Revitalising the flexible learning offer

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Revitalising the flexible learning offer

University of Greenwich Experience


Work
-
based Learning Flexible Frameworks: Applied Professional Studies & Higher Level Apprenticeships




This
Presentation
will provide you with an overview of the University of Greenwich undergraduate
and postgraduate flexible
Applied Professional Studies

programme together with recent
developments and delivery of

Higher Level

Apprenticeships



These flexible part
-
time awards are offered by the

Centre for Work Based Learning (CWBL)
, which
aims to:


‘P
romote the value and role of professional practice in society, developing individuals who
have the conceptual, analytical and communication skills necessary to sustain them in the
changing workplace of the future

.




This aim informs our work and that of colleagues, learners, the wider academic community and our
partners in the professional sector



CWBL

is a coordinated, south
-
east area
-
based, multi
-
stakeholder Centre who's mission remains an
approach to harnessing the skills, experience and resources of those in the public, private and voluntary
sectors to ‘
support professional development and practice

recognised by Higher Education


Introduction

Increasingly, work
-
based learning is being recognised as a
solution to support
the social mobility agenda
and to improve
specific opportunities for non
-
traditional HE learners.

Are part
-
time, flexible
learners a missed
opportunity for higher
education delivery?







Yes
, but they require a
greater understanding
and a tailored
approach!



The structure of the HE part
-
time flexible learning market and
the dynamics and drivers shaping its development are
significantly different to the traditional full
-
time offer




Much more heterogeneous & diverse with respect to
entry qualifications than full
-
time learners



Different learner attributes (attitudes, motivations,
perceived barriers), study requirements and aspirations




Maximising participation requires developing routes to market
providing a flexible portfolio offer, together with a differentiated
marketing and outreach strategy




Engagement and support arrangements requires alternative
provision through the learner life
-
cycle to maximise professional
development that lead communities of practice and identity

Context

HEI Complacency: PT/FL = ‘Cinderella Operation





Applied Professional Studies has been designed with the
working practitioner in mind.




It is a flexible programme that will allow the learner the chance
to tailor a
personalised programme
of learning to suit their
individual needs and to support current and future career
aspirations.




The underlying philosophy of the Award(s) is to facilitate a
programme of
negotiated learning
using their actual working role
and employers objectives as the focus of their academic enquiry.




Negotiated learning
-

practical application
of theoretical
perspectives in a
professional context.




It combines work
-
based projects and/or taught courses.

Verna Rhodes

Foundation degree in Applied
Professional Studies

“The programme has given me the
opportunity to develop my career and
personal strengths, providing enough
flexibility, guidance and support to
enable me to enjoy studying while
working full
-
time and raising a family.”

Applied Professional Studies
:

Flexible, Part
-
time Provision for all Sectors


The following Programme(s) are available through the Applied Professional Studies suite:


Undergraduate Programme:
The programme is
structured over three phases representing
two

separate but linked ‘stand alone’ awards:

Postgraduate Programme:
The programme is
structured over three phases representing
three

separate but linked ‘stand alone’ awards:

Phase 1:

Post Graduate

Certificate

(
Pg.Cert
.)

Phase 2:

Post Graduate

Diploma

(
Pg.Dip
.)

Phase 3:

Master of Arts or

Science

(M.A. Or M.Sc.)

Exit

Exit

Exit

Progress

Progress

Entry

Entry

Entry

Phase 1:

Foundation

Degree

Award

(FDA)

Entry

Phase 2:

Foundation

Degree

Award

(FDA.)

Phase 3:

Bachelor of Arts

or Science

(B.A. Or B.Sc.)

Entry

Entry

Exit

Exit

Progress

Progress



We operate in a
Higher Education credit based system



Credits are at 4 HE levels; 4, 5, 6, and M 7 (post
-
graduate)

Applied Professional Studies
:

Flexible, Part
-
time Provision

In any chosen APS programme the learner can accumulate credit in a number of ways:

By attending

‘taught’ courses

at the University or

Partner

Colleges



core and/or

optional

By claiming

credit for courses

(or modules) that

have been

completed

at other universities

or similar places

By claiming credit

for learning

achieved

through work

or other

appropriate activity

By undertaking

work
-
based

projects whilst

being supervised

by us

Creating an APS Individualised Programme




Learners may want to gain new
knowledge, expertise and skills by
taking one or more taught courses to
add to their individualised programme



These are available from across a
number of the University’s Faculties,
by choosing individual courses from
any taught undergraduate (H) or
postgraduate (M) level programmes or
from our partner college network or
accredited employers.



Specialist taught courses may
contribute up to 75% of the overall
programme of study.

Creating an APS Individualised Programme
:

Taught Courses



The structure allows the learner to
receive academic recognition for
learning that has already been
achieved, either formally through
previous study, or informally within
their working environment, which
may be able to accelerate their
progress through the programme
and count towards the final award.



There are two types of accreditation
that can be claimed:




Accreditation of Prior Certificated
Learning


AP(C)L:
A
dvanced
Standing

or
Credit Exemption


Accreditation of Prior Experiential
Learning


AP(E)L

Creating an APS Individualised Programme
:

Claiming Credit for Courses or Work
-
place Experience



These are “open” courses in which
the learner negotiates their own
learning intentions either from past
or current practice, by designing
and implementing a work based
project or by a combination of these.



This is done, for example through
reflection on your past or current
practice or through work based
projects that they are undertaking
as part of their professional practice.



