Pearson BTEC Level 2 Award in WorkSkills

Pearson BTEC Workskills Level 2

Unit code Unit Title Credit Guided learning hours
1 F/508/3660 25 Achieving Success at Interview 1 15
2 L/508/3919 55 Developing your CV 1 10
3 J/508/3742 56 Applying for jobs 2 15
4 D/503/2862 63 Managing your own money 2 20
5 R/508/3565 71 Working in a team 3 30
6 K/508/3555 83 Self – Assessment 2 20
7 T/508/3560 84 Self- management skills 2 20
13 130

Unit 25: Achieving Success at Interview

Unit reference number: F/508/3660

Level: 1

Guided learning: 15

Unit introduction

The route to employment always includes being successful at interview. An interview can be something that fills even the most confident of individuals with fear. By being prepared and knowing what to expect you can greatly increase your chances of getting that job. This unit will introduce you to the key parts of the interview process and give you the skills to improve your chances of success at interviews of all types. In this unit you will learn how to effectively prepare for interview situations by looking at how your skills are a match for the job role and by effectively preparing for the interview. You will then be introduced to the different types of interview you might face, the methods of assessment and the skills you will need to develop to respond successfully. It is important that every interview is seen as a learning experience, and the unit will allow you to recognise your strengths and areas for improvement from the interview situation and to use these to develop future performance

Learning outcomes and assessment criteria

In order to pass this unit, the evidence that the learner presents for assessment needs to demonstrate that they can meet all the learning outcomes for the unit. The assessment criteria determine the standard required to achieve the unit.

Learning outcomes

1     Prepare effectively for the interview

1.1 Assess how own skills match to those of the job role

1.2 Outline the purpose and main activities of the interviewing company 1.3 Identify key issues that affect the chosen industry

2    Plan effectively for the interview    

2.1 Outline different types of job interview

2.2 Produce a plan for an interview

2.3 Identify potential question themes with responses, that could be asked during the interview

2.4 Identify suitable questions to ask the interviewer during an interview

3     Practically demonstrate effective interview performance    

3.1 Present self appropriately at the interview

3.2 Give detailed and informed answers to questions posed by the interviewer

3.3 Demonstrate attention through use of nonverbal communication

4    Review the effectiveness of own interview performance  

4.1 Summarise own interview performance

4.2 Identify aspects of the interview that could be improved

 

 

Unit 55: Developing Your CV

Unit reference number: L/508/3919

Level: 2

Guided learning: 10

Unit introduction

There is a difference between having a CV and having a CV that will get you a job interview. A CV needs to be a document that will grow with you as your career and qualifications do. However, too much information on a CV will potentially stop employers looking at it. This unit will allow you to understand which aspects of your CV it is acceptable to remove, which items need expanding and which items really have to be there. You will consider that a CV isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ and how to adjust your CV to meet the needs of the industry you may wish to enter.

Learning outcomes and assessment criteria

In order to pass this unit, the evidence that the learner presents for assessment needs to demonstrate that they can meet all the learning outcomes for the unit. The assessment criteria determine the standard required to achieve the unit.

Learning outcomes

1     Understand feedback on a CV

1.1 Summarise feedback received on CV from two professionals

1.2 Outline changes that need to be made to CV based upon feedback

1.3 Describe three reasons why a CV needs to be kept updated

2     Be able to update a CV to meet job requirements

2.1 Annotate current CV with notes on required changes

2.2 List key changes in job roles/qualifications /experience and achievements since last CV

2.3 Produce an updated CV for a given job role

3     Plan to keep CV updated

3.1 Describe areas of CV that should be updated on a regular basis

3.2 Produce a plan to keep CV up to date

 

 

Unit 56: Applying for Jobs

Unit reference number: J/508/3742

Level: 2

Guided learning: 15

Unit introduction

Securing a job can be stressful, demanding and time consuming. It is important that you have a good understanding of where and how to look for potential employment. Throughout this unit, you will have the opportunity to investigate different sources and discover the best ways of searching for employment to match your skills, interests and abilities. Choosing the correct job for you is essential and you will consider a range of career choices and how they meet your aspirations. This approach will then allow you to put together a strong application. Successful job applications are more than filling in a form correctly. A variety of approaches are taken by employers to gauge your suitability as an applicant. Knowing how this process works increases your chances of securing an interview in the next stage of the recruitment process. This unit introduces you to the different ways you could be asked to apply for a job and teaches you how to complete applications effectively.

