Our Essential Skills offer

Explore our new Essential Skills offer, incorporating the new suite of Essential Skills qualifications, an enhanced suite of Essential Skills Practitioner qualifications, as well as our full range of Essential Skills for Work and Life QCF qualifications and units.  

Essential Skills qualifications

Essential Application of Number Skills (EAoNS)

Available from Entry 1 to Level 3, the EAoNS qualifications are about demonstrating how to:

  • understand numerical data
  • carry out calculations
  • interpret and present results and findings.

At Levels 1 to 3, learners will complete a summative controlled task and confirmatory external test.

The assessment model at Entry Level is unchanged from the current Essential Skills Wales qualifications, ie a controlled task.

Essential Communication Skills (ECommS)

Available from Entry 1 to Level 3, the ECommS qualifications are about demonstrating skills in:

  • speaking and listening
  • reading
  • writing.

At Levels 1 to 3, learners will complete a summative controlled task and confirmatory external test.

The assessment model at Entry Level is unchanged from the current Essential Skills Wales qualifications, ie a controlled task.

Essential Digital Literacy Skills (EDLS)

Available from Entry 1 to Level 3, EDLS is about demonstrating skills in:

  • digital responsibility
  • digital productivity
  • digital information literacy
  • digital collaboration
  • digital creativity
  • digital learning.

At all six levels, learners will complete a summative controlled task, with a structured discussion afterwards between candidate and assessor to confirm understanding.

Essential Employability Skills (EES)

Available at Entry 3 to Level 3, the EES qualifications are about demonstrating skills in:

  • planning and organisation
  • critical thinking and problem-solving
  • creativity and innovation 
  • personal effectiveness.

At all four levels, learners will complete a summative controlled task, with a structured discussion afterwards between candidate and assessor to confirm understanding.

EES replaces the wider Key Skills qualifications that were available alongside the current Essential Skills Wales suite.

Essential Skills Practitioner (8375)

These Level 3 qualifications are aimed at professionals who wish to teach Essential Skills qualifications. The qualification allows learners to develop and practise skills in the assessment, planning and delivery of essential skills.

New Essential Skills Digital Literacy Practitioner qualification now available

Our new Essential Skills Practitioner (Digital Literacy) qualification is now available. Designed in collaboration with Agored and the Welsh Government, the qualification is aimed at providing professionals with the skills needed to teach the new Essential Digital Literacy Skills (EDLS) qualification. 

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Essential Skills Practitioner qualifications are also available with a focus on Literacy, Numeracy and ESOL. A new practitioner qualification will also be developed for Essential Employability Skills.

Essential Skills for Work and Life QCF (3846)

These qualifications enable learners to develop their communication, number and ICT skills through a flexible and personalised learning programme. Available from Entry 1 to Level 3, they complement and support progression towards the Essential Skills qualifications.

These qualifications are underpinned by the same standards as the Essential Skills qualifications, and will continue to be portfolio-assessed.  The ICT units within the suite are currently being updated to align with the new Digital Literacy framework.

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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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Download our guide

Are you ready for the new Essential Skills qualifications? Download our handy readiness guide and editable transition checklist to help you identify some of the key areas for consideration and action. 

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