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 can include:
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:
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.
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…
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.
For instance, look at the following terms describing courses and qualifications:
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.
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 Computing||Sheffield University||2009 – 2012||Degree Classification: 2:1 Honours.|
|BTEC National Diploma in ICT||Woodbourne College||2007 – 2009||Degree Classification: 2:1 Honours.|
|BTEC First Diploma in ICT||Woodbourne College||2006 – 2007||Grade: Distinction*|
CV Education and Training section: example 2
|2009-2012||South England College||Higher National Diploma (HND) in History|
|3 A-Levels: History, Geography and English|
|2003-2009||Strafford 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
|2001||Professional Diploma in IT||Institute of Computer Science|
|1998||Certified Diploma in ICT||Charted Association|
|1997||BSc Hons Degree in IT (1:1)||Oxford University|
|1994 – 1996||BTEC National Certificate in ICT||Hanford College|