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Essential skills

An Essential Skills course from Northumberland Skills will help you to gain confidence in English, maths or digital skills, which will support you in the workplace and in everyday life.

Our courses range from Pre-entry Level to Level 2, helping you to improve your reading, writing, speaking and listening; supporting you to work with numbers with confidence; and boosting your abilities with the use of computers and technology.

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Your guide to essential skills courses:
English

We'll support you to start at the right level for you - our initial assessment is designed to ensure that you choose the level that suits you based on your abilities and prior attainment in English.

 

You can see the available levels of study below - please contact the team for more information about each course and to enrol.

Essential Skills:

Entry 3 English

A stepping stone qualification for beginners, which uses practical, real-life examples to bring learning English to life.

Perfect for entry level learning.

Essential Skills:

Level 1 English

Improve your reading, writing, speaking and listening with this Level 1 qualification. Perfect if you want to boost your skills and confidence for life and work.

Essential Skills:

Level 2 English

Extend your knowledge of English and the English language with this Level 2 qualification. Perfect for those at intermediate level, looking to study English or use it for work.

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Your guide to essential skills courses:
maths

We'll support you to start at the right level for you - our initial assessment is designed to ensure that you choose the level that suits you based on your abilities and prior attainment in maths.

 

You can see the available levels of study below - please contact the team for more information about each course and to enrol.

Essential Skills:

Entry 3 maths

A stepping stone qualification for beginners, which uses practical, real-life examples to bring learning maths to life.

Perfect for entry level learning.

Essential Skills:

Level 1 maths

Improve your maths skills and ability to use numbers confidently with this Level 1 qualification. Perfect if you want to boost your skills and confidence for life and work.

Essential Skills:

Level 2 maths

Extend your knowledge of maths and working with numbers with this Level 2 qualification. Perfect for those at intermediate level, looking to study or work with maths or in finance. 

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Your guide to essential skills courses:
Digital skills

We'll support you to start at the right level for you - our initial assessment is designed to ensure that you choose the level that suits you based on your abilities and prior attainment in IT and digital skills.

 

You can see the available levels of study below - please contact the team for more information about each course and to enrol.

Essential Skills:

Entry 3 Digital

A stepping stone qualification ideal for beginners as it builds confidence and is perfect for entry level learning to ensure that you are safe, responsible and confident when going online.

Essential Skills:

Level 1 Digital

Improve your ability to use technology professionally and socially with this Level 1 qualification. Perfect if you want to boost your skills and confidence for life and work.

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Did you know ...?

Our classes are small and informal, helping you to feel comfortable and confident to learn at your own pace in a supportive and friendly environment. 

Why do I need essential skills?

We have designed our essentials skills courses to ensure that you can learn at your own pace and practice how to use your new skills in everyday life and work situations. 

Not only will you gain qualifications that employers will recognise, essential skills courses can genuinely change your life - boosting your confidence and abilities to:

  • help your child with homework and understand communications from their school

  • complete an application form and get a job as a result

  • budget and understand your finances

  • use the internet with confidence to keep in touch with family and friends and much more.

For more information and to ask any questions you may have about learning with us and our range of essential skills courses, get in touch with the Northumberland Skills team on 01670 622 099 or email learn@northumberland.gov.uk 

Download a prospectus

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Explore our full range of full and part-time courses.

Our full and part-time prospectuses are available to download for free from our downloads page.