Earning qualifications can help you move on in your existing career, or take your first steps towards a new job or a more advanced course of study.
It can sometimes be difficult to make time to gain new qualifications, especially if you are already juggling the demands of work and family. By providing courses in local venues and at different times throughout the day, Learning Pembrokeshire can help make it easier for you.
In the UK, qualifications are awarded by a range of different organisations.
Learning Pembrokeshire currently provides courses leading to qualifications which are awarded by the following organisations:
Here's a flavour of what Learning Pembrokeshire currently offers:
Agored Cymru and National Open College Network accreditation provides accreditation for practical, bite-sized courses. Learning Pembrokeshire currently offer OCNs in a variety of skills such as computing, brickwork, ESOL, food and nutrition, some languages, numeracy, literacy, sign language, some art, design and craft courses, local history, sociology, psychology, solar and wind power, and photography.
European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL)has become very well recognised, and shows that you are competent to ‘drive' a computer. Learning Pembrokeshire offers ECDL level 1, ECDL Essentials, ECDL Extra and ECDL Advanced.
ECDL level 1 – Word processing, Spreadsheet and Presentation units are available.
ECDL Essentials (level 1) teaches you how to manage the risks associated with computer use, such as spam and identity theft, how to organise your computer, and how to use the internet and email.
ECDL Extra (level 2) broadens your knowledge of specific software packages to produce professional documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.
ECDL Advanced (level 3) shows that you are confident, competent and efficient in a range of different computer programmes. There are four modules word processing, spreadsheets, databases and presentations, with an individual certificate available for each. Candidates achieving all four earn an ECDL expert certificate.
A leading UK body, OCR provide a wide range of qualifications to meet the needs of learners of all ages and abilities.
Digital employability - The new Digital Employability qualification covers the digital skills that learners need to apply for jobs, to work in a 21st century environment and to participate as digital citizens. They’ll gain the core knowledge they need to use IT in different contexts, particularly in the workplace. They’ll know how to use the Internet effectively and safely, work with different devices and process data.
We currently provide this qualification mainly through OCR but we also use units offered by BSC and the National Open College Network. You will be able to choose from a variety of units created by the various awarding bodies. ITQ user qualifications are:
Examples of units are:
More units are added all the time. You can join a course at any time throughout the year at a level suitable for you.
Learning Pembrokeshire currently offers RYA Day Skipper Shorebased and RYA Coastal Skipper / Yachtmaster Offshore qualifications in certain centres.
Recognised Training Centre (RTC):
Fishguard Community Learning Centre, Ysgol Bro Gwaun, Fishguard SA65 9DT
There are also two satellite centres:
Pembroke Dock Community Learning Centre, Albion Square, Pembroke Dock SA72 6XF and Tenby Community Learning Centre, Greenhill Avenue, Tenby SA70 7LB
General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE)
If you missed out on these, or wish to improve on your grades, we provide a chance to take English, Mathematics, French, German and Science. We also offer English at A and AS level
Many Welsh learners find that gaining a qualification is a good way to monitor their progress and a useful incentive to do some revision!
The WJEC offer four levels of qualifications for adults who are learning Welsh, in the "Defnyddio'r Gymraeg" series. The levels are Entry, Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced.