Externally-provided Courses and Sessions

75% of firms agreed that more graduates should seek professional qualifications alongside their academic achievements to give employers evidence of their reflective and practical skills. Indeed, employers welcome such external accreditation as this helps to demonstrate that students learn concepts and skills that are relevant to the world of work, meet professional standards and include ethical codes.

Emergency First Aid For The Appointed Person (1 session of 6 hours)

Course subject to conditions set down by Welsh Government regarding tiering and the availability of a suitable large premises.

This course covers the essential basics in First Aid such as CPR, bandaging etc. Certification (valid 3 years) is awarded upon successful completion of course activities and assessment.  £30 payable for tuition, resources and certification. The certificate is endorsed by The Health and Safety Executive.

We are currently waiting advice regarding face to face teaching before being able to announce any dates for this course.  Usual days of delivering this are on Saturdays 0930-1630.

How to book:

  1. Go to cardiffstudents.com/whatson/skills/
  2. Look for Emergency 1st Aid and check space availability
  3. Pay online by debit or credit card  

Joining instructions will be sent about one week before each course.

Clubs/Societies - it is possible to block book or maximise spaces on a particular course, subject to availability - please email Steelej@cf.ac.uk  

By enrolling onto this course you are acknowledging and accepting that The Skills Development Service will share your name and email with First Aid Supplies & Training for course registration and certification purposes.

CIEH Foundation Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety.

 £11.00+VAT fee payable for registration and certification.

Due to the current CV19 restrictions, CIEH have authorised that we are able to run this course virtually.  It will be split into 9 modules over 4 weeks of between 90 minutes and 2 hours each plus the assessment.  Dates to follow.


Week 1 Wednesday 17/02/21 2-4pm Introduction to occupational health & safety, Health & safety law

Week 2 Wednesday 24/02/21 2-4pm Risk assessments, Incident reporting & emergency procedures

Week 3 Wednesday 03/03/21 2-4pm Work-related hazards and controls, Manual Handling

Week 4 Wednesday 10/03/21 Hazardous Substances & controls, Workstation Task & Design, Stress In the workplace,

Assessment will be by way of a 20 questions multiple-choice assessment carried out verbally on Microsoft Teams at a convenient date for student and assessor.

By enrolling onto this course you are acknowledging and accepting for The Skills Development Service to share your name and email with The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) for assessment registration and certification purposes. https://www.cieh.org/privacy-policy/

How to book:

  1. Go to cardiffstudents.com/whatson/skills/
  2. Look for CIEH Occupational Health & Safety Payments Page
  3. Pay online by debit or credit card - deadline 14/02/21

Institute of Leadership and Management

If you complete the Certificate or Diploma in Leadership you can have your awards externally accredited by one of the UK's leading Leadership and Development organisations.  The cost is just £60.00 and includes a year's student membership giving you access to a wide range of learning resources to further enhance your leadership development.  No additional work will be required from you in order to attain this prestigious certification which rewards individual achievement with external recognition.  If interested contact SDS@cf.ac.uk 

By availing of  this provision you are acknowledging and accepting that The Skills Development Service will share your name and email with The Institute of Leadership & Management for registration and certification purposes, receiving weekly updates on current leadership issues, and an offer to upgrade to professional membership at the end of your 12 months studying membership.. 

Also, there are some Short courses at £29 on Leading Authentically, Leading Change, Leading Strategically and Leading Virtual Teams

British Sign Language Level 1  

SDS has teamed up with Deaf Friendly Business Solutions and will be offering Level One in British Sign Language accredited by The Institute of British Sign Language, undertaken digitally. Commencing Monday 19 April. 

This is a world first interactive distance learning online course with additional Zoom sessions to access direct tutor input. The online course has over 250 bite sized videos, conversation practice and some virtual conversation opportunities with the teaching staff.  For students studying in the College of Bio and Medical Sciences there is a module on health, and additional information about communicating through Sign in the healthcare sector. 

