Certificate In Essential Skills - Literacy

This course aims to provide an opportunity to progress in English and to achieve a qualification at a level appropriate for you if you successfully complete. This course will help you improve your reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Please note that the duration of an Essential Skills course is one Semester, for example, Semester 1 starting in September and finishing in the New Year Semester 2 starting in New Year and finishing in June.


Academic Year: 2023/24
Course Code: 10102
Campus: Bangor, Downpatrick, Lisburn, Newtownards
Study Type: Part-Time
Education Level Further Education
Department: Essential Skills

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Course Overview

PLEASE DO NOT APPLY FOR THE JANUARY INTAKE AS WE UP TO OUR FULL CAPACITY

Please note that it may be necessary to deliver some classes online instead of on campus, e.g. in response to illness, Covid-19, college closure, etc.

How to apply:

Please apply online and you will be emailed information closer to the course start date as to what to do next. 

  • Due to the popularity of this course, applicants will be invited in by date of application.
  • Those invited are required to complete assessments in the first class to identify what their level is and if there is a place in a suitable class.
  • Once assessments have been marked, tutors will then be able to confirm via email or phone call what the assessment result is and if the applicant is eligible to enrol for the course.
  • Should places become available, e.g. due to the course being unsuitable for earlier applicants, the next applicants may be invited in so they can be assessed.
  • On completion of the assessment and enrolment process, we will contact any remaining applicants who are still to be contacted with advice on alternative courses.

Please also note that if you do not arrive to your invited slot, you risk not securing a place. This assessment process will determine your Essential Skills level and the allocation to a suitable class.

Any further queries please contact admissions@serc.ac.uk

Course Modules:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Spelling
  • Skills - Speaking Skills 

If you want to work towards a qualification in English.

This course will give you the opportunity to develop your speaking and listening and reading and writing skills. 

Classes are practical and are taught in small groups, so they are ideal for adult learners or anyone returning to education.

This course will give you the opportunity to develop your communication skills and it may be possible for you to progress through to Level 2 or GCSE.

You will need to sit an assessment test in order to determine what level you will be working towards and placed in a suitable group where possible.

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Terms & Conditions

Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

We strive to ensure the description of courses on SERC's website and in publications is accurate. However, for various reasons there may be occasions when the College may need to change arrangements or be unable to deliver classes due to circumstances such as reduced funding. If there are insufficient numbers applying for a course it may not be viable to deliver the class.

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