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

    Employment Focused. Affordable. Globally Recognized Qualifications in Art and Design.

    Build and validate your interest, knowledge and skill in creative design processes with the Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Art and Design at SBCS. This internationally recognized, practical qualification prepares students for employment in the design sector, in areas such as Web Design, Animation, Marketing, Illustration and Multimedia. Focusing not only on the creative side of art and design, this programme also covers the business aspects of the Corporate and Freelance sector.

    The programme comprises of 14 units where you will learn and practise a variety of techniques to develop a substantial portfolio of work, as well as set the foundation for an exciting career in the creative industries. 

    Graduates of this Level 5 Higher National Diploma are accepted onto to the final year of the BA (Hons) in Graphic Design offered by the University of Sunderland.