Teaching organisation and location of teaching
The Higher Apprenticeship (Operations/ Departmental Management) adopts a work-based learning approach, which both informs, and is informed by, teaching, learning and assessment approaches. The programme combines a progressive structure to applied operations with a continuous
on-the-job focus through agreed off-the-job learning. This takes place during the equivalent of one-day per week away from the job which is spent at the University, your employer's premises or other venue, by agreement with the employer.
Given the focus on work based learning through an apprenticeship, there is an emphasis on tutoring in a coaching style; and on active learning where apprentices are invited to participate in learning activities, and also to reflect on their learning process.
The learning development of each apprentice is kept in line with Individual Learner Plans agreed with you and your employer, and discussed through tutor/ assessor visits to the workplace to complement the study-based sessions.
You will also be supported in your preparation for the End Point Assessment through 1-2-1 tutorials and group discussion.
Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and by feedback from students, external examiners and employers.
18- 24 months part time including endpoint assessment.
We can be quite flexible in the agreement of delivery dates and schedules, depending upon demand and whether organisations request a bespoke programme for a number of their employees. Open programmes that are accessible to all applicants tend to run from September each academic year.
How will you be taught and supported in your learning?
The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future positions with your current or other employer, as well as academic achievement.
You are taught through a combination of action-learning sets, group discussions, lectures, seminars, presentations, visiting speakers, and e-learning.
Through your associate membership of the Chartered Management Institute, you will have access to a range of dedicated resources, designed by experts to support delivery of the apprenticeship, as well starting your journey towards the professional status of 'Chartered Manager'.
Independent learning, which will be a feature of your time spent 'off-the-job', is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.
You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the needs of the apprenticeship, and who have experience in engaging with employers and those in employment. The team therefore includes professional practitioners, consultants, and trainers, as well as academics and researchers.
Our teaching is informed by research and consultancy, and we like our tutors to remain active through professional engagement. You can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.
The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or 'formative' assignments. Formative assessments are developmental and do not contribute to your overall module grade. Each module has one or more formal or 'summative' assessments which are graded and do count towards the overall module grade.
Assessment methods include reports, presentations, reflective journals, and personal development audits.
You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback supports learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with tutors/ assessors as appropriate.
We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.