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Skills for the Workplace, South Wales (CertHE)

Want to make progress in your workplace?

You could develop your SKILLS, IMPROVE your self-confidence and restart your CAREER.

The Certificate in Higher Education Skills for the Workplace programme is aimed at mature students aged between 21-60 years old with work experience past or present would like to back up those experiences with both an academic university qualification and an internationally recognised leadership and management qualification.

You will learn through participating in regular class-based sessions in a small group setting. We use a discussion-based approach to your learning, where your experiences are discussed in the context of the course. We will also support you through Skype and WhatsApp - and you will find that you will support one another. 


Skills for the Workplace, South Wales (CertHE)

For further Information please contact:
Andrew Maund
Email: sfwp@uwtsd.ac.uk

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Tuition Fees 2020/21:
£9000 (Home/EU)
N/A (Overseas)

Why choose this course

  • Career progression or career change
  • Gain both an academic and internationally recognised leadership & management qualification through Bite-sized Project-based learning
  • No exams or dissertation and No up-front fees (Tuition fee loan repayment start when you earn over £25,000 per year and after you have finished the programme)
  • Increased confidence
  • Flexible University delivered learning in local communities, during three evenings per month plus one Saturday or Sunday per month
  • Successful students on the Outreach course gain both the Certificate in Higher Education Skills for the Workplace qualification and the internationally recognized ILM Certificate in Leadership and Management.

What you will learn

Course Overview

Delivery Locations

Carmarthen, Llanelli, Swansea, Bridgend (Tondu), Cardiff, Pontypridd (Treforest), Newport and Tidworth.

Flexible Full-time Course

This is a flexible full-time course, as a result, the delivery pattern of the Outreach Programme in particular, has been specifically designed to enable students to continue with other life and work commitments alongside their studies.

Outreach Programme South Wales:

  • Registration twice a year in either September or January
  • Three evenings per month plus one Saturday or Sunday per month at local venues for 10 months
  • A residential weekend course in August where you will experience student life on our beautiful Carmarthen campus
  • A University Level 4 course
  • Bite-sized units and completely project-based
  • Assessment through assignments and no examinations
  • Outreach Modules are mapped to the Institute of Leadership and Management qualification
  • No up-front fees - tuition fee loan repayments start when you earn over £25,000 per year
  • On successful completion of the CertHE, there is the option to progress to the BA Leadership and Management Skills for the Workplace at Level 5 and you could obtain your Honours degree with a further two years of study.

The programme is specifically created in its content and flexible delivery to give you the tools to apply your personal transferable skills to improve your workplace performance and employment prospects.

You will develop the confidence to anticipate problems and find solutions, to work independently and communicate effectively with other people at all levels within the workplace, 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.

  • Problem Solving and Decision Making
  • Effective Team Working and Communication
  • Managing Enterprise in the 21st Century
  • Academic and Employability Skills
  • Digital Skills and Research Methods
  • Professional Career Development.

For students expressing an interest in Enterprise and Business Start-ups or the Voluntary Sector, pathways can be developed with modules contextualised to your chosen area of work bringing theory and practice together in a way that has real value and impact.


There are no examinations. Instead, there are a variety of assessments such as presentations, work-based assignments, projects, reflective pieces and reports. 

Student and Swansea Life

Key Information


Programme admissions tutor Evening and Weekend Outreach Programme Admissions

(all local venues): Andrew Maund 

Programme Director: Glenn Behenna 

Entry Criteria

Entry onto the CertHE Skills for the Workplace Programme is by individual merit and experience, as well as a demonstrable commitment and motivation to study. 

All applicants are required to undertake a brief comprehension test during the Selection Process to assess reading and writing skills.

This Certificate of Higher Education is part of the University’s aim to widen access to higher education and whilst it is desirable that applicants possess previous qualifications, the whole ethos of this provision is to provide the opportunity to those who would not normally qualify for entry to a degree programme.