The course is available on any device and is accessible wherever you have internet access. Online for a sneaky 5 minutes, or for a longer session, every time you go online you will be learning more of the language.

Structure & Milestone Plan

The Level 1 qualification in British Sign Language has a guided study time of 60 hours and you can study at your own pace.

Commencing Monday 19 April, then online learning with three milestones to be reached (dates below) and the optional assessment taking place in September or later if this is more convenient.  The following is a guided learning schedule to achieve the Level 1 certificate in British Sign Language in 6 months.

By week starting 31st May to reach week 9 (20 hours of study)

By week starting 12th July to reach week 18 (40 hours of study)

By week starting 23rd August to reach week 26 (60 hours of study)

This is based on finding 3 hours a week of study time.

Payment for the course allows access for 12 months and exams can be set at any point in the 12 months following the start date.

There are 3 components: receptive skills (1A1), descriptive/presentation skills (1A2) and conversation skills (1A3).

Cost for all tuition and resources is £124.80 including VAT and the optional assessment to achieve the Certificate (payable nearer the time upon registration) is £126.00 including VAT.  


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By enrolling onto this course you are acknowledging and accepting that The Skills Development Service will share your name and email with Deaf Friendly Business Solutions for registration and certification purposes. 

Deaf Awareness

A short course (2 hours) covering the following:

  • Awareness of the different types of communication that deaf people use
  • Several British Sign Language signs

Currently suspended until face to face teaching in large gatherings is permitted.  Cost based on a minimum of 20 = £5.00+ VAT.

Interest to Steelej@cf.ac.uk

The Pacific Institute® STEPS® to Excellence for Personal Success

Dates to follow:  Due to the large interactive content in this course, it will be suspended until face to face teaching officially resumes.  Interest /enquiries to Steelej@cf.ac.uk


"The STEPS programme was the standout thing for me, it enabled me to tell myself to go for that new job, to live abroad and to persevere with life challenges" (former STEPS participant).

Hit an obstacle with an assignment?  Worried about your career after graduating?  Ever wondered how to raise your self-esteem and keep it there?  Have you been ridiculed or put down in the past that it colours how you view yourself?  If you’ve answered yes to any of these or would like to think in a positive way and change the way you live your life then sign up for The Pacific Institute® STEPS® course.

The STEPS® programme is designed to help you to unlock your potential by encouraging you to take a fresh look at your lives. It helps you to see how much you are truly capable of achieving and offers tools to help you make it happen. It enables you to realise that life is full of opportunities and shows you how you can pursue these opportunities with confidence.

Regarding employability, it enables you to take greater control of your work situation, to become solution focused. It also provides a common language of vision for achievement, which extends the range of possibilities for improving the quality of life, both within the workplace and beyond.

Students who successfully complete the course will receive an additional self study audio-assimilation resource which downloads to an ipad/iphone/pc.

This would normally cost around £300 privately but we can offer it to you for £50.00.  All we ask is that you attend each session and actively participate in the whole course.

Course certificated by The Pacific Institute®

By enrolling onto this course you are acknowledging and accepting that The Skills Development Service will share your name and email with The Pacific Institute for registration and certification purposes. 

Mental Health In The Workplace

2021 dates to follow in due course.

  • Recognition of the possible signs and symptoms of a person that has mental ill-health
  • Understanding mental health and its stigma
  • Use of a Mental Health Action Plan to help those in crisis or need
  • Locating external professional help and guidance
  • The law in relation to mental health and the workplace
  • Best practice in the workplace

£17.00+VAT. To book Click Here

By enrolling onto this course you are acknowledging and accepting that The Skills Development Service will share your name and email with either First Aid Supplies & Training or Uplifted Wellbeing for registration and certification purposes. 

Teach First Skills Sessions

Go to https://www.cardiffstudents.com/whatson/skills/

We have more tailored events for career changers - please check out our website for details https://www.teachfirst.org.uk/events.