Work-Based Learning MA/MSc


Overview

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.

Awards available:
There are four core awards available to students, focusing on enhancing professional practice:

  • Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) in Work-Based Learning (Enhancing Professional Practice)
  • Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) in Work-Based Learning (Enhancing Professional Practice)
  • Master of Arts (MA) in Work-Based Learning (Enhancing Professional Practice)
  • Master of Science (MSc) in Work-Based Learning (Enhancing Professional Practice)

There are 12 subject-specific ’named awards’ available to students:

  1. Master of Arts (MA) in Work-Based Learning (Business Management)
  2. Master of Arts (MA) in Work-Based Learning (Drama)
  3. Master of Arts (MA) in Work-Based Learning (English, Literature, and Society)
  4. Master of Arts (MA) in Work-Based Learning (Health Mentor)
  5. Master of Arts (MA) in Work-Based Learning (Heritage and Public History)
  6. Master of Arts (MA) in Work-Based Learning (Social Care: Policy and Practice)
  7. Master of Arts (MA) in Work-Based Learning (Working with Children, Young People & Families)
  8. Master of Arts (MA) in Work-Based Learning (Youth and Community Work)
  9. Master of Science (MSc) in Work-Based Learning (Applied Social Science)
  10. Master of Science (MSc) in Work-Based Learning (Business Management)
  11. Master of Science (MSc) in Work-Based Learning (Enhancing Healthcare Practice)
  12. Master of Science (MSc) in Work-Based Learning (Health Mentor)

Who is it for?
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:

  • Career enhancement.
  • Additional qualifications.
  • A subject-specific ‘named’ award e.g. MA in WBL (Enhancing Professional Practice).
  • Opportunities to engage in continual professional development (CPD).
  • Academic credit for their prior experiential and certificated learning.
  • Opportunities to use their work-based expertise and experiences as a focus for their studies.
  • Learning that is tailored to their personal needs, interests and aspirations.
  • Opportunities to develop their subject knowledge and expertise related to their professional role.

Progression opportunities for current Newman University postgraduate students:

There is an opportunity of progression for Newman University postgraduate students wishing to progress to a full Master’s degree from programmes such as:

Attendance
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.

Assessment
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.
 

Gaining credit for what you have already done!
At Newman University, there are two main routes to claiming accreditation towards your qualification:

  1. Recognition of prior accredited / certificated learning, known as RPL (for relevant awards/certificates that you already have);
  2. Recognition of prior experiential learning, known as RPEL (for recognising relevant experiences at work). 

At Newman University, students are able to claim credits towards their qualification, up to a pre-set maximum number:

Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert)
(total of 60 credit needed at level 7)

up to a maximum of 30 credits RPL/RPEL

Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip)(total of 120 credit needed at level 7)

up to a maximum of 60 credits RPL/RPEL

Master’s degree (MA / MSc) 
(total of 180 credit needed at level 7)

up to a maximum of 90 credits RPL/RPEL

RPL claims:
To claim RPL, students need to complete and submit a RPL application form (see below).

 

RPEL claims:
Students can gain credits for CPD programmes they have already undertaken in the workplace. Via the principles of the recognition of prior experiential learning (RPEL), students would be required to write up their reflections against the assessment criteria for a comparable module using the relevant RPEL application form (see below).

 

Course overview:

The Masters level WBL programme is designed to support students’ capacity to critically appraise their working practices.

The programme consists of modules (optional, mandatory and core) that are aimed at developing the academic knowledge and skills of students, which allows them to gain the breadth of understanding required to be critically reflective of their working practices.

The modules included within the WBL Master’s Framework focus upon generic work-related themes such as: personal development planning, critical reflective practice and work-based projects. All students (apart from those completing the PG Cert) are required to complete a research methods module. The Master’s degree culminates with a 20,000 words research project, which allows students to develop their own work-based project through independent research and tutorial support with a designated subject-specific research project supervisor.

The programme will be completed part-time (2-3 years, within a maximum of 5 years), as students will be in employment (either paid or unpaid/voluntary).

Modules will be delivered using a blended delivery approach, meaning an emphasis towards online teaching methods and distance learning, alongside subject-specific tutor support (i.e. online and/or face-to-face).

Modules are delivered in either semester one (between September and January), or in semester two (between February and June).

