Essential Skills

The Essential Skills Qualifications have been developed to support the Northern Ireland’s Essential Skills Strategy to improve the quality and consistency of literacy, numeracy and ICT provision for adults in Northern Ireland.

These qualifications are designed to prepare people for work or help those already in work. The courses are practical and allow people to apply their skills in real life work situations, giving them the learning tools to; apply their knowledge and understanding to everyday life; engage easily with others; solve problems; and develop personally.

These qualifications ensure that everyone in Northern Ireland have the skills they need to succeed in life.  Click on the appropriate qualification below for more information on it.

•    Entry Level 1-3 Literacy 
•    Entry Level 1-3 Numeracy
•    Level 1 & 2 Communication
•    Level 1 & 2 Application of Number 

The Essential Skills assessment materials are owned by OCN NI, City & Guilds and CCEA.   All awarding bodies' Essential Skills qualifications use the same Tasks and Action-Based Activity templates.

Advancing Education • Awarding Qualifications

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