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Employability Skills (CertHE)

This programme is subject to re-validation.

The programme provides students with an opportunity to study for an award explicitly focused on future employability and career progression.

The programme provides a strong focus on skills for the workplace, that is, on the development of a valuable transferable skill set that is relevant to all workplaces.

Employability skills include business and customer awareness, problem solving, communication, research skills, application of information technology and embracing a positive attitude to learning. These skills are embedded within the programmes and are transferable, enabling students to progress to a range of career paths both while on the course or after graduating.


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Tuition Fees 2023/24:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year

Why choose this course?

  • Employability skills are embedded within the programme
  • Graduates will be equipped to enter a range of industries and sectors
  • The programme has been designed based on the requirements of industry
  • Learning activities allow for an interactive learning experience.

What you will learn

Course Overview

This course provides upskilling opportunities and a workplace-focused learning experience that ensures each student is given the opportunity to fulfil their potential and in turn transform the communities in which they live and work.

Due to the flexible and broad nature of the programme, graduates will be equipped to enter a range of industries and sectors including not for profit, public and private sectors.

The programme has been designed based on the requirements of industry and embeds the required employability skills for successful careers with key competencies discussed and developed throughout the course.

Learner-centred learning strategies are employed throughout the programme to ensure a balance of theory and practice that is both personalised and collaborative. Learners will gain transferable skills that use technology for learning as well as academic, professional and literacy skills involved in study at this level.

Upon successful completion of this course, students can progress to the BA Developing Leadership and Management following a successful interview.

Module Topics

Year One – Level 4 (Cert HE)

  • Contemporary Challenges: Making a Difference (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Digital Skills for Personal Development and Business Growth (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Effective Teamworking and Communication (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Learning in the Digital Era (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Managing Enterprise (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Professional Career Development (20 credits; compulsory).

Coursework and practical tasks are set in a variety of formats. These include:

  • Practical in-class set exercises
  • Role play (e.g. mock interviews)
  • Presentations (e.g. of business plans)
  • Portfolios of work
  • Research projects
  • Essays
  • Reports.

As the programme attracts learners from a range of backgrounds, with a variety of work and personal experience, in many cases assessments provide flexibility for the student to use their background and experience to make learning relevant to their prior work experience; students will be encouraged to develop projects that are relevant to their career aspirations.

Key Information

Entry Criteria

This programme attracts applicants from a variety of backgrounds and experiences in terms of employment and formal academic qualifications.

This programme does not require applicants to possess formal qualifications; admissions assessment of the suitability of applicants is via rigorous interview and a written test.

Career Opportunities

Links with a variety of organisations within the third, public and private sector and regular guest speakers and mentoring opportunities are incorporated into both the CertHE and BA programmes to highlight the range of jobs and careers routes open to the students. 

Participation in the ‘Global Entrepreneurship Week Events’ and the ‘Summer Start Up Festival”, plus attendance and links with Big Ideas Wales Role Model sessions enable students to speak with and learn from successful entrepreneurs.

Additional Costs

All additional costs detailed in this section are indicative.

Necessarily Incurred:

  • Learners will require access to suitable computer hardware and software: approximately £500.
Bursary / Scholarship Information

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Bursaries and Scholarships section.

Further Information

Please get in touch with us if you have any questions related to the University or to this course in particular.