Externally-certified 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)

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.
Various Saturdays throughout Autumn and Spring semesters, details to follow in due course.
How to book:

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 with First Aid Supplies & Training for course registration and certification purposes. 

CIEH Foundation Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety.

Content: Introduction to Occupational Health & Safety, Risk Assessments, Common Workplace Hazards & Controls, Incident Reporting & Emergency Procedures.  Assessment: 20 multiple-choice questions. £10.00 fee payable for registration and certification.

Part 1 Wednesday 05/02/20, 1330-1730; Part 2 Wednesday 12/02/20 1330-1730.  It is necessary to attend both dates.

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

How to book:

2) Choose your date and check space availability

3) Pay online by debit or credit card 

British Sign Language Level 1 Unit 101.  

Community Learning Wales / Addysg Cymunedol Cymru

 6 Week course Wednesdays in Spring semester 2021 commencing 10 February, Heath Campus. 

£75.00 for tuition and resources + approximately £30.00 inclusive of VAT for assessment.  Progression opportunity: Level 1 Units 102 and 103 for full certification by Signature, the awarding body.
Interest to Steelej@cf.ac.uk

British Sign Language Level 1 - Please enquire for 2020-21.  

Community Learning Wales / Addysg Cymunedol Cymru
Wednesday and Thursday evening week 1 6-9pm, 2020-21, then Thursdays week 2 to end of semester 1. Recommencing Thursday after January examination period 2021 until mid March inclusive.
Always a popular course providing students with the knowledge and practical skills in order to be able to communicate through the medium of British Sign, an officially recognised language.  The course is delivered by an external training provider.  There are three units and it is necessary to attend at least 80% of the sessions and successfully complete all three assessments for certification. Students traditionally opt to attain the full award. Courses fill up with “provisional” names in the previous academic year but spaces tend to become available closer to the start of the course.  


Tuition and resources - Normally £350.00 if attending privately via community-based learning.  Cardiff University students specially reduced price  £200.00.   

Assessments – 101 £30.00, 102 £45.00, 103 £45.00 all inclusive of VAT.  Assessments are not compulsory but recommended.

Assessment prices will be confirmed before commencement of the course. Assessment dates: Unit 101 - 11 December 2019, Unit 102 - 12 December 2019, 103 - 19 March 2020.

QUALIFICATION – Course certificated by “Signature.”  View the typical course content: British Sign Language Level 1 

How to book:

1) Email Steelej@cf.ac.uk to check availability and await confirmation of your place

Deaf Awareness

2020-21 dates to follow in due course.

£5.00 session fee payable.

1) How and in what ways people communicate with one another

2) Several British Sign Language signs

3) Guidelines for good communication with people with deafness or are hard of hearing

4) Course certificated by Community Learning Wales or Deaf Training UK – good addition to your CV

Bookings Here 

By enrolling onto the Sign Language and Deaf Awareness courses you are acknowledging and accepting that The Skills Development Service will share your name with Community Learning Wales for registration, assessment and certification purposes. 

The Pacific Institute® STEPS® to Excellence for Personal Success

6 week course: Wednesdays 17 February to 24 March 2021 inclusive, 1330-1730.  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 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

£45.00+ VAT, reduced to £39.00+ VAT if 9 or more participate. To book Click Here

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


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 

Institute of Leadership & 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 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.. 


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