CertHE Skills for the Workplace

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You could develop your skills, improve your self-confidence and restart your career. Designed to give you the tools to apply your personal transferrable skills to the workplace; the confidence to anticipate problems and find solutions, to work independently and with other people, to plan things out before you start and complete the things that you’ve started… the skills that employers want!

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Course Overview

This programme is specifically focused on employability, ensuring that students are able to use workplace experiences to inform their studies throughout each module. Explicit outcomes include the creation of digital portfolios, through which students can demonstrate their understanding of key skills, theories and methodologies for use at interview and to secure career progression.

After successful completion of this programmeme, students are welcome to continue to studying with us onto our BA (Hons) Leadership and Management Skills for the Workplace programme.

Modules

The programme is specifically created in its content and flexible delivery to give you the confidence to anticipate problems and find solutions, to work independently and with other people, to plan things out before you start and complete the things you've started, in short to develop the skills that employers want!

All of the teaching is project- based, linking theory with practice and ensuring that each module is contextualised within real workplace situations and challenges.

  • Academic and Employability Skills

    Upon the successful completion of the Academic & Employability Skills module, the student should be able to: analyse published literature relating to a specific topic or subject area and produce a fully referenced, appropriately structured academic report; reflect on their learning using recognised models of reflection; research and present their findings in a variety of formats on a range of employability skills and collect and analyse feedback on their delivery.
  • Effective Team Working and Communication

    Upon the successful completion of the Effective Team Working & Communication module, the student should be able to: apply the main theories relating to group dynamics, team working and communication to their own workplace examples; and prepare and deliver a short presentation within a team working context.

  • Digital Skills and Research Methods

    Upon the successful completion of the Digital Skills & Research Methods module, the student should be able to: evaluate the appropriate use of contemporary technologies to improve workplace efficiency and employability; identify and effectively evaluate a range of information sources; and show competence in workplace data handling.

  • Problem Solving and Decision Making

    Upon the successful completion of the Problem Solving & Decision Making module, the student should be able to: describe a problem, its nature, scope and impact; gather and interpret information to solve a problem; evaluate options to make a decision; and plan, monitor and review the implementation and communication of decisions.

  • Professional Career Development

    Upon the successful completion of the Professional Career Development module, the student should be able to: understand the skills and knowledge needed for working effectively; demonstrate readiness for employability and personal advancement through an understanding of personal strengths and areas for further development; and establish employment goals and develop a personal action plan.

  • Managing Enterprise in the 21st Century

    Upon the successful completion of the Managing Enterprise in the 21st Century module, the student should be able to: examine and evaluate a business idea and design an appropriate business plan; and apply a range of employment skills in the completion of a group project.

Key Features

This is a flexible full-time course that continues throughout the calendar year. As a result, a delivery pattern has been specifically designed to enable students to continue with other life and work commitments alongside their studies.

  • A University Level 4 course
  • Bite-sized units and completely project-based
  • Assessment through assignments and no examinations

Assessment

There are a variety of assessments such as presentations, projects, reports and blogs. There are no examinations.

Entry Criteria

Entry onto the programme is by individual merit. Normally students under the age of 21 will have at least 1 A Level or BTEC National Diploma/Certificate or equivalent. Mature Candidates – experience can often be taken into consideration in lieu of formal qualifications. Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.

Tuition Fees and Scholarships

Visit the Fees and Scholarships and Bursaries sections for more information.

Additional Costs

There will be no mandatory additional costs to study beyond the payment of tuition. Students should be prepared to incur the basic costs associated with study such as transport, and may wish to purchase coffees, snacks or other sundry items on campus.

Many students also choose to invest in study support tools such as laptops over the course of their study, though this is not a programme requirement. Any activities related to study or student life which bear a cost beyond tuition will be optional, and the expense shall be clearly communicated to students at the time of registration.

Career Opportunities and Employability

This programme is specifically focused on employability, ensuring that students are able to use workplace experiences to inform their studies throughout each module. Explicit outcomes include the creation of digital portfolios, through which students can demonstrate their understanding of key skills, theories and methodologies for use at interview and to secure career progression.

Questions?

For any questions related to the academic content of the course, please contact Sylvia Hoffmann.

For all other enquiries, please call us on 020 7566 7600 or email the London Admissions team at londonadmissions@uwtsd.ac.uk.