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Essential Skills

FREE Courses in ICT, English and Maths

Have you struggled with Maths or English or do you want to improve your computer skills? If this sounds like you, Belfast Met's Essential Skills courses in English, Maths or ICT are for you and best of all, they are FREE!

Classes are delivered at all main College campuses, as well as venues throughout the community and in the workplace through the day and in the evening. Classes in English and Maths are available from Entry Level through to Level 2 (achievement at Level 2 is comparable to GCSE standard).

Classes in ICT are available at Level 1 and Level 2 but for those of you who are less confident in this area you are sure to find something suitable through our ICT for Beginners (Steps 1 and 2) accredited programmes which will assist you in taking those first steps with emails, searching the Internet, creating documents in Microsoft Word and setting up spreadsheets.

In order to ensure that you are enrolled on the best course to suit your needs all potential students are required to attend an advice and enrolment session prior to course entry.  An experienced Essential Skills Tutor will be available to assist you in making the right decision and to give guidance on course options. 

So take the first step and come along to one of our drop in sessions below. We look forward to meeting with you.

To be eligible for an Essential Skills course in the 2019/2020 academic year, students must be 16 on or before 1st July 2019.

Drop in Advice & Guidance sessions for courses that commence in September 2020 will be advertised shortly, once dates/times have been finalised.


Pre Advice & Guidance Sessions

We hope to run a one week fast-track for Literacy, Numeracy and ICT at our Millfield site, providing enrolment numbers are viable, during June, July and August (dates to be finalised).  They will run for one full week Monday to Friday, 9am to 5.30pm each day.  It is essential that students attend an Advice & Guidance session prior to the Diagnostic Assessment taking place.

The Advice & Guidance session will offer an insight into the level of work involved in fast-track and you will be provided with subject related materials/information to assist you in the pre-assessment.

Entry onto the fast-track will only take place once you have attended the Advice & Guidance session and it has been determined that you are targeting Level 2 in the Diagnostic Assessment.  You will be given details of the date for Diagnostic Assessment at the Advice & Guidance session.

If you have additional support needs, please note that there is a 30 working day requirement to facilitate requests for access arrangements which may delay enrolment onto a fast-track.  Please can you bring evidence of any additional needs to the Diagnostic Assessment session.

Only one subject can be taken during the one week fast-track.

To book in for the Advice & Guidance session, please go to the relevant link below. 

Links will be available shortly



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