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Additional Skills Development Options

The Skills Development Service (SDS) is part of a employability initiative in the Students’ Union bringing services to where students need them most. The Skills Hub is located on the 2nd floor of the Students’ Union and comprises the Skills Development Service, Cardiff University Enterprise, Cardiff Volunteering and the Jobshop.

Alongside the Skills Development Service courses, other recognisable ways in which to bolster your CV include volunteering through Cardiff Volunteering and taking part in enterprise courses through Cardiff University Enterprise, check out Cardiff University Enterprise on Facebook and Twitter.


The Jobshop is a free student employment service which aims to find casual employment for registered Cardiff University students. Opportunities are available within the University, the Students' Union and with local employers.

Careers and Employability

The Skills Development Service works in partnership with Careers and Employability, which provides students with interactive learning resources, specialist guidance and support throughout University via Your Career Journey online.  You can also log into your Careers Account to book careers appointments and events, browse jobs and work experience opportunities and access the CV Checker,


Follow Careers on Linkedin and Twitter for updates or email careers@cardiff.ac.uk.


Academic Study Skills

In Academic Study Skills we are continuing to develop and expand the number of online interactive tutorials for students.  There are a range of topics from Note Taking to Essay Writing that you can complete in your own time. Study Skills

We now have a Study Skills module on Learning Central – you just need to self-enrol to access pre-recorded classes, links and guides.  study skills support module on Learning Central

And to complement these asynchronous resources we also have live classes via Zoom. Book your place at live study skills classes here.

The Cardiff Award

Join the Cardiff Award

The Cardiff Award (https://cardiff.potential.ly/playlists/cardiff-award-portfolio) is a structured framework that offers recognition for your career journey.

The Cardiff Award programme improves your understanding of your career potential, encourages you to participate in activities that develop your employability skills, and offers practical experience of recruitment processes to help you compete in the graduate job market.

5 Reasons for students to sign up to the Cardiff Award

1) To develop their employability skills and attributes.

2) To improve their understanding of the graduate recruitment process.

3) To understand and reflect on their strengths and abilities.

4) They will receive a digital certificate that can be printed out and used on LinkedIn.

5) It will go on their Higher Education Achievement Record (HEAR) for employers to see.

What it involves

  • 70 hours of experience (including work experience) through at least one activity and record your experience on Your Career Journey. https://cardiff.potential.ly/playlists/cardiff-award-develop/cards/record-your-experience/page/1
  • Complete ‘CV and Cover Letter’ and ‘Reflection’ online sessions.
  • Upload your CV to the CV checker on CareerSet (https://careerset.io/cardiff)  for feedback.
  • Complete 5 other employability sessions online or attend employer events and employability sessions within your school.
  • Reflect on your experience through a range of reflection online sessions.
  • Practice for recruitment by completing one recruitment experience on Your Career Journey (mock interview, mock video interview, mock assessment centre, business plan, psychometric tests).

How to register

You can sign up to the Cardiff Award anytime from the day you register at the University.

Sign up to take part in the Cardiff Award through Your Career Journey https://cardiff.potential.ly/playlists/cardiff-award-portfolio.

Cardiff Award team


Enterprise & Start-Up

Enterprise & Start-Up is a service to help students realise their full potential in business and entrepreneurship. Enterprise is all about thinking creatively, spotting opportunities, making things happen, and developing skills for life. It's not just about business; it's about helping you to make the most of yourself.

Enterprise & Start-Up runs workshops, competitions and sessions to help students develop their skills and knowledge to identify creative solutions to problems and put their ideas and innovations into practice.

To find out more about the courses and sessions Enterprise & Start-Up will be running in the upcoming year, simply visit their webpage. 





European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL)

The ECDL (Europe Computer Driving Licence) certification is a highly recognised qualification, it offers you a key recognition of your literacy in computer skills and is designed for novices or casual computer users and will get you to a high computer literacy standard. The ECDL Certification is the fastest growing IT user qualification in over 125 countries, with many UK companies setting the ECDL as a mandatory requirement.

ECDL qualifications can be constructed from a combination of these modules:

IT user fundamentals
Internet and email
Word processing
Spreadsheet software
Presentation software
Database software
Online collaboration
Improving productivity
Project planning
IT security for users

Cardiff University offers the 7 unit (Core) version comprising IT user fundamentals, Internet and email, Word processing, Spreadsheet software, Presentation software, Database software and IT security for users .

But a specific combination of these can be constructed and can also offer a version that excludes the database module that some users don’t like, and also leave out the Internet/email module due to credit count.

Upon completion of this programme the ECDL Certificate indicates IT user fundamentals, IT security for users, Word processing, Spreadsheet software, Presentation software and the additional Improving Productivity module that must be included where you build your own ECDL certificate.

Cost £175.00. Details of the course can be found at https://www.bcs.org/deliver-and-teach-qualifications/training-providers-and-adult-education-centres/deliver-our-digital-literacy-qualifications/deliver-ecdl/ecdl-syllabi/

If you would like to undertake this as a Cardiff University student please contact IT-training@cardiff.ac.uk