Essential Skills are nationally accredited qualifications available throughout Northern Ireland in:
- Entry Level Literacy
- Entry Level Numeracy
- Level 1 2 Communication
- Level 1 2 Application of Number
Understandably, many are anxious about returning to education. Essential skills tasks are designed to be relevant and interesting. The essential skills qualifications aim to reward and motivate learners and improve their opportunities.
CCEA is Northern Ireland's own Essential Skills provider. We provide extensive advice, support and training which is tailored to the needs of colleges, Further Education establishments and Training organisations in Northern Ireland and is consistent with national regulations, standards and requirements.
*** Monitoring of Essential Skills Desktop Tasks ***
CCEA could visit your centre between 1 November 2015 and 30 June 2016.
*** Essential Skills Start Up Guide ***
Including Administration Issues, Registering for access to the CCEA Central Login System, Ordering Desktop Task Material and Direct Claims.
*** Guidance Flowcharts ***
Essential Skills Flowcharts which provide guidance to Schools and Training Organisations.
Important notice for centres wishing to make entries for Essential Skills ICT
Levels 1 & 2
Please note that this qualification is only available for Further Education Centres and Training/Community Organisations.
At present Post-Primary Schools cannot make entries for Essential Skills ICT Level 1 and or Level 2.
Instructions for Conducting Coursework
In order to support centres in making accurate and consistent assessment decisions CCEA has produced the following support documentation for centres. The instructions are for use in all ACETS* qualifications. They cover the setting, supervision, authentication, marking, internal moderation and standardisation of coursework in centres. Centres are strongly advised to download both documents.
Students, teachers and tutors explain the benefits of doing Essential Skills. Watch the videos below to find out more.