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Essential Skills Wales

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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 2015/2016 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 2015/2016 at which time revised standards may be introduced.

Key Dates for the final series of the Essential Skills Wales Portfolio (November 2016)

Entries by: 23 September 2016

Amendments by: 7 October 2016

Sample available from: 17 October 2016

Moderator to receive sample by: 21 October 2016

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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

E-mail: bryan.davies@wjec.co.uk

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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