Essential Skills support

Our Essential Skills offer comes complete with comprehensive support to help delivery and implementation.

Support materials are available now and we will be adding to these as more content is developed.

Readiness guide and transition checklist

Are you ready for the transition to the new Essential Skills qualifications? To help, we’ve developed a handy readiness guide and editable transition checklist to help you identify some of the key areas for consideration and action.

Download the Readiness guide and checklist > 

Delivery and assessment guidance

A new delivery and assessment guide has been developed by ColegauCymru/CollegesWales to support the new Essential Skills suite. This document sets out precisely what needs to be taught and assessed at each level – so is required reading for anyone involved in teaching, assessing or quality assuring the new qualifications.
The delivery guide is available to download from our new Essential Skills qualifications webpage (NB: click on the 'Documents' tab and 'Centre documents' drop-down to view and download).

Sample assessments

An initial set of sample controlled tasks and confirmatory tests, developed jointly by the four Essential Skills awarding bodies, is now available to download from our new Essential Skills qualifications webpage (NB: click on the level drop-downs to access the samples for each level). 

The first live controlled tasks will be available later this autumn, and the first opportunity to sit the live confirmatory tests will be in February 2016.

e-volve guidance

For centres choosing to opt for onscreen assessment, via our onscreen assessment platform e-volve, a suite of guidance and familiarisation materials is available providing all the information you need to operate the system. Guidance and familiarisation materials are available to view and download from the e-volve web pages.

Essential Skills events

If you have missed our recent Essential Skills events then don't worry, you can download the event content to keep up-to-date on the latest changes.

The webinars provided further details about the changes to Essential Skills in Wales and what impact these changes will have on teaching and learning practice.

Contact us

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

Changes to essential skills

Find out more about the recent changes to Essential Skills qualifications in Wales and explore our new Essential Skills offer.

Find out more >

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.

Find out more > 

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Sign up to receive information and regular updates about the changes to Essential Skills and information on how we will be supporting you through the transition.
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