Find out more about our work-based learning programmes

Work-based Learning could help you to really make a difference in your workplace, and to your career. Swansea University student, Phedra Dodds, is an advanced nurse practitioner studying for her Doctorate in Professional Practice, and has been named Innovation Nurse of the Year at the Royal College of Nursing Awards held in Cardiff. Read more about her success here.

We offer the following programmes:

Further Information


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 does not occur thus making this approach to learning and development more attractive to many employers.

Studying our work-based learning programmes at Swansea University’s College of human and health Sciences, means you no longer need to take time out of work to upgrade your health and social care qualifications.


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 of students, at the same time facilitating practice development. This in turn creates a culture of lifelong learning within clinical environments, with resulting improved quality of care and possibly increased recruitment and retention.

Delivery of these programmes is a tripartite arrangement between the student, personal tutor and practice facilitation. 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 evidenced through a portfolio.

Evidencing your Practice

For those of you who have to compile a portfolio to evidence your practice, the College is able to offer a short course of four half-day workshops to help you develop your portfolio. These workshops include developing your portfolio, reflective practice, sources of literature and critiquing the literature.

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 3 and 60 credits at level M 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.