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Essential Skills Wales (from 2015)

The Essential Skills Wales (ESW) suite of qualifications introduced in September 2015 is designed to assess the range of skills that learners need for successful learning, employment and life. They provide a single ladder of progression, spanning six levels and comprising qualifications in:

Sara Davies introduces the new suite of Essential Skills Wales qualifications.

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The Essential Skills Wales qualifications are intended for use in a range of settings at post-16 and post-14 in certain instances.  They focus on the practical application of these skills, especially learners’ capacity to transfer their knowledge and understanding between contexts and purposes.

Essential Skills Wales qualifications aim to enable learners to develop and demonstrate proficiency in the essential skills that employers and next-stage educators value and that learners need for progression and effective performance in learning, work and life.

Contact Details

For further information, please contact:

Head of Essential Skills Wales 

Bryan Davies
029 2026 5100

Essential Skills Wales Senior Officer (Operational)

Michelle Morgan
029 2026 5172

Welsh Baccalaureate and Skills Co-ordinator

Julie Rees
029 2026 5096

Additional Contact Details


029 2026 5193


029 2026 5024


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