This unit provides learners with the opportunity to acquire honed employability

skills required for effective employment.

Unit abstract

All learners at all levels of education and experience require honed

employability skills as a prerequisite to entering the job market. This unit gives

learners an opportunity to assess and develop an understanding of their own

responsibilities and performance in, or when entering, the workplace.

It considers the skills required for general employment, such as interpersonal

and transferable skills, and the dynamics of working with others in teams or

groups including leadership and communication skills.

It also deals with the everyday working requirement of problem solving which

includes the identification or specification of the 'problem', strategies for its

solution and then evaluation of the results through reflective practices.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit a learner will:

1 Be able to determine own responsibilities and performance

2 Be able to develop interpersonal and transferable skills

3 Understand the dynamics of working with others

4 Be able to develop strategies for problem solving.


This unit will develop the skills and knowledge of work practices in industry

through the learner undertaking work experience and producing a management

report examining a work-based issue.

Unit abstract

In this unit learners will have an opportunity to develop first-hand experience of

all aspects of business operations. The production of a management report is

the outcome of the learning, and learners must be able to undertake suitable

activities to investigate a work-based issue or problem for the work experience

organisation. This unit aims to develop knowledge and understanding of how

businesses operate and the skills and abilities managers draw upon when faced

with everyday issues or problems. It is important, therefore, for learners to

appreciate and analyse the relationships between different parts of the host


A minimum of 40 hours work placement experience is required for successful

completion of this unit. Learning will complement the learning and

understanding gained for other units on the programme, and also allows further

opportunities for gaining evidence. Learners will research a suitable host

organisation and arrange their work experience through preparing for interview.

They will identify and agree a suitable issue or problem to be investigated with

the organisation and tutor, setting aims, objectives and targets. The report

should be supported by evidence learners collect and demonstrate an in-depth

knowledge of working practices and a broad knowledge of how the organisation


Learners will monitor their progress against an action plan of the agreed aims

and objectives, and review the effectiveness of achievement of the targets and

their own performance. The management report can be presented in any

suitable format.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit a learner will:

1 Understand ways to arrange appropriate industry experience

2 Be able to agree aims and objectives of work based project with others

3 Be able to monitor and evaluate progress of work based project

4 Be able to present report on work based project.


This unit aims to help the learner become an effective and confident selfdirected

employee. This helps the learner become confident in managing own

personal and professional skills to achieve personal and career goals.

Unit abstract

This unit is designed to enable learners to assess and develop a range of

professional and personal skills in order to promote future personal and career

development. It also aims to develop learners' ability to organise, manage and

practise a range of approaches to improve their performance as self-directed

learners in preparation for work or further career development.

The unit emphasises the needs of the individual but within the context of how

the development of self-management corresponds with effective team

management in meeting objectives.

Learners will be able to improve their own learning, be involved in teamwork

and be more capable of problem solving through the use of case studies, role

play and real-life activities.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit a learner will:

1 Understand how self-managed learning can enhance lifelong development

2 Be able to take responsibility for own personal and professional development

3 Be able to implement and continually review own personal and professional

development plan

4 Be able to demonstrate acquired interpersonal and transferable skills.

Unit 8 Research Project

The aim of this unit is to develop the skils and knowledge needed for working with and leading other, through understanding the importance of recruiting the right people for the job.