Essential Skills/ESOL

Communication - Level 1 & 2 Essential Skills (City & Guilds) Fast Track

Start Date: 23rd January 2019
Course Code: C00428 NAD1L

  • Part-Time
  • Newtownabbey


Duration: 8 Weeks Part-time
Number of weeks: 8
Start date: 23rd January 2019
End date: 20th March 2019
Day: Wed
Time: 09:30-12:30

Fee for 2018/2019 Academic Year:


Due to the intensive nature of this 8 week programme an initial assessment in Week 1 will determine suitability.  Learners must be working towards Level 2 and may be advised to join a 15 week programme if not eligible. The end assessment will take place the week after the course concludes.

Course Content

Essential skills are the qualifications that could help you to: 

  • get the most out of life
  • engage easily with others
  • solve problems 
  • develop personally and improve self confidence 
  • help with homework 
  • manage your finances 
  • access the internet and exchange emails 
  • get a job 
  • get promotion 
  • study for other courses and get good results.

There are three Essential Skills:

Communication - Essential Skills Communication will give you the opportunity to develop your speaking and listening, reading and writing skills. 

Application of Number - Essential Skills Application of Number will give you the opportunity to use your skills in working with figures and numbers. 

ICT - Essential Skills ICT aims to give you the opportunity to develop practical computer skills to use in your current or future workplace and for your own personal need. We also offer Entry Level ICT classes for complete beginners. 

Classes are about two hours and usually run weekly.  On average, it takes over 40 hours to complete a course but this will be determined by your needs and tutor's assessment.  Classes are held in a range of venues, from your local community hall to your local college, throughout the day and evening depending on campus provision.

Assessment Methods

For Level 1 and Level 2 courses in Communication and Application of Number assessment is through the completion of an externally assessed and marked exam. At Entry Level assessment is by the completion of an in-house test.

For Level 1 and Level 2 ICT assessment is through a portfolio only.


400 Shore Road
BT37 9RS
028 9085 5000


Lucy Fagan