Key Skills (3638)

Last Updated: 27 Nov 2015
Transferable skills for success at work, learning and general life.

The three 'wider' Key Skills remain available in Wales until 31 March 2016.

  • Improving own learning and performance
  • Problem solving
  • Working with others.

For more information about the new Essential Employability Skills qualifications that will replace the wider Key Skills from September 2015, please visit  our separate Essential Skills Wales support webpage.

Key Skills qualifications were designed for use in a range of settings, usually alongside other qualifications.

The 'first three' Key Skills qualifications (Application of Number, Communication and ICT) are now closed. They've effectively been replaced by:
  • England - Functional Skills (3748)
  • Northern Ireland - Essential Skills (3800)
  • Wales - Essential Skills Wales (3768/3868).
Available to deliver in the following:
  • England
  • Wales
  • Scotland

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General Information

What Is Involved In Studying This Course?

Qualifications available include:    

  • Improving own learning and performance
  • Problem solving
  • Working with others.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

Key Skills qualifications cover the skills you need to get the most out of work, learning and everyday life. A Key Skills qualification will help with any job or career and enable you to go on to further learning or employment.

What Is Involved With Delivering This Course?

The three 'wider' Key Skills (Improving own learning and performance, Problem solving and Working with others) are assessed by portfolio, with some additional knowledge questioning usually required.

Level 1

Available qualifications at Level 1:

  • Improving own Learning and Performance
  • Problem Solving
  • Working with Others.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

A Key Skills qualification will help with any job or career and enable you to go on to further learning or employment.

Key Skills qualifications (3638-21)

Last Registration Date: 31 Mar 2016

Level 1 Key Skills in Improving Own Learning and Performance (2004)

  • Accreditation No: 100/4032/8 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Data unavailable This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: Data unavailable This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/03/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 1 Key Skills in Problem Solving (2004)

  • Accreditation No: 100/4036/5 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: VRQ This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: Data unavailable This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/03/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 1 Key Skills in Working With Others (2004)

  • Accreditation No: 100/4040/7 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Data unavailable This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: Data unavailable This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 30/03/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2

Available qualifications at Level 2:

  • Improving own Learning and Performance
  • Problem Solving
  • Working with Others.


What Careers Can This Lead To?

A Key Skills qualification will help with any job or career and enable you to go on to further learning or employment.

Key Skills qualifications (3638-21)

Last Registration Date: 31 Mar 2016

Level 2 Key Skills in Improving Own Learning and Performance (2004)

  • Accreditation No: 100/4033/X This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: VRQ This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: Data unavailable This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/03/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 Key Skills in Problem Solving (2004)

  • Accreditation No: 100/4037/7 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: VRQ This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: Data unavailable This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/03/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2 Key Skills in Working With Others (2004)

  • Accreditation No: 100/4041/9 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: VRQ This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: Data unavailable This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/03/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3

Available qualifications at Level 3:

  • Improving own Learning and Performance
  • Problem Solving
  • Working with Others.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

A Key Skills qualification will help with any job or career and enable you to go on to further learning or employment.

Key Skills qualifications (3638-21)

Last Registration Date: 31 Mar 2016

Level 3 Key Skills in Improving Own Learning and Performance (2004)

  • Accreditation No: 100/4034/1 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: VRQ This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: Data unavailable This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/03/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 Key Skills in Problem Solving (2004)

  • Accreditation No: 100/4038/9 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: VRQ This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: Data unavailable This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/03/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 3 Key Skills in Working With Others (2004)

  • Accreditation No: 100/4042/0 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: VRQ This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: Data unavailable This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/03/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 4

Available qualifications at Level 4:

  • Improving Own Learning and Performance
  • Problem Solving
  • Working with Others.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

A Key Skills qualification will help with any job or career and enable you to go on to further learning or employment.

Key Skills qualifications (3638-21)

Last Registration Date: 31 Mar 2016

Level 4 Key Skills in Improving Own Learning and Performance (2004)

  • Accreditation No: 100/4035/3 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: VRQ This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: Data unavailable This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/03/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 4 Key Skills in Problem Solving (2004)

  • Accreditation No: 100/4039/0 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Data unavailable This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: Data unavailable This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/03/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 4 Key Skills in Working With Others (2004)

  • Accreditation No: 100/4043/2 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: VRQ This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: Data unavailable Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: Data unavailable This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/03/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

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