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At Horizons Academy Bexley, we recognise that a strong foundation in employability and employment skills are essential for future success in the world of work and offer a high-quality vocational and applied curriculum that is broad and engaging for all learners. Therefore, we aim to support students to achieve a certificate in Employability skills, while completing these qualifications, Learners may develop the knowledge, understanding and essential skills employers look for in employees. These range from familiar ‘key skills’ such as team working, independent learning and problem solving, to more tricky-to-measure skills such as:

  • An appreciation for appropriate behaviour and dress
  • Appropriate interpersonal skills
  • Communicating with professional colleagues/peers and/or hierarchical seniors
  • Supporting other aspiring employees
  • Personal manners and deportment
  • Understanding work practices and how different roles and departments function within an organisation.


The qualification provides an engaging, practical and relevant introduction to the world of Employment and the skills required to be successfully employed. There are a variety of units that can be completed in an adaptive manner. 10 units have been chosen to enable the learners to achieve a certificate in Employability skills and develop  a broad range of skills necessary to excel in the world of  employment. 

You will study various units and complete assignments for the individual units. Each unit carries a credit amount and 15 credits are required to achieve the full level 1 certificate in Employability.

The unit delivery is as follows:

  1. Understanding Mindset, (understand how mindset can improve employability) This is the only mandatory unit and once completed accrues 2 credits
  2. Managing your time (2 credits)
  3. Understanding personal finance (2 credits) Learners can achieve an award at this stage ut it is best to continue to the certificate and broaden their knowledge further
  4. Setting yourself targets (1 credit)
  5. Introduction to Independence (1 credit)
  6. Coping with Change (1 credit)
  7. Using telephones in the workplace (2 credits)
  8. Job and training search skills (1 credit)
  9. Writing a CV (2 credits)
  10. Interview Skills (1 credit)

Lessons are delivered in conjunction with our experienced careers advisor and learners will have access to a range of employers and work experience throughout the course.


The knowledge and skills acquired will support progression to a broad range of qualifications including:
  • Level 2 Diploma in Business Administration.
  • Level 2 Diploma in Team Leading.
  • Employment in a wide range of sectors.
They may also be useful to learners studying qualifications in the following sectors:
  • Business
  • Customer service
  • Team leading and management.

The vast majority of employers require learners to have certain technical skills, knowledge and understanding to work in a particular sector, but they are also looking for employability skills to ensure that employees are effective in the workplace.


Please click here for the NCFE Employability curriculum map