NCFE-accredited online careers courses for KS4 and KS5

Short online units help learners gain knowledge, skills and confidence for a successful career. All units come with an NCFE-endorsed certificate, leading ultimately to a Level 3 Award.
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Short Online Courses

We provide an introduction unit and four extension units. Learners receive an NCFE-endorsed certificate for every unit completed. Learners who complete all four extension units can enter for a Level 3 Award. 

Quality careers provision

We help schools and colleges provide a high quality careers offering. 

NCFE Accredited

All our units have been reviewed by a Subject Specialist and endorsed by NCFE.

Gatsby BM2

Learning from career and labour market information

Learners are introduced to skills and character qualities that will always be needed for work. 

Gatsby BM3

Addressing the needs of each pupil

Learners identify which of eight Portable Skills best suit their strengths and passions. 

Skills Builder Impact Level 4

Supports schools with implementing the Skills Builder Universal Framework of essential skills.


Living in the Wider World

Topics include starting a business, assets, debt, managing your personal brand, getting a job and more.

Transferable employability skills

Covers communication in the workplace, workplace conduct, team working, problem solving, setting and meeting targets, self-evaluation, self-management skills, time management skills

Skills Builder Impact Level 4

For organisations implementing the Skills Builder Universal Framework of essential skills

National Talent Academy's 'Developing a winning mentality' and 'Speaking confidently in public' courses are accredited by Skills Builder at Impact Level 4. Impact Level 4 is the highest level and recognises those programmes that can demonstrate impact - meaning learners are making progress in specific steps on Skills Builder Universal Framework.

The ability to set clear, tangible goals and devise a robust route to achieving them

The oral transmission of information or ideas

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The easy way to provide careers enrichment for every learner. 
Lesson series


Introduction to Futureproof Career Skills

A three-hour online course for KS4 and KS5.

  • A meaningful careers activity for every learner 
  • NCFE Endorsed Programme
  • Certificates for CV and UCAS 
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NCFE says...

"This programme ... will inspire young people to raise their aspirations and consider portable skills for the future." 

Resilient Mindset

Cultivating positive attitudes and behaviours: 

  • A positive view of the future of work. 
  • Belief they can succeed, whatever the future may hold.
  • Belief they can control their own career success. 
  • Commitment to work hard and push through barriers.  
  • Self-knowledge of strengths and interests relating to work.

A few fan reviews...

I learned that my success is down to me. This course has shown me how it can be done. Now I’m excited for my future. FIVE STARS!

A few fan reviews...

I loved the lesson about financial freedom. I was worried about the future before. Now I’m confident. Yowsa.

A few fan reviews...

Students can work independently, in small blocks of time, within an on online environment supported by a National Talent Academy tutor (who was great). This saved me loads of time as the Head of Careers for a busy school.

Fun online format

  • Videos
  • Quizzes
  • Self-reflection Qs
  • Self-paced
  • NCFE-endorsed certificate



Free whiteboard content:
  • Suitable for Level 1 & 2 learners (KS3/KS4)
  • Eight videos (3-5 minutes) with quizzes
  • Eight discussion starter activities 
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Career themes covered >

Tutor Time Careers Content is a sample of our three-hour self-paced online course: 'Introduction to Futureproof Career Skills'.
  • Futureproof Career Skills
  • Portable Skills 
  • Entrepreneurship 
  • Financial Freedom
  • Are rich people selfish?
  • What is a 'CV'?
  • Your Social Media profile
Lesson series


Extension Units

Learners receive an NCFE-endorsed certificate for every unit completed. Learners who complete all four extension units can enter for a Level 3 Award. Extension units are around 7 hours each covering:   
  • Futureproof Careers
  • Financial Literacy
  • Public Speaking 
  • Winning Mentality
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  • Build confidence and resilience
  • Identify skills and interests that are valuable for work 
  • Learn about finance and money
  • One hour per week for 33 weeks
  • Online videos, quizzes and real-world tasks
  • Worksheets, spreadsheets and speeches
  • Give and receive feedback from buddies
  • Certificates for CV and UCAS 

Course Contents


Bow School, Tower Hamlets, London

"When I first heard about the National Talent Academy I knew this was something we needed to get involved with."

Danny Lye, Headteacher
Lesson series


Level 3 Award

Learners who complete all four extension units submit a sample of their work to enter for a Level 3 Award. 

