ESC-20092 - Employability Training: Engaging with the Workplace
Coordinator: Alix G Cage Tel: +44 1782 7 33177
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Level: Level 5
Credits: 15
Study Hours: 150
School Office: 01782 733615

Programme/Approved Electives for 2022/23


Available as a Free Standing Elective






Barred Combinations


Description for 2022/23

The aim of the module is to enable Geography, Geology and Environment students to gain an understanding of the workplace through a selection of appropriate activities, which may include sector research, project-based learning, work-related student consultancy, virtual placements, face-to-face work placements, outreach activities and research opportunities.
Students will develop a careers portfolio to provide the key elements of career development and management and to support career decision-making. This will incorporate reflective practice and activities designed to inform and prepare for recruitment processes.

Intended Learning Outcomes

Develop an understanding of the workplace in a chosen sector, context and/or with reference to academic discipline
: 1,2
Explain what skills are needed to develop their career within their chosen sector and carry out a personal skills audit to identify skills gaps and create an action plan to acquire those skills: 1,2
Develop resources to present a suitable candidate identity for a specific sector, graduate career or profession: 1
Discuss the importance of developing and maintaining professional networks: 2
Demonstrate a critical awareness of their knowledge (including academic theory), skills and strengths in relation to employability through research and reflective practice: 2

Study hours

Where learning incorporates project-based or placement learning hours, no minimum is set to allow students access to those opportunities which may fall below a notional time threshold, but we would expect students to spend around 75 hrs engaging in employer engagement activities.
- 8 x 2 hr workshops
- 18 x 1 hours drop-in clinics.
- 116 hours employer engagement activities and independent research/assessment preparation

School Rules

The module is being rolled out across GGE in 2022 but we are bringing it forward to Sep 2020 to replace the ESC-20051 Work Placement module. School diets will determine whether the module is available in programmes for Sep 2020 and Sep 2021.

Description of Module Assessment

1: Portfolio weighted 50%
Reflective Careers Portfolio
Portfolio that contains the following: - CV and Covering Letter: both targeting a specific employment or further education opportunity - Appraisal of the skills required in a chosen professional/graduate job role and sector, followed by a reflection on a personal Skills Audit and action plan for acquisition of the key skills identified as being needed in the sector. Indicative limit 2000 words

2: Reflective Analysis weighted 50%
Reflective report on the employability experience, outlining activities and reflecting on skills gained from the employability module and how these contribute to an updated Skills Audit. Students will comment on future actions plans (including networking plans) and discuss how they will continue to develop their employability. Important: All students undertaking an external placement as part of the module must submit a completed, signed and approved Placement Learning Agreement, and Placement Health and Safety form, at least 2 weeks prior to the start date of the placement. If the placement goes ahead without approval, the placement will be cancelled and students will receive a mark of 0 for Assessment 2. Indicative limit 2,500 words