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.
The University of Northampton Advanced Professional Practice Masters is an MSc course, offering full-time and part-time options.
Students studying for the full Master of Science degree complete 180 credits, choosing from a selection of modules and a 60 credit professional project. Shorter Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate options are also available.
Drawing on contemporary teaching and innovative research, the programme will enable students to develop their professional practice in a highly personalised way. This innovative and flexible course allows you to build a course that is tailored to your needs.
The programme is made up of modules which make up the whole Master’s Degree, but there is an option to opt to leave at that point having earned a Postgraduate Diploma.
The programme is based around three key areas:
-Recognising and valuing personal professional experience as contributing to academic achievements.
-Addressing the priority needs of the working environment through a contemporary range of practice modules.
-Focusing the application of learning within the workplace.
The MSc Advanced Professional Practice presents a highly flexible programme of study which students can tailor to meet their personal and professional development objectives.
An innovative development for this award is the introduction of a Valuing Professional Experience module. Available to study for 20, 40 or 60 academic credits, this module will allow students to demonstrate the value of their professional experience in relation to academic learning. As such, students can, with the help of a programme advisor, create an individual programme of study which draws on past experience and enhances current and future practice.
Advanced Professional Practice consists of a number of pathways:
-Advanced Occupational Therapy *
-Advanced Podiatry *
-Autonomous Healthcare Practice *
-Cancer Therapies *
-Care of the Older Person *
-Childcare Practice *
-Non-medical Independent Nurse Prescribing
-Practice Education *
*Specialist pathway available as stand-alone Postgraduate Certificates
-Valuing Professional Experience
-Research Methods – Philosophy and Study Design
-Injection Therapy of the Lower Limb for Podiatrists
-The Lower Limb at Risk
-Advanced Skills For Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists And Podiatrists
-Implementing Innovative Change in Practice
-Occupational Therapy and Occupation
-Rehabilitation and Recovery
-The Stroke Journey
-Advanced Patient Assessment and Diagnostic Skills
-Clinical Interventions for Advanced Practitioners
-Leading People in Health and Social Care Organisations
-Facilitation, Assessment and QA in WBL
-Quality Enhancement in Interprofessional WBL
-Living with Cancer and Beyond Cancer
-Physical Healthcare of Older Adults
-Working with Older Adults: Mental Wellbeing
-Advanced Dementia Care
-Enabling Others in Mentoring, Practice Teaching and Assessment
-Assessing and Managing Risk in Child Protection
-Working with Complex Parenting Behaviour
-Planning and Supporting Permanence
-Therapeutic Communication Intervention
-Preparation for NMC Stage 4 Teacher Standard
Assessment across all modules draws on relevant practice examples and students are encouraged to use case examples as the basis of their learning.
The specific methods reflect the ways in which practitioners are expected to function in their professional roles and may include: preparation of patient information resources, critical incident reports, care planning, action learning sets and preparation of professional reports for family courts.
This masters programme is as unique as you are. It is built around your need to progress through your career.
-Pathways designed to enable you to improve your professional skills which will benefit you and your employer.
-A programme that is tailored to you, enabling you to take a number of Postgraduate certificates, which together build to a masters qualification.
-The ability to step off the course with a postgraduate qualification at the end of each module.
-The Valuing Professional Experience module, allowing you to demonstrate the value of your professional experience which can provide up to 60 points toward your overall masters.
-IT and information services based on the campus as well as offsite access to NILE (Northampton Integrated Learning Environment).
Opportunities vary according to combination of study:
-Practice teaching roles (practice education and autonomous healthcare practice modules).
-Specialist practitioner roles with older clients (autonomous healthcare practice and care of the older person).
-Or advanced practitioner (advanced therapy training with nonmedical and independent prescribing and/or reflection on previous professional achievements).
The following postgraduate funding may be available to study the Advanced Professional Practice MSc at The University of Northampton.
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 17/18 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
Full Time: £6,500
Part Time: £720 per 20 credit module for home and EU students
International Part Time: £1,320 per 20 credit module