Learning outcomes and assessment criteria

In order to pass this unit, the evidence that the learner presents for assessment needs to demonstrate that they can meet all the learning outcomes for the unit. The assessment criteria determine the standard required to achieve the unit.

Leaning outcomes

1     Using sources of information for potential employment

1.1 Assess different sources of information about potential employment

1.2 Appraise different forms of employment to meet personal circumstances

1.3 Explain local employment opportunities using three sources of information

2    Recognise own skills, abilities and interests for career planning

2.1 Evaluate own skills, abilities and interests for employment

2.2 Justify suitable career pathways to match skills, abilities and Interests

2.3 Create an action plan for Job application success

3    Search for suitable Job vacancies

3.1 Summarise suitable job vacancies based on own skills, abilities, interests and opportunities

3.2 Describe key features of three advertised jobs based upon published information and information gained from making contact with recruiting organisation

3.3 Evaluate own suitability for three advertised jobs from information obtained

4    Complete Job application

4.1 Assess three different methods of applying for a job

4.2 Present required Information for job applications in draft form

4.3 Respond to feedback on draft applications

4.5 Submit suitable job applications

 

 

Unit 63: Managing Your Own Money

Unit reference number: D/503/2862

Level: 2

Guided learning: 20

Unit introduction

Being able to manage your own finances is an essential life skill for anyone and is a key factor in avoiding stress and difficulties caused by money matters. In this unit you will learn how to develop the skills and knowledge to produce a budget successfully, so that planned outgoings do not exceed income. You will consider buying on credit and the responsibilities and potential problems associated with using credit and loans.

Learning outcomes and assessment criteria

In order to pass this unit, the evidence that the learner presents for assessment needs to demonstrate that they can meet all the learning outcomes for the unit. The assessment criteria determine the standard required to achieve the unit.

Learning outcomes

1 Be able to produce a personal budget

1.1 Carry out calculations of expenditure and income for an individual for a month

1.2 Calculate balance at the end of the month

1.3 Describe ways to ensure expenditure does not exceed income

2 Understand the use of credit to borrow money

2.1 Outline different sources of credit

2.2 Explain how to use credit responsibly for expenditure and investing

2.3 Describe the potential problems of using credit

 

 

Unit 71: Working in a Team

Unit reference number: R/508/3565

Level: 2

Guided learning: 30

Unit introduction

Team working skills are extremely valuable in the workplace and are also transferable to other areas of life. In this unit, you will consider the advantages of teamwork and why team members need varied skills and strengths to complete tasks successfully. You will gain experience of working positively as a team member when contributing to a team task. Additionally, you will develop an understanding of how to reflect on your own and the team’s effectiveness in completing the task. You will consider your individual contribution to the team’s performance and areas where the team could improve their team working skills.

Learning outcomes and assessment criteria

In order to pass this unit, the evidence that the learner presents for assessment needs to demonstrate that they can meet all the learning outcomes for the unit. The assessment criteria determine the standard required to achieve the unit.

Learning outcomes

1    Understand the benefits and challenges of working in a team to complete a task

1.1   Assess advantages of working as a team to complete a task

1.2  Assess challenges of working as a team to complete a task

2    Understand the need for a team to work to an agreed code of conduct

2.1  Describe how a code of conduct can benefit team working

2.2 Explain likely consequences of team members not following an agreed code of conduct

3    Be able to recognise the different strengths, skills and experiences different people bring to a team

3.1 Assess own strengths, skills and experiences, as relevant to a task being undertaken by a team

3.2 Assess relevant strengths, skills and experiences that other members bring to a particular team

4    Be able to allocate roles and responsibilities within the team in relation to a given task

4.1 Agree with other team members the roles and responsibilities of each member of the team

4.2 Describe how each role contributes to the team’s objectives and the completion of the team task

5    Be able to work positively as a member of a team

5.1 Work with other team members to devise a plan to complete a task on time

5.2 Use the agreed plan to complete a task on time

5.3 Make a positive contribution within the team

5.4 Complete own tasks successfully and on time

5.5 Respond positively to advice and constructive criticism

6   Be able to reflect on the performance

6.1    Discuss how individual performance of a team contributed to the overall performance of the team

6.2    Recommend ways to improve the work of the team for future tasks

 

