Free access to self-study software & exams

          bksb                          Open Awards

NHS England is pleased to announce that:

  • BKSB (Basic Key Skills Builder), parent company One Advanced, will continue providing self-study software
  • Open Awards will continue to provide exams

Both contracts run until March 2027.

bksb – Basic Key Skills Builder software
  • NHS England has commissioned bksb to give free access to bksb all NHS trusts, community, primary and adult social care employers.
  • Individual staff members can study at their own pace and access the system at any time.
  • This offer is also open to those in the pipeline to the workforce e.g. on a supported internship programme
Open Awards

Health or Social Care Employers whose employees or apprentices need to access an assessment to progress and are ready to sit an assessment can access Functional Skills training support through Open Awards at no direct cost.


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