Level 2
Unit No:
Guided learning hours:
16 hours

Assessment Guidance

The main focus of the assessment for this unit is on the skills required to apply for jobs. However, it is expected that the underpinning teaching and learning will help develop learners’ understanding of

• judicious use of unsolicited applications
• the importance of demonstrating an understanding of the job role and organisation and the relevance of own skills and prior experience in a job application
• the importance of having an up-to-date CV ready to tailor to specific job opportunities
• the value of following up on unsuccessful applications and using employer feedback to improve future applications


To support learners to apply for jobs.

Unit Learning Outcomes


Understand different methods of applying for a job.

Assessment Criteria

  • 1.1

    Explain different methods of applying for jobs including responses to advertised positions, unsolicited applications and applications through agencies

  • 1.2

    Describe common components of a job application (e.g. covering letter, CV, application form) and the characteristics of effective versions of each

  • 1.3

    Explain how to use the information for applicants provided by employers to help shape own application


Be able to prepare a job application.

Assessment Criteria

  • 2.1

    Collate the information appropriate for a specific job application.

  • 2.2

    Draft a comprehensive and accurate application, tailored to a specific job vacancy.

  • 2.3

    Review a draft job application for accuracy, fitness for purpose, and consistency with instructions (e.g. word counts) and revise if necessary.

  • 2.4

    Respond positively to feedback from others on a draft job application and revise if necessary.


Be able to prepare a CV.

Assessment Criteria

  • 3.1

    Produce an accurate and up-to-date CV, following appropriate conventions for format and content, ready for tailoring for future applications.