 

Unit 83: Self-assessment

Unit reference number: K/508/3555

Level: 2

Guided learning: 20

Unit introduction

Being able to assess your own skills, qualities and strengths can be extremely important when you want to apply for a job, professional qualification, promotion or general self-development. You need to know what you are good at and what you can do well before identifying any gaps you may have in skills, knowledge or qualities. In this unit, you will have the opportunity to explore how self-assessment can improve work opportunities for you. You will then devise a personal plan that sets realistic targets for you to work towards in the short and long term. You will learn how to set targets that are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and within a given timescale. You will also have the opportunity to review achievements and experiences that give you valuable skills for the workplace. For example, you may have taken part in a football tournament or care for your own children or other people’s children. These achievements and experiences demonstrate that you can work with others, organise yourself and others and take on responsibilities. These are all essential skills for the workplace.

Learning outcomes and assessment criteria

In order to pass this unit, the evidence that the learner presents for assessment needs to demonstrate that they can meet all the learning outcomes for the unit. The assessment criteria determine the standard required to achieve the unit.

 

Learning outcomes

1     Understand how self-assessment can improve work opportunities

1.1 Explain why it is important to assess personal strengths and weaknesses

1.2 Explain why it is important to assess personal skills and qualities

2    Carry out a self-assessment and plan own personal development

2.1 Assess own strengths, skills and qualities using different methods

2.2 Set a long term goal with a Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realist and Time-bound (smart) target

2.3 Set short term goals with SMART targets

2.4 Devise a plan showing how short-term goals will be achieved

3    Assess personal achievements that are of value in the workplace

3.1 Identify achievements over a given period

3.2 Give reasons for success in achievements

3.3 Explain why goals may not be reached within a set period of time

 

 

Unit 84: Self-management Skills

Unit reference number: T/508/3560

Level: 2

Guided learning: 20

Unit introduction

A proactive approach to self-management is a vital aspect of employability. You need to be able to manage yourself appropriately in order to be effective in the workplace. In this unit, you will begin to understand why self-management in the workplace is important and how effective self-management skills can build your confidence, reduce stress and benefit you in your career. The unit also considers the benefits to your colleagues and your employer. One of the key self-management skills is the ability to juggle a number of different tasks at the same time. In this unit, you will have the opportunity to develop your skills by identifying activities for a number of tasks, planning the management of the tasks and then putting it into practice. When you complete your tasks you will assess your self-management skills using comments from others as well as your own analysis. You will then have the opportunity to set short-term goals to encourage you to improve some of your self-management skills.

Learning outcomes and assessment criteria

In order to pass this unit, the evidence that the learner presents for assessment needs to demonstrate that they can meet all the learning outcomes for the unit. The assessment criteria determine the standard required to achieve the unit.

Learning outcomes

1    Understand the importance of self-management for work and home

1.1 Explain why it is important for individuals to have good self-management skills in the workplace

1.2 Explain how self-management skills can create a better work-life balance

1.3 Explain how to self-manage in the workplace

1.4 Explain the benefits effective self-management has on others in the workplace

2    Be able to use self-management skills to complete a number of tasks within a given time period

2.1 Produce a plan to complete a number of tasks within a given time period

2.2 Use the plan to carry out the tasks within a given time period

3    Be able to assess own self-management skills for work

3.1 Gather feedback from different sources to assess own self-management skills

3.2 Assess own self-management skills for the workplace

3.3 Set short-term goals to improve self-management skills for the workplace

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