The core curriculum names and describes the basic education competences which correspond to basic vocational competences with the aim of improving key skills among adults with inadequate basic education in the competence areas speaking and comprehension, reading, writing, mathematics and IT/Media.
In this way basic education is placed in the context of actual vocational requirements: In contrast to catching up on basic education in school the curriculum combines basic education competences with occupationally relevant learning content from the very beginning. It does this by using the examples of work-related skills and requirements to establish which skills to include. (Employment sectors: caretaking/cleaning, care work and domestic work)
The curriculum is divided into four different ability levels. Each ability level comprises the competence areas speaking and comprehension, reading, writing and mathematics and IT/Media. These are in turn divided into several competence areas.