Essential Skills Northern Ireland (3800)

About this level

Level 1 will suit you if you're looking for a solid set of skills - you might want to succeed in a job or move on to further study.

There are three Essential Skills qualifications:

  • Communication
  • Application of Number
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

For more information, refer to the centre documents section.

Essential Skills Northern Ireland Communication and Literacy  (3800-40)
Last registration date:31/08/2012
Level 1 Certificate in Essential Skills Communication
Accreditation number – a reference number related to UK accreditation frameworkAccreditation No:100/4198/9
Qualification type – categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessmentType:VRQ
Credits – a measure of the size of the qualificationCredits:Data unavailable
Guided Learning Hours – the average contact time a centre would typically commitGuided Learning Hours:45 - 45
Last certification date – the last date that a certificate can be issuedLast certification date:31/08/2014
Essential Skills Northern Ireland Application of Number and Numeracy  (3800-50)
Last registration date:31/08/2012
Level 1 Certificate in Essential Skills Application of Number
Accreditation number – a reference number related to UK accreditation frameworkAccreditation No:100/4200/3
Qualification type – categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessmentType:QCF
Credits – a measure of the size of the qualificationCredits:Data unavailable
Guided Learning Hours – the average contact time a centre would typically commitGuided Learning Hours:45 - 45
Last certification date – the last date that a certificate can be issuedLast certification date:31/08/2014
Essential Skills Northern Ireland Information and Communication Technology  (3800-60)
Last registration date:31/08/2012
Learning Assistant available
Level 1 Certificate in Essential Skills Information and Communication Technology
Accreditation number – a reference number related to UK accreditation frameworkAccreditation No:500/5322/X
Qualification type – categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessmentType:QCF
Credits – a measure of the size of the qualificationCredits:Data unavailable
Guided Learning Hours – the average contact time a centre would typically commitGuided Learning Hours:40 - 40
Last certification date – the last date that a certificate can be issuedLast certification date:31/08/2014

Information & documentation

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Centre Documents

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What's involved in delivering this course?

Essential Skills is normally delivered as a separate course in a classroom, though will often be completed alongside other qualifications.

At Entry Level (Adult Literacy and Adult Numeracy), you'll assess learners using an approved set of tasks. These are available to download from the Assessment Materials section (under the General Information tab). As well as a range of live task titles, a sample task is also available. 

At Level 1 and Level 2, learners will produce portfolio of evidence based on an approved template (usually called an Action-Based Activity). For Communication and Application of Number, learners also need to complete a desktop task (DTT). These are available to download from the Assessment Materials section (under the General Information tab). As well as a range of live DTT titles, a sample DTT is also available. 
The portfolio templates and assessment criteria for Level 1-2 ICT are available through a separate Moodle site. There is no Entry Level Essential Skills ICT qualification, although Start IT (4249) provides an ideal first step towards Level 1.

Assessment at all levels is subject to internal and external quality assurance.

Further guidance on the teaching and learning requirements for Essential Skills can also be found on the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL) website. Note all Essential Skills practitioners must comply with the DEL Tutor Education Policy for Essential Skills.

Anyone can take this qualification, but you must make sure all your learners can access the resources they need to complete it.

To find all the resource requirements for assessment and delivery, download the qualification handbook from the Centre Documents section.

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For Learners

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What's involved in studying this course?

Essential Skills (NI) will help you to improve your:

  • reading, writing, speaking and listening
  • working with numbers
  • using computers and technology.

You'll learn how to use these skills in real-life situations.

If you haven't already got A*-C GCSEs in English and Maths, you'll probably be expected to do Essential Skills if you sign up for almost any type of college or work-based course in Northern Ireland, including Apprenticeships NI.

You'll learn in a classroom - usually in a college, at work or with a community organisation. You'll be able to learn at your own pace and practise how to use the skills you learn in everyday situations.

Depending on which level you do, you'll either have to complete a short series of tasks or a portfolio (usually called an action based activity) and a desktop task (DTT). There are no formal exams and you won't be expected to do the assessment before you're ready.

Which level is right for me?

Entry Level (Entry 1, 2 and 3)
These qualifications will help you learn how to use some of these skills in everyday situations with people you know.

Level 1
This qualification will help you if you already have basic literacy, numeracy or ICT skills but want to improve your confidence or get ahead at work.

Level 2
This qualification will help you develop these skills even further so you can use them in less familiar situations.

Before you start your Essential Skills course you'll often be asked to do a short test to help work out which level is right for you.

What careers can this lead to?

Essential Skills qualifications can help you in all jobs, as well as in learning and day-to-day life.