module specification

SH5W51 - Becoming employable (2022/23)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2022/23, but may be subject to modification
Module title Becoming employable
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Social Sciences and Professions
Total study hours 150
9 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
105 hours Guided independent study
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 50%   Folder of Evidence
Coursework 50%   Reflective Summary
Running in 2022/23

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Tuesday Afternoon

Module summary

This module aims to enable students to:
- Apply prior knowledge and relate specific knowledge and skills to real-life situations in a work environment
- Develop new capabilities and skills relating to employment
- Engage in career development planning
- Undertake a work-based placement

The module is structured in two distinct stages in order to enhance student employability. During the Autumn semester, students will engage with a number of activities, both in seminars and individually, designed to help clarify career goals and identify personal and professional developmental needs associated with these goals.

Following on from this students will be expected to undertake a placement during which they will be able to focus on specific learning needs identified through the learning activities from the seminars.


Some of the key areas include:
- What is employability
- Preparation for placement
- Self-development principles and practice
- Self-awareness and management
- Goal setting and personal development planning
- Trends in employment sectors and employers needs e.g. National Occupational Standards
- Selection methods
- Career development
- Critical reflection and analysis
- Reflective practice and writing
- Interview skills

Learning Outcomes LO1-4

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Placement / work-based learning forms a core element of this module.  Seminar sessions provide opportunities for students to discuss their knowledge and previous experience, helping them to make links between practical and theoretical understanding, as they further develop their professional skills and knowledge.  Opportunities are provided for individual mentor sessions with tutors to discuss, appraise and plan student’s personal and professional development.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

1. Undertake work based activities which develop new capabilities and skills
2. Reflect constructively on their professional learning and set targets for the future development of their knowledge and skills
3. Demonstrate employability skills in relation to employers’ needs and emerging employment trends
4. Apply employability skills through recruitment and selection activities

Assessment strategy

Students will demonstrate that they have met the learning outcomes through:

Undertaking a placement in a relevant health and social care context and though completion of two assessments:

1. A Folder of Evidence comprising activities and outcomes which must be completed over the course of the first semester
2. Reflective Summary of experience and learning acquired in placement during semester two [1500 words]