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- Fewer people dying from diabetes in Wales – new report
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Section highlightQualifications Wales BillThe Bill will establish Qualifications Wales as an independent regulator for qualifications and the qualification system in Wales.
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Essential Skills Wales
Essential Skills Wales (ESW) is a suite of three different skills qualifications.
Qualifications are available from Entry Level 1 through to Level 4 in:
- Application of Number
- Information Communication Technology (ICT).
ESW has been implemented in Wales since the 1st September 2010. ESW superseded Key Skills.
At entry level, the nature of the assessment will be determined by the awarding body delivering the qualification. However, the assessment must meet the assessment outcomes.
For levels 1 to 4, the qualifications will be assessed via a portfolio of evidence.
Each level of the skills incorporates and builds on previous levels, therefore for each skill you can view the individual standards as well as progression grids. See below to download the ESW standards.
Future of Essential Skills Wales
The Review of Qualifications 14-19 (2012) recommends that ESW qualifications are no longer used within the Welsh Baccalaureate at 14-16 years of age.
ESW content, structure and assessment will be reviewed through comprehensive stakeholder engagement in 2013 – with new qualifications trialed in 2014. ICT will be replaced by a new Digital Literacy qualification.
If you have any further queries, please visit the Qualifications Wales website (external link).