Work-based learning (WBL) starts from the learning you’re already doing — either in a workplace or in an organisation where you’re volunteering.
It’s likely to be the first course or qualification you’ve done in this field, and it’s a good way of getting a qualification in what you’re already doing.
WBL uses the activities you are already carrying out at work as a basis for learning. These activities are then supplemented by Open University course materials.
There are lots of advantages:
- You are likely to use your work activities as part of the assessment process.
- WBL really focuses your attention on the question: ‘Will this work?’
- University tutors support your studies.
- WBL can offer opportunities for lightening your study workload, because you can locate some of your learning within your day-to-day job.
In the workplace but unqualified?
Looking for a professional qualification? We have a range of vocational qualifications that will enable you to build on the work you are already doing.
- One example is the Certificate in Early Years Practice (C37). This is ideal if you’re working in the childcare sector without a professional qualification, perhaps as a childminder, in a playgroup or nursery setting, as a teaching assistant, or volunteering in these areas. This NQF Level 4, sector-endorsed qualification will enhance your existing role and could give your career a boost.
We also offer a WBL course that provides you with an opportunity to negotiate your own learning experience, to help you develop an ability to learn and to improve your practice at work. Working and learning: developing effective performance at work (BU130) can also count towards a university degree. As a student, you would create a personal learning contract that you develop as you work through the course. This can be a challenging exercise – designing your own learning can be quite tricky to begin with, but students ultimately find it a hugely satisfying process.
Whether you are working or gaining experience in the field by volunteering, our vocational foundation degrees offer an opportunity to gain valuable qualifications that could help you develop in your work or get paid employment.
- Business (G07)
- Business Information Technology (G13)
- Foundation Degree in Combined Professional Studies
- Computing and its Practice (G06)
- Counselling (G14)
- Early Years (G01)
- Information and Communication Technologies (G04)
- Leadership and Management (G08)
- Sport and Fitness (G10)
- Working with Young People (G03)