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  • Qualification

    MA - Master of Arts

  • Location

    Newman University

  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    2 years

Course summary


The Masters programme in Work-Based Learning (WBL) at Newman University provides flexible lifelong learning opportunities for professionals currently in employment (either paid or voluntary). The programme is designed to engage students in maximising their knowledge, skills, employability attributes and professional development opportunities needed in the workplace, by developing and implementing systematic professional enquiry and research. As a result, students can become more informed and more effective at work.

Other Awards Available:

60 postgraduate credits to gain a PG Certificate (PGCert).
120 postgraduate credits to gain a PG Diploma (PGDip).
180 postgraduate credits to gain a Master’s Degree (MA/MSc).

The Postgraduate Certificate in Work-Based Learning (PGCert) and Postgraduate Diploma in Work-Based Learning (PG Dip) are stand-alone awards.

Who is it for?

The Master’s level WBL programmes at Newman University are designed to cater for learners already in employment (paid or unpaid), normally in professional settings, who are looking for:

Career enhancement.
Additional qualifications.
A subject-specific ‘named’ award e.g. MA in WBL (Enhancing Professional Practice).
Opportunities to engage in continual professional development (CPD).
Academic credit for their prior experiential and certificated learning.
Opportunities to use their work-based expertise and experiences as a focus for their studies.
Learning that is tailored to their personal needs, interests and aspirations.
Opportunities to develop their subject knowledge and expertise related to their professional role.

Gaining credit for what you have already done!

At Newman University, there are two main routes to claiming accreditation towards your Masters in WBL degree:

Recognition of prior certificated learning (known as RPcL), awarded for up to 90 credits for relevant awards/qualifications that you have already completed;
Recognition of prior experiential learning (known as RPeL), awarded for up to 90 credits for relevant experiences in the workplace.

How will I be assessed?

Students will experience a range of work-based assessment formats including: written reports and essays, digital resource creation, project report and case study, e-portfolio, presentations, work-based research. Through the completion of such assessment activities, the course will develop independent study skills that are transferable to a range of both learning-based and work-based situations.

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University information

Newman University, Birmingham

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  • Campus address

    Newman University, Genners Lane, Bartley Green, Birmingham, Birmingham, B32 3NT, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    112th out of 122 9

  • Entry standards

    / Max 209
    88 41%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.25 85%



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