Course Area Overview

Essential Skills

Essential Skills

Register for your FREE Essential Skills Today!

Do you want to feel more confident with your English and Maths skills? Do you want to improve your reading, writing, speaking and listening and numeracy and skills? Do you need qualifications to help you get on in the workplace?

We can help you to:

  • Improve your reading, writing, spelling, speaking and listening, and numeracy skills.

  • Move on and up in your career.

  • Achieve a personal goal.

  • Gain a qualification. 

South West College will be running a series of Initial Assessments to help gauge students levels before they commence classes in June or September. To take part in an assessment please register below.

We would recommend that before you come to your initial assessment session that you refresh your skills in Literacy. The website provides exercises which you can use for practise. It is also recommended that you allow at least 2 hours for the initial assessment process. To successfully enrol on the Fast Track it is necessary to be working comfortably at Level 2 and achieve L2 in the initial assessment.

Dungannon Assessment Dates


Enniskillen Assessment Dates


Omagh Assessment Dates

About the qualifications
Do you want to improve your reading, writing, maths or ICT skills, or know someone who needs help with these essential skills? If you are over the age of 16 an Essential Skills course may help you to get on at home, work or in life.

Benefits of doing an Essential Skills course

An Essential Skills course will help you to improve your:
  • reading, writing, speaking and listening
  • working with numbers
  • use of computers and technology
All Essential Skills courses are FREE. You can do them in a college, at work or with a community organisation at different times of the day. The classes are small and informal. Crèche facilities may also be available.

You will be able to:
  • learn at your own pace
  • practise how to use the skills you learn in everyday situations
  • gain qualifications that employers will recognise

Why Essential Skills are important

Essential Skills courses can be really life changing. They have helped people to:
  • read a newspaper for the first time to find out what is happening in their community
  • fill in an application form and get a job as a result
  • read notes from their children’s school help their children with their homework for the first time
  • use the internet to keep in touch with family and friends

Find an Essential Skills course

If you would like information on how to improve your ability to read, write, use mathematics and improve your computer skills, or have a friend or family member who would like help, the first step is to find an Essential Skill Course. Essential Skills courses are delivered throughout all our campuses. To find out when and where your nearest class is, contact your nearest campus. The admissions office will then work with you on the best available options.