PLACE 21

Work Experience and Industry-Related Level 3 Award

The aim of this qualification is to help prepare students for the world of work. It is intended to be used for all sectors of the economy and for any positions in the workplace.

Work Experience and Industry-Related Level 3 Award

This qualification is made up of four units:

Unit 1 Self and work
Unit 2 Work ExperienceProject
Unit 3 Aspects of Business
Unit 4 Ethics and Sustainability

Unit 1 Self & Work

  • cv writing
  • character strengths
  • Employer Perspectives
  • Evaluation

Learning Outcomes

In this unit the learner will:

  • Create a CV which is relevant to a local employer
  • Assess the development of their character strengths measured from a baseline
  • Understand the requirements of work from an employer perspective

Assessment Criteria

On completion of this unit, it is expected that the learner can:

  • Format a CV so that it has a professional appearance
  • Set out personal and professional experiences in a coherent and articulate manner
  • Complete a baseline self-assessment survey on own character strengths
  • Complete an ‘end of unit’ self-assessment showing distance travelled compared to the baseline survey and providing a justification for the
  • Explain what is expected of employers providing work experience
  • Evaluate the extent to which an employer has fulfilled their obligations with regard to providing work experience

Unit 2 Work Experience Project

  • Research
  • Presentation
  • Networking

Learning Outcomes

In this unit the learner will:

  • Undertake research in order to better understand an aspect of work
  • Present their findings in a professional style
  • Record a series of interviews or conversations to demonstrate the ability to‘network’

Assessment Criteria

On completion of this unit, it is expected that the learner can:

  • Identify a work-related problem or opportunity in preparation for undertaking a project
  • Carry out research to support the findings of a project
  • Produce a professional report using appropriate formats
  • Make a presentation which explains the project, the research undertaken, and the findings
  • Demonstrate that at least six people have been contacted in relation to the project
  • Explain how different people have helped in the project process

Unit 3 Aspects of Business

  • Purpose
  • Time
  • Place
  • Pace

Learning Outcomes

In this unit the learner will:

  • Explore the wider context of work through different business themes
  • Undertake comprehension exercises to test communication skills
  • Provide succinct responses in written form in order to demonstrate writing skills

Assessment Criteria

On completion of this unit, it is expected that the learner can:

  • Understand the wider context of work
  • Respond to short pieces of text exploring different aspects of business
  • Write articulately and succinctly in response to specific questions about the wider aspects of work

Unit 4 Ethics & Sustainability

  • UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • The Seven Principles of Public Life (The Nolan Principles)
  • The Triple bottom line
  • Evaluation

Learning Outcomes

In this unit the learner will:

  • Research the need for ethics and sustainability in the world of work
  • Explore the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals and Targets
  • Research the way in which a local company has the potential to meet three of the goals
  • Research the seven ethical principles of public life
  • Assess the importance of the ‘triple bottom line’

Assessment Criteria

On completion of this unit, it is expected that the learner can:

  • Explain the importance of ethics and sustainability in business life
  • Explain how at least three Sustainable Development Goals link to the project you are undertaking in Unit2
  • Evaluate the importance of the Nolan Principles
  • Assess the relevance of the triple bottom line

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Work Experience and Industry-Related Level 3 Award
This PLACE 21 course has been developed to meet the specific needs of our learners and has been accredited by NCFE demonstrating the quality and rigor that has been applied in its development.

NCFE are an awarding organisation recognised by the qualification regulators for England (Ofqual, Wales (Qualification Wales) and Northern Ireland (CCEA Regulation). Although this is an unregulated course and is not a nationally recognised qualification, it is part of our pilot project PLACE 21 which aims to put West Suffolk College at the heart of the community, bringing our students classroom experience closer to the workplace.