Core Skills

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Core Skills

Core Skills help individuals achieve success in many situations in life and work and are the basis for learning throughout life.

GRAPHIC: Lightbulb Icon. The five Core Skills are:

  • Communication
    Includes talking and listening, reading and writing. For example, using the telephone, taking part in discussions, writing letters and reports, understanding information from a leaflet.

  • Numeracy
    Involves using tables, diagrams, graphs and symbols, and working with money and measurements.

  • Problem Solving
    Involves thinking through a situation, deciding what to do and how to do it, getting resources together and doing it. Future work can be improved by thinking about how successful the plan was and how well it was carried out.

  • Using Information Technology
    Involves finding, processing, presenting and communicating information. For example, using the internet and e-mail, preparing documents and presentations.

  • Working with Others
    Involves agreeing how members of a group will tackle a task and then doing it. Group members consider how effective their own contribution was.

Core Skills can be achieved by candidates in two ways:

Core Skills may normally be achieved through National Qualifications, Higher National qualifications, and within a workplace context.

Every candidate's certificate contains a 'Core Skills profile' detailing the highest level of achievement of each Core Skill.

Please visit the Core Skills section of the website for more information.

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