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Work-based learning and work placements

Many of our students are studying whilst already in work and we offer a range of programmes to recognise and build on the skills and knowledge developed in the work place.

In addition to existing Foundation degrees and HNDs we offer a Work Based Learning Scheme which can be negotiated between you, the employer, and the University. In many of our professional or post graduate courses, Accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) can be given if someone can demonstrate that they have appropriate and relevant professional experience related to the subject area of their programme.

All of our professional courses already have substantial work placements throughout the programme in accordance with professional standards, and students will be supported by mentors throughout their placements. If you are undertaking a foundation degree, you will also be experiencing work either full or part time.

For many students, particularly those without substantial or relevant work experience, a work placement will be invaluable in supporting future employability. Employers regularly tell us that students who have experienced work can develop their skills such as communication, teamwork, initiative and professionalism, and can relate their academic studies and skills to a wider environment. The Business School offers a full year work placement module to their undergraduate students, and other courses offer work placement modules on either a mandatory or optional basis.

All undergraduate programmes include an element of learning from work, which could include a placement, work based project, or work simulation, and many courses such as Digital Arts, Business or Sports offer ‘live’ projects with employers as part of the study.

The SPHERE programme offers the opportunity to undertake your final year Independent Study in association with West Mercia Police. This offers the opportunity to gain a valuable understanding of the employer and provide beneficial research for the organisation.