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.