Professional Practice and Work Based Learning Studies programmes are especially designed for those that want to develop their expertise within their current work. Your work will become the subject of your studies to enable you to work more effectively as a professional practitioner in your field. If you are self-employed or work in an organisation, paid or unpaid and in any employment sector, these work-based programmes enable you to gain qualifications through your work.
Making use of Middlesex's innovative work-based approach to learning, your course of study will enable you to enhance your effectiveness in your current work role whilst simultaneously working towards your qualification. Middlesex work based learning courses are used by leading employers in the UK and internationally as they combine individual development with organisational and professional learning. Our programmes in professional practice enable you to build upon existing higher education level study and professional qualifications to further your development and make an impact in your professional area. Our programmes in work based learning studies take as the starting point your learning from experience and this can be used to provide highly original and customised qualifications. The level of customisation is even reflected in the title of the qualification, e.g. BA (Hons) Work Based Learning Studies (Leadership and Knowledge Management) or BSc (Hons) Work Based Learning Studies (Construction Project Management). Professional Practice titles can also be selected, e.g. BA (Hons) Professional Practice in Early Childhood Education.
Our expert group within the Institute for Work Based Learning will support you to make the most of your potential in a rapidly changing and highly competitive knowledge driven economy. Professionals across a wide span of areas such as administration, construction, education, financial services, health, maritime, policing, retail and transport have already successfully used Middlesex work based learning. Take charge of your learning and career development by making Middlesex Work Based Learning work for you!
Depending upon your previous experience and learning, your programme of study can be constructed to lead to a BA (Hons) / BSc (Hons) or Foundation Degree qualification. Individual programmes can also be constructed to lead to a comprehensive range of other qualifications including University Certificates and Diplomas that can be completed in less than a year. They include the following:
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The course is designed to meet your professional development needs and those of your organisation. Professional Practice and Work Based Learning Studies courses can include four kinds of modules: Review of Learning; Professional Practice; Practitioner Inquiry; Negotiated Work Based Learning Projects. Typically BA (Hons) / BSc (Hons) courses are constructed to include a combination of these modules.
Review of Learning
Review of Learning is a distinctive feature of Work Based Learning and supports a dynamic process of identifying, analysing and reflecting on your learning to date to develop and present a portfolio that demonstrates your prior learning. This portfolio can be assessed for academic credit that can then be recognised as part of your course of study, consequently reducing the overall length of time and number of modules you are required to complete. In addition, this process will enable you to recognise and evaluate your existing work-based knowledge and skills as a platform for further professional development.
Professional Development modules are designed to both introduce and develop the knowledge and skills required to engage in the negotiated work-based learning process. They are also designed to enable you to develop a professional development plan and course agreement. This will define the focus of your studies including your proposed work-based projects and will be agreed in negotiation with your tutor and your employer (or other relevant party). These modules will also inform your plans for post course professional development and career enhancement.
These modules are designed to enable you to learn about, and experiment with, methods of inquiry to inform your own work or professional practice. Module activities will enable you to gain inquiry-related skills including critical analysis, evaluation and appraisal. These skills help you to select, develop and apply appropriate methods of work-based inquiry to your work-based projects. This could include:
Negotiated Work Based Learning Project
Negotiated Work Based Learning Project modules are designed to address real-life work or professional practice issues and are designed to improve or inform areas of your own or others’ work or practice. The work undertaken can take a variety of forms relevant to your work and is negotiated with your tutor and your employer (or other relevant party) in order to be beneficial to you and to the organisation(s) you work with. Projects may also generate creative solutions to work-based issues or problems and so provide the opportunity to create new ways of thinking about particular areas of work or professional practice. All BA (Hons) / BSc (Hons) courses must contain a large (30, 40 or 60 credit) Negotiated Work Based Learning Project module.
These programmes are taught and facilitated by staff from the Institute for Work Based Learning at Middlesex University. The blended approach to teaching and learning is supported through the Virtual Learning Environment at Middlesex University. This allows students to have a high degree of flexibility in self-managing their studies.
Qualifications for entry
Academic credit for previous study or experience
If you have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University programme of study. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page. Fees note: The cost of the programme may be significantly reduced when a successful claim for prior learning is made.
How to apply
Applications for any of the following programmes: BA Honours Professional Practice / BSc (Honours) Professional Practice / BA (Hons) Work Based Learning Studies / BSc (Hons) Work Based Learning Studies should be made directly to Middlesex University. Please complete the Work Based Learning application form and email as an attachment to WBS Admissions at:
Tel: 020 8411 6301
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UK/EU and international students are eligible to apply for this course.
International entry requirements
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
Visas and immigration
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
English language requirements for international students
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all components). We also normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted tests and qualifications.
If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Interviews, entrance tests, portfolios and auditions
Entry onto this course does not require a face to face interview, entrance test, portfolio or audition. However, a consultation with a member of the academic team is normally required.
Professional Practice and Work Based Learning Studies programmes at Middlesex are specifically designed to enhance your effectiveness as a practitioner in your chosen field. You will have the opportunity to gain a qualification that is directly relevant to your field of work and the work-based projects you complete will also make a significant contribution to the achievement of your organisation’s work objectives. Combined, these benefits provide a powerful stimulus to career development and enhancement in your professional area.
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BSc (Hons) Work Based Learning Studies (Offshore Health and Safety Training and Management)
After leaving school in the mid-seventies, John McLoughlin gained his seafarers qualifications and spent a decade working on deep sea cargo ships before containerisation revolutionised the industry. Moving into off shore oil and gas, John completed his Officer of the Watch Certificate. Undertaking the course led him to discover how much he enjoyed the personal challenge of study, as well as the career progression opportunities. Coming across the Middlesex University BSc (Hons) Work Based Learning Studies through the Maritime Society, John found that work based learning offered both the flexibility and career focus that he required.
The bespoke nature of the course meant that John was able to design his work-based learning project around his area of professional interest, Health and safety training off shore, its relevance and value for money. It has been instrumental in John being able to set up as an independent Health and Safety consultant. ‘As well as marine and offshore oil and gas, I now also work with renewable energy companies. I have the professional freedom to choose the work that interests me, and balance it with my family life,’ he said.
Although the distance learning aspect of the course could be tough at times, especially having to rely on internet connections off shore, John enjoyed the experience. Learning about research methods, inquiry and self-management were instrumental in helping him tackle his wide ranging research project. ‘Having good contact with my academic advisor made my learning experience a very rewarding one. I managed to go from struggling to understanding what was required of me to gaining a first class BSc with honours in twenty months from start to finish.’
The rewards for John have been both professional and personal. On a practical level the professional benefits in terms of the opportunities open to him have been substantial. On a personal level John sums up the work based learning experience as ‘rewarding, enriching, empowering’ and providing a real sense of ‘achievement.’