A signifcant number of commenters would fail skills at this level. Two poked fun at the making a cup of tea, and another at the making a cold drink certificates. Not actually noticing that these are explicitly tagged as "special", as in "special needs" certificates.
The Register similarly fails in its reporting of the story. It seems nobody bothered to check why these certificates exits, and how they are meant to be used - but rather jumped on the "coffee on keyboard" or "we are all doomed" bandwagon. The only reason we might all be doomed is because idiots like you fail to bother to find anything out before spouting off.
The AQA exists as a central authority that essentially provides a unified source of cources and certificates, and probably most importantly, a quality control process for these. Any associated centre can use or contribute units. Not just ordinary schools and youth groups, but also special needs, "offender learning", homeless youth schemes, and many others can and do use the AQA, and the list of life skills certificates cited represents the combined set of all such certificates.
I well remember a friend of mine telling me the heartwrenching story of how she had tried to get her Aspbergers suffering nephew to catch a train to her house. She coached him though it, took him on the journey once, and yet the one time he tried on his own he couldn't manage it. Yet he attended an ordinary school, as was not actually a special needs person. The point? Different people have a widely different set of needs for education and skills training. You don't have to be "special needs" to need training in what, for many people, are trivial skills. Lamblasting the existence of a range of training units and certificates because you personally find the content trivial, is simply exhibiting a crass lack of regard and empathy for your fellow humankind.
The real story, had el Reg bothered, is that someone made a mistake, and issued a certificate in the wrong circumstances. The core story is, that as usual, a daily newpaper could not be bothered finding anything out, and decided to use it as a beat up story. If el Reg though this was a story worth telling they would have taken the Telegraph to task over the poor journalism involved. As it was, all we see is even worse journalism.