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What are Key Skills...

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Some of you will already know quite a bit about Key Skills in general, either because you've studied for them in the past, or because you're doing a course as we speak.

If you're totally new to Key Skills, or if you'd just like to have a bit of a reminder, have a look at the Key Skills Introduction.

So, what are the Wider Key Skills? First off, you need to know that there are three of them:

  • Improving own learning and performance
  • Working with others
  • Problem Solving

They pretty much explain themselves but, over the next few pages, we're going to explain what each one is about, so that you can see for yourself how useful they could be to you.

Whereas the three main Key Skills concentrated on specific IT, Communication and Application of Number skills, the wider Key Skills aim to make you a better learner and help you to work with others.

Those of you who have studied for any of the three main Key Skills will know that, in order to pass, you had to put together a portfolio and do an exam. The good news is that there are no exams for any of the Wider Key Skills. It's all assessed on your portfolio work.

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