Personal Skills Award (PSA) opportunities

The Personal Skills Award (PSA) is the University's exclusive employability programme for undergraduate students.  

Supported by a range of employers, the PSA can enable you to develop, recognise and articulate your skills effectively in preparation for real-world recruitment processes. 

To achieve the Personal Skills Award you can choose to get involved in a combination of opportunities. 

 Online skills courses

The online skills courses provide you with an opportunity to develop your skills through guided, online and independent learning. They can easily fit around your other commitments as you can log-in and out at your leisure. Each course takes approximately five hours to complete. The courses are designed to enable you to develop and reflect upon your skills when it suits you.

Each course has a value of 20 PSA points. You can find out more about each of the courses and how to start the course by clicking on the titles below. 

 Taught modules

The blended learning taught modules take place in Semester 2, each one helps to develop confidence and skills in specific areas. 

Each module has three to six taught sessions each, which are compulsory to attend (virtually or face to face). Every module has an assessed element that you can pass or fail, if you pass you will earn a total of 50 PSA points.

The taught module enrolment form can be found on the PSA Completion Canvas course for current PSA students. Places are allocated on a first come first served basis and are open to non-final year students who are enrolled onto the award.

Semester 2 modules 21/22

 On campus activities

The PSA recognises participation in over 260 on campus PSA activities. You can get involved in activities such as sports, student groups, mentoring, PASS, on campus work and department activities. Each activity has its own PSA points value and you can combine participating in activities with other PSA opportunities such as modules and online courses. 

On campus activities are worth between 5-150 PSA points. 

External work and voluntary experience

If you have a part-time job, have completed an internship, a none credit-bearing placement or have volunteered in the local community or beyond (including internationally) you can claim PSA points based on the number of hours you've completed in each role. You can claim between 15 - 60 PSA points for each individual position you've held. 


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