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The 10 Curriculum design elements

From here you can access information and guidance on 10 curriculum design elements, drawn from research and practice across the higher education sector that foster student development, employability and careers. These elements can also be part of co-curricular provision and the student support system has been included due to its importance in this area.

Real-world/applied learning

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This page focuses on the element ‘real-world/applied learning’. It provides a description of the element, highlights its relevance, and provides examples of real-world/applied learning in the curriculum.

Active teaching methods

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This page focuses on the element ‘active teaching methods’. It provides a description of the element, highlights its relevance, and provides examples of active teaching methods in the curriculum.

Skills and attributes

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This page focuses on the element ‘skills and attributes’. It provides a description of the element, highlights its relevance, and provides examples of skills and attributes in the curriculum.

Employer and alumni engagement

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This page focuses on the element ‘employer and alumni engagement’. It provides a description of the element, highlights its relevance, and provides examples of employer and alumni engagement in the curriculum.

Career management skills and insights

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This page focuses on the element ‘careers management skills and insights’. It provides a description of the element, highlights its relevance, and provides examples of careers management skills and insights in the curriculum.

Enterprise education and mindset

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This page focuses on the element ‘enterprise education’. It provides a description of the element, highlights its relevance, and provides examples of enterprise education in the curriculum.

Work experience

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This page focuses on the element ‘work experience’. It provides a description of the element, highlights its relevance, and provides examples of work experience in the curriculum.

Reflection

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This page focuses on the element ‘reflection’. It provides a description of the element, highlights its relevance, and provides examples of reflection in the curriculum.

Explicit recognition and valuing of employability across the curriculum

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This page focuses on the element ‘explicit recognition and valuing of employability across the curriculum’. It provides a description of the element, highlights its relevance, and provides examples.

Student support system

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This page focuses on the element ‘Student support system’. While not part of the formal curriculum, it has a critical and complementary role in the areas of student development, employability, and careers.