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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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£1,165

Duration: Variable

Level: Advanced

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£1,165

With an Access to Public Services Diploma you can apply to university to do a Public Service Uniformed, Management and Administration Degree. ... read more

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£66

Duration: 11 weeks

Level: Beginner

PART TIME DAY

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£66

This course is designed to help students to communicate successfully. Integrated skills lessons are full of different types of activities (pair... read more

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£70

Duration: 11 Weeks

PART TIME DAY

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£70

This course will help you gain study skills for Access courses or Higher Education. It will also help develop and improve your English for... read more

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£299.99

Duration: Variable

Level: Advanced

ONLINE

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£299.99

If you love looking after children and love to be around them, then starting a home based childcare business could be a great choice for you. A... read more

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£900

Duration: 18 weeks

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£900

This course is suitable for people who are already qualified as Community Interpreters at Level 3 and who are looking to take the Institute of... read more

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£449

Duration: Variable

Level: Intermediate

ONLINE

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£449

Prepare yourself to work in home based childcare with this CACHE Level 3 Award. Understand how to manage and lead a home based... read more

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£150

Duration: 1 day

FULL TIME

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£150

We provide a one day Apply training course for school / college / careers staff and advisers to experience the entire process of an online... read more

This course might be free

Duration: 1 Years

Level: Advanced

FULL TIME

This course might be free

Designed to provide anyone will the skills and abilities to succeed in the public services sector – whether you want to work in the police force,... read more

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£435

Duration: 15 weeks

Level: Beginner

PART TIME DAY

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£435

This course is suitable for learners who want to understand the skills needed to gain employment. It will cover the development of communication... read more

This course might be free

Duration: 36 weeks

Level: Advanced

FULL TIME

This course might be free

Course Content Foundation Learning: Functional Skills in English Mathematics ICT Learners work towards the Edexcel Entry 3... read more

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£185

Duration: 1 day

Level: Beginner

FULL TIME

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£185

Get a flavour of what it would be like to be studying on a KLC qualification course This hugely enjoyable day is designed to give students... read more

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£143

Duration: 4 weeks

Level: Beginner

PART TIME DAY

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£143

This course could lead to employment, self-employment or skills for future employment. This is a short intensive course for anybody looking for... read more

This course might be free

Duration: Variable

Level: Advanced

ONLINE

This course might be free

Access to HE Diploma Teaching: Access Diplomas are a nationally recognised qualification quality assured by Quality Assurance Agency (QAA)... read more

This course might be free

Duration: 2 weeks

PART TIME

This course might be free

The free online course is aimed at those preparing to enter the job market or in the early stages of their career. Perfect for students and... read more

This course might be free

Duration: 36 weeks

Level: Beginner

FULL TIME

This course might be free

This is a 1 year course that offers a variety of classes to help gain confidence, work in a team, develop independent study and improve skills.... read more

Instant Book
£36

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£10

Duration: Variable

Level: Multiple levels

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£36

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£10

This module will explain how to be prepared for the first day in your new job, it will look at your basic employment rights, and you will be... read more

Instant Book

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£35

Duration: Variable

Level: Multiple levels

ONLINE

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£35

Individuals new to a job, role or the company take action to accelerate the time it takes to become a productive employe and integrated team... read more

This course might be free

Duration: 1 year

Level: Intermediate

FULL TIME

This course might be free

The Level 2 Extended Certificate in Public Services has been designed as a one-year programme of study, enabling learners to develop a... read more

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£199

Duration: 240 hours

Level: Multiple levels

WEEKEND

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£199

AAT Level 3 Advanced Diploma in Accounting ONLY WEEKEND CLASSES 1) West London, Park Royal (Every Saturday) or 2) East London,... read more

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£500

Duration: 5 Weeks

Level: Intermediate

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£500

Develop the professional knowledge, skills and confidence necessary to work in this sector or to support an interest in working in adult social... read more

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