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Leadership and Management, Skills for the Workplace Outreach (CertHE)

Want to make progress in your workplace by gaining dual qualifications in leadership and management?

Want to study at a centre local to you?

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

The Certificate in Higher Education Skills for the Workplace programme in leadership and management is aimed at mature students (aged at least 21 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.

Although categorised as a full-time undergraduate programme provided by the Carmarthen campus, this one-year long programme is provided at seven different centres located throughout south and west Wales. Students attend on a midweek evening three times a month and on one weekend day a month.

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. 

For further information please contact:

Andrew Maund, Programme Manager
Email: sfwp@uwtsd.ac.uk
Tel: 0300 456 2762

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Speak Welsh? 40 credits of this course are available through the medium of Welsh.


Although categorised as a full-time undergraduate programme provided by the Carmarthen campus, this one year long CertHE programme is provided at seven different centres located throughout south and west Wales. Students attend on a midweek evening three times a month and on one weekend day a month.

An expression of interest may be withdrawn at any time. There is no obligation to enrol by making an expression of interest. Until the time you accept a firm offer to study with us, you may withdraw your expression of interest.

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Contact Email: sfwp@uwtsd.ac.uk
Contact Name: Andrew Maund

Tuition Fees 2021/22:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year

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 graduate with both the Certificate in Higher Education Skills for the Workplace qualification; and the internationally recognized ILM level 4 Certificate in Leadership and Management.

Find out more about the CertHE Skills for the Workplace programme in leadership and Management Watch our video about the Skills for the Workplace Outreach programme

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 takes place twice a year in September and January
  • Three evenings per month plus one Saturday or Sunday per month at local venues for 10 months
  • A mandatory 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 work based assignments (No examinations)
  • Outreach Modules are mapped to the Institute of Leadership and Management qualification
  • No up-front fees - tuition fee loan repayments to Student Finance Wales start only 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. This means that you could obtain your BA 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! 

Module Topics

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. 

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

Graduate Attributes Framework

This Framework aims to develop your professional skills and competence alongside your academic subject knowledge. You’ll study up to 40 credits per level throughout your programme from the Graduate Attributes Framework.

The Graduate Attribute modules are designed to enable you to develop, and evidence, a range of career-focused skills related to your subject area. These skills include digital competency, research and project management, as well as such personal competencies as communication, creativity, self-reflection, resilience and problem-solving. 

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Key Information


Programme admissions tutor Evening and Weekend Outreach Programme Admissions

(all local venues) - contact: Andrew Maund 

Programme Director:  Andrew Maund


Entry Criteria

Entry to the CertHE Skills for the Workplace Outreach Programme in leadership and management is by assessment of your individual merit and experience. Importantly we look for a demonstrable commitment and motivation to study. 

All applicants, who must be aged 21 years old or more, are required to make an expression of interest in the programme by applying online for a provisional place. This application may be withdrawn at any time prior to officially enrolling for the programme.

Once an expression of interest has been made arrangements will be made for the applicant to undertake a short comprehension test as part of the Selection Process, during which we will assess your reading and writing skills.

This Certificate of Higher Education in leadership and management is part of the University’s mission to widen access to higher education. Whilst it is desirable that applicants possess previous qualifications, it is not essential. The whole ethos of this programme is to provide the opportunity to those adults, who would not normally qualify for entry to a degree programme.

All applicants are interviewed after they have completed an online application. All offers of a place are based on the 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. More mature students are assessed on a desire and willingness to learn and to develop their skills.

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/Defence sector, 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 are taught how to create a professional online presence. This demonstrates their understanding and proficiency in digital skills, plus self-promotion and marketing. It gives them the skills for use at interview and to secure career progression.

The course is mapped against ILM standards, and successful students are awarded the Internationally recognised ILM Certificate level 4 in Leadership and Management. In addition, the Certificate in Higher Education Skills for the Workplace is conferred on graduates by the university. 

Our students tell us that the most important skill they gain from this course is the ability to communicate effectively, with confidence and cogently. Graduates tell us that this programme has: -

  • Enhanced their career opportunities and progression
  • Increased their personal confidence
  • Enabled them to lead and manage change
  • Increased desire to solve problems 
  • Enabled them to lead teams and develop teamwork
Additional Costs

As an institution, we seek to continually enhance the student experience. As a result, it is inevitable that some additional costs may be incurred by the student on completing activities that add value to their education. Where possible these additional costs will be kept to a minimum and some of the additional activities are optional.

Professional Accreditations

The course is mapped against ILM and successful students are awarded the Internationally recognised ILM level 4 Certificate in Leadership and Management. In addition, the Certificate in Higher Education Skills for the Workplace is conferred on the graduates by the university.

Related Courses

The Certificate of Higher Education Skills for the Workplace in leadership and management is a stand-alone programme. However, it can also be credited as the first year of study for the BA (Hons) Leadership and Management Skills for the Workplace degree. Consequently, this provides the option for CertHE graduates to obtain a BA 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 the 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.

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