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Essential Skills Wales - New

The Essential Skills Wales (ESW) suite of qualifications introduced in September 2015 is designed to assess the range of skills that learners need for successful learning, employment and life. They provide a single ladder of progression, spanning six levels and comprising qualifications in:

  • Essential Application of Number Skills (EAoNS) (Entry 1 – Level 3)
  • Essential Communication Skills (ECommS) (Entry 1 – Level 3)
  • Essential Digital Literacy Skills (EDLS) (Entry 1 – Level 3)
  • Essential Employability Skills (EES) (Entry 3 – Level 3)

Introducing Essential Skills Wales

Sara Davies introduces the new suite of Essential Skills Wales qualifications.

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The Essential Skills Wales qualifications are intended for use in a range of settings at post-16 and post-14 in certain instances.  They focus on the practical application of these skills, especially learners’ capacity to transfer their knowledge and understanding between contexts and purposes.

Essential Skills Wales qualifications aim to enable learners to develop and demonstrate proficiency in the essential skills that employers and next-stage educators value and that learners need for progression and effective performance in learning, work and life.

Essential Application of Number Skills (EAoNS)
Essential Communication Skills (ECommS)

To achieve the Essential Application of Number Skills and Essential Communication Skills qualification, learners are required to demonstrate their skills through both:

      • an internally assessed and externally verified Controlled Task; and
      • a short, externally marked online Confirmatory Test.

Essential Digital Literacy Skills (EDLS)

Essential Digital Literacy Skills consists of Digital Citizenship, Productivity, Information Literacy, Collaboration, Creativity and Learning and is available from Entry 1 to Level 3. These six skills are assessed holistically through:

      • an internally-assessed and externally verified Controlled Task; and
      • a short, internally-assessed and externally verified Structured Discussion.

Essential Employability Skills (EES)

Essential Employability Skills is a single, holistic qualification comprising Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Planning and Organisation, Creativity and Innovation and Personal Effectiveness. Available from Entry 3 to Level 3, EES will be assessed through:

      • an internally assessed and externally verified Controlled Task; and
      • a short, internally assessed and externally verified Structured Discussion.

Contact Details

For further information, please contact:

Bryan Davies - Head of Essential Skills Wales 

029 2026 5100 | bryan.davies@wjec.co.uk

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