Essential Skills (Northern Ireland) (4800)

Last Updated: 21 Jun 2016
Fundamental applied skills in Application of Number, Communication and ICT help learners in Northern Ireland function effectively and progress in work, further learning and general life.

The refreshed Essential Skills qualifications in Application of Number and Communication at Level 1 and Level 2 will be available for first teaching from 1 September 2016. Draft sample assessments for the new qualifications can be accessed via the 'Documents' tab, above.
Essential Skills qualifications are intended for learners in Northern Ireland wanting to improve their numeracy, literacy or ICT skills.
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: 

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

You'll learn how to use these skills in real-life situations and undergo a supervised assessment at the end of your course.

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 alongside other qualifications.

At Entry Level (Adult Literacy and Adult Numeracy), learners complete an approved assessment task. These are currently available to download from the previous Essential Skills NI qualifications' (3800) webpage, although they will be migrated to this page in due course. As well as a range of live Entry level task titles, a set of sample Entry level tasks is also available.

At Level 1 and Level 2 (Application of Number and Communication), learners complete an end assessment that is externally set and marked by City & Guilds. To access sample assessments, please click on the 'Documents' tab, above, and select the relevant level.

For ICT at Level 1 and Level 2, learners complete a portfolio of evidence; details of the standards and evidence requirements can be found in the Essential Skills qualifications' handbook (currently available to download from the previous Essential Skills NI qualifications' (3800) webpage).

All internal assessments within this suite of qualifications are subject to a process of internal and external quality assurance.

Further guidance on the teaching and learning requirements for Essential Skills can also be found on the NI Department for the Economy (DfE) website.

Entry 1

Qualifications are available in
  • Adult Literacy
  • Adult Numeracy

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 qualifications in Communication and Literacy (4800-40)

Last Registration Date: 31 Aug 2020

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: General Education 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: 60 This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/08/2021 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Essential Skills qualifications in Application of Number and Numeracy (4800-50)

Last Registration Date: 31 Aug 2020
Coming Soon (July 2016 - Sept 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: General Education 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: 60 This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/08/2021 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Entry 2

Qualifications are available in
  • Adult Literacy
  • Adult Numeracy

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 qualifications in Communication and Literacy (4800-40)

Last Registration Date: 31 Aug 2020

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: General Education 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: 60 This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/08/2021 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Essential Skills qualifications in Application of Number and Numeracy (4800-50)

Last Registration Date: 31 Aug 2020
Coming Soon (July 2016 - Sept 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: General Education 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: 60 This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/08/2021 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Entry 3

Qualifications are available in
  • Adult Literacy
  • Adult Numeracy

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 qualifications in Communication and Literacy (4800-40)

Last Registration Date: 31 Aug 2020

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: General Education 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: 40 This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/08/2021 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Essential Skills qualifications in Application of Number and Numeracy (4800-50)

Last Registration Date: 31 Aug 2020
Coming Soon (July 2016 - Sept 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: General Education 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: 60 This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/08/2021 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 1

Qualifications are available in
  • Communication
  • Application of Number
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

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 qualifications in Communication and Literacy (4800-40)

Last Registration Date: 31 Aug 2020

Level 1 Certificate in Essential Skills - Communication

  • Accreditation No: Data unavailable This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: General Education 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: 60 This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/08/2021 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Essential Skills qualifications in Information and Communication Technology (4800-60)

Last Registration Date: 31 Aug 2020
Coming Soon (July 2016 - Sept 2016)

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: General Education 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: 60 This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/08/2021 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Level 2

Qualifications are available in
  • Communication
  • Application of Number
  • Information and Communication Technology (ICT)

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 qualifications in Communication and Literacy (4800-40)

Last Registration Date: 31 Aug 2020

Level 2 Certificate in Essential Skills - Communication

  • Accreditation No: Data unavailable This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: General Education 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: 60 This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/08/2021 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Essential Skills qualifications in Application of Number and Numeracy (4800-50)

Last Registration Date: 31 Aug 2020
Coming Soon (July 2016 - Sept 2016)

Level 2 Certificate in Essential Skills - Application of Number

  • Accreditation No: Data unavailable This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: General Education 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: 60 This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: 31/08/2021 This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

Here you can find all documents related to this suite of qualifications.

By clicking on the section headings below, you can access a variety of documents such as the qualification handbooks and assessment materials, Statements of Purpose, and recognition letters from industry and employers.

Some documents may be password protected. Passwords can be retrieved by logging in to WalledGarden.com and visiting the Administration section of the relevant qualification catalogue page.

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