Essential Skills

CCEA is withdrawing the Essential Skills qualifications. The final assessment opportunities for these qualifications will be October 2018.

Essential Skills MicrositeCCEA is Northern Ireland’s own Essential Skills provider. We provide extensive advice, support and training which is tailored to the needs of colleges, Further Education establishments and Training organisations in Northern Ireland and is consistent with national regulations, standards and requirements.

Essential Skills are nationally accredited qualifications available throughout Northern Ireland in:

  • Entry Level Literacy
  • Entry Level Numeracy
  • Level 1 & 2 Communication
  • Level 1 & 2 Application of Number

Important Information for ALL Essential Skills Centres

S/IF/05/17 - January 2017 - Important Information regarding CCEA Essential Skills Examinations  89 KB - uploaded 13-01-2017

Essential Skills Application of Number and Communication qualifications have been refreshed for first teaching in SEPTEMBER 2016. For further information please refer to the circulars:

DEL FE 01/16 - Refresh of Essential Skills 55 KB

S/IF/23/16 - April 2016 - Important Information on the Refresh of Essential Skills  42.13 KB - uploaded 20-04-2016

S/IF/29/16 - June 2016 - Revised CCEA Level 1 and 2 Certificates in Essential Skills - Communication and Application of Number  67.13 KB - uploaded 02-08-2016

The latest versions of the Specifications will be available on the Essential Skills Microsite soon.

Replacement Essential Skills External Assessment Timetable October 2017

Essential Skills External Assessment Timetable October 2017 (Updated 18 October 2017) 276 KB - uploaded 14-11-2017

Due to the recent inclement weather conditions, the Application of Number Levels 1 & 2 examinations have changed from Monday 16 October PM to Thursday 19 October PM. In addition, the Communication Level 1 Examination has changed from Tuesday 17 October PM to Friday 20 October AM. Please be aware of the morning start for the new Friday 20 October timetable slot for Communication Level 1.