This programme is designed to develop the skills and understanding required to facilitate work-based learning. This course will help you to develop a thorough and critical understanding of work-based learning and its relevance to your own practice as a facilitator.
This course is for those teaching in higher and further education settings or those who operate in the workplace supporting learners undertaking higher-level programmes. This might include HNC/Ds, foundation and other work-based degrees, degree and higher apprenticeships, as well as other vocational or professional development programmes that include the assessment of learning generated in the workplace.
This programme is flexible and offers, among other things, the opportunity to realise the importance of negotiation and partnership in work-based learning and the value of different stakeholders and communities of practice in general.
Opportunities for progression include pursuing the honours degree, postgraduate diploma and master's Professional Practice programmes.
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This programme will build on the context of your current professional practice and will enable you to use your work as the basis for meeting the requirements of the programme. It will enable you to develop your knowledge and theoretical understanding, underpinning the facilitation of work-based learning and enable you to apply your new learning directly to delivering work-based higher education programmes.
As well as an in-depth overview of this course, you will also gain practical facilitation skills such as understanding the characteristics of a work-based learning experience, reflecting on learning, and critical thinking. You will also gain an understanding of the workplace culture as well as practical facilitation skills.
This part-time programme is primarily delivered online with supporting learning materials over a period of approximately eight months. You will need to be an autonomous self-directed learner but will also be supported by an experienced work-based learning tutor. Directed reading and study activities will be supplemented by online tasks and applied assessments.
Assessment is by portfolio of evidence with assessed activities at intervals during the course, each designed to embed new learning into your developing and/or existing professional practice.
Participants may be supporting work-based learning programmes at any level from undergraduate at levels 4, 5 and/or 6 to postgraduate at level 7.
You will need to be actively supporting work-based learners during the course to enable you to complete the programme.