Activity 9: Learning tasks

Activity 9 is defined in regulations as -

Learning tasks.

Activity 9 assesses the ability to learn and retain information in order to be able to carry out a simple task, such as setting an alarm clock. The method of learning - visual demonstration, reading or verbal instruction - is not relevant but if the person needs to be shown how to do a task again they have not learned it.


The descriptor relating to Activity 9 is -

Cannot learn how to complete a simple task, such as setting an alarm clock, due to cognitive impairment or mental disorder.


  • Schedule 3 to the Employment and Support Allowance Regulations 2008 (SI.No.794/2008) (applies to income-related and contributory ESA in a universal credit live service area).
  • Schedule 3 to the Employment and Support Allowance Regulations 2013 (SI.No.379/2013) (applies to contributory ESA in a universal credit full service area).
  • Schedule 7 to the Universal Credit Regulations 2013 (SI.No.376/2013) (applies to universal credit).

See also section of the DWP’s Work Capability Assessment handbook: for healthcare professionals.

Case law

The Upper Tribunal is yet to publish any significant case law in relation to Activity 9.