This certificate is multi purpose. The knowledge, skill and competence acquired are relevant to personal development and participation in society, community and employment. The certificate provides a basis for further progression.

The award recognises basic knowledge, skill and competence in a narrow range of fields of learning, including key outcomes in literacy and numeracy. It is achieved in the preferred communicative and learning style (s), and supports the development of enhanced confidence and motivation. Achievement of this award reflects a capacity to complete tasks and processes, to deal with choice and decision making and to recognise personal talents, abilities and interests.


  • Education: No formal education or qualifications are required although applicants may have participated in primary and secondary education. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate a standard of knowledge, skill and competence equivalent to NFQ Level 1 when accessing a Level 2 programme.
  • Aptitude: Applicants must have a motivation to learn, an interest in the subject and the ability to acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies set out in the course.
  • Previous Experience: Applicants must be able to demonstrate an elementary range of knowledge, skills and competencies relevant to the course and be able to work under direction.


Title Award Awarding Body
Listening And Speaking Listening & Speaking (M2C03) QQI
Writing Writing (M2C02) QQI
Non-Verbal Communications Non Verbal Communications (M2C04) QQI
Reading Reading (M2C01) QQI
Using Technology Using Technology (M2T10) QQI
Quantity And Number Quantity & Number (M2N05) QQI
Computer Skills Computer Skills (M2T11) QQI


The learning outcomes associated with this award are outlined in the associated Component Specifications. For a list of the components see section on Certification Requirements.