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What can I do with no qualifications?

Some careers require a huge amount of study time and a raft of qualifications, such as lawyers, accountants, airline pilots, engineers and teachers – and you certainly wouldn’t want to be treated by a doctor who has had no training.

But there are a great many jobs you can undertake with no qualifications – delivery driver, bar person, security guard, kitchen assistant, cleaner, refuse collector, sales executive, estate agent, just to name a few.

However, all of these roles require a basic understanding of maths, English and, sometimes, science. So, while no actual qualifications may be needed, we recommend that you brush up on your skills in order to make life easier if you are seeking a new job.

For instance, as well as a driving licence, a delivery driver will need to read well, understand geography and be able to time-manage what can often be a hectic role.

A bar person can’t always rely on the till to add up the cost of drinks, so a reasonable understanding of maths would be of benefit. And being an estate agent not only requires writing and maths skills, but you need to be able to converse well to be able to describe and ‘sell’ properties to potential buyers.

That’s where Skills & Learning, Adult Community Education in Dorset can help you greatly by offering courses that will open more career opportunities for you.

Skills & Learning provides rewarding and enjoyable learning courses in Dorset to improve your confidence, wellbeing and take your skills to the next level.

Since 2013, we have worked with over 33,500 learners to provide a meaningful and worthwhile learning experience. We pride ourselves on our service and offer many benefits to our learners, including support throughout the course and enrichment opportunities to enhance your learning.

Multiply is a new government-funded programme offering adults FREE courses with opportunities to build confidence and ability in using number skills in all aspects of everyday life. The focus is on practical skills and having fun with numbers. 

You will be eligible for Multiply if you are aged 19+, live in the United Kingdom and do not have a GCSE in maths at grade C (equivalent to grade 4 or CSE grade 1), or an equivalent qualification.

There are courses for beginners and those who want to build on existing maths knowledge. There will also be more advanced courses including GCSE and Level 2 Functional Skills. All courses will also include online tutorials and content, so you can learn at a pace to suit you along with support from Skills & Learning tutors.

Developing your English skills with us is about more than just improving your reading, writing, spelling, punctuation and grammar; it also helps you gain the confidence to communicate effectively. We offer daytime and evening courses across Dorset at all levels up to GCSE, with both classroom and online study options.

If you do not yet have an English GCSE grade 4 (C) or above, your study will be fully funded by the Government.

Studying English could lead to new qualifications as at Skills & Learning we offer a range of qualifications to suit all abilities, including portfolio-based units, stepping-stone assessments, Functional Skills and GCSE.

It gives you more confidence for communication. Developing your reading, writing, and speaking and listening skills can help give you confidence when communicating at work, in interviews or in everyday situations.

Gaining qualifications and skills can help you improve your job prospects and open up new opportunities and pathways.

You can also study GCSE Biology, which gives learners a great foundation to gain an understanding of the workings of the human body, organisms, evolution and the environment.

Studying GCSE Biology can give you the knowledge and skills to help you progress on to studying science at university or for a career in healthcare. This course can also help you to develop your curiosity for the natural world and strengthen your analysis and research skills. These are just a few of the 25 subject areas we offer at Skills & Learning in Dorset. Others include beauty therapies, counselling, accounting, computer skills, hairdressing, language skills, photography, psychology and arts and crafts.

To browse all of our subjects click here.