Find out more about our work-based learning programmes

Studying our work-based learning programmes with Swansea University’s College of human and health Sciences, means you no longer need to take time out of work to engage with Continuous Professional Development through academic study.

Our generic work-based learning programmes allow you to gain academic credits for practice development work being undertaken in your work environment. Our focus is your personal and professional development.

Further Information

Overview

The College of Human and Health Sciences has validated work-based learning programmes enabling students to gain academic credits for practice development work being undertaken in their work environments. Whilst work-based learning does have its own individual challenges the immediate problem of releasing staff for study leave is minimised making this approach to learning and development highly flexible and attractive to both employees and many employers.

Studying our work-based learning programmes with Swansea University’s College of Human and Health Sciences means you can minimise the need to take time out of work to engage in CPD and further enhance your academic qualifications.

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Our work-based learning programmes allow you to gain academic credits for practice development work being undertaken in your work environment. Our focus is your personal and professional development.


These work-based learning programmes acknowledge, value and reward the learning which takes place beyond traditional education and facilitate the integration of practice with theory throughout. This focus enables professional and personal development whilst facilitating practice development, improving service delivery and promoting better patient care. This in turn creates a culture of lifelong learning within clinical environments, helping to facilitate professional development of staff.


Delivery of these programmes is a tripartite arrangement between the student, academic supervisor and practice based facilitator. Therefore students must be employed in an area where there is commitment to work-based learning. Learning for each work-based module is based on the development and fulfilment of a learning contract, with learning evidenced through a portfolio based assessment.

Credit Transfer

The College is now able to offer credit transfer from other Higher Education Institutes if the previously studied modules are relevant to the planned programme of study. The student can apply to the College to transfer in up to 40 credits at level 4, 5 and 6 and 60 credits at level 7 from other Higher Education Institutes towards their degree.

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Accreditation for prior (certificated) learning is where credit is awarded for learning which has already been assessed and certificated as part of a completed or partly completed course undertaken in Higher Education (e.g. a previous degree). Sometimes there may be overlap between the original and the new programme of study.

Accreditation of prior (experiential) learning is where ‘learning achieved outside education or training systems is assessed and, as appropriate, recognised for academic purposes’ (Quality Assurance Agency 2004).

Read more about AP(e)L and AP(c)L here.