Essential Skills

It is really difficult to get anywhere in the job market these days without a qualification in Maths and English.  If you have just left school and are struggling to know what to do, or, if you are a little bit older and want to change jobs then this is a great place to start.

In partnership with Belfast Met, we offer Level 1 and 2 Essential Skills in Numeracy, Literacy and ICT.  

The Numeracy and Literacy classes are offered twice a year.

  Start dates are in September and February and last 17 weeks.

Each student will have an initial assessment with the tutor to determine their starting level as each class may have different levels of students learning together.

Andrea Sullivan started participating in DPCF activities when completing her VTCT Nail Technology and Make-Up courses. It was through doing these that she found out about the Maths and English Level 2 qualifications, run here at Donegall Pass Community Forum.  


Whilst achieving these, Andrea says she feels she developed her “confidence, interview skills and ability to speak publicly.” She originally signed up to be able to help her children with their Maths and English, however whilst participating, it made her realise that they could help her to develop her career. 

With these qualifications, Andrea decided to go into Health and Social Care. She linked in with GEMs NI, completed a qualification with them and now has a role working as a carer in Belfast. She plans to complete a Health and Social Care course in nursing in the near future.  

Andrea says that learning in a small community setting was more accessible, comfortable and appropriate for her. Furthermore, DPCF made it achievable financially and changed her life path. Andrea would encourage others to participate in these courses, as it can help you to still develop as an adult whilst opening new doors. Her advice…just go for it!!