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Course Design Blueprint

Employer Engaged and Enterprising

The University Strategy and Vision 2020-2030 states that the Suffolk learning experience will be Employer engaged and enterprising:

Approaches designed to enhance graduate level employability will be embedded into curricula. This will be facilitated in part by a collaborative approach to curriculum development that will engage student, alumni, employers and practitioners to ensure that both the curriculum content and the assessment methods are well-aligned with the needs of employers and equip graduates to be independent, flexible and able to identify opportunities. We will also develop out students to become enterprising, ready with the right core skills and entrepreneurial mind set to create value and to develop their ideas and businesses as entrepreneurs. 

The development of employability, enterprise and entrepreneurship knowledge, skills and confidence in our students through a range of activities should begin as they join their programme of study and be woven through modules, assessment as as well as signposted extra and co-curricular activities. 

The concepts presented here are developed further in the Content section, and Skills and Knowledge section. 

Employability, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship in the curriculum

The complexity of Employability, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship mens that there can be no single, defined approach to embedding it into the curriculum. This has to be done acknowledging the context of the curricular, any PSRB requirements, and with reference to sector based and institutional ambitions. 

The University has targets in the Access and Participation Plan in relation to the progression of our students, both in terms of progression into further higher degree or graduate level employment.  related to the progression of our students. This is measured through the annual Graduate Outcomes HESA Survey.  


There are a variety of models for conceptualising employability in the curriculum,

Yorke and Knight (2006) stresses the relationship between employability and good learning, resulting from a balanced achievement in four broad, but interconnected areas: Understanding, Skilful practice, Efficacy and Metacognition. Metacognition brings together self awareness, self-efficacy and the ability to apply learning and problem solving strategies to personal ongoing lifelong learning. 


A diagram demonstrating a definition of employability

Dacre Pool and Sewell (2007) developed this further, emphasising the needs for the attainment of confidence and self esteem through reflection of Career, Experience, Degree, Generic Skills and Emotional Intelligence. 

A diagram presenting the elements of Dacre, Pool and Sewells; CareerEDGE model

Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

Enterprise can be understood as "the generation and application of idea, which are set within practical situations a during project or undertaking ... It combines creativity, originality, initiative, idea generation, design thinking, adaptability, and reflexivity with problem solving, innovation expression, communication and practical action (QAA, 2018, p. 7)

Entrepreneurship education can be defined as "the application of enterprise behaviours, attributes and competencies into the creation of cultural, social or economic value. This can, but does not exclusively, lead to venture creation" (QAA. 2018, p. 7)

AdvanceHE have published an Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education Framework which presents the following model for the development and provision of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship educationAdvance Framework for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education