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  • What is a Functional Skills Course?

    What is a Functional Skills Course?

    If you don't have the right basic qualifications, life can be more of a challenge than it needs to be. Luckily you can take a Functional Skills Course and catch up. A functional skills qualification is a GCSE equivalent, designed to give you the Maths, English and Information and Communications Technology knowledge you need to make a success of your job and reach your full potential in every aspect of your life, a valuable second chance.

    People who don't have a Grade 4+ GCSE in English and Maths can't do an apprenticeship, for example, but one or more functional skills qualifications can fill the gap very effectively, sending you on your way to a better career.

    What are functional skills?
    Functional skills replace previous qualifications called Key Skills. The three core functional skills are English, Maths....

  • How to Become a Childminder

    How to Become a Childminder

    Becoming a Childminder is a highly rewarding career and can be an incredibly fulfilling business opportunity, but you need to be determined and highly driven as there is a lot of preparation involved in setting up a childminding business.
    Here are some top tips that we recommend for starting your own Childminding business:

    Get your paperwork completed:
    Running any business comes with various paperwork that has to be completed and kept up to date, this is no different when becoming a childminder! Ensuring you have the right experience, qualifications and are legally able to pursue this role is one of the first steps you should take. Register with the inspectorate body: To be a childminder you will need to register with Ofsted, their role is to make sure that your organisation provides the correct education, training, and care and that the children are provided with a safe and nurturing environment that young children need in their early years.


  • The Benefits of Studying at a Further Education College

    The Benefits of Studying at a Further Education College

    Are you planning on going to university? If so have you considered Further Education (FE) instead? Further Education colleges come with many advantages and it might just turn out one near you offers a course or qualification that dovetails perfectly with your interests and career direction. No wonder further education is so popular, with one in eight UK students making FE their first choice.

    The reasons why Further Education is so popular
    First of all, further education colleges and apprenticeships cost a lot less than funding a university degree. If you study from home instead of leaving home to study, your costs will be even lower, a big consideration for students who'd rather not leave the world of education with a huge debt to pay back.

    There are more than 350 Further education

  • COVID-19 a short message

    COVID-19 a short message

    COVID-19 A short message for our valued learners and clients.

    We know there is currently much uncertainty due to the COVID-19 situation, it is a challenging time not only for us here in the UK but for many throughout the world.

    The health and safety of our employees, clients, and learners is our number one priority, we have therefore made the difficult decision to close our training centres in London to face to face and classroom-based learning. However, we have put processes into place so that your education is not impacted.

    Our head office staff members, tutors, and assessors will continue to provide you with advice and guidance with your current courses. And so, whether you are taking a functional skills course or an advanced....

  • What is a GCSE & how does it compare to a Baccalaureate?

    What is a GCSE  & how does it compare to a Baccalaureate?

    Baccalaureates may seem very similar to GCSE's, but they hold differences that are considered better at teaching students in a more all-round, breadth kind of way. In this article I will discuss them, and why you may choose a Baccalaureate degree vs. GCSE education.

    What is a GCSE?

    GCSE stands for the General Certificate of Secondary Education, and usually taken by pupils aged around 14-16 in secondary education. They are studied over the course of two years and after completion, students can decide whether to leave school education or continue on to do their A-Level qualifications. Although you do get to choose most of your GCSE options, there are some compulsory subjects which are known as the core subjects:

    • Maths
    • English Language
    • English Literature
    • Sciences (either single, double or triple sciences)

    There are also some foundation subjects that must be taken:

    • Computing
    • Physical
    • ....
  • Does Exercise Prevent Signs of Ageing

    Does Exercise Prevent Signs of Ageing

    Some people may find a great shock when they begin to notice wrinkles and a gain of weight, they are ageing! It is said that exercise can help reduce or even reverse some of these signs of ageing which begs the question, does exercise prevent signs of ageing?

    How Does Exercise Slow Down Ageing

    There is a study done in 2018 by the University of Birmingham.... which involved a group of older people who have exercised their whole lives and a group of similarly aged adults and younger adults who do not exercise regularly. The results showed that those who exercised regularly have the immunity, muscle mass, and cholesterol levels of a young person. Researchers have found that doing intensive exercise prevents of shorting of telomeres in your DNA. They are caps (much like a shoelace cap) which are on the ends of your DNA, and in short as you get older, these get smaller and smaller which reduces the number ...
  • 7 Apps to Improve English Writing

    7 Apps to Improve English Writing

    Even native English speakers can make unknowing mistakes in their writing. Often times these can be small and innocent mistakes that pass by any reader, but in some cases, even the tiniest of mistakes will go unforgiven. In this article, I'm going to show you 8 great applications to improve your English writing.

    1. Ginger

    Ginger is a quick and easy grammar checker which comes in many forms. On their main website you can paste in some text for a very quick grammatical analysis and it will tell you exactly what is wrong, what it should be, and even suggest alternatives, if the sentence can be reworded better. You can get Ginger for Chrome, and it is also available for Microsoft Office, Safari, Android and iOS systems.

    2. WhiteSmoke

    WhiteSmoke is an online checker with many features and adaptations. It is available for Microsoft Word, Outlook, Windows, iOS, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera and Safari. WhiteSmoke contains a translator and dictionary....

  • CSCS Card: Everything You Need to Know

    CSCS Card: Everything You Need to Know

    Working on a construction site puts you in the presence of danger, sharp objects, fire, heavy machinery and more. Everyone on the site must have proper training and understanding of the potential dangers that they could face, and how to work properly. In ideal circumstances, you could have a qualification that shows the construction has all knowledge, experience and training to work safely on a construction site. This qualification is the CSCS card!

    What is CSCS?

     CSCS stands for the Construction Skill Certification Scheme. It is a scheme that provides constructions workers with the necessary knowledge in health and safety to work safely and cautiously on a construction site.

    Why should you get a CSCS card?

    Holding a CSCS card is not a legislative requirement, but many major build companies may require you to have a valid one. Over time, more and more companies are requiring that their workers have a valid CSCS card. So really, by not....

  • Getting to know the three types of CVs

    Getting to know the three types of CVs

    A time comes when you must go through the daunting task of creating your CV to send out to employers. Some people believe there is a strict method to creating a good CV and some don't know where to begin! Today we're going to talk about the three different types of CV's and how they can work for you.

    The Chronological CV

    The chronological CV focuses on representing the candidates experience on an employer-by-employer basis, listed in reverse chronological order. Chronological CV's also contain a brief personal statement at the top which talks about the key skills and strengths that the candidate has. This is the most common type of CV. A Chronological CV will typically use the following structure:
    • Personal Details (name and other contact details)
    • Personal Profile
    • Career History in reverse chronological order (starting from most recent at the top of the CV, to longer ago as you go down).
    • ....
  • What Can Children Do On a Rainy Day

    What Can Children Do On a Rainy Day

    Everyone remembers that old nursery rhyme where we sang "it's raining, it's pouring, and the old man is snoring". Well, I do anyway. Back then, infant school teachers or child care workers gave us activities that kept us occupied. Now, things are a little different. If it's raining outside, young children are more prone to spending time on a smartphone or tablet device. Whether it is an online video of Pepper Pig or playing candy crush. But as you may already know,  young children who spend too much time on a mobile or tablet device, are doing themselves more harm than good. So it is time we go back to basics, and introduce some exciting activities to keep children away from the screen and have some real fun.

    1. Board Games....

    Board games are an excellent way to bring children. It will keep them occupied, and it is a great way to pass the time. Be sure to have board games that are easy and simple. Ludo, snakes and ladders and draughts are excellent board games, and ...
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