Taught course

Work-Based Learning

Institution
Newman University · Department of Education and Professional Studies
Qualifications
MAMSc

Entry requirements

Applicants normally require an undergraduate degree in a related discipline with a 2:1 classification. Applicants with a 2:2 degree classification, combined with exceptional additional (work) experience may be considered. As students will normally have completed an undergraduate degree – or hold equivalent work-based experiences – they will be expected to demonstrate the practical and intellectual ability to actively engage in directed and independent study and research.

Months of entry

September

Course content

The Masters programme in Work-Based Learning (WBL) at Newman University provides flexible lifelong learning opportunities for professionals currently in employment (either paid or voluntary). The programme is designed to engage students in maximising their knowledge, skills, employability attributes and professional development opportunities needed in the workplace, by developing and implementing systematic professional enquiry and research. As a result, students can become more informed and more effective at work.

Throughout the programme, students are encouraged to explore their own personal and professional interests, whilst utilizing (and building upon) their existing expertise. By focusing on a WBL approach to study, numerous benefits can be available to students such as: bespoke, relevant, student-focused, flexible programmes of study offering formal recognition of their occupational role; an acknowledgement of skills and knowledge gained at work; opportunities for workplace continual professional development (CPD) and career advancement; networking openings; alongside routes into various higher education awards. Indeed, if students wish to progress their studies even further then the WBL programme provides an appropriate academic platform for progression to doctoral study at level 8 such as PhD, EdD, DProf.

WBL has been defined as the learning arising from real-life activity within the workplace, with students taking work activities as a starting point for their studies. It is a structured and learner-managed approach to maximising learning and professional development opportunities. The focus is upon ‘capturing learning in the workplace’, by exploiting the different kinds of knowledge which can be used at work, via an application to working practices. This is achieved by centring upon the critical evaluation and synthesis of an individuals’ professional practice by specifically analysing their professional and personal development. Put simply, work-based learning is learning for work, at work and through work.

Qualification and course duration

MA

part time
12 months

MSc

part time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Admissions
Email
admissions@newman.ac.uk
Phone
0121 476 1181