certificate in ESOL International (C1) (Anglia Proficiency)
  • AIM Qualifications Level 1 Certificate in ESOL International (B2) (Anglia Advanced)
  • AIM Qualifications Entry Level Certificate in ESOL International (Entry 3) (B1) (Anglia Intermediate)

Delivering the qualification

Training providers wishing to offer this qualification must be an AIM Qualifications recognised centre. Details of how to apply can be found on our web page. AIM also can advise centres on the best and most efficient methods for offering this qualification. All procedures for the use of this qualification, including approval, registration of candidates, verification and certification will be completed through AIM Qualifications and all centres will be allocated named customer support contacts.

Training providers/centres can download the AIM Qualifications Level 3 Certificate in ESOL International (Anglia Mastery) handbook for full details of the qualification.


The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a charity based in the UK aimed at helping people make connections with higher education. UCAS provide information, advice and guidance on gaining entry into higher education in the UK.
In 2019 UCAS helped over 2.79 million applicants with their admissions to universities and colleges in the UK.
UCAS points, also referred to as the "UCAS Tariff" are a way of ascribing approximate value to post 16 qualifications in the UK. Each qualification approved by UCAS is given a tariff score; the higher the grade achieved, the more UCAS points awarded. Many universities base their selection criteria on the number of UCAS points held by an applicant.


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