Work-based learning offers both a means of linking theory to practice and of valuing practice, as an integral part of professional education. The principle behind work-based learning is that you are given an opportunity to explore aspects of your work for your own personal development and that of the organisation/service in which you work.
This module places control over the learning process in your hands - you negotiate your own learning contract with your academic and practice supervisors. This will set out and structure what you want to learn, what action you will take to achieve it, and what evidence will demonstrate that achievement.
It is expected that on this course you will directly apply the knowledge and skills gained to your professional work through development of a service improvement project and specific, individualised activities to enhance your professional practice.
As this module is primarily self-directed it can be commenced within any term of the year. Individual deadlines for the assessment will be negotiated between the academic supervisor and student. On receipt of your application an academic supervisor will be allocated who will discuss further the structure, support and resources available to you during this course.
Work-based learning will enable you to:
- tailor learning to you and your workplace’s needs
- identify and reinforce existing knowledge and experience
- gain academic credit for existing knowledge and skills
- develop research skills in designing, delivering and disseminating work related projects
- improve personal effectiveness through reflection
The learning outcomes for this module will be negotiated individually with you. You will be advised to identify a practice-based supervisor to provide support and coaching via a learning contract. The learning contract and associated projects will be negotiated at the beginning of the module between you, the academic supervisor and the practice-based supervisor.