Complete the Personal Skills Award

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To complete the Personal Skills Award (PSA) you must first be enrolled.

Once enrolled you then earn PSA points by getting involved in a combination of extra-curricular opportunities. You can then choose which award you complete.

Each award offers a different approach to developing, recognising and articulating your skills and it is highly recommend that all students complete the Personal Skills Award or PSA (Advanced). These awards offer an enhanced PSA experience where you can practice your application and interview skills and gain feedback on your performance.

How to complete the PSA (Foundation)

To complete the PSA (Foundation) you must finish the compulsory Employability Essentials online course by 26 January 2023. You must also have a total of 80 PSA points (Employability Essentials = 20 points). There is no other criteria to meet. Once you have completed the online course and claimed your points you will be awarded the PSA (Foundation) certificate endorsed by Careers Network. 

You do not need to complete the PSA (Foundation) before you complete the Personal Skills Award or the PSA (Advanced). 

How to complete the Personal Skills Award

By completing the Personal Skills Award you will gain access to an enriched programme of practical hints and tips on how to be successful in a recruitment process.

To complete the Personal Skills Award you must meet the criteria below:

  • Finish the compulsory Employability Essentials online course (the key educational component of the PSA) by 26 January 2023.
  • Claim a total of 150 PSA points from a combination of activities.
  • Ensure you undertake at least two different types of activity or PSA opportunities. (This could for example be some work experience plus a module or being a Student Ambassador plus being a Club Captain). 
  • Complete the PSA assessment (accessed via the PSA Canvas course) and attend a PSA Completer's Catch-up Session (either online or in person) before 26 January 2023.  

How to complete the PSA (Advanced)

The PSA (Advanced) is for students who have been involved with an exceptional amount of extra-curricular activity, and have achieved over 250 PSA points. You can aim for the PSA (Advanced) as soon as you enrol you do not need to have completed the PSA (Foundation) or the PSA beforehand. 

To complete the PSA (Advanced) you must meet the criteria below: 

  • Finish the compulsory Employability Essentials online course (the key educational component of the PSA) by 26 January 2023.
  • Claim a total of 250 PSA points from a combination of activities.
  • Ensure you undertake at least two different types of activity or PSA opportunities. (This could for example be some work experience plus a module or being a Student Ambassador plus being a Club Captain). 
  • Complete the PSA assessment (accessed via the PSA Completion Course on Canvas) and attend a PSA Completer's Catch-up Session (either online or in person) before 26 January 2023.  

PSA Student of the Year 

Any student who undertakes the PSA (Advanced) pathway (over 250 PSA points) is eligible to put themselves forward as PSA Student of the Year, in one (or two) of five categories. You need to submit a short video (no more than 3 minutes) outlining why you meet the category criteria and should be awarded the PSA Student of the Year for that category. Further details will be provided on the PSA Canvas course. 

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