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Enabling Work Based Learning | HCPD6049 | Level 6 | Credits 20 | 2022/23
Health & Social Sciences
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Enabling Work Based Learning | HCPD6049 | Level 6 | Credits 20 | 2022/23
12/09/2022 | Closing date: 01/08/22 | Intake Closed
12/09/2022, 13/09/2022, 04/10/2022
21/10/2022 | South West cohort | Applications close on 30/09/2022 | Available
21/10/2022, 04/11/2022, 18/11/2022
09/01/2023 | Solihull Council only | Closing date: 28/11/22 | Available
09/01/2023, 10/01/2023, 11/01/2023, 12/01/2023
10/01/2023 | Closing date: 29/11/22 | Available
10/01/2023, 13/01/2023, 07/02/2023


This unit will provide the opportunity for candidates to:

  • Develop the skills, knowledge and attributes needed to teach, mentor, support and assess; qualifying students, social care staff, qualified social workers and other allied professionals, for the purpose of developing their professional capability and raising the quality of services for users and carers.
  • Demonstrate that they have met the relevant standards for practice educators specified by their appropriate professional body.
Indicative unit content
  • Introduction to adult teaching, learning and assessment theories with an emphasis on their critical application to work-based learning situations.
  • Models and methods of managing learning and assessment in the workplace that promote an effective learning environment, encourage learners to take responsibility for their own learning and support a partnership approach  that involve the learner, service users / carers, colleagues and other professionals.
  • Learner centred strategies to support effective experiential and reflective learning.
  • Models and methods for the collection, critical evaluation and standardisation of assessment information including the use of professional assessment frameworks and procedures to benchmark and guide assessment decisions.
  • Strategies for providing feedback to learners that encourage self-evaluation and promote development.
  • Strategies for evaluating the overall learning process including those which enable practice educators to contribute to the promotion of a wider learning culture within their organisation.
  • Work-based learning experience gained from supporting, enabling and assessing a professional learner in practice.
  • Self- managed activities to extend learning and support critical reflection on practice experience.

Learning and teaching methods

This unit takes a blended learning approach requiring attendance at workshops, the completion of structured self-managed learning tasks, together with relevant practice-based experience. Workshops introduce the unit and offer opportunities for small and large group work to facilitate critically reflective discussion and encourage theory to practice links to be made. Twelve hours of contact time is provided in the workshops with students expected to undertake a large proportion of self-managed activities and research to support, extend and personalise their learning.

Work-based experiential learning is an essential element of the process, with candidates normally required to be involved in organising, teaching and assessing professional learners whilst undertaking the unit under the supervision of University prepared supervisors and mentors. 

This course requires 100% attendance.


Students must normally hold a relevant professional qualification and have a minimum of two years post- qualifying experience by the time they start the unit.

Normally students may enter Level 6 (degree level) study if they have been awarded:

  • An Advanced Diploma, HND, Dip HE or Foundation Degree (awarded by a UK HEI or Edexcel or SQA)
  • An equivalent qualification (the learning outcome of which are demonstrably appropriate in terms of knowledge, understanding and skills) equivalent to 120 credits at Level 5.

If you do not meet this criteria you are still able to apply for this unit but we may ask you to complete a study skills handbook to familiarise yourself with academic writing at degree level. The study skills handbook will be sent to you when we have received your application form.

Applicants that already have a degree may wish to consider applying for this unit at Level 7 (Master’s level).

Fees and funding:
You will need to pay or indicate employer support of payment for unit or course fees to the university.

Applicants should contact their employing organisation for further details.

Pre-purchased places
The Faculty of Health & Social Sciences has contractual arrangements with NHS organisations, Local Authorities and the Pan-Dorset & Wiltshire Teaching Partnership for pre-paid places on specified modules. If you work within Dorset, Wiltshire and Somerset or Hampshire and Isle of Wight you may be able to access the pre-paid places. These arrangements allow organisations to nominate the staff they wish to send on each unit or course.

The pre-arranged agreements allow individuals, such as yourself, a route to access appropriate professional development opportunities that are seen as strategically important to your organisation (in consultation with your Line Manager/Education Co-ordinator). All requests for pre-paid places must first be agreed by your organisation prior to completing an application.


 The course work comprises:

  • A record of practice requirements (1,500 word equivalent) which must include some evidence drawn from an observation of practice and third party verification (normally line manager). This assessment element is marked on a Pass/Fail basis.
  • A reflective assignment (1,500 words). This assessment element contributes 100% of the mark for the unit. 
Learning Outcomes

Having completed this unit the student is expected to:

  1. Organise, monitor and critically evaluate opportunities for professional practice learning and the assessment of capability in practice.
  2. Enable learning and professional development in others by selecting, and implementing appropriate learning and teaching strategies in a work environment.
  3. Take responsibility for aspects of the assessment of learners in practice, using an appropriate range of methods, basing assessment decisions on relevant evidence and using professional judgement to resolve any inconsistencies in the evidence available.
  4. Critically apply appropriate theoretical frameworks in practice.
  5. Critically reflect on their practice, particularly with regard to the application of an appropriate professional and personal value base to practice education.
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Name: Louise Oliver
Name: HSS-CPD Admissions


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