Portfolio of evidence

Learners upload coursework chosen from two lessons out of 29 plus their Video CV.
removing barriers


The delivery model is deliberately simplified in order to remove barriers and maximise participation. 
  • All courseware is provided online. Specialist content is delivered by video. 
  • Award submission is done by learners themselves online. Submissions are visible to staff via our online platform. No need for hard copy files. 
  • Learners upload coursework chosen from two lessons out of 29 plus their Video CV. 
  • A standard lesson format is used, ensuring minimal learning curve for staff. 
  • The programme is suitable for settings where staff may not be confident teaching essential skills. 
  • Learners' progress is tracked and is visible via the online platform.  

Become a delivery partner

An easy-to-deliver way for learners to demonstrate essential skills valued by employers. 

essential work skills qualification

Valued by employers

The National Talent Award Level 3 in Essential Work Skills enables learners to highlight their essential skills to potential employers. 
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8 Portable Skills needed in every industry

Portable Skills

Learners identify their strongest Portable Skill from:

  • Sales
  • Marketing
  • Customer Support
  • Finance
  • Negotiation
  • IT
  • Project Manger
valued by employers

Qualification includes...

The Qualification Guide includes the Learner Outcomes and Assessment Criteria below, all of which must be evidenced by learners to qualify for the award.

A Video CV

What inspires me to be be successful?

Learners upload a Video CV as part of their award submission.
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Mohamed Sulaiman

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Orfa Zaman

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Raian Haque

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Rayan Kabondo

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Usman Tariq


Delivery partner discussion

Considering becoming a delivery partner? Our 30 minute partnership discussion covers:
  • Overview of the online courses and qualification 
  • Benefits for delivery partners and learners
  • Online platform 
  • Implementation and support  
  • Sources of funding

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Sources of funding

One of the key advantages of this qualification is that it is eligible for various educational funding streams that you may not be aware of. We can assist you in navigating these funding options to ensure that your students can access this valuable course without financial barriers.

NCFE Certificates

On completion of the Level 3 Award, learners will receive a certificate of achievement. The certificate is evidence of the knowledge and skills gained by completing the qualification. This qualification has been accredited by NCFE under the Customised Qualification and the certificate of achievement will be issued directly by NCFE. This is an unregulated qualification and is not a nationally recognised qualification. 

Level 3 Award

This qualification has been accredited as a Customised Qualification and we have benchmarked the qualification’s learning outcomes and assessment criteria at Level 3 (using a national framework’s level descriptors) to allow you to demonstrate the difficulty and depth of study. 

Customised Qualification

The Level 3 qualification has been developed to meet the specific needs of our learners and has been accredited by NCFE demonstrating the quality and rigor. NCFE is an awarding organisation recognised by the qualification regulators for England (Ofqual), Wales (Qualifications Wales) and Northern Ireland (CCEA Regulation). This is an unregulated qualification and is not a nationally recognised qualification. 

Hub and spoke model

Schools and other organisations are appointed as delivery partners for the Level 3 Award. 
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NCFE Endorsed Units

Learners receive an NCFE-endorsed certificate for every unit completed. Learners who complete all four extension units can enter for a Level 3 Award. 

The units are enrichment activities organised and quality assured by a college or training provider under the supervision of the National Talent Academy. They are unregulated qualifications and are not nationally recognised qualifications. 

What people are saying

Danny Lye

Headteacher, Bow School, Tower Hamlets

"It’s been fantastic to see the growing confidence, skills and raised aspirations of those students who have taken part. Hearing the young people talk about their heroes and those who inspire them, as part, of the programme was pretty special too. I am confident that involvement in the programme boosts our students chances of future success."

Hodo Mohamud

Careers Lead, Bow School, Tower Hamlets

"The results have been remarkable. This is a valuable resource that every student should take advantage of. The platform is easy to navigate and the National Talent Academy team has been brilliant and helped every step of the way."

Carl Kemp

Careers Lead, George Green's School, Tower Hamlets

"I like the structure of the content from its questions to the styling. It's simple, easy to follow and super easy to deliver to a class of students. The model can also be delivered in small blocks of time, so it's super flexible and can be fitted into a busy school."


Futureproof Careers Framework

National Talent Academy units are based on our Futureproof Careers Framework, which is designed to help learners thrive in environment of rapid change. 


Portable Skills

Discover eight Portable Skills needed in every industry.



Build the mindset of resilience and determination to overcome all obstacles in your path.



Learn how to build long term financial stability with our Financial Freedom blueprint.

