Other qualifications and courses
Doing further qualifications
For some careers you may need to gain additional qualifications to improve your skills or to qualify for entry to a profession or course. These may include A-levels, GCSEs, NVQs other qualifications and apprenticeships.
Professional bodies are usually a good source of information regarding the type of qualifications that are advisable to consider.
Information on professional qualifications is included in the professional training section.
Local further education colleges usually provide a range of GCSE and A-levels in languages. However beginners' courses and other certificated courses may be obtained from a range of providers.
- The University of Manchester - LEAP courses in a wide variety of languages
- MMU evening classes in a range of languages and levels
- L'Alliance Française de Manchester - French courses
- Goethe-Institut Manchester - German courses
- Instituto Cervantes of Manchester - Spanish courses
- Manchester Deaf Centre just next to the Careers Service run BSL levels 1-3
- British-Sign have an online course
- BCS (The Chartered Institute for IT) has useful information on training and courses for beginners and professionals including the popular European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL)
- Microsoft certification courses for technical, specialist and professional skills
- If you are looking for courses in specific programming languages or on how to use specific packages try local colleges or search the National Careers Service website.
For project managers a Prince2 qualification is often required. It is a process-based methodology for managing projects and is considered the standard and practised worldwide.
First aid courses
A-levels and GCSEs
Improve your grades, take a new subject, or learn for pleasure. Usually available in further education colleges there may be a variety of study modes including accelerated courses or evening courses.
Find a course provider:
- Contact local colleges in your area
- National Careers Service course search
Usually workplace qualifications, NVQs often combine course units with observations of workplace competence. They cover a wide range of work areas and are awarded at levels 1-5, where levels 4 and 5 cover undergraduate and postgraduate equivalent qualifications. More about NVQs.
BTEC, HNC and HND
Awarded by Edexcel, these may be used for entry into higher education. There are different levels of award including the higher awards HNC and HND.
More about options with an HND from the Prospects website.
Foundation degrees combine academic and work-based learning and are delivered in partnership with employers and educational establishments. They usually take 2 years full time or longer part time, it may be possible to 'top up' to a full degree.
- You can find further information, search and apply for foundation degrees on the UCAS website
- Options with a foundation degree from Prospects
Apprenticeships are open to anyone living in England not in full-time education and not holding a university degree.