UNISON Northern Ireland

Education and Training

UNISON College

Our Activist and Member Learning Programme continues to be identified by members as one of our most important areas of work. Both programmes give support to members and activists especially at a time when employers are cutting back on their training and development programmes.

We offer over 180 workshops for all members across 90 topics such as autism, dementia, palliative care, mindfulness, supporting staff, resilience, bereavement, communicating effectively, interview skills, drugs and alcohol, epilepsy, Parkinsons, suicide awareness, dealing with stress and bullying.   Check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)?

You can now download our brand new Education Course web based app at https://unisoncollegeni.org.uk which will make it much easier for members to book courses.  Just set up an account and once approved - away you go from the convenience of your phone, tablet or computer. 


We also offer education grants up to £300 for Open University modules, work related and non work related modules with specific bursaries for Open University modules, school support staff and care assistants.  Find out more at https://learning.unison.org.uk/financial-support    

Download our 2019 Activist and Member Learning Programme (pdf)

Download our 2019 Member Learning Programme (pdf)

Download our 2019 Member Learning Programme (MS Word)

Download our 2019 Member Learning Programme Course List by date/topic/location (MS Excel)


  Download our full 2019 Education Programme

Or alternatively you can email educationni@unison.co.uk however please provide full details including the course you want to attend, the dates, your name and address and your UNISON membership number.


The Open University K101 Introduction to Health & Social Care & Pre-Reg Nursing Programme (Adult, Mental Health, Learning Disability & Children's)

UNISON offers the The Open University K101 Introduction to Health & Social Care module in partnership with Trusts.  This is a level 4 60 credit course and is a module on the Open Uni Pre-Reg Nursing programme and also a module on the BSc in Health & Social Care, BSc in Healthcare and Health Sciences and the BA in Social Work.  It is open to any member of Trust staff to apply.  We recruit in April/May each year.  Course information is at http://www.open.ac.uk/courses/modules/k101   It is being replaced in 2020 by K102 but the content will be similar.  

The OU Nursing programme for 2020 will be advertised in January and will offer four routes - adult, mental health, learning disability and children's.   To apply you must have 

You don't need K101 to apply but you do need to meet the criteria below.  If you don't have the requirements, you have time to get them in place.   If you don't have a Level 2 Maths qualification, you can undertake the Essential Skills Maths course for free in each College of Further Education.  This will start in September and run until December in time to apply for the nursing in January. 

To be eligible to apply you must have and supply original certificates or replacement certificates for
•    Level 2 English (eg GCSE A-C, NVQ, QCF/QCR, HNC, HND, Access course, Essential Skills, K101)
•    Level 2 Maths/Numeracy (eg GCSE A-C, Access course with a maths component, Essential Skills Numeracy)
•    Plus have 
•    At least a 26 hour substantive contract – you cannot include bank hours, or additional hours even if they are regular.
•    Permission from your line manager and the budget holder to apply

To go onto our expression of interest list for K101 or Nursing- please email EducationNI@unison.co.uk and tell us your name and Trust


October 2019