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Qualification Explained

No qualification

This means that the course doesn't come with any kind of qualification. You might do it for the experience or just to learn a skill

Certificate of attendance/completion/achievement (no assessment element)

This means you'll get a certificate at the end to prove you've completed the course. You won't have to do any exams, you'll just be given something to show you turned up and learnt something

Functional Skill

The Functional Skill qualification is awarded to people who have completed a course that shows them how to apply maths and/or English to real life situations. You will be assessed in order to achieve this

Basic skill

This essentially means you'll come away with a basic ability at literacy and numeracy. These qualifications and courses are often for adults who didn't reach a high enough level in these in school

Pre-apprenticeship at Level 1

Pre-apprenticeship courses are aimed at getting you ready to do an apprenticeship. If you hold one of these qualifications, it will help you take the next step when you're ready

NVQ Level 1 and relevant components

NVQ stands for National Vocational Qualification and will cover skills needed in a particular area of work. Level 1 NVQs teach the basics and will provide you with a starter to study more. They're equivalent to GCSEs grades D-G

SVQ Level 1 and relevant components

The same as an NVQ but for Scotland (stands for Scottish Vocational Qualification), the SVQ level one covers skills needed in a particular area of work. Level 1 SVQs teach the basics and will provide you with a starter to study more. They're equivalent to GCSEs grades D-G

Scottish National Qualification - Standard Grade

National Qualifications are based in Scotland and are taken by students in school and college, depending on the level. Like GCSEs in England, they cover a range of subjects and aim to prepare you for further education or work. This level is the first and most basic level of National you can do

Scottish National Qualification - Access 3

National qualifications are based in Scotland and are taken by students in school and college, depending on the level. Like GCSEs in England, they cover a range of subjects and aim to prepare you for further education or work. This level is the first and most next level up from the most basic level of National qualification you can do

Scottish National Qualification - Intermediate 1-2

National qualifications are based in Scotland and are taken by students in school and college, depending on the level. Like GCSEs in England, they cover a range of subjects and aim to prepare you for further education or work. This is the 'intermediate' level of National you can do

GCSE or equivalent

GCSE stands for General Certificate of Secondary Education and sit at levels 1 and 2 on the QCF. This means they give you a grounding in a subject that will prepare you for further education or work

Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma

Delivered by course providers in Wales, this qualification is at the same level as GCSEs and often chosen as an alternative

Vocational related qualification (VRQ)

This term encompasses any qualification that you can achieve that will be focused on preparing you for a specific workplace

Young Apprenticeship/Apprenticeship at Level 2

Intermediate apprenticeships are the equivalent to GCSEs grades A* to C. They are workplace-based qualifications where you learn by doing (and get paid too!) and only spend a short time in college

First Certificate/Diploma

These qualifications, though usually based in a college or school, prepare you for the workplace by teaching you relevant practical skills alongside theory. They are equivalent to GCSEs

NVQ Level 2 and relevant components

NVQ stands for National Vocational Qualification and will cover skills needed in a particular area of work. Level 2 NVQs will require you have some knowledge in the subject and will take basic skills a little further. They're equivalent to GCSEs grades A*-C

SVQ Level 2 and relevant components

The same as an NVQ but for Scotland (stands for Scottish Vocational Qualification), the SVQ Level 2 build on the basics and will provide you with a starter to study more. They're equivalent to GCSEs grades A*-C

Advanced Apprenticeship at Level 3

Advanced apprenticeships are the equivalent to A Levels. They are workplace-based qualifications where you learn by doing (and get paid too!) and only spend a short time in college

GCE AS Level or equivalent

These are academic qualifications aimed at giving you higher expertise in certain subjects, preparing you for work or for further education

GCE A Level or equivalent

These are academic qualifications aimed at giving you higher expertise in certain subjects, preparing you for work or for further education

International Baccalaureate Diploma

This qualification is recognised worldwide and is equivalent to GCSEs. It covers a range of subjects

National Certificate/Diploma

These qualifications, though usually based in a college or school, prepare you for the workplace by teaching you relevant practical skills alongside theory. They are equivalent to A Levels

NVQ Level 3 and relevant components

NVQ stands for National Vocational Qualification and will cover skills needed in a particular area of work. Level 3 NVQs will require you have some knowledge in the subject and will take your learning to a higher level. They're equivalent to A Levels

SVQ Level 3 and relevant components

The same as an NVQ but for Scotland (stands for Scottish Vocational Qualification), the SVQ level one covers skills needed in a particular area of work. They're equivalent to A Levels

Scottish National Qualification - Higher

National Qualifications are based in Scotland and are taken by students in school and college, depending on the level. Like GCSEs in England, they cover a range of subjects and aim to prepare you for further education or work. This is the 'higher' level of National qualification you can do

Scottish National Qualification - Advanced Higher

National Qualifications are based in Scotland and are taken by students in school and college, depending on the level. Like GCSEs in England, they cover a range of subjects and aim to prepare you for further education or work. This is the 'advanced higher' level of National qualification you can do

Access to Higher Education

This is a qualification aimed at preparing you for university if you don't have the traditional A Level/GCSE level of study. Usually focused on a specific subject it will get you ready to take a degree in that area on finishing

