Essential Skills for Work and Life (ESfWL)

ESFWL offers an alternative for those learners only needing to focus on specific aspects of their essential skills. This suite of qualifications ranges from Entry Level 1 to Level 3 and has recently been updated to include the different strands of digital literacy, including digital collaboration, creativity, responsibility, productivity and information literacy. 

The strength of these Essential Skills for Work and Life qualifications is their flexibility.

Learners can choose combinations of units in communication, numeracy and now digital literacy at different levels to build qualifications of different sizes.

Learners in the workplace can design the qualification content to suit their industry’s specific needs.

Learners in education can choose units to support their vocational or academic programme.

Teachers can work on the digital literacy skills they need to maintain currency and develop practice.

Important changes to the Essential Skills for Work and Life Qualifications

These qualifications have now been reviewed and are being extended to 31/12/2021

Following feedback from our centres, adjustments have been made to some of the units. However the structure of the qualification remains largely unchanged.

  • Learners working towards the level 1 ESfWL qualifications can now include level 2 units
  • Some units have had slight amendments to wording, these have simply been updated and this has not affected the unit code.
  • Where changes have been significant, a new unit has been created. The overall skills expectations are the same but there may be slight changes to evidence requirements. You may start to use these new units right away but you can still register learners on the previous versions up until 31/03/2017.
  • The ICT units have been removed from the qualifications at all levels. If you would like to include these units in a qualification claim, you need to register learners by 31/03/2017. Learners will still be able to work towards these units where they sit in other qualifications or as ‘stand-alone’ units.

A full list of the changes and the new units can be found here

Guidance Materials

To support the delivery of these units, we have produced guidance documents which include teaching strategies and suggestions for units which can be taught together to ensure wider curriculum development and differentiation for groups of learners of mixed ability.

Please contact us for further details.