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How do I get there?
How do I get there?
For some years it has been UNISON’s ambition to develop a learning framework that can take students from basic skills right through to professional qualifications. This has become a reality with the help of its national educational partners, the Workers Education Association (WEA) and The Open University. We like to think of this as a ‘skills escalator’ where students increase their learning skills and knowledge as they progress upwards.
Getting on the skills escalator
STEP 1: Short courses and 'Skills for life' courses
Short courses (1–2 days) e.g. development review workshops, NHS core skills
'Skills for life' courses (30 hours) e.g. communication at work, improve your study skills
UNISON has developed a number of short courses and slightly longer Skills for life courses that focus on important everyday topics, such as communication, literacy and numeracy. These courses provide the perfect foundation for further study and equip students with the confidence and understanding required to set them on their educational journey.
To find out more about accessing the UNISON short courses or Skills for life courses, please contact your local UNISON Regional Education Officer at your regional office.
STEP 2: Openings modules with the OU
Openings modules are short introductory modules specifically designed to give students a gentle introduction to studying. They develop study skills, build confidence and general ability and are ideal preparation for our 30 and 60 key introductory Level 1 (SCQF Level 7) modules.
STEP 3: Undergraduate modules with the OU
OU undergraduate modules are presented at three different levels 1, 2 and 3 (SCQF Levels 8,9 and 10), which gradually increase in complexity. We recommend that students progress through the levels in order to build on their skills incrementally. The Faculty of Health and Social Care offers undergraduate professional programmes in nursing and social work.
STEP 4: Postgraduate modules with the OU
The OU offers many modules at postgraduate level (SCQF Level 11)for those who already have a first degree and want to go on with their studies. For example, the Faculty of Health and Social Care offers an interprofessional postgraduate programme in Advancing Healthcare Practice.
Information about all the OU has to offer can be found in the OU modules section of this website and on the main Study at the OU website.