Awards

Semester one

Semester two

 

 

 

PG Certificate

(60 credits)

 

 

 

PG Diploma

(120 credits)

 

Personal Development Planning

(30 Credits)

Mandatory (PG Cert, PG Dip, MA, MSc)

 

Critical Reflective Practice

(30 credits)

Optional (PG Cert) / Mandatory (PG Dip, MA)

Theory to Practice

(30 credits)

Mandatory (MSc)

 

Work-Based Project

(30 credits)

Optional (PGCert)/Mandatory (PGDip, MA, MSc)

Research Methods

(30 credits)

Core (PG Dip, MA, MSc)

 

 

Masters (MA/MSc)

(180 credits)

 

 

Research Project

(60 credits)

Core (MA/MSc)

Students are required to complete mandatory modules - unless they are able to make a suitable RPL/RPEL claim against these modules.

All students must complete ‘core’ modules. No RPL/RPEL claims will be accepted against core modules.

Students must attain:

  • 60 postgraduate credits to gain a PG Certificate (PGCert).
  • 120 postgraduate credits to gain a PG Diploma (PGDip).
  • 180 postgraduate credits to gain a Master’s Degree (MA/MSc).

The Postgraduate Certificate in Work-Based Learning (PGCert) and Postgraduate Diploma in Work-Based Learning (PG Dip) are stand-alone awards.

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Newman University would like to draw your attention to our Academic Regulations. These regulations are your Terms of Reference and should be considered when making a decision to study with our institution.

Entry requirements

Applicants normally require an undergraduate degree in a related discipline with a 2:1 classification. Applicants with a 2:2 degree classification, combined with exceptional additional (work) experience may be considered. As students will normally have completed an undergraduate degree – or hold equivalent work-based experiences – they will be expected to demonstrate the practical and intellectual ability to actively engage in directed and independent study and research.

All applicants will be required to attend an interview as part of the application process, in order for the programme team to ascertain their suitability for the programme.

Fees

Fees (2018/19)

A minimum of 180 credits are required to complete a full MA/MSc degree. This means that for 2017/18, for a student completing modules worth a total of 180 credits, the full course cost would be £4,950.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) fees
RPL Fees (2018/2019

Home/EU students:  
Free  (for credits awarded by Newman University)
£50   (for credits awarded by other HEIs).

Students with previous level 7 Masters credits already attained, at Newman University, within the last five years, may be transferred free-of-charge through the process of the recognition of prior certificated / accredited learning (RPL).

Students with previous level 7 Masters credits already attained, at other Higher Education Institutions, within the last five years, may be transferred at a cost of £50, through the process of the recognition of prior certificated / accredited learning (RPL).

To claim RPL, students need to complete and submit a RPL application form

Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) fees
RPEL Fees per 30 credit module (2018/19)


Home/EU students:  £412

Students can gain credits towards their WBL postgraduate qualification (PG Cert, PG Dip, MA, MSc) for relevant work already completed in the workplace, such as CPD programmes at the appropriate level.

A student claiming a maximum of 50% RPL / RPEL, worth 90 credits (at a cost of £1236), and completing 90 credits via modules (at a cost of £2,475) would be able to complete the full programme, during 2018/19, for a total cost of £3,711.

Through the principles of the recognition of prior experiential learning (RPEL), students would be required to write up their reflections against the assessment criteria for a comparable module using the relevant RPEL application form.

Course fee discount

Newman alumni are eligible for a 10% discount when enrolling onto a full Master’s degree programme.

Postgraduate Loans

Loans of up to £10,000 for tuition fees and living costs are available for postgraduate study through the Student Loans Company for full taught or research Master’s degrees. Please note that if you claim for RPL or RPEL you will not be able to get as student loan for any fees as you must be studying for a full masters to obtain the loan.

The loan is not means tested therefore your household income will not be taken into account when applying for a loan. 

In order to be eligible for a Postgraduate loan, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Studying a taught or research Master’s course, full-time, part-time or by distance learning.
  • Your course can be one or two years long.
  • You have to be under the age 60 years at the start of the first academic year of your course.
  • You must normally be resident in England.
  • If you’re an EU national, but don’t normally live in England you may be able to get a Postgraduate Loan for a Master’s course at a university or college in England.
  • You must not already have a Master's level (or higher) qualification.

Postgraduate loans are not available for PG cert or PG Dip qualifications.

Related information:

Postgraduate loans website: www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan

 

Full-time course modules


As a full time student, you will study a total of 180 credits each year. The credits are made up of mandatory modules and you may have a list of optional modules to choose from. Not every programme offers optional modules and when an optional module is available it will be clearly marked. All modules are listed below and you may not be required to complete all of these modules. Most modules are 20 credits or 30 credits and dissertations are 60 credits. Please note that not all optional modules run every year. For further information please email admissions@newman.ac.uk.

MA WORK-BASED LEARNING MODULES


MA Work-Based Learning Modules: details currently unavailable

MSC WORK BASED LEARNING MODULES


MSc Work Based Learning Modules: details currently unavailable

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