Accredited courses

To enrol on the following free accredited courses, you must have a minimum level of English, such as GCSE grade C or IELTS level 6.0 or equivalent.

Introduction to Psychology


This course will introduce students to some of the key perspectives in psychology, for example: biological, cognitive, behaviourist and psychodynamic  perspective. In addition, it will allow students to develop an understanding of how these perspectives apply to social psychology.   This accredited  module will explore areas  such as the self, social influence,  prejudice and discrimination and pro-social and anti-social behaviour. This module also demonstrates how theoretical explanations in the above areas are applied to real world scenarios; it also demonstrates how the discipline links with other modules within the university, such as health and social care, sociology and youth & community work. Learners who pass this module's assessment will be offered a place on the Foundation Certificate in Social Sciences​. Learners will also be exempt from this module when delivered as part of the Foundation programme. ​​​Students must have a minimum of English GCSE grade C​​ or equivalent to enrol on this course. (Students are only able to complete one accredited module with Widening Access.)​​​

Dates and times
Monday 15th January 2018 - Monday 12th March 2018
9.30am - 12.30pm
Venue: Taff Housing

Level 3 accredited - 10 university credits. Select "Introduction to Psychology CEA3009" on the enrolment form.​

Strengthening School Governance


Are you a Cardiff School Governor who would like to improve knowledge and confidence in your role or are you thinking of becoming a School Governor?

Cardiff Metropolitan University's Widening Access team in partnership with Cardiff School of Education is offering a FREE 12 hour short course accredited at level 3 with the aim of:

  • Strengthening Governance
  • Improving academic and professional confidence
  • Raising aspirations
  • Developing Critical Thinking
  • Improving Questioning Skills
  • Appling key features of Welsh education policy to the context of school improvement
  • Successful completion of this course can provide a pathway for further study at Cardiff Metropolitan University through the foundation and undergraduate programme. Applicants need to have GCSE grade C or above or equivalent to attend this course.
Dates and times
Wednesday 10 January 2018 - Wednesday 28 February 2018 (no class in half-term)
6pm - 8pm
Venue: Willows High School

Level 3 accredited - 10 university credits.

Select "Strenghtening School Governance SCM3008" on the enrolment form.

Introduction to Teaching Adults


This is a 10-credit level 3 accredited course that aims to raise aspirations and encourage students interested in teaching as a profession.   The course raises awareness of the skills needed to be an effective teacher of adults and students motivation.  It looks at the roles and responsibilities of the adult education tutor, effective teaching and learning methods and learning styles.  Students will complete a portfolio and deliver a presentation at the end of the course for assessment.

The course provides a progression route to the PCET or PGCE teaching courses.

Dates and times
Wednesday 8 November 2017 - Wednesday 20 December 2017
9.30am - 12.30pm
Venue: Cadwyn Housing
Level 3 accredited - 10 university credits. Select "Teaching  Adults SCM3006" on the enrolment form.​​​​​​​