Module title: Education and Labour Markets

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: CRG11126
Module leader: Sheena Travis
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Social Science


2020/1, Trimester 1, BLENDED,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Sheena Travis
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Online or computer lab based activities will be used to introduce you to career information resources [LO1]. You will be equipped with employer liaison skills (including health and safety awareness) to enable you to conduct the visits which form a core part of the learning process in this module [Los 2 & 5]. A combination of briefings and your own research will enable you to develop the necessary knowledge of opportunities (LOs3 & 4].

Formative Assessment:
For the first report assignment formative feedback is provided in class in week 12 where you are encouraged to share draft reports with your peer for feedback.

The second assignment provides greater depth and an industry specific focus.
Working in a team, normally four students will research the labour market in a niche industry using all available sources of LMI and resources, including from visits. As well as regular in class support from your tutor, you and your group will produce a draft report in trimester 2 week 10 summarising the labour market intelligence you have generated, and share a summary of your findings with your peer group.

Summative Assessment:
The two assessments in this module are complementary.

The first focuses on the design of occupational information for service users (LOs 1, 2 & 3) assessed in trimester 1 week 14. You will be assigned an occupation, and gather information on the nature of the work and education and training routes. This requires two visits to workplaces to conduct job studies, and two visits to education providers (typically an FE college and a training provider). You will present an occupational information leaflet and a short rationale for the design and critique provision, through linking this task to the published literature.

The second assignment (LOs 2-5) provides greater depth and an industry specific focus. Working in a team, normally of four students you will research the labour market in a niche industry researching all available sources of information including visits. You and your group will produce a final report (trimester 2 week 14) summarizing the labour market intelligence that you have generated.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 20
Online Guided independent study 10
Independent Learning External visits 30
Independent Learning Guided independent study 140
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 30 1, 2 & 3 14/15 , WORDS= 1500
Project - Written 70 2,3, 4 & 5 14/15 , WORDS= 12000
Component 1 subtotal: 30
Component 2 subtotal: 70
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

The module will give you a broad understanding of structures in education and employment, as well as government training and initiatives to combat unemployment. You will be supported to undertake field research experience on visits to opportunity providers, which will give specific examples to balance the overview provided by formal teaching input. This culminates in an industry specific project which integrates the collection of LMI, making sense of the information and then presenting knowledge in accessible ways. This provides a holistic and experiential view of labour markets as they relate to the work of career practitioners.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Gain digital literacy skills in order to research, navigate, critique and select career (occupational and educational) resources and systems in support of guidance work.
LO2: Gain effective networking and relationship building skills with opportunity providers.
LO3: Critically analyse and evaluate structures and types of provision in education and training including qualification systems, and programmes to promote employability.
LO4: Critically analyse and evaluate employment patterns and changes in work at a variety of levels (international, European, UK and Scottish, and local) and identify the implications for the provision of guidance services.
LO5: Critically analyse, research and disseminate labour market intelligence.

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
CRG11126 Education and Labour Markets