Pearson BTEC Level 2 Award in WorkSkills

Pearson BTEC Level 2 Award in WorkSkills

Unit 3: Managing Your Own Money

QCF Level: Level 2

Credit value: 2

Guided learning hours: 20

Unit overview

Being able to manage your own finances is an essential life skill for any learner and is a key factor in avoiding stress and difficulties caused by money matters. The aim of this unit is to help the learner develop the skills and knowledge to produce a budget successfully, so that their planned outgoings do not exceed their income. The unit also considers buying on credit and the responsibilities and potential problems associated with using credit and loans.

Learning outcome: 1  Be able to produce a budget

  • Carry out suitable calculations to plan outgoings and income

Learning outcome: 2  Know ways to buy and invest on credit

  • Identify different sources of credit

Learning outcome: 3  Understand the responsibilities of using credit for outgoings and investing

  • Describe the responsibilities of using credit for outgoings and investing

Learning outcome: 4 Understand the potential problems of using credit

  • Describe the potential problems of using credit

 

Unit 4: Searching for a Job

QCF Level: Level 2

Credit value: 1

Guided learning hours: 10

Unit Overview

To find out which sources of employment would best suit their individual needs. Learners will develop the skills needed to link their own skills, interests and achievements to appropriate job sources and job roles. They will also gain experience of communicating with an employer, or the employer’s representative, to gain further information about a suitable job vacancy.

Learning outcome: 1  Understand how to use potential job sources

1.1 Evaluate a range of sources of employment available for job-seekers

1.2 Select appropriate sources of job vacancies for their own purposes

1.3 Identify potential job roles from the appropriate sources of employment

Learning outcome: 2  Understand how their skills, interests and achievements might relate to potential job roles

2.1 Explain how their skills, interests and achievements relate to potential job roles identified from appropriate sources of employment

Learning outcome: 3 Be able to investigate job vacancies

3.1 Search for potential job vacancies

3.2 Communicate with employers or the employer’s representative to obtain further information about job vacancies

 

Unit 5: Applying for a Job

QCF Level: Level 2

Credit value: 1

Guided learning hours: 10

Unit overview

It is vital that learners understand the job application process and know how to prepare an application that meets the requirements of a prospective employer. This unit aims to equip learners with the skills to access and respond to different types of job application opportunities independently. Learners will gain an understanding of how to present a job application in an appropriate way, including collating relevant information and using suitable conventions and formatting. Learners will also evaluate the suitability of information included in a job application and the method of presentation

Learning outcome: 1  Be able to access different methods of applying for a job

  • Investigate different methods of applying for a job

Learning outcome: 2 Be able to prepare a job application

2.1 Collate the appropriate information for a job application

  • Prepare a thorough job application

Learning outcome: 3 Be able to present the job application appropriately

  • Select and use the conventions, formats and styles of presenting job applications appropriately

Learning outcome: 4  Be able to reflect on the appropriateness of the job application

  • Evaluate the suitability of the style and information in the job application in relation to its intended audience

 

Unit 6: Preparing for an Interview

QCF Level: Level 2

Credit value: 1

Guided learning hours: 10

Unit overview

Learners to develop the skills needed to plan for a successful interview. The unit focuses on the role of the learner in correctly anticipating and preparing key information, questions and answers for a potential interview.

Learning outcome: 1 Be able to anticipate key questions that they might be asked at the interview

  • Suggest key types of questions that the interviewer might ask

Learning outcome: 2 Be able to prepare answers to anticipated interview questions

  • Prepare appropriate answers to the key questions most likely to be asked by the interviewer

Learning outcome: 3 Know how to use information about the job/placement/course to identify questions to ask the interviewer

3.1 Find out key information about the employer/organisation / course and explain why it is useful for the interview

3.2 Identify what information they do not have about the job / placement / course which they could request at the interview

 

Unit 7: Interview Skills

QCF Level: Level 2

Credit value: 1

Guided learning hours: 10

Unit overview

To develop the skills to undertake an interview, covering both the obvious and less obvious factors in achieving a successful interview. The focus is for the learner to develop a thoroughness of approach to their conduct and interaction with the interviewer, irrespective of the specific interview context. Learners will also be equipped with skills needed to evaluate their performance after an interview, understanding how to use the experience of one interview to prepare constructively for another.

