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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, our Entry Level ICT accredited programme may be more suitable.  This will assist you in taking those first steps with email, searching the Internet and creating documents in Microsoft Word. 

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. Details of these drop in sessions are further down the page.

To be eligible for an Essential Skills course in the 2020/2021 academic year, students must be 16 on or before 1st July 2021.


Future dates for Advice & Guidance sessions will be added when dates have been finalised.

There are five levels in Essential Skills Literacy and Numeracy, Entry Level 1-3 and Level 1 and Level 2.  There are 3 levels in ICT, Entry Level, Level 1 and Level 2. Students will be assessed in order to find out which level they should be working towards.  The format for this year’s Pre-Advice and Guidance assessment will be an informal chat with one of our tutors to assess students’ speaking and listening skills followed by a number of questions relating to students’ spelling and reading skills for Literacy.  There will be a similar assessment for Numeracy.  The ICT assessment will be a series of questions to determine whether you are Entry Level or Level 1/2.  It will last approximately 30 minutes. Entry level students will be enrolled at that stage whilst students demonstrating the potential to work towards Level 1 or Level 2 will be required to complete an on-line assessment of their skills prior to enrolment.


Do you have you a grade D in GCSE English or Maths but want to top up to a level 2 qualification in Literacy or Numeracy in a 6 week, blended fast track Essential Skills course starting in September.  Maybe you have grades A*-C but want to get an ICT qualification?  Sign up for more information at the Essential Skills fast track webinars below:

Future dates will be added for Webinars, when dates have been finalised.

Those students wanting to be considered must complete an initial assessment and be assessed as working towards level 2 in the selected subject.  The initial assessments will take place 20th August onwards. Any queries please email [email protected]


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