Explainer video

Our three-part Futureproof Careers framework helps prepare learners for a changing world.

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Frequently asked questions

What is the purpose of the "Introduction to Futureproof Careers Skills" course?

The course aims to help learners develop employability skills, align their strengths with potential career paths, cultivate ambition, and provide them with a certificate of completion endorsed by the NCFE to enhance their job applications and university applications.

Is the course suitable for all learners or specific grade levels?

The course is designed for learners aged 14-19, covering a wide range of skills and career-related topics that are relevant to learners at various stages of their educational journey. Most schools subscribe to the course for use with year 10 and 11 pupils.

How does the course help learners explore potential career paths?

The course incorporates self-assessment exercises and career exploration activities to help learners identify their strengths and interests, allowing them to align them with various career options. This exploration helps them make informed decisions about their future pathways.

How does the course support schools in delivering comprehensive careers provision?

The course serves as a valuable resource for careers specialists and senior management teams. It provides a ready-made framework and materials, relieving the burden of creating career guidance programs from scratch. This allows careers teams to focus on providing personalised guidance and support to learners.

How long does the course take to complete?

The "Introduction to Futureproof Careers Skills" course is self-paced, allowing learners to progress at their own speed. The exact time it takes to complete the course may vary depending on factors such as the learner's learning style, prior knowledge, and the amount of time they dedicate to studying the course materials.

On average, learners complete the course within 3 hours, but it's important to note that learners have the flexibility to take longer if needed. The course is designed to be comprehensive yet manageable, providing a balance between depth of content and a reasonable time commitment. This flexibility ensures that learners can effectively absorb the material and engage with the course at a pace that suits their individual needs.

Do learners receive a certificate upon completion of the course?

Absolutely! Learners who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate endorsed by the nationally recognised awarding body, NCFE. This certification holds significant value and can be included in job applications, CVs, and university applications, showcasing their commitment to personal and professional development.

Is there any teacher involvement required?

The course is self-directed and requires minimal teacher intervention. Teachers are only required to distribute the course details and monitor learners' progress. This allows for flexible implementation and doesn't burden teachers with additional scheduling or timetabling.

How can schools subscribe to the "Introduction to Futureproof Careers Skills" course?

Schools interested in subscribing to the course can reach out to the National Talent Academy through our website or contact for more information on the subscription process and pricing details.

Can I get a free trial?

Yes, we offer a free trial of the "Introduction to Futureproof Careers Skills" course. It's a great opportunity for you to explore the course content, features, and benefits before making a commitment. During the trial period, you'll have access to the full course, allowing you to experience its quality and suitability for your learners. The only obligation at the end of the trial is to decide if you want to purchase a subscription for your learners. Please visit our website or reach out to us at, and we will be happy to assist you in getting started with the trial.

Is the course accessible on different devices?

Yes, the course is designed to be accessible on any device, including computers, tablets, and smartphones. Learners can learn anytime, anywhere, making it convenient for both in-class and remote learning scenarios.

Can the course be integrated into existing school career programs?

Yes, the course can be seamlessly integrated into existing school career programs. Its comprehensive content and flexible nature make it a valuable addition to enhance the school's overall career education provision.

Does the course cater to learners in areas with limited local industry opportunities?

Absolutely! The course is designed to empower learners regardless of their geographical location. It provides a broad range of career-related skills and knowledge, ensuring learners can thrive even in areas with limited local industry opportunities.

Is the course curriculum aligned with national educational standards?

Yes, the course curriculum is designed to help evidence the delivery of Gatsby Benchmarks within your school. For additional information click below.

Is ongoing support available for teachers implementing the course?

Yes, we provide comprehensive support for teachers implementing the course. We offer training resources, implementation guides, and dedicated support channels to ensure a smooth and successful integration of the course into your school's curriculum.

How do I get more information?

If you have any questions or need further assistance, our dedicated support team is here to help. Feel free to reach out to us at

About Us

National Talent Academy provides NCFE-accredited online courses for essential work skills. The courses are the result of many years of R&D including partnerships with Manchester University and Morgan Stanley leading to a Futureproof Careers Framework. 

National Talent Academy was founded in 2020 by Cambridge graduate David Jaffa, who previously founded SAM Learning, an online learning tool for GCSE and KS3 used in hundreds of English secondary schools, and Penda Learning, an online Science and Math tool for US schools. David received the BETT Outstanding Achievement Award for lifetime achievements in EdTech.