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Core Skills




Working with Others

Problem Solving

Core Skills are five skills that are key to learning and working in today's world. Employers have identified these skills as those most likely to be needed in a work environment. Not every job will need people who are proficient in all five Core Skills but every job will require some level of ability in some or all of these skills.

Each Core Skill is available at levels 2 to 6 of the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF).

The five Core Skills are:

Currently we have content for Communication only. As these materials contain video footage of candidates, they have been placed in a secure area of the website and centre staff must enter a username and password to gain access. Once these details have been entered from the Login link at the top-right you will see Speaking & Listening appear in the menu on the left when you return to this page.

Details of the username and password have been provided in a document that can be downloaded from the SQA secure website. To find this, please go to the Core Skills section on the SQA secure website and click on the heading ‘Communication Exemplar Assessment Materials’ and you will find a link to the document at the bottom of the page.