Learning outcome: 1 Be able to present themselves appropriately at an interview

1.1 Arrive in good time for the interview and have prepared information about the name or job role/title of the interviewer

1.2 Introduce themselves at the interview location

1.3 Use appropriate means of non-verbal communication such as body language, facial expressions and tone of voice to show interest in the job or course

Learning outcome: 2 Be able to answer the interviewer’s questions appropriately

2.1 Explain the importance of clarifying an interviewer’s questions if they are unclear

2.2 Give full responses which provide answers to the questions asked by the interviewer

Learning outcome: 3 Reflect on their performance in an interview

3.1 Analyse what went well and what did not

3.2 Suggest ways of improving their performance in a future interview

 

Unit 8: Self-management Skills

QCF Level: Level 2

Credit value: 2

Guided learning hours: 20

Unit overview

An approach to self-management is a vital aspect of employability. Employees need to be able to manage themselves appropriately in order to stay safe, healthy and to make a constructive contribution to the workplace. This unit will equip learners with an understanding of why self-management in the workplace is important and how effective self-management benefits themselves, their colleagues and their employer.

Learning outcome: 1 Understand the importance of managing themselves effectively in the workplace

1.1 Explain how and why they need to manage themselves in the workplace

1.2 Explain how appropriate self- management benefits themselves, their colleagues and their employer

Learning outcome: 2 Demonstrate effective selfmanagement skills

2.1 Produce a plan for a working day

2.2 Structure appropriate breaks during their working day

2.3 Agree and prioritise work appropriately to achieve their daily objectives

Learning outcome: 3 Carry out an analysis of their self-management skills

3.1 Analyse their self-management skills

3.2 Suggest areas for improvement

 

Unit 9: Self-assessment

QCF Level: Level 2

Credit value: 2

Guided learning hours: 20

Unit overview

Learner to assess their own strengths, weaknesses, skills and qualities so that they can use this understanding of themselves to make progress in their work and personal lives. Additionally, the learner will use this information to set their own personal goals. Learners will gain an understanding of the importance of self-assessment and will find out how to set their own long-term and short-term personal goals and evaluate personal achievements over time.

Learning outcome: 1 Understand the importance of self-assessment

  • Explain the importance of self-assessment

Learning outcome: 2 Reflect on personal strengths and weaknesses

2.1 Describe their own personal strengths and weaknesses

2.2 Explain why it is important to continue developing their strengths

2.3 Describe why it is important to improve areas of weakness and some ways of doing so

Learning outcome: 3 Understand why personal skills and qualities are important to all areas of life

3.1 Analyse their own skills and qualities

3.2 Explain how these skills and qualities are important to their lives

Learning outcome: 4 Understand the process of personal goal setting

4.1 Describe how short-term goals will meet long term goals

4.2 Describe ways in which goals may be tracked over time

Learning outcome: 5 Be able to evaluate personal achievements

5.1 Identify their achievements over a given period

5.2 Discuss some examples of things they would have liked to achieve 5.3 Suggest some reasons why they achieved some things, but not others

Unit 16: Working in a Team

QCF Level: Level 2

Credit value: 3

Guided learning hours: 30

Unit overview

Team working skills are extremely valuable in the workplace and are also transferable to other areas of life. In this unit, learners will consider the advantages of teamwork and why varied skills and strengths are needed by team members to complete tasks successfully. Learners will gain knowledge of how to work positively as a team member by contributing to a team task. Additionally, learners will understand how to reflect on their own and the team’s effectiveness in completing the task. They will consider their individual contribution to the team’s performance and areas where the team could improve their team working skills.

Learning outcome: 1 Understand the advantages and disadvantages of having a team complete a task

  • Explain the advantages and disadvantages of having a team complete a task

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

2.1 Identify a code of conduct for effective team work

2.2 Explain the likely consequences of team members not following a code of conduct

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

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

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

Learning outcome: 4 Understand how 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 Explain how each role contributes to the team’s objectives and the completion of the team task

Learning outcome: 5 Work positively as a member of a team

5.1 Describe ways in which respect was shown for the ideas and suggestions of others

5.2 Identify relevant ideas and suggestions which were given and which helped the team to complete their task

5.3 Describe ways in which help, support or advice was given to team members where appropriate

5.4 Explain why it is important to respond positively to advice or constructive criticism

5.5 Complete tasks allocated to the required standard and on time

Learning outcome: 6 Reflect on the performance of a team

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

6.2 Outline ways in which the team as a whole performed effectively

6.3 Outline areas in which the team could improve its team work skills

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