Candidates will design one or more
Negotiated Study
(s) to
accommodate the work
-
based
learning element of this programme,
and these can be 15, 30 or 45
credits.





Creating an APS Individualised Programme
:

Negotiated Study: Work
-
based Learning Projects


Level 4: Personal

Development

Planning

Level 5: Personal

Development

Planning

Level 6: Learning

Agreement

Level 7: Learning

Agreement

Are you seeking accreditation from
prior or experiential learning?

No

Yes

APEL &/or APCL

Do you want to study
taught programmes?

Yes

No

Taught Courses

(however, at least 25%

must be WB learning

such as a

Negotiated Learning)

Negotiated Study

Select the credit structure

Select the value of

your credits:

15, 30, 45 Credits

Creating an APS Individualised Programme


Applied Professional Studies
:
Communities of
Practice

Communities of Practice with
Applied Professional Studies
as a hub for dissemination of
knowledge/practices:




The individual professional
practitioner




The academic community




Professional communities of
practice: Employers and
professional bodies




Cycle of identity development where all people derive knowledge from collectively held
conventional knowledge




Knowledge is then internalised, adapted and developed producing new practices




These new practices can be published and observed and drawn back into conventional
collective practices




Learning encompasses the highly complex nature of knowledge in use in the context of the
situated learner and the community of knowledge and practice that they operate




Tacit dimension of learning
-

this aspect of learning cannot be easily taught without experience
of practice.




Where the programme and/or academics as a community of practice overlap with this they
can help the process; be critical, well researched


but also essential to this process is the
building of a high quality body of knowledge within the communities

Applied Professional Studies
:
Pedagogical
Framework

Partner

Colleg
e

Level

4/
5
:

Foundation

Degree

Award

(FDA.)

A coordinated multi
-
stakeholder consortium to deliver learning programme(s),
QA & a supporting CPD framework:



Partner

Colleg
e

Entry

Exit

Progress

Level

6
:

Bachelor of Arts

or Science

(B.A. Or B.Sc.)

CWBL

QA & CPD

Support

Level

7
:

APS Post

Graduate

Awards

Progress

Exit


Progression could be onto
any UoG Programme or APS

Partner

Colleg
e

Working in Partnership
:


A Community of Practice: A Multi
-
stakeholder
Consortuium

Working in Partnership
:


Employer
-
Based Professional Accreditation (EBPA)



The Centre for Work
-
based learning can use the APS
framework through its external accreditation service to help
build capacity for employers or professional bodies




We can identify opportunities for employers and
institutions from most occupational areas to benefit from the
accreditation of their training activities to support continuous
professional development and life
-
long learning, with
opportunities leading to the APS award at both
undergraduate and postgraduate levels







Using the Applied
Profession Studies shell
framework to develop
hybrid programmes to
support sector specific
professional practice,
institutional delivery &
new qualification awards

Working in Partnership
:


Supporting Institutional Delivery in Work
-
based Learning,
Access & Widening Participation

Using the Applied
Profession Studies shell
framework to develop
hybrid programmes to
support sector specific
professional practice,
institutional delivery &
new qualification awards


Applied Professional Studies

(Facilitating Work
-
Based Learning)


A postgraduate programme for work
-
based learning practitioners,
facilitators & professionals

Applied Professional Studies

(Access & Widening Participation)


A postgraduate programme for access & widening
practitioners, facilitators & professionals

Working in Partnership
: Promoting
sector specific
professional practice & new qualification awards


Higher
Level
Apprenticeships (HLA)



The Centre has a national reputation for developing
Higher Apprenticeships and in 2009 worked with large
engineering employers and SEMTA to establish a pilot
Higher Apprenticeship in Engineering Technology




Using this framework the Centre has additionally
developed two further Higher Apprenticeships in Business
and Professional Administration and in Sustainable Building





This experience has formed the basis for research outputs
on Higher Apprenticeships disseminated widely to
government ministers, Sector Skills Councils, RDAs, LEPs,
universities and colleges, submitted recent to the Skills
Commission Inquiry into 'Technician and Higher Level Skills’




Leading to external funding for the Apprentice
Progression Tracking Research Project:

Report: Longitudinal Tracking of Advanced Level
Apprentice Cohorts

Using the Applied
Profession Studies shell
framework to develop
hybrid programmes to
support sector specific
professional practice,
institutional delivery &
new qualification awards

Working in
Partnership:
Higher Level Apprenticeship
-

FD in Business & Professional Administration (FD BPA
)


Using the Applied
Profession Studies shell
framework to develop
hybrid programmes to
support sector specific
professional practice,
institutional delivery &
new qualification awards

Working in Partnership:
Higher Level Apprenticeship
-

FD in Business & Professional Administration (FD BPA
)






Integrates a recognised
competence based
qualification
and a
traditional academic
qualification
providing
progression routes to higher
academic qualifications




Mapped against the
requirements of the Level 4
NVQ Diploma in Business
and Administration,
accredited by the Institute
of Administrative
Management (IAM) and
approved by the Council
for Administration (CfA)



Working in Partnership:
Higher Level Apprenticeship
-

FD in Business & Professional Administration (FD BPA
)




Encourage Higher Apprentices and
experienced or inexperienced professionals



Questions & Open Discussion:

For further information:


Salim Jiwa

Manager


Centre for Work
-
based Learning

University of Greenwich

s.jiwa@gre.ac.uk