Work-based learning


Work-based learning

This module is designed for healthcare practitioners who have undertaken, or are about to undertake, work related projects.  This may include small audit, brief service evaluation or improvement, conference presentation, review of clinical guidelines, role development, or reflection on mandatory/in-service development programmes.  It offers a flexible approach to learning that is primarily for recognition of learning in the clinical environment/employment setting.

By formulating a learning agreement a range of work based activities or related study can be used and presented in a written form for assessment and the award of academic credit. There are start dates for the module to run normally three times per year and manage applicants with a cohort specific date and a scheduled assessment deadline. The module leader will assign applicants for academic supervision, will negotiate the learning agreement, and arrange one-to-one support during the module period.

The applicants will normally need to consider suitable practice support from a mentor, manager or practice educator as appropriate to validate the planned activity in the work place. The assignment presentation will be negotiated with the module leader but is normally a written report, essay or reflective account.

The course is also offered as a postgraduate (level 7) award.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Identify and negotiate work-based learning objectives and solutions which address an initiative for personal and professional practice development.
  2. Integrate prior and contemporary knowledge to discuss relevant issues, rationalise work-related learning.
  3. Clarify their own and others contributions within local healthcare provision that mirrors best practice and effectiveness.
  4. Implement work related learning and appraise their contribution to deliver effective care.
  5. Critically reflect on and evaluate their own performance in terms of knowledge and skills and professional development.


Who is the module for? Ideally the applicants to this module will already have completed academic study in higher education.  Whilst enrolled on this module and completing a work related activity, the student must be proactive in initiating support from both assigned academic and practice mentors.

Prior to application the candidate must anticipate the planned work-related activity and have discussed as appropriate the support required whilst on the module from a mentor, manager or practice educator.

Module code: 
Level 5 (15 credits): HP5105X
Level 5 (30 credits): HP5106Y
Level 6 (15 credits): HP6042X
Level 6 (30 credits): HP6043Y

Number of credits and level of study: 15 or 30 credits at levels 5 and 6. The course is also offered as a postgraduate (level 7) award.

Assessment: Integrated written assignment
Level 5 (15 credits): 1500 words
Level 5 (30 credits): 2000 words
Level 6 (15 credits): 2500 words
Level 6 (30 credits): 3000 words

Location: St George’s, University of London

Module length: 1 study day and tutorial support

Module dates:*

  • 2 June 2017
  • 3 November 2017
  • 16 February
  • 1 June

*Dates may change

HP5105X: £400
HP5106Y: £800
HP6042X: £400
HP6043Y: £800

Module leader: Susan Heatley

Programme: This module is part of the Healthcare Practice DipHE/BSc(Hons)/GradCert


Contact the PPD Programme Office who will be happy to help you with any queries.