module specification

MN5W55 - Learning through Work (2024/25)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2024/25
Module title Learning through Work
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 15
School Guildhall School of Business and Law
Total study hours 150
70 hours Placement / study abroad
40 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
29.5 hours Guided independent study
10.5 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 30%   Work Based Learning Contract written report (600 words)
Coursework 70%   2 x six minute (12 minutes total) reflective video files with formatively assessed CV
Running in 2024/25

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Wednesday Morning
Autumn semester North Wednesday Afternoon
Autumn semester North Thursday Morning
Autumn semester North Thursday Afternoon
Autumn semester North Friday Morning
Autumn semester North Friday Afternoon
Spring semester North Wednesday Morning
Spring semester North Wednesday Afternoon

Module summary

This Work Based Learning module enables students to undertake a short period of professional activity either: part-time/vacation employment; work placement; not-for-profit sector volunteering or a professional/employer led project.

Work Based Learning modules are designed to enhance students’ personal and professional development and assist in preparing students for their future careers. The module aims to facilitate application and progression of knowledge and skills gained via the learner’s studies and wider life experience. Students will be introduced to a range of professional skills and techniques, including: reflective self-assessment; preparation for employment; being a critical employee and developing approaches for co-operative and collaborative working. 

• Students will be contacted prior to the semester to provide support in securing work based activity in good time.
• It is a student's responsibility to apply for opportunities and to engage with the Work Based Learning team to assist them.
• The suitability of any opportunities will be assessed by the Module Team and all roles must meet the Health and Safety requirements for Higher Education Work Placements.
• Learners may be able to utilise existing employment, providing they can demonstrate it is personally developmental and involves a relevant level of responsibility.
• In addition, students may be able to complete the Work Based Learning hours during the summer prior to the academic year a student is taking the module.
• Tier 4 International students will be required to submit weekly timesheets for the hours undertaken for the work based learning activity to meet the requirements of their visa. These will need to be signed by their line manager/supervisor.

The module aims to enable students to:
• Effectively express and understand their current skills and abilities in relation to their career values and goals.
• Practically apply the knowledge gained through their course programme to a work environment.
• Gain an in-depth insight of a work environment
• Make a positive contribution to the employing organisation and demonstrate inclusive workplace practice.
• Recognise their personal and professional development learning and apply to their future goals.

Prior learning requirements



• Consideration of suitable work based learning activities, including guidance on job application and selection processes and appropriate articulation of their abilities (via pre-semester workshops/appointments).
• Demonstration of confident self-presentation and self-assessment techniques for personal and professional development and resilience.
• Professionalism, ethics and inclusive work based practice, being a critical employee, Health and Safety in the workplace, setting personal goals.
• Critical self-reflection on personal and professional development, application of their academic learning to the work based learning environment.
• Problem solving in the work based environment; investigation and analysis of the immediate environment; personal contribution to the work situation and analysis of the wider goals, aims and functions of the project/organisation.
• Future career action planning following the work based experience, reflecting and preparing for the next steps of their development to achieve career goals through study and additional experience.

Learning outcomes

The learning outcomes are formulated in accordance with the Higher Education Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) UK Quality Code, Advice and Guidance, Work-Based Learning.

1. Analyse and explain their role in the work based experience such that they can evaluate their professional abilities and set personal goals.
2. Evaluate the working environment and explain how they personally contributed and met work based challenges.
3. Critically reflect on the knowledge, skills and experience gained and how they can utilise these in their future academic and professional career.