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Skills Network

Study for a Level 2/3 qualification (equivalent to SQA Level 5/6)

The Skills Network are offering University employees places on distance learning qualifications which are fully funded by the government’s Adult Education budget.  These are available at no cost to the employee or University, and take between 8 to 16 weeks to complete.

For the full range of available courses, and application process visit the dedicated webpage

This opportunity provides access to interactive and engaging learning content from the Skills Network, a company that has partnered with a number of leading awarding organisations including NCFE and CACHE and TQUK, to develop outstanding learning resources that meet a diverse range of learning needs.

Employees can study fully online, or use paper-based workbooks, depending on the qualification.  Support is provided by a subject specialist tutor and a learning support advisor who will assist you with your learning and assessment questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Are any of these courses compulsory?
    No.  It is your own choice whether to undertake these courses.

  2. Will I be given time off to work to study for these courses?
    No, the expectation is that staff will participate in these on a voluntary basis, and will study in their own time.  However, if any course is particularly relevant to your role, then please discuss with your own line manager.

  3. What do I get on completion?
    You will receive a certificate, which you will be able to add to your CV.

  4. Will I need to pay anything at all?
    No, for those meeting the requirements of Scottish Residency detailed by the Skills Sector, the courses advertised are free.

  5. Does completion of any of these courses count towards a University Passport Programme?
    No, these courses are certificated by the relevant awarding body, and do not form part of a University programme.

  6. Can I do more than one course?
    Yes, but you have to finish one before you enrol on the next one, and so on.

  7. I am a member of staff, but also an HE student, can I get funding to do a Skills Network course.
    Yes, provided your residence is in Scotland.