All applicants are interviewed, and any offers are based on an individual’s intention, motivation and readiness to work hard to succeed in their studies.

Normally students under the age of 21 applying for the course will have at least NVQ Level 3, 1 A Level or BTEC National Diploma/Certificate or equivalent and some work experience

Career Opportunities

This programme is specifically focused on generic leadership and management skills and knowledge which are applicable to employment in a wide range of sectors, including manufacturing, retail, voluntary, MOD, Public Sector, Health Care etc.

The course ensures that students are able to to use workplace experiences to inform their studies throughout each module and in addition; to apply their new knowledge and skills to their own workplace, thus enhancing their own personal employability. 

Another useful aspect of the course is that all students create a professional online presence, thus demonstrating their understanding and proficiency in digital skills, plus self-promotion and marketing for use at interview and to secure career progression.

Our students tell us that the most important skill they gain from this course is the ability to communicate effectively and with confidence and that this had led on to:

  • Enhanced career progression
  • Increased confidence
  • Leading and managing change
  • An increased propensity to solve problems 
  • Leading and developing teamwork.
Additional Costs

As an institution, we seek to continually enhance the student experience and as a result additional costs maybe incurred by the student on activities that will add value to their education. Where possible these costs will be kept to a minimum with additional activities being optional.

Related Courses

The Certificate of Higher Education Skills for the Workplace is a stand-alone programme, but can also be used as the first year of study for the BA (Hons) Leadership and Management Skills for the Workplace degree and there is the option for successful students to obtain an Honours degree with a further two years of study!

Student Quotes

Huw Davies (Carmarthen)

“Doing this course has been an opportunity of a lifetime for me. It has developed my skillset in every aspect, and I have thoroughly enjoyed the interaction with everyone involved. I am certain that my new role would not have come about were it not for my undertaking of this degree course. It has been a privilege and an honour to be part of this course and I thank you on behalf of my family who will benefit from your and all of the tutors’ extraordinary personal effort and dedication in helping me achieve a lifetime ambition.

Alvina Liaqat (Cardiff)

“The programme has been a great stepping stone and learning curve for me, supporting me and enabling me to work my full-time job whilst obtaining my degree. The tutors have been immensely helpful pushing me to the best of my ability and helping me develop. The support is always there as the tutors are just a short email/message away, this is something which is so helpful as a student knowing I have the full support around the clock.  During my time on the course, I have also been promoted at work which has led me to work at a more senior position enabling me to progress higher to a more managerial role upon completion of this course”.

Robert Thomas-Evans (Pontypridd – Treforest)

I want to become a manager within my workplace, and this will help me achieve my academic skills to better my future to become project manager of my workplace. I have the experience but don't have the qualification to apply for a project manager role so this will give me the qualification that is needed so that I will have the experience and the qualification.

I was prepping work on the factory floor and now I am in the office doing training, developmental work, and H&S. I am hoping soon that I can go on into the project management role after getting my HE skill at the Workplace qualification. The bosses have asked me already if I can take on responsibility for overall supervision of installation on three sites next month.”

Rucksana Begun (Cardiff)

The Certificate in Higher Education & the BA in Leadership & Management Skills for the workplace course has been instrumental enabling me to develop my management skills abilities and confidence whilst in work. Because of the flexibility of the course and where and when it delivered, I have recommended five people all of whom have joined the course"

Bursary / Scholarship Information

As a UWTSD student, you can access a number of scholarships and bursaries to support your studies and enable you to make the most of your student experience. 

These include course-specific awards, awards to support additional skills development and employability and help for specific groups such as student parents and care leavers in accessing education. 

Bursaries and scholarships are available to all UWTSD students and applicants. If you're a current student, you can apply through MyTSD by logging in and clicking on the Scholarships and Bursaries column on the right hand side.

UWTSD group students should contact your home institution to see what support is available to you.

Find out about scholarships, bursaries and financial support you can access below and remember to contact with any queries.