Foundation Art and Design

This qualification is aimed at getting you ready to take a degree in a creative subject. It is equivalent to a foundation degree

NVQ Level 4 and relevant components

NVQ Level 4 and relevant components

SVQ Level 4 and relevant components

The same as an NVQ but for Scotland (stands for Scottish Vocational Qualification), the SVQ level one covers skills needed in a particular area of work. Level 4 takes your learning to a much higher level. They're equivalent to undergraduate degrees

Higher Apprenticeship at Level 4

Higher apprenticeships are the equivalent to a foundation degree. They are workplace-based qualifications where you learn by doing (and get paid too!) and will only spend a short time in college

NVQ Level 5 and relevant components

NVQ stands for National Vocational Qualification and will cover skills needed in a particular area of work. Level 5 NVQs are usually for experienced managers in the workplace. They're equivalent to undergraduate degrees

SVQ Level 5 and relevant components

The same as an NVQ but for Scotland (stands for Scottish Vocational Qualification), the SVQ level one covers skills needed in a particular area of work. Level 5 SVQs take your learning to a much higher level - often for experienced managers. They're equivalent to undergraduate degrees

Nationally recognised qualification

This means the qualification you gain can be transferred to other locations in the UK and employers will be familiar with the level you've studied at

Professional or Industry Specific qualification

This term encompasses qualifications that you can use in the workplace of a particular industry. Usually awarded by professional and industry-based organisations, these qualifications will be familiar to employers in certain areas of work

Other External Awarded Qualification

This means the qualification is awarded by an external body. It may therefore include an assessed element

Course Provider Diploma/Certificate/Award (this must include an assessed element)

This means the qualification is awarded by the course provider but that you do get a real qualification at the end, it's just that they award it in-house. There will be an assessment to get this

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£210

Duration: 11 weeks

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£210

In this course you use your own life as an inspiration for various forms of creative writing. Not just autobiography and biography but using... read more

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£130

Duration: 1 day

Level: Intermediate

WEEKEND

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If you have a true story to tell and have been wondering how to start writing about it, this introduction to memoir writing workshop is for you.... read more

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£76

Duration: 8 weeks

EVENING

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£76

Tap into your memories, discover and value your true voice. Each class will inspire you with writing exercises, strategies, tips and motivation... read more

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£119

Duration: 6 weeks

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£119

Some moments in our lives are so powerful they beg to be shared with the world. This continuation course guides students in developing a memoir... read more

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£90

Duration: Variable

ONLINE

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£90

This online Biography Writing Diploma teaches all you need to know about writing a great biography and finding an audience for it in the... read more

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£165

Duration: 10 weeks

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£165

Do you have a story to tell? Do you want to explore your own personal narrative? Perhaps you want to narrate your own life experiences, record... read more

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£210

Duration: 12 weeks

Level: Advanced

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£210

This is a practical creative writing course for writers with previous experience of memoir writing. You will develop your ideas, further your... read more

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£60

Duration: 6 weeks

MULTIPLE STUDY MODE

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£60

Writing is a powerful way to explore feelings and connect to our quieter parts. ‘Inklings’ uses a range of exercises to help you witness... read more

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£189

Duration: 10 weeks

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£189

What makes a great biography? Learn to experiment with your own life writing as you uncover the techniques and methods of this exciting genre... read more

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£165

Duration: 10 weeks

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£165

Do you have a story to tell? Do you want to explore your own personal narrative? Perhaps you want to narrate your own life experiences, record... read more

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£112

Duration: 8 weeks

PART TIME DAY

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£112

Tap into your memories, discover and value your true voice. Each class will inspire you with writing exercises, strategies, tips and motivation... read more

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£99

Duration: 5 weeks

Level: Beginner

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£99

Some moments in our lives are so powerful they beg to be shared with the world. This six week course will help you plan and craft a memoir that... read more

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£119

Duration: 6 weeks

Level: Beginner

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£119

This short course explores the basic elements of writing autobiography drawing on memories, diaries, photos, dreams and fantasies with a focus on... read more

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£189

Duration: 10 weeks

Level: Advanced

PART TIME DAY

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£189

This workshop for experienced writers of autobiographical prose or poetry will provide you with support and in-depth feedback on your work. It is... read more

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£59

Duration: 1 week

WEEKEND

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£59

Learn to turn real-life experiences into gripping fiction. Develop your writing and explore techniques for transforming personal stories into... read more

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£59

Duration: 2 days

Level: Beginner

EVENING

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£59

Do you have a personal story to tell that will move, delight, stir and inform readers? This short course guides students in planning and... read more

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£119

Duration: 6 weeks

PART TIME DAY

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£119

This inspiring, six week workshop, led by an experienced journaler, encourages students to explore a range of techniques and prompts in order to... read more

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£119

Duration: 6 weeks

PART TIME DAY

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£119

This course will help you develop techniques for transforming personal experience into fiction. You'll have the opportunity to improve your... read more

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£119

Duration: 2 weeks

Level: Beginner

EVENING

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£119

Whether writing for self-discovery, testimony or to tell your story, learn how to get started and what's involved in autobiographical writing.... read more

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£59

Duration: 2 weeks

Level: Advanced

EVENING

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£59

This inspiring, weekend workshop, led by an experienced journaler, encourages students to explore a range of techniques and prompts in order to... read more