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If you want to improve your reading, writing, numeracy or information and communication technology skills, or want to show the skills you already have, a Skills for Life qualification could be for you.

What are they?

Skills for Life qualifications are designed to help you develop the skills you use in everyday life, such as reading, writing or maths. They can also help you boost your CV or move on to further study.

You can take a Skills for Life qualification if you:

  • are over 16 years of age
  • have left full-time education
  • do not have an up-to-date English or maths qualification at level 2 (e.g. a GCSE)

What’s on offer?

Total People is able to offer Skills for Life qualifications in the following subjects:

  • English (Adult Literacy)
  • Maths (Adult numeracy)

Study at a level to suit you

Skills for Life Certificates are available at a level of learning to suit you. The levels are:

  • entry level (three entry levels to choose from)
  • level 1
  • level 2

How you are assessed

The type of test or task you take, and how it is assessed, will depend on which level of qualification you choose.

Entry levels

At the three entry levels, Skills for Life qualifications consist of tasks assessed by your learning centre, college or school.

Levels 1 and 2

At levels 1 and 2, you’ll take National Basic Skills tests. You can take the test on paper or on screen using a computer.

The tests consist of 40 multiple choice questions. For each question, you choose from four possible answers. You have one hour to complete the literacy test and one hour 15 minutes for the numeracy test.

If you don’t pass

If you don’t pass, you can take the test again. In fact, you can take it as many times as you like until you do pass. However, each time you take it you’ll be asked a different set of questions.

What’s next?

Skills for Life qualifications are based on national standards, so everyone, including potential employers, can see what you’re capable of. They can:

  • give you more confidence in your own abilities
  • show what you have achieved in your learning programme
  • boost your CV
  • help you get onto other courses such as NVQs

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