Employability/Work-Based Learning: Implementing Best Practice

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Employability is a key driver in education within the UK and internationally; the majority of students want to be employable at the end of their education journey in order to move seamlessly into the productive world of work.

The aim of this unit is to identify best practice in relation to work-based learning in the curriculum, analysing the impact of a variety of innovative pedagogical tools and techniques that support the development of employability, and enhancing the skills of integrating these into innovative programmes of learning. In particular, the unit attempts to merge theory with practice and knowledge with experience.

You can enrol on this short accredited course/unit where successful completion of the assessment offers you 20 Level 7 credits.

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Key information

Next start date:

February 2019


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


4 x 6 hour sessions in February–March 2019

Entry requirements:

A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:1 in any subject or equivalent. Applicants should be teaching in a practice or academic setting. If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and 6.0 in the other three components of speaking, listening and reading or equivalent.

Course details

Having completed this unit you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate critical engagement with contemporary research and debates surrounding the concepts of employability and work-based learning
  • Critically analyse the value of several initiatives including peer assisted learning (PAL), work placements, Global Talent Award and professional portfolio development in supporting student learning and the contribution to employment prospects and professional development
  • Develop successful strategies for the effective identification, testing, implementation and evaluation of practices designed to support students preparing for work placements, including a range of techniques used by employers to assess potential talent and performance
  • Plan an innovative employability tool, including an evaluation approach, which will enhance the student learning experience.

Programme Specification

Programme specifications provide definitive records of the University's taught degrees in line with Quality Assurance Agency requirements. Every taught course leading to a BU Award has a programme specification which describes its aims, structure, content and learning outcomes, plus the teaching, learning and assessment methods used.

View the unit specification (pdf 70kb) for Employability/Work-Based Learning: Implementing Best Practice. The unit is also part of the MA Education Practice framework (pdf 399kb).

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the programme specification, the information is liable to change to take advantage of exciting new approaches to teaching and learning as well as developments in industry. If you have been unable to locate the programme specification for the course you are interested in, it will be available as soon as the latest version is ready. Alternatively please contact us for assistance.

Course timetable

This short course takes place over four sessions on the following dates:

  • Tuesday 5 February 2019, 10:00–16:00
  • Tuesday 19 February 2019, 10:0016:00
  • Tuesday 5 March 2019, 10:00–16:00
  • Tuesday 19 March 2019, 10:00–16:00

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