DESA1 – VTCT (Skillsfirst) Level 1 Award in Developing Employability Skills (RQF)

Qualification summary

With the issue of employability high on the national education and training agenda, this qualification has been developed to provide you with a basic range of “soft skills”, knowledge and confidence to help you overcome barriers to enter the work place.

These include:

  • searching for a job
  • preparing for interviews and speaking confidentally
  • career planning and making applications

Taking this qualification will allow you to understand, develop and practice the skills required by today’s employers while looking for a job. These skills will also help you to remain in employment. If you feel you would like to achieve more, then you could take the Level 1 Certificate in Developing Employability Skills (RQF). This qualification is made up of 100% non vocational units.

This qualification does not require you to have any prior qualifications or levels of previous learning. There is no minimum age requirement for this qualification.

This qualification is supported and delivered nationwide by a wide range of Training Providers and Colleges. For contact details of the training providers and colleges that offer this qualification in your local area, please email our customer service team.

VTCT (Skillsfirst) Level 1 Award in Developing Employability Skills (RQF) Handbook

Qualification structure

Learners must achieve a minimum of 9 credits from group A

A minimum of 5 credits must be achieved at Level 1

Minimum Guided Learning Hours (GLH) are 76

Total Qualification Time (TQT) is 90

Qualification numberQualification reference
DESA1 600/4209/6 

Group A – optional units

unit no.
unit no.
Unit titleUnit LevelCredit value
F/5079592DP11Work awarenessEntry 32
A/501/6880DP15Career planning and making applications13
D/507/9597DP17Effective skills, qualities and attitudes for learning and work13
L/501/5958DP23Searching for a job11
R/502/2863DP29Preparing for and learning from interviews13
A/501/6331DP37Conduct at workEntry 31
H/501/6338DP38Speaking confidently at workEntry 31
Y/507/9596DP44Rights and responsibilities in the workplace13
Y/502/3609DP59Understanding conflict at work11
F/505/4207DP128Researching and selecting a job opportunityEntry 33

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