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.
There are four core awards available to students, focusing on enhancing professional practice:
There are 12 subject-specific ’named awards’ available to students:
Master of Arts (MA) in Work-Based Learning (Business Management)
Master of Arts (MA) in Work-Based Learning (Drama)
Master of Arts (MA) in Work-Based Learning (English, Literature, and Society)
Master of Arts (MA) in Work-Based Learning (Health Mentor)
Master of Arts (MA) in Work-Based Learning (Heritage and Public History)
Master of Arts (MA) in Work-Based Learning (Social Care: Policy and Practice)
Master of Arts (MA) in Work-Based Learning (Working with Children, Young People & Families)
Master of Arts (MA) in Work-Based Learning (Youth and Community Work)
Master of Science (MSc) in Work-Based Learning (Applied Social Science)
Master of Science (MSc) in Work-Based Learning (Business Management)
Master of Science (MSc) in Work-Based Learning (Enhancing Healthcare Practice)
Master of Science (MSc) in Work-Based Learning (Health Mentor)
The Master’s level WBL programmes at Newman University are designed to cater for learners already in employment (paid or unpaid), normally in professional settings, who are looking for:
There is an opportunity of progression for Newman University postgraduate students wishing to progress to a full Master’s degree from programmes such as:
PG Cert in Higher Education Practice
PG Cert in Heritage and Public History
PG Cert in Chaplaincy with Young People
PG Cert in Safeguarding
The WBL courses will be delivered using a ‘blended’ approach, which consists of a mixture of distance learning (supported by materials available online), and some campus-based taught sessions. Campus-based taught sessions will only be used when necessary, and will usually be delivered at the Genners Lane Campus, at the weekend.
In respect of student workload, it should be noted that 30 credit modules require 300 hours of study and a 60 credit module requires 600 hours of study.
Part-time students have a maximum period of study of 5 years to complete a full Master’s degree. However, students will normally complete a full Master’s degree on a part-time basis, over 2-3 years.
For students submitting an RPL/RPEL claim up to the maximum of 90 credits, a full Master’s degree could be completed in 12 months.
Students will experience a range of work-based assessment formats including: written reports and essays, digital resource creation, project report and case study, e-portfolio, presentations, work-based research. Through the completion of such assessment activities, the course will develop independent study skills that are transferable to a range of both learning-based and work-based situations.
This part-time online programme allows you to learn more about digital technologies and education, and how technology can support learning in different settings – all while balancing your studies with your work and personal life.
Aimed at people currently using digital technology in education, the programme focuses on theoretical, professional and practical applications of digital technology. You’ll have the chance to explore microworlds and constructivism, collaborative learning, tutoring systems and more. You’ll also analyse research and development in the field of technology-enhanced learning.
While you study, you’ll gain practical experience of e-learning through using our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), where you’ll meet and discuss your research with people working around the world.
Please be aware that this is not an IT skills training course. We will expect you to have basic IT skills such as word processing, email and using the internet before you start the programme.
This programme is also available to study as a full-time, Leeds-based programme over 12 months.
From the beginning of the programme you’ll take core modules that lay the foundations of your studies. In your first year you’ll consider the relationships between learning theories and digital technologies and how software applications can be used for modelling, role play, tutoring systems and other purposes. You’ll expand on this in Year Two as you think about key issues and debates in digital learning and digital technology as a whole, both in the classroom and in society as a whole.
You’ll also develop specialist knowledge when you select from optional modules in each year – you could focus on digital learning environments, language learning through technology and more. If you’re able to attend classes in Leeds, you could even choose one optional module from across the School of Education on topics from educational research to developmental disorders.
Throughout your final year, you’ll also work on your critical study – a major piece of independent research which allows you to demonstrate the knowledge and skills you’ve gained. You’ll work closely with your academic supervisor, who will guide you through your research.
To give you hands-on experience of online learning, the programme is taught online. You’ll be provided with online ‘lectures’ in written and audio formats with additional reading material and activities, and you’ll discuss your reading with other students in our forum. You’ll also have online seminars with a choice of times to accommodate people living in different time zones and with varying work schedules.
You’ll be assessed using a range of methods to help you develop different skills. These will include your contribution to online discussions as well as essays, projects and project reports, presentations and reflective logs to allow you to evaluate your own learning and practice.
Some modules can be assessed by exam if you would prefer. You can either come to Leeds to sit them here, or pay a separate fee to the British Council to sit the exam in a local British Council Office.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.