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.
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.