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Essential Skills Wales (ESW) qualifications consist of Application of Number, Communication and ICT.

Each skill will be assessed at levels 1-4 via an internally assessed and externally moderated portfolio. For ESW Entry, awarding bodies can determine their own method of assessment. WJEC’s are task-based controlled assessments with the option for centres to devise their own.


To support centres, WJEC 

  • has distributed Essential Skills Wales Publications on CD
  • has produced ‘Example’ portfolios
  • offers centre-support visits and centre-based CPD
  • has produced practice tasks for ESW Entry

Centres are reminded to complete and return their 2013/2014 Centre Registration form to WJEC's Key/Essential Skills Wales Unit.

Wider Key Skills

Wider Key Skills – Improving Own Learning and Performance, Working with Others and Problem Solving - will now remain unchanged until 2014 at which time revised standards may be introduced.

Contact Details

For further information, please contact:

Bryan Davies - Head of the Key/Essential Skills Wales Unit
Telephone: 029 2026 5100/5172/5032/5382
Fax: 029 2026 5098

Support visits and centre-based INSET are available on request. For further details and for general enquiries, please e-mail the Key/Essential Skills Wales Unit.

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