OTHM Level 6 Certificate in Academic and Professional Skills Development

About this course


The objective of the OTHM Level 6 Certificate in Academic and Professional Skills Development qualification is to provide learners with an opportunity for deeper engagement with academic and professional skills. These skills will enable learners to advance to academic study through the development of academic conventions, procedures and considerations relevant to study in higher education.

It will also enable learners to develop relevant academic skills towards professional, organisational and self-management attributes that are associated with professional practice.

The aims of this programme will allow learners to:

  • Apply principles of academic convention
  • Develop academic assignments
  • Use analytical and critical skills to develop arguments
  • Apply time management skills for academic study
  • Understand how to source and utilise information for academic study
  • Understand own learning styles.

OTHM qualifications RQF Level 6 represent practical knowledge, skills, capabilities and competences that are assessed in academic terms as being equivalent level to relevant Bachelor’s Degrees with Honours, Bachelor’s Degrees, Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.


Qualification structure

The OTHM Level 6 Certificate in Academic and Professional Skills Development consists of 1 mandatory unit, of 20 credits, 200 hours Total Qualification Time (TQT) and 100 Guided Learning Hours (GLH) for the completed qualification.

Module1: Academic and Professional Skills Development (20 credits)

it focuses on equipping learners with essential skills and knowledge for success in academic and professional environments.

This module covers research skills, communication skills, critical thinking, time management, digital literacy, teamwork, collaboration, and professional development.

Through this module, learners acquire foundational competencies necessary to excel academically, communicate effectively, collaborate with others, and navigate the challenges of the modern workplace.

Duration and delivery

The qualification is designed to be delivered over one academic year for full-time study, but it is also flexible in its delivery in order to accommodate part-time and distance learning.

The qualification is delivered face-to-face, through lectures, tutorials, seminars, distance, online by approved centres only.

Assessment and verification

All units within this qualification are internally assessed by the centre and externally verified by OTHM. The qualifications are criterion referenced, based on the achievement of all the specified learning outcomes.

To achieve a ‘pass’ for a unit, learners must provide evidence to demonstrate that they have fulfilled all the learning outcomes and meet the standards specified by all assessment criteria. Judgement that the learners have successfully fulfilled the assessment criteria is made by the Assessor.

The Assessor should provide an audit trail showing how the judgement of the learners’ overall achievement has been arrived at.


The OTHM Level 6 Certificate in Academic and Professional Skills Development qualification bridges the educational and skills gap between relevant qualifications at levels 5,6 and 7.

As this qualification is approved and regulated by Ofqual (Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulation), learners are eligible to progress to relevant qualifications at a higher level or for progression with professional practice.

Entry Requirements

For entry onto the OTHM Level 6 Certificate in Academic and Professional Skills Development qualification, learners must possess:

  • Relevant NQF/QCF/RQF Level 5 diploma or equivalent recognised qualification
  • Mature learners (over 21) with management experience (learners must check with the delivery centre regarding this experience prior to registering for the programme)
  • Learner must be 18 years or older at the beginning of the course.

English requirements: If a learner is not from a majority English-speaking country must provide evidence of English language competency. For more information visit English Language Expectations page.

What you will learn

Academic and Professional Skills Development (20 credits):

This module is designed to enhance various academic and professional skills necessary for success in higher education and the workplace. The content of this module may cover a range of topics, including but not limited to:

  • Research Skills: Developing skills in conducting literature reviews, gathering and analyzing data, and understanding research methodologies.
  • Communication Skills: Improving written and oral communication skills, including effective presentation techniques, report writing, and interpersonal communication.
  • Critical Thinking: Enhancing critical thinking and analytical skills to evaluate information, make informed decisions, and solve problems.
  • Time Management: Learning effective time management strategies to prioritize tasks, meet deadlines, and balance academic and professional responsibilities.
  • Digital Literacy: Developing proficiency in using digital tools and technologies for research, communication, and information management.
  • Teamwork and Collaboration: Building skills in working collaboratively with others, understanding group dynamics, and contributing effectively to team projects.
  • Professional Development: Exploring strategies for personal and professional development, including goal setting, career planning, and building a professional network.

The emphasis of this certificate is on providing a well-rounded set of skills that are not only beneficial in academic settings but also highly transferable to various professional contexts. Successful completion of the OTHM Level 6 Certificate in Academic and Professional Skills Development equips learners with the tools necessary for success in both academic pursuits and future professional endeavors.

Benefits of this course

Enhanced Academic Performance:

  • Learners gain essential skills such as research, critical thinking, and time management, which are vital for success in academic studies. They are better equipped to excel in coursework, assignments, and examinations.

Improved Employability:

  • The certificate equips learners with transferable skills highly valued by employers, such as communication, teamwork, and digital literacy. This enhances their employability and opens up opportunities for career advancement.

Effective Professional Communication:

  • Learners develop strong written and oral communication skills, enabling them to effectively convey ideas, collaborate with colleagues, and present themselves professionally in various professional settings.

Career Readiness:

  • The certificate prepares learners for the demands of the workplace by providing them with practical skills such as time management, problem-solving, and adaptability. They are better prepared to navigate the challenges of the professional world.

Personal Development:

  • Through self-reflection and goal-setting exercises, learners have the opportunity to develop personally and professionally. They gain a better understanding of their strengths and areas for improvement, leading to enhanced self-confidence and self-efficacy.

Flexibility and Accessibility:

  • The course is often designed to be flexible, allowing learners to balance their studies with other commitments such as work or family responsibilities. This accessibility ensures that individuals from diverse backgrounds can benefit from the program.

Networking Opportunities:

  • Learners may have the chance to interact with peers, instructors, and industry professionals during the course, providing valuable networking opportunities. This networking can lead to collaborations, mentorship, and access to potential job opportunities.

Preparation for Further Studies:

  • The skills and knowledge gained from the certificate program serve as a strong foundation for further academic studies at higher levels. Learners who wish to pursue advanced degrees are well-prepared for the academic rigors of postgraduate education.

Overall, the OTHM Level 6 Certificate in Academic and Professional Skills Development equips learners with the essential tools and competencies needed to succeed academically, professionally, and personally. It provides a solid foundation for lifelong learning and career advancement.

Qualification Number: 603/7101/8


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