How to write your Education and Training on a CV! - CV Plaza

How to write your Education and Training on a CV!

The summary of your educational background and training is one of the most important parts of your CV. It informs the reader, in brief, the education and training you have received to date, starting with the most recent.

Education and training qualifications on CV

What can be included in the Education and Training section of a CV

Education and training can include:

  • Academic results, degrees, diplomas and certificates
  • Technical and professional qualifications
  • Work and vocational training received

Tip: leave out irrelevant details from your CV’s Education section

Always remember to keep your sections in your CV short, clear and to the point. This also applies to your educational background; if you have been educated to a Masters Degree level it would be ridiculous to list down your GCSEs in the following manner:

  • English: A
  • Maths: B
  • Science: A*
  • Geography: A
  • Business: C
  • ICT: B
  • History: B
  • Art: A

As you can see, it takes up a lot of precious space.

Instead, you could write: 8 GCSEs at grades A*–C.

Or, you could simply write down your College, Degree, and Masters Degree details and completely omit even mentioning GCSEs or where you have been to school. This is entirely understandable when having reached an undergraduate or postgraduate level.

Location of an Education and Training section on your CV

The education and training section of your CV should usually come straight after your work experience and employment. The exceptions to this rule would be…

  • When having extremely impressive academic qualifications or training
  • When you’ve just graduated with little experience but with many years of education
  • When applying for a job that especially requires educational excellence.

In the above-mentioned cases, it would be fine to move the education and training section of your CV just before your Work Experience and Employment section.

Tip: don’t assume the reader will understand your qualifications!

For instance, look at the following terms describing courses and qualifications:

  • SCQF
  • GCSE
  • A-Level
  • NQ
  • HND
  • BSc Honours
  • HNC
  • GNVQ
  • BTEC

Chances are, you might recognise some of them, but you might have never heard of the others.

Will the reader understand all the academic terms and abbreviations you use? If in doubt, expand on these terms by using the full title rather than a simple abbreviation and also approximately state at what level they were taken.

CV examples of Education and Training section

There are a number of different ways in which you can present your education and qualifications on a CV. Please find below the THREE examples that we have created to give you some interesting layouts:

CV Education and Training section: example 1

BSc Economic ComputingSheffield University2009 – 2012
Degree Classification: 2:1 Honours.
BTEC National Diploma in ICTWoodbourne College2007 – 2009
Degree Classification: 2:1 Honours.
BTEC First Diploma in ICTWoodbourne College2006 – 2007
Grade: Distinction*

CV Education and Training section: example 2

2009-2012South England College
 Higher National Diploma (HND) in History
 3 A-Levels: History, Geography and English
2003-2009Strafford High School
 2-week training in Personal Safety (including in First Aid)
 10 GCSEs at grades A*–C

CV Education and Training section: example 3

2001Professional Diploma in ITInstitute of Computer Science
1998Certified Diploma in ICTCharted Association
1997BSc Hons Degree in IT (1:1)Oxford University
1994 – 1996BTEC National Certificate in ICTHanford College