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Core Skills Units continue to be available

Centres should note the Core Skills Units are unaffected by the recent National Qualifications changes. The Core Skills Units continue to be available and remain in their current format with no changes made to the standards they contain.

Some centres have been in touch with us to ask if they should deliver the new National 3, 4 or 5 Units in Literacy and Numeracy, or the Communication and Numeracy Core Skills Units at the same levels, as both sets of units cover very similar ground. It will be for centres to decide for themselves which qualifications will be of most value to their candidates. We expect many schools will offer the new Literacy and Numeracy Units that have been introduced, although colleges may prefer to continue offering the Core Skills Units in their programmes, as they are familiar with these Units and they still form part of many of the NC, NPA and MA frameworks offered in colleges.

Core Skills Profile

As with the Core Skills Units, SQA currently has no plans to remove or alter the Core Skills Profile that is included at the end of the Scottish Qualifications Certificate (SQC). When candidates receive their certificates, they will continue to be credited with the achievement of Core Skills components that are embedded within any of the qualifications they have completed.

Find the Core Skills Units and Assessment Support Packs (ASPs) in each Core Skills subject.