ELC Step Up to English

We've updated our qualifications to reflect changes to 2021 exams and assessment.

Read about the changes to 2021 exams ELC Step-Up to English

  • Teaching from: September 2015
  • Exams from: June 2016
  • Specification code: 5970

Step up to English helps Entry Level students build basic and relevant literacy skills and is suitable for students of all ages. The specification is fully co-teachable with GCSE English Language.

It offers two ‘Steps’: Silver Step (Entry Level 1 and 2) and Gold Step (Entry Level 3) so you can tailor the specification to the needs of your students. The two step approach is ideal to build confidence and provide access to the new GCSEs.

The assessment is on demand, with certification twice a year, so your students can complete assignments when they’re ready.


Specification at a glance

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Prepare for your teaching year. Information, support and services to help you deliver the specification.

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Teaching resources that you can use to plan your lessons and support your students’ learning.

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Prepare your students for assessment. Past papers, mark schemes and example answers.

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