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Skills

Get ahead with these free skills resources

Skills

The skills area brings together a collection of free courses and resources that can help develop abilities in several areas, including everyday skills in maths and English.

Everyday skills in maths and English

Everyday Skills courses offer free and flexible online learning, ideal for anyone who wants to refresh and improve their everyday English reading, writing and/or maths ability.

Relevant topics will develop your communication and numeracy skills whilst learning how to apply them to your everyday home and work life.  

You can learn independently online and gain recognition of your achievement or be supported by one of the partner colleges to gain a qualification.

Learn independently with free courses on OpenLearn Cymru

There is no initial assessment and you can choose the level that best suits your ability and aspirations.

When you pass an Everyday Skills course, you will gain an Open University Statement of Participation and digital badge. Your achievement can be added to your employment profile and CV. 

Learn with college support to gain a qualification

Contact a partner centre, where you may be asked to sit an initial assessment.  The centre will guide you to the most suitable course and qualification for your skill level, either Everyday Skills courses or an Essential Skills qualification.

Participating partner centres:

Learn about the Functional Skills qualification, available in England.

Benefits of study

By studying these courses, you will gain personal and professional benefits:

  • Support children with homework
  • Build your self-esteem and confidence
  • Enhance your job prospects and employability
  • Improve your communication skills
  • Become confident in completing forms accurately

Other Skills

The skills area also includes free courses and resources that can help develop your abilities in professional settings and help you get started with higher education study.

  • Everyday English 1

    Everyday English 1

    This free course will develop and improve your essential speaking and listening, reading and writing skills for work, study and everyday life.

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    Course

    24+ hrs

    Level 0 Beginner

  • Everyday English 2

    Everyday English 2

    This free course is an introduction to Level 2 Functional Skills in English with tips and techniques to help you communicate more effectively in everyday life.

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    Course

    24+ hrs

    Level 0 Beginner

  • Everyday maths 1 (Wales)

    Everyday maths 1 (Wales)

    This free course is an introduction to Level 1 Essential Skills in maths that’s designed to inspire you to improve your current maths skills

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    Course

    24+ hrs

    Level 0 Beginner

  • Planning a better future

    Planning a better future

    This is a version of the OU Social Partnerships Network course 'Planning a better future' for Wales.

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    Course

    15 hrs

    Level 0 Beginner

  • Refresh your study skills

    Refresh your study skills

    Here you will finds a link to a variety of courses on The Open University’s OpenLearn website that can help you develop skills if you are new to or returning to learning. There are 40 courses ranging from skills to improve essay writing, to IT and digital skills and preparing to study in English.

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    Course

    20 hrs

    Level 0 Beginner

  • The importance of interpersonal skills

    The importance of interpersonal skills

    To succeed in management you need good interpersonal skills, you need to understand how to deal with other people. This unit will help you gain an awareness of your skills and understand that an awareness of the interpersonal skills of others can help us enormously in dealing with the work tasks we are responsible for.

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    Course

    3 hrs

    Level 0 Beginner

  • Using voluntary work to get ahead in the job market

    Using voluntary work to get ahead in the job market

    This course explores how engaging in voluntary work can enhance your employment opportunities.

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    Course

    12 hrs

    Level 0 Beginner

  • What about me? A personal development course for carers in Wales

    What about me? A personal development course for carers in Wales

    This is a personal development course for carers in Wales. It will help you to identify and reflect on your experiences, interests, skills and your future aspirations. You will also have the opportunity to develop a personal action plan to take forward beyond the course. Developed by The Open University in Wales and Carers Trust Wales, it is embedded with case studies from real carers sharing their experiences and reflections.

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    Course

    5 hrs

    Level 0 Beginner

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