Individual & Social Responsibility

About PD

The Personal Development unit implies the personal and professional growth in knowledge and skills. It embraces a whole range of practical and transferable skills that can be applied within higher vocational education and the workplace. 

This unit examines a range of skills that are deemed necessary to aid learners through various scenarios, which skills are not necessarily implicit within the content of more theoretical or academically oriented units of the Foundation programme.  Learners will be able to improve their own learning, be involved with health and safety issues, social and civic competences, entrepreneurship and cultural awareness and expression.

The rationale behind this unit is to enable learners to have exposure to softer skills that are critical in the workplace and in higher vocational education.  This unit attempts to encapsulate a range of key and common skills and deliver this information in a dynamic learning environment.


Summary of Learning Outcomes

To achieve this unit learners will:

  1. Develop Health and Safety awareness.
  2. Demonstrate Social and Civic competences.
  3. Explore and develop personal Effective Learning Strategies.
  4. Describe Entrepreneurial concepts.
  5. Show Cultural Awareness and Expression.



Health and Safety

Make learners aware of the importance of learning and identifying the potential hazards at the workplace. Be introduced to the significance of ergonomics and environmental considerations and factors. The learners will also be introduced to the dangers and consequences of legal and illegal substances.  Through practice, learners will learn how to deal with emergency situations of fire fighting and first aid techniques.

Social and Civic Competences

Be able to communicate and listen effectively in different contexts of the workplace, give and receive feedback, differentiate between assertive, non-assertive and aggressive forms of communication, offer support and show empathy, keep healthy and functional relationships at the workplace, build on trust and respect, rights and duties, sexual behaviour and responsibility, respect and appreciate diversity of others, show personal qualities that convey self-confidence, budgeting - personal and workplace, explore positive ways on how to cope with change and deal with stress, conflict resolution, taking co-responsibility in decision-making.

Effective Learning Strategies

Develop knowledge and skills about learning needs, objectives and activities.  Understanding one's own preferred learning strategies, strengths and weaknesses.  Plan short and long-term career goals.  Work and study under supervision with some autonomy.  Develop and improve on concentration and perseverance.


Show confidence and take initiative to carry out tasks successfully, up to the required standards.  Using a critical way of thinking, analysing and assessing the risks and rewards involved in the different ways of getting things done.  Use and expand on creativity to introduce innovative methods of operation.  Develop organisational skills.  Deal with competition and using SWOT analysis.

Cultural Awareness and Expression

Awareness and creative expression of ideas, experiences and emotions.  Develop a sense of National and European identitiy, Cultural and National Heritage.
Culture of the Workplace: Developing relationships and interactions leading to successful expected processes, practices and working structures.
Culture in the workplace: Celebrating cultural diversity and engaging in communication styles with employees and colleagues who differ within cultures and sub-cultures. 
The intangible cultural heritage - The Living Heritage - appreciating all our National heritage including museums and cultural sites into broadening young perople's horizons towards an enriched personal culture.

Learning Outcomes & Assessment Criteria


1.  Health and Safety


1.1  Identify potential hazards at the
      workplace.  Recognize labels and toxic

1.2  Demonstrate awareness of the use/misuse of
      legal and illegal substances.

1.3  Describe Ergonomics and Environmental
      factors at the workplace.

1.4  Demonstrate basic First Aid skills.

1.5  Learn to apply basic Fire Fighting skills 

2.  Social and Civic Competences

2.1  Demonstrate ability for effective

2.2  Demonstrate the ability to work in a team.

2.3  Demonstrate the competence to deal with
      conflict situations.

2.4  Develop awareness and demonstrate the
      use of self management techniques. 

2.5  Explain the significance of equal
      opportunities, tolerance and work ethics.

3. Effective Learning Strategies

3.1  Explore and apply various learning

3.2  Identify one's future career study path.

4. Entrepreneurship 

4.1  Develop and enhance one's own creative

4.2  Demonstrate basic critical thinking
      approaches in a business related scenario. 

4.3  Show motivation and initiative in dealing
      with opportunities.

4.4  Describe and compare different
      organisational structures.

4.5  Demonstrate skills and knowledge to apply
      various assessment techniques.

5. Cultural Awareness And 

5.1  Describe how Cultural Diversity can 
      influence/affect the planning
      and performance at the workplace. 

5.2  Demonstrate a sense of appreciation and
      explain the importance of Cultural Heritage. 


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