Work Related Learning in Higher Education (formerly Work Experience in HE)

To enhance understanding of the key issues and influences affecting work related learning in HE, and discover the tools to deliver it effectively.

This three-day course is suitable for anyone involved in the delivery of work related learning to a diverse range of students and graduates within the higher education context.

The course utilises a complimentary blend of theory, practice and contrasting institutional approaches to address key influences on work related learning in higher education and support participants to find the best approach for their work with students, employers and other stakeholders key in any work related learning initiative.

Over the course of the three days, participants will have the opportunity to work individually and in groups, learn from tutor and peer experience and apply case study insights when considering a range of areas. These include supporting different student groups, identifying and managing stakeholders, helping students to identify and maximise learning opportunities, ethical considerations and the design and implementation of a group defined work related learning initiative. Please consult the Participant's Schedule for timings and ensure you are able to attend the entire course.

By the end of the module, the participant should be able to: 

  • understand a range of perspectives on work experience in higher education
  • identify how work experience fits into theories of learning and career development
  • contrast differing institutional infrastructure to support work experience
  • critique competing perspectives on the above with reference to own context and professional values
  • apply the knowledge and understanding above to own institutional setting in the support of career and employability development
  • formulate responses and implement recommendations.

Some comments from recent participants:

“Every item was carefully considered and no time was wasted. The planning and delivery was blended to perfection. Every section was relevant, thought provoking and inclusive of all members in the room.”

“The structure of the learning was useful as it allowed us to learn new information and then test our knowledge in a safe space.”

“Considering the learning styles of students and looking at career theory [alongside] the conversations had at break times and during the Action Learning Set were…most useful and powerful.”

Outline syllabus

The course is delivered by The University of Warwick in collaboration with AGCAS. It is an optional module of the CEIGHE MA and PG Diploma and can also be undertaken as a PG Award. CEIGHE registrants are supported by materials and resources from both the AGCAS and The University of Warwick’s websites.

It is also open to non-registrants whose course support and materials will be provided solely by AGCAS.

Additional information for CEIGHE registrants