Essential Skills Northern Ireland (3800)

Last Updated: 21 Nov 2016

With effect from 31st August 2016 these qualifications are closed to new learners.

This suite has been replaced by Essential Skills (Northern Ireland) (4800)

The refreshed Essential Skills Standards and Curriculum released by the Department for the Economy, together with centre documents and sample assessments are available from the qualifications page for 4800 here: 4800- Essential Skills (Northern Ireland)

Fundamental skills in literacy, numeracy and digital literacy to help learners in Northern Ireland function effectively and progress in work, further learning and general life.


 
The Essential Skills qualifications are intended for anyone over the age of 16 in Northern Ireland who wants to improve their literacy, numeracy or ICT skills to help get a job or get on in life.

They are taken in almost all forms of post-16 learning, including Apprenticeships and Training for Success, where learners have not already achieved GCSEs in English, Mathematics or ICT at grades A*-C.
Available to deliver in the following:
  • Northern Ireland

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General Information

What Is Involved In Studying This Course?

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

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

What Is Involved With Delivering This Course?

Essential Skills qualifications can be completed in a range of settings, often be 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.

Entry 1

Entry Level 1 will suit you if you're interested, but you want to start slowly and learn the basics first. You don't have any current knowledge or experience.

There are two Essential Skills qualifications:

  • Adult Literacy
  • Adult Numeracy.

For more information, refer to the centre documents section.

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.

Essential Skills Northern Ireland Communication and Literacy (3800-40)

Last Registration Date: 31 Aug 2016

Entry Level Certificate in Essential Skills Adult Literacy (Entry 1)

  • Accreditation No: 600/7131/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: 40 - 70 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: 31/08/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Essential Skills Northern Ireland Application of Number and Numeracy (3800-50)

Last Registration Date: 31 Aug 2016

Entry Level Certificate in Essential Skills Adult Numeracy (Entry 1)

  • Accreditation No: 600/7132/1 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: 40 - 70 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: 31/08/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Entry 2

Entry Level 2 will suit you if you have some basic understanding or a qualification at Entry Level 1.

There are two Essential Skills qualifications:

  • Adult Literacy
  • Adult Numeracy.

For more information, refer to the centre documents section.

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.

Essential Skills Northern Ireland Communication and Literacy (3800-40)

Last Registration Date: 31 Aug 2016

Entry Level Certificate in Essential Skills Adult Literacy (Entry 2)

  • Accreditation No: 600/7131/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: 40 - 70 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: 31/08/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Essential Skills Northern Ireland Application of Number and Numeracy (3800-50)

Last Registration Date: 31 Aug 2016

Entry Level Certificate in Essential Skills Adult Numeracy (Entry 2)

  • Accreditation No: 600/7132/1 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: 40 - 70 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: 31/08/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Entry 3

Entry Level 3 will suit you if you have a qualification at Entry Level 2 and want to progress, or you're thinking of doing a qualification at Level 1 and want to make sure you have the foundations you need.

There are two Essential Skills qualifications:

  • Adult Literacy
  • Adult Numeracy.

For more information, refer to the centre documents section.

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.

Essential Skills Northern Ireland Communication and Literacy (3800-40)

Last Registration Date: 31 Aug 2016

Entry Level Certificate in Essential Skills Adult Literacy (Entry 3)

  • Accreditation No: 600/7131/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: 40 - 70 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: 31/08/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Essential Skills Northern Ireland Application of Number and Numeracy (3800-50)

Last Registration Date: 31 Aug 2016

Entry Level Certificate in Essential Skills Adult Numeracy (Entry 3)

  • Accreditation No: 600/7132/1 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: 40 - 70 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: 31/08/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 1

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.

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.

Essential Skills Northern Ireland Communication and Literacy (3800-40)

Last Registration Date: 31 Aug 2016

Level 1 Certificate in Essential Skills Communication

  • Accreditation No: 600/7136/9 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: 45 - 45 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: 31/08/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Essential Skills Northern Ireland Application of Number and Numeracy (3800-50)

Last Registration Date: 31 Aug 2016

Level 1 Certificate in Essential Skills Application of Number

  • Accreditation No: 600/7134/5 This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: Credit based qualification 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: 45 - 45 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: 31/08/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Essential Skills Northern Ireland Information and Communication Technology (3800-60)

Last Registration Date: 31 Aug 2016 Supportive services: Learning Assistant

Level 1 Certificate in Essential Skills Information and Communication Technology

  • Accreditation No: 500/5322/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: 40 - 40 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: 31/08/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2

Level 2 will suit you if you have some knowledge and basic skills already - you probably use your skills at work, under supervision. You want to gain confidence and take on more responsibility.

There are three Essential Skills qualifications:

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

For more information, refer to the centre documents section.

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.

Essential Skills Northern Ireland Communication and Literacy (3800-40)

Last Registration Date: 31 Aug 2016

Level 2 Certificate in Essential Skills Communication

  • Accreditation No: 600/7133/3 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: 45 - 45 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: 31/08/2017 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Essential Skills Northern Ireland Application of Number and Numeracy (3800-50)

Last Registration Date: 31 Aug 2016

Level 2 Certificate in Essential Skills Application of Number

  • Accreditation No: 600/7137/0 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: 45 - 45 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: 31/08/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Essential Skills Northern Ireland Information and Communication Technology (3800-60)

Last Registration Date: 31 Aug 2016 Supportive services: Learning Assistant

Level 2 Certificate in Essential Skills Information and Communication Technology

  • Accreditation No: 500/5201/9 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: 40 - 40 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: 31/08/2018 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

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