At Birmingham, your opportunities to learn and develop your skills extend far beyond your degree. Our award-winning Personal Skills Award (PSA) recognises your extra-curricular activities and provides well-prepared evidence of your achievements to future employers.
In an increasingly competitive job market, the PSA helps you to stand out from the crowd. Around 300,000 students graduate every year which means employers are looking for students who can set themselves apart – with something more to give. The PSA helps you to demonstrate to employers that you’ve made the most of your time at Birmingham.
Carl Gilleard, Association of Graduate Recruiters "Twenty-first century graduates need to demonstrate to employers that they can 'hit the ground running'. In addition to working hard to gain a good degree, students should engage in extra-curricular activities and obtain work experience in order to develop skills that will make them better prepared for the world of work"
The PSA helps you to highlight your range of skills to employers, making sure your CV shines. You can complete the PSA by progressing modules in skills employers actively seek, such as project management, leadership and teamwork, or through your involvement in extra-curricular activities, such as work or voluntary experience, sports, student societies and so much more. We also offer the opportunity to engage with our employer supporters directly through the PSA.
The PSA has been awarded the national accolade of ‘Best Graduate Development Preparation in Higher Education Award' by the Association of Graduate Recruiters, an organisation that represents over 800 graduate recruiters. The PSA was celebrated for developing a programme with a rigorous approach to developing students’ integration into the workplace.
Please remember that places on the PSA are limited. You can enrol when you start at the University.