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Essential Skills

It costs nothing to get your Maths, English and ICT qualifications at Belfast Met.

Essential Skills are the most important and useful skills we all need to succeed in education, work and everyday life. At Belfast Met, you can get qualifications in English, Maths and ICT while you are completing your course.

We offer Essential Skills in Literacy and Numeracy from Entry Level 1 through to Level 2, and ICT at Levels 1 and 2.

Get the basics or take the next step. At Belfast Met it is free.

  • Gain a nationally recognised qualification
  • Improve your job prospects
  • Meet new people
  • Work with friendly, helpful and approachable tutors
  • Learn how to use a computer
  • Improve your confidence

Our blend of face to face and online fast track delivery will allow you to achieve your goals in English, Maths and ICT.

For more information on Fast-track courses, Blended Fast-track courses or to register for a webinar, please scroll further down this page.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact Alison Young on tel: 028 9053 3117 or email: [email protected]

Contact email: essentialskills[AT]belfastmet[DOT]ac[DOT]uk for more information

Belfast Met Apprenticeships

Fast Track Courses

Gain a Level 2 qualification in English, Maths or ICT! Attend class  one day a week for six weeks! Join our August webinars and find out more!

Our blend of face to face and online fast track delivery will allow you to achieve your goals in English, Maths and ICT.

To be accepted onto this programme you must:

  • Be working around a grade D/Level 1 or demonstrate competence in key curriculum areas
  • Pass an assessment in your chosen subject at the appropriate level.
  • Join one of our subject webinars to find out more!


If you are interested in a Fast track in Literacy, Numeracy or ICT you must attend a webinar session, where you will be given an insight in to the Initial Assessment process which must be completed before you are admitted to the programme.

Please book onto the appropriate webinar in the links below.

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Literacy Webinar

24 August
6.30pm
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Numeracy Webinar

25 August
6.30pm
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ICT Webinar

25 August
6.30pm
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Literacy Initial Assessment

31 August

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Numeracy Initial Assessment

1 September
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ICT Initial Assessment

1 September
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Advice & Guidance Sessions

In order to ensure 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.

Advice sessions take place at the College’s Millfield and Castlereagh Campuses and operate on a drop in basis. So, take the first step and come along to one of our sessions. We look forward to meeting with you.

To find out more information on upcoming Advice & Guidance Sessions please click here.