Course Brief

An essential aspect of good professional practice is the in-depth analysis of one’s own strengths and weaknesses. This, combined with a clear strategy for presenting one’s skills and abilities to potential employers or clients, is critical to future success.

The aim of this unit is to support students in making the transition from study to employment or freelance work. In previous study (Unit 1: Professional Development), students explored the broad areas of personal and professional development and preparing for employment. Building upon this, students will now apply their skills and knowledge to the development of a strategy for their future career, whether in employment or self-employment.

Topics included within this unit are career plans, CV writing, interview skills, selfpromotional material, legal frameworks, business planning and social and professional networks.

On successful competition of this unit, students will gain knowledge, understanding and the skill set that will increase their career opportunities.


  • This course is offered in 60 contact hours

By the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Review own skills and abilities in support of future employment or self-employment.
  2. Investigate business structures, legal frameworks and legislation to construct a business plan.
  3. Develop material to support future employment or self-employment.
  4. Present own skills, abilities and work to an employer or client.

Unit level: 5
Credit value: 15

  • BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) in Art and Design

    The Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) in Art and Design is an internationally recognized qualification that prepares students for employment in the design sector in areas such as Web Design, Animation, Marketing, Illustration, Multimedia as well as the business aspects of Corporate and Freelance design.

    Learners will be able to direct their studies to specialize in either Graphic Design, Digital Design or Arts Practice. This programme allows learners to develop a contemporary focus on areas of creative practice relevant to their chosen career path.

    Pearson is the largest International awarding body approved by the UK government; it has the widest range of UK academic and vocational qualifications available to schools, colleges and organizations worldwide; operating in over 110 countries, over two million people study for Pearson qualifications in over 7000 centres annually.

    Graduates will be able to gain direct access to the extended final year of the BA (Hons) in Graphic Design offered by the University of Sunderland.