MA International Education (Curriculum and Pedagogy) / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Employability in Education

Course unit fact file
Unit code EDUC70262
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Available as a free choice unit? Yes


This unit offers students an opportunity to study, reflect and apply learning around Employability in Education. Taught sessions will guide students on existing research and theory linked to education employability whilst attendance at Careers events and professional development activities will support their engagement and reflection of this in practice. The unit will enable students to critically reflect on their own employability whilst pursuing information on a range of education employment contexts.



1. Critically reflect on contemporary research positions and published theory related to Employability in Education,

2. Identify personal and professional development frameworks to use to build Employability competence in Education,

3. Offer students guidance on employment routes in Education contexts,

4. Provide students with strategies for successful employment in Education.


Teaching and learning methods

Face to face classes taught on campus

Blackboard area hosting content delivered and supporting links and materials

Workshops/Seminars delivered (from external visiting colleagues)

Visits to local Networking events


Knowledge and understanding

  • Define Employability and Professional Development in Education.
  • Record personal career maps and plans to support lifelong employability.

Intellectual skills

  • Analyse positions of Employability in Education contexts,
  • Critically reflect upon personal and academic development and appreciate how these link to professional competence development

Practical skills

  • Online profile and Cirriculum Vitae writing
  • On and Offline networking skills for Employability in Education
  • Practice and develop interview styles and techniques

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Monitoring personal competence in professional development
  • Develop and improve interpersonal skills to engage and build relationships for Employability in Education

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Portfolio 100%

Feedback methods

Online via Blackboard

Recommended reading

Bennett, D., Knight, E., Divan, A., & Bell, K. (2019). "Marketing Graduate Employability". In Marketing Graduate Employability. Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill | Sense. doi:

Bird, A. (2008). Assessing global leadership competencies. In M. Mendenhall, J. Osland, A. Bird, G. Oddou, M. Maznevski, et al. (Eds.), Global leadership. Research, practice and development (pp. 64–81). London: Routledge.

Broadbridge, A. and Swanson, V. 2005. “Earning and Learning: How Term¿time Employment Impacts on Students' Adjustment to University Life”. Journal of Education and Work, 18(2): 235

Cassidy, S. (2006). Developing employability skills: Peer assessment in higher education. Education and Training, 48(7), 508–517.

Cox, S., & King, D. (2006). Skill sets: An approach to embed employability in course design. Education and Training, 48(4), 262–274.

Cuthbert, D., Smith, W., & Boey, J. (2008). What do we really know about the outcomes of Australian international education? A critical review and prospectus for future research. Journal of International Studies, 12(3), 255–275

Dacre Pool, L. and Sewell, P. (2007), "The key to employability: developing a practical model of graduate employability", Education + Training, Vol. 49 No. 4, pp. 277-289.

Donald, W., Ashleigh, M. and Baruch, Y. (2018), "Students’ perceptions of education and employability", Career Development International, Vol. 23 No. 5, pp. 513-540

Fallows, S. and Stevens, C. 2000. “Building Employability Skills into the Higher Education Curriculum: A University Wide Initiative”. Education and Training, 42(2/3): 75–83.  


Firth, M. (2019). Employability and Skills handbook for Tourism, Hospitality and Events Students. 1st ed. Routledge/Taylor & Francis, Abingdon UK.

Law, W. and Watts, A.G. (1977), Schools, Careers and Community, Church Information Office, London.

Knight, P. and Yorke, M. (2004), Learning, Curriculum and Employability in Higher Education, Routledge Falmer, London.

Menendez Alvarez-Hevia, D., & Naylor, S.,  (2019) Conceptualising routes to employability in higher education: the case of education studies, Journal of Education and Work, 32:4, 407-419

Singh, M. (2000), “Combining work and learning in the informal economy: implications for education, training and skills development”, International Review of Education, Vol. 46 No. 6, pp. 599-620.

Smith, J., McKnight, A. and Naylor, R. 2000. Graduate employability: policy and performance in higher education in the UK. The Economic Journal, 110: 382–411.

Smetherham, C. 2004. First class women in the world of work: Employability & labour market orientations. Working Paper Series, 45: 1–63.

Suleman, F. (2018), “The employability skills of higher education graduates: insights into conceptual frameworks and methodological options”, Higher Education, Vol. 76 No. 2, pp. 263-278.

Yorke, M. and Knight, P. 2004. “Embedding employability in the curriculum”. In Learning and Employability G

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Miriam Firth Unit coordinator

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