Each entry should contain:
- The full institution name
- Your dates of attendance
- Course title and grade for each course
- Details of any relevant modules or projects (but only if they help to show you match an employer’s requirements)
If secondary/high school is your highest level of education, you should include that. If you have a Bachelor’s level degree or higher, you don’t need to include your secondary/high school details.
If particular elements of your course are directly relevant to the skills and knowledge the advert is looking for, you might include details. For example, including module, topic or project titles. This is particularly important if you have an industry-relevant element that isn’t obvious from the official course name.
If it’s not directly relevant, skip all the additional details. For example, you might have a masters in an unrelated subject – just listing the course title, dates, and institution is enough – don’t add extra details, no matter how much you enjoyed it or how proud you are of it.
If you’re moving from a different industry (or applying for a more specialised position) and are taking a course to reskill to do so, be sure to include that in your Education section as soon as you start. This will let the employer see the type of knowledge you have that supplements your work history in a different area. You don’t need to wait until you’ve completed a course to include it, just make sure the dates make it clear it’s ongoing.
Employers have previously told us that candidates taking the initiative to equip themselves with the appropriate knowledge shows a willingness and enthusiasm that they like, and will definitely put you ahead of other candidates who haven’t done so.