Core Skills help individuals achieve success in many situations in life and work, and are the basis for learning throughout life.
The five Core Skills are:
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.
Involves using tables, diagrams, graphs and symbols, and working with money and measurements.
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:
- 'Embedding' - this is where a Unit or Course being studied has been audited against the National Core Skills Framework, and completing it also confirms the Core Skill.
- Dedicated Core Skill Units - these are Units which are specifically intended for achievement of the individual Core Skills in both the National Qualifications and the SVQ family.
Core Skills can normally be achieved through National Qualifications, Higher National qualifications, and Scottish Vocational Qualifications.
Every candidate's certificate contains a 'Core Skills profile' detailing the highest level of achievement of each Core Skill.
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