Changes to Essential Skills

The redesigned Essential Skills Wales qualifications are now available for first teaching.

The redesign of Essential Skills qualification in Wales forms part of the Welsh Government’s Reform of Qualifications, a programme of reform undertaken to ensure a high quality and well respected national qualifications system for Wales.

City & Guilds is one of only four awarding bodies accredited to offer the new Essential Skills qualifications in Wales – reflecting the Welsh Government’s desire that these high-profile qualifications should be offered by a smaller number of organisations.

Find out more about the changes, our new Essential Skills offer and available information and support by following the links below.

Changes to Essential Skills qualifications and assessments

Understand and explore the recent changes to Essential Skills qualifications and assessments.

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Our new Essential Skills offer

Explore our new Essential Skills Wales offer, including new Essential Skills qualifications, an enhanced suite of Essential Skills Practitioner qualifications as well as a full range of Essential Skills for Work and Life qualifications and units.

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Support and events

We are developing a comprehensive support programme to help you understand the changes and prepare for delivery, including guidance materials, updates and events. 

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Contact us


If you'd like further guidance about the changes to Essential Skills, or more information about offering our new Essential Skills qualifications, please contact your Business Manager or email our Wales office at T3Quality@cityandguilds.com.

Essential skills practitioners

Upskill your staff to work as Essential Skills practitioners with our Level 3 Certificate for Essential Skills Practitioner (8375) qualifications.

Now includes the Essential Skills Practitioner (Digital Literacy) qualification.

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