Economic Skills and Employability for Stage 1 Programmes - ECON3160

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Combined Autumn Spring Summer 4 3 (1.5) Fernanda Leite Lopez de Leon checkmark-circle


The module helps prepare students to acquire and develop the employability and transferable skills necessary to search and successfully apply for work experience, internships, placements for Year in Industry degrees and graduate opportunities in the commercial and public sector.

The curriculum introduces applications, CVs, careers advice, interview and assessment centre techniques, numeracy and competency tests, and psychometric evaluation at a level appropriate to students studying at Stage 1. These materials form the building blocks for related employability modules at subsequent stages of academic study.


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 15 hours
Private study hours: 15
Total study hours: 30


Students registered on Single or Joint Honours Degree Programmes in Economics but not Sociology and Economics, Law and Economics, or Social Anthropology and Economics.

The module is not available to students across other degree programmes in the University.

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:
Participation and engagement

Reassessment methods:
Non-contributory module, no assessment

The module is non-contributory and does not 'count' towards progression or formal classification of Economics degree programmes.

The module develops transferable skills designed to enhance employability and the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to search and obtain work experience and graduate job opportunities in a competitive economic environment. Students will be given guidance on the level of engagement expected and the assessment requirements for the module. Students will receive on-going feedback as part of the activities undertaken on the module.

Students who participate (engage) in the talks, workshops and one-to-one meetings, and who complete tasks and activities undertaken as part of the workshop and one-to-one meetings will be deemed to have met the module learning outcomes (MLOs 8.1-8.5 and 9.1-9.5) and will have this added to their transcript and Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR).

Indicative reading

• S. Cottrell (2015), Skills for Success, Palgrave Macmillan
• F. Trought (2011), Brilliant Employability Skills, Prentice Hall
• S. Rook (2013), The Graduate Career Guidebook, Palgrave Macmillan
• Kent Careers and Employability Service
• Employability for Economics Stage 1 Students (Moodle module)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1. Understand career opportunities for Economics graduates in the UK and overseas
8.2. Recognise the importance of relevant work experience and how to search, prepare and apply for insight days and weeks, and work experience
8.3. Demonstrate awareness of placement opportunities and the year in industry programme
8.4. Identify different recruitment processes employed by business and government
8.5. Understand and have practice of graduate work experience CV and cover letter writing, application writing, and interview techniques of all types (face to face, telephone and video), competency tests and team based recruitment exercises


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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