Thursday, 25th April 2019


Key Skills qualifications are designed to help people either improve certain common skills which are useful at school, college, at home and in the workplace. These are basic transferable skills which are widely used across all areas of employment and education.

What is involved in the Key Skills qualification?

Key Skills qualifications are designed to boost confidence and quality of your CV.

They can be taken by everyone, from school pupils to bosses of major companies.

Two main types

Main Skills

  • Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
  • Communication
  • Application of Number

Wider Skills

  • Improving Own Learning and Performance (IOLP)
  • Problem Solving
  • Working with Others

The qualifications are on levels 1-4 of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) and can be taken alongside other qualifications such as an NVQ and to gain entry into higher education.

Key Skills also make up a part of an apprenticeship.

Assessment is done by a portfolio of work, marked internally, and a series of multiple choice tests.

There are no minimum entry requirements onto a Key Skills course, as these are the qualifications that can be used as the basis of a CV.

For more information on Key Skills and how to study online, please follow the below link:

Key Skills 4 U - Excellence Gateway