This module is intended to provide the academic and personal skills essential for successful HE study and employment. It provides a foundation for the development of graduate level academic and professional skills later in the course. Academic skills relating to accessing and interpretation of research literature will be developed through a mixture of workshops, practicals and independent study. There will also be an introduction to research techniques, particularly handling and analysis of data. Professional skills will be developed through a Personal Development Planning approach. There will be a series of business and industry-focussed sessions to promote industry awareness and employability skills. IT and presentation training will also provide transferable skills relevant to the animal sector.