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1 Work Based Learning Susie Bissell, Placement Officer University of Plymouth

2 Introduction Work Based Learning Introduction Work Based Learning at Plymouth – Process, Assessment and Success Problems Resources and Links Questions

3 Types of Work Based Learning Work Experience – not accredited Work Based Learning Module – 20 credits (80 hours minimum) Work Based Learning – 6 week placement linked in with dissertation Work Based learning – 6 week placement including careers preparation

4 Work Based learning in Geography at Plymouth 80 hours minimum Also at masters level though MSc Sustainable Environmental Management and soon in new masters courses in Sustainable Transport, Climate Change and Planning Accredited 20 credits within degree programme Years 2 and 3 as an option module Any organisation that's Geography related Any time from June until February (assessed in April) Non Paid

5 Process Module leader, placements officer and academic tutor Heath and Safety forms (student and employer) Learning Agreement Students have to find their own placement Employer Feedback

6 Assessment Professional Conduct (10% of module) Academic report (60% and 3000 words) Reflective review (30% and 1500 words)

7 Success at Plymouth Graduate employment opportunities Links University with employers Students get to try a career Allows employers to try before they buy, low cost/no cost way to get projects or tasks completed, feel they are contributing to HE Enhance CV Encourages students to become independent Allows students to see how their knowledge and skills fit into practice Work Based Learning was great, it really allowed me to see how my degree and skills are relevant to employers and helped me when applying for a job after Uni Michelle Hughes Work Based Learning Champion

8 Problems Students have lots of option modules Some staff don't feel its academic enough Students have to find their own placement Getting employers onboard Fitting placements into academic project Students thinking its an easy option Need support from staff and someone assigned to module

9 Resources Student Handbook Online module support Academic guidelines Employer Handbook CV and Cover letter advice

10 Links Resources on GEES conference website Resources in GEES Conference Pack

11 Questions?


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