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Employability Skills — Online Learning

Course outline

This course is suitable for adults age 19 and over.

The intent is to help you improve your job prospects – whether you are setting out on a brand-new career path, aiming higher in your current job, or considering starting your own business.

This course will help build confidence, develop skills for online and offline job search, create tailored CVs and applications and develop interview techniques.

This comprehensive online course comprises of 6 key topics and students should work through each topic to enhance their employability skills and knowledge of progression opportunities.

  1. Action Planning
    1. Transferable Skills - What are transferable skills? What skills do I already have?
    2. Identifying strengths, weaknesses & barriers
    3. Next steps & timeframe
  2. Hidden Job market
    1. Where to look for jobs
    2. Sell yourself
    3. Know your strengths
    4. Confidence
    5. First impressions
  3. Application forms
    1. What is an application form
    2. Sample application forms
    3. Interpreting the application form and examples of questions and answers
    4. Guidance and Tips for completing application forms
  4. CV writing
    1. Edit or create your own CV
  5. Letters of application
    1. What is a covering letter
    2. Different types of application letters
    3. Checklists and proof reading
  6. Interview Skills
    1. Different types of interviews,
    2. Interview preparation, and etiquette
    3. Different styles of online interviews

There is an extensive additional information section, covering progression and next steps, including Volunteering and Job Centre Plus:

  • Volunteering and Job Centre Plus
    • Benefits of volunteering and where to look for volunteering roles
    • How Job Centre Plus can help you
  • Recruitment Agencies
    • How recruitment agencies can support you
    • The benefits of using recruitment agencies
  • Apprenticeships
    • Frequently asked questions about Apprenticeships
    • Guidance to finding an apprenticeship
    • Finding the perfect apprenticeship for you
  • Labour market, Careers Guidance and Progression
    • Explore how labour market information can support your employment choices
    • Learn how Careers Guidance can help you research employment and further study opportunities
    • Progression opportunities at Nottingham College for further and higher education

This is an online course, with resources located on Microsoft Teams. There is clear guidance for all students, advising you how to:

  • Progress through topics and submit 2 assignments required
  • Log onto Nottingham College emails
  • Access and use Microsoft teams
  • Use weblinks contained on resource pages
  • Additional website information for Functional Skills and ESOL

How to apply for this course

Apply now and if you need to pay any course fees, or provide evidence if you wish to claim a fee reduction, we will contact you to let you know how to do this.

For help on completing the online application form, please see our useful apply online guide here.

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Location Date / time Fees / reductions
Online Learning

You can start this course at any time.

Tuition fees may be waived for this course if you are in receipt of certain benefits or have a low income. Please see our Fee and Financial Support page to see if you can claim a fee reduction.

Tuition fee: £150

Course code: C036142 / Q036143


College Certificate on request


You will study at your own pace but the course must be completed by 19 July 2024.

Level Other
Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this non-accredited course, but you should have a reasonable standard of spoken and written English and be aged 19 or over.

As course is online, applicants should be motivated to self study to work through content and complete 2 short assignments required.

Students are required to complete a short online feedback form at the end of each of 6 topics.

Teaching & assessment

You are required to complete and submit 2 assignments on this course – CV Writing and letter writing.

You will receive written feedback about your work from subject specialist tutors, with experience of delivering Employability Skills courses.


There may be opportunities to progress onto other courses at Nottingham college sites. One of the topics covered in this course covers progression opportunities in detail - for example other FE courses, Apprenticeships, voluntary work, job seeking skills.

Additional information

Please note that when enrolling for an online course, you should have access to an IT device - tablet, laptop - as the College is unable to provide IT devices for Community students. Thank you.