Beyond the BA: Skills for the Next Step

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Philosophical, Historical and Interdisciplinary Studies (School of)
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 28 June 2024
22 November 2023


Requisites for this module



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Module description

This module aims to enable second year Philosophy, History and Interdisciplinary Studies (PHAIS) students to acquire the skills, knowledge and experiences for successfully entering the job market, or continuing on to do post-graduate studies and vocational training once graduated.

The module is designed to ensure that you make the most of relevant opportunities available on campus whilst you study. Engaging with these opportunities and gaining a rich mix of extra-curricular and work/volunteering experience, may make a critical difference to whether you succeed in getting the graduate job you want or obtain funding for post-graduate studies.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

  • To give students a clear understanding of employment, post-graduate studies and training opportunities available to PHAIS graduates.

  • To encourage personal reflection on, and planning of, possible career paths, and the specific skills and capabilities required.

  • To facilitate understanding, access, and take-up of available work, volunteering, careers orientation, and other extra-curriculum opportunities.

  • To encourage engagement with wider cultural, social, political trends and issues, and to enhance students sense of citizenship.

  • To prepare students for successfully entering the job market or going on to post-graduate studies or vocational training on graduating.

  • To encourage students to make the most of opportunities available on campus for enhancing their employability skills.

  • To give students an understanding of the graduate job market and employers’ preferences, and grasp how to make effective applications in their final year.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Have a good understanding of their own interests, skills and competencies, and how these are relevant to future careers.

  2. Have engaged with a range of employability and skills related events and activities available on campus or elsewhere.

  3. Be prepared to make applications for placements, jobs, vocational training and/or post-graduate study in their final year.

Module information

Alternatively, to fulfil your employability training requirement, you can take the 15 credit module, Social Entrepreneurs, Sustainability and Community Action, which runs in the autumn term.

Your pass/incomplete status will appear on your degree transcript.

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered via:

  • Five compulsory 50-minute core sessions.
  • Three online Moodle tutorials.
  • Four employability/skills-related activities, events or workshops during the autumn and spring terms of the second year..

The module is team-taught by tutors from the School of Philosopy, History and Interdisciplinary Studies, and the Faculty Employability and Careers team.

This is a portfolio-based module, which combines a range of teaching and learning methods. It is team-taught and makes intensive use of Moodle.

Students are required to attend the compulsory sessions and a selection of relevant events and activities available in the university and elsewhere.

The module is primarily assessed on the basis of a reflective essay and CV. Students have considerable choice and autonomy over how they construct their portfolio of relevant experiences, knowledge and skills.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Reflective Essay (1500 words) and 2-Page Professional, Up-to-date CV  21/03/2024  100% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Module is either passed or marked as not completed.


Module is either passed or marked as not completed.

Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Steven Gormley, email: segorm@essex.ac.uk.
Mrs Laura Love, email: ll21760@essex.ac.uk.
PHAIS General Office - 6.130; isugadmin@essex.ac.uk.



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 5 